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In celebration of the National Women’s Month this year, the DENR MIMAROPA Region recognizes agency partners who have made a dent in promoting/championing GAD/women empowerment, and women who have made various contributions in the society in climate change response and disaster risk reduction and mitigation particularly during this pandemic.
 
We are proud to present, our GAD Champions💜
 
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Hon. Trina Alejandra Firmalo-Fabic is presently the Municipal Chief Executive of Odiongan, Romblon. Mayor Trina’s innovative leadership and governance include infrastructure, health, social services, education, and livelihood.
She advocates anti-violence against women and children, is an avid leader in advancing transparency, involves the people in the search for progress, and has a gender-responsive and inclusive governance. Her Covid-19 response is worthy of emulation, as she made the agricultural products of women healthier options to affected households in Odiongan. She is not your typical woman-politician. She is soundly serving with contemporary approaches on issues surrounding the government.
 
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Ms. Indira Dayang Lacerna-Widmann is the Chief Operations Officer of the Katala Foundation Inc. She manages different community-based conservation programs and projects in the province of Palawan, including the Philippine Cockatoo Conservation Program and the Green Heart of Palawan Wildlife Conservation Program. Ms. Lacerna-Widmann is an author to different refereed publications related to conservation and a recipient of many awards, including the 2017 Commendation from the Senate of the Philippines, Whitley Award (Green Oscars), and one of the first Biodiversity Champions given in recognition by the DENR BMB in 2017, among others.
 
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Ms. Elizabeth Amador Maclang is the Park Superintendent (PASu) of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP).

She has been an environmental advocate for 16 years in the Province of Palawan.

A community development worker by heart, and upholds social justice for the communities and the environment.
 
Cynthia Lascano
 
Ms. Cynthia Aspiras-Lascano, Nurse II and Head Information, Education and Communication Team of LGU Brooke's Point, Palawan, is a dedicated public servant who led the successful implementation and COVID-19 response in their town, particularly the vaccination process.

She's at the forefront of providing information campaigning vaccine efficacy and safety in Brooke's Point, leading to more people getting vaccinated.
 
CENRO SANJOSE
 
Mr. Delmer B. Garingalo is the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) and the designated Municipal Tourism Officer in Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro.

MENRO Garingalo, an educator by profession, has facilitated the drafting of their town's Ten-Year Solid Waste Management Plan that was eventually approved and is presently being implemented. He also intensifies the program on proper Solid Waste Disposal and Management by launching and implementing "Barteran," a waste diversion program enjoining the women to engage in proper waste management, wherein the LGU gives grocery packs to those who participated.
 
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Dr. Lovelyn R. Sotoza is the Municipal Health Officer of Brookes Point, Palawan. She's the overall team leader in the successful COVID-19 response of their town - responsible for managing the facilities, prevention services, reviewing and improving the emergency operation plans, and providing care and support to COVID-19 response staff.

Also, she developed strategies to implement in regular health programs tailored-fit in response to the pandemic. 
 
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Mr. Ernesto Nagato is the OIC - Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer of Sofronio Espanola in Palawan.

He facilitated the creation of the evacuation area and isolation facility for severe COVID-19 cases in their municipality. Since 2017, Mr. Nagato has been involved in Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaigns on disaster preparedness in all of the Barangays of Sofronio Espanola, particularly with the women members of the 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program). He also led an advisory radio program aired every Sunday to inform their constituents about the standard health protocols, weather conditions, and storm updates.
 
 
PENRO MARINDUQUE
 
Hon. Adeline Angeles is one of the provincial board members of Marinduque.

As a gender and development advocate, BM Angeles has actively promoted the interest of women and LGBTQIA++ through the identification and institutionalization of essential programs in the province such as educational assistance/scholarship, technical and livelihood training, and housing support, among others.

Outside of her official mandate as a local legislator, she continuously champions causes for women by hosting weekly tv and radio programs at Radio Nation, Marinduque News Network, Community Channel of Lucky 7 Cable – where she discusses women’s issues and concerns, their rights, and various government programs they can avail. 
 
FABELORE
 
Ms. Ellaine Faith Fabellore Gonzales is the Social Welfare Officer III of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

Among Ms. Gonzales’ accomplishments were organizing nine (9) women’s groups, eight ( 8 ) out-of-school youth groups, three (3) solo parent groups, three (3) people with disabilities groups, all in Sablayan. She has also been involved in numerous GAD-related plannings, including seven (7) GAD Planning and Budgeting workshops for the barangays and five (5) sectoral gender analysis workshops for youth, women, senior citizens, and solo-parent and persons with disabilities in Sablayan since 2020. She is also a co-founder of BOLUNTERISMO PH, a group of volunteers focusing on GAD and access to quality education for the local Indigenous People community.

The organization has provided learning gadgets, school supplies, scholarships, and even food provisions during the pandemic so far in two years. 
To inspire more people in the conservation of the environment, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources MIMAROPA Region, through the Regional Strategic Communications and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), has launched an exhibit spotlighting the portraits of chosen endemic and endangered species, scenic landscapes, and indigenous people in the region.
 
RSCIG has also incorporated environmental facts into each exhibit entries to highlight the agency's efforts in protecting and conserving these species and bountiful landscapes. The three-part exhibit established on the ground floor of the regional office embodies the environmental portraits created by talented MIMAROPA individuals from the recent Digital Artwork contest, scenic prints of the endemic and endangered flora and fauna species in Sibuyan, Romblon, and selected Marine Protected Areas in the region and the Protecting Our Own exhibit which focuses on environmental awareness with creative execution from RSCIG.
 
To provide public access to these ecological portraits, we also launched a virtual exhibition into a digital form on our official social media pages.
Also featured in the exhibit were wonderful portraits from artists in the MIMAROPA Region. We hope to promote, empower and reward visualcreators with visibility and professional opportunity to hone a generation of talent and transform their creative works into Information, Education, and Communication materials focused on protecting the environment and conservation of biodiversity.###

  

DENR, communities in MIMAROPA keep eye on forest protection amid COVID-19 Vigilance amid COVID-19. CENRO Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro hauled 880.28 board feet of Amugis, Lauan and Banuyo, premium species of trees which were believed to be illegally cut just as the country undergoes enhanced community quarantine to fight COVID-19.

Onto the third week of the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in MIMAROPA has apprehended in separate locations in the region, abandoned lumber which were believed to be illegally cut while the entire country was observing extreme measures to fight COVID-19.

On March 22, the Monitoring and Enforcement Section of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro apprehended and hauled at Sitios Anduyanan and San Pablo in Brgy. Alipaoy, Paluan town a total of 880.28 board feet of Amugis, Lauan and Banuyo, premium species of trees that are used to build structures and make furniture.

“We have to retrieve the lumber immediately, otherwise, the perpetrators would get them back, or other people might take them for personal use,” Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) in Occidental Mindoro, Ernesto Tañada said.

As part of administrative proceedings, a notice was left in the area for any claimant to show proof of ownership of the apprehended lumber. The items were then transported to CENRO Sablayan Coordinating Office in Mamburao for documentation and seizure, and for said office to take custody of the lumber.

Similarly, DENR employees in Sibuyan, Romblon, apprehended from March 23 - 24, Apitong lumber with a total volume of 266 bd ft in Brgy. Espana in San Fernando town. Two days after, with the help of the Philippine National Police, the team also retrieved abandoned 120 bd ft of red Lauan in Brgy. Mabini.

“It is difficult at these times, but we maintain to be on call 24/7 to protect our forests,” Romblon PENR Officer Maximo Landrito expressed.

Meanwhile in Palawan, the Forest Product Monitoring Station of CENRO Taytay recovered 10 sacks of charcoal of mangrove species in Brgy. Aberawan, El Nido on March 16. The group also apprehended 10 sacks of charcoal of Forest Tree species abandoned at Sitio Talogon, Brgy. Bagong-bayan in Taytay on March 21.

“Our team likewise responded to a slash and burn (kaingin) cultivation in Sitio Sablayan, Brgy. Pancol, also in Taytay on March 23. The incident shall be under further investigation as we have already identified the owner of the lot, as well as those who initiated the activity,” Taytay CENR Officer Alan Valle reported.

In light of the imposition of ECQ, government workers in the executive branch were ordered to work from home and maintain skeleton force to respond to essential and urgent services. DENR MIMAROPA, in consonance with the pronouncements of Civil Service Commission and Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, has arranged for alternative working arrangements to ensure continuous delivery of service and safety of personnel at the same time.

“While most of us are at home, that does not stop us from being on the look out on anyone violating nature,” DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Henry Adornado said. “We know that illegal loggers would take advantage of the situation so we strengthen our monitoring and enforcement teams through the LGUs and communities to prevent them (violators) from succeeding in their unlawful activities,” he added.

RED Adornado meanwhile thanked the communities for keeping a watchful eye on the environment. CENRO Sablayan received a tip on the abandoned lumber from a concerned citizen. CENRO Taytay on the other hand, was informed of the illegal activities through social media.

The director clarified that DENR MIMAROPA takes precautionary measures whenever it deploys quick response teams to ensure the health and safety of its personnel as well as the community they are responding to.

“Defending nature is a daunting task, especially during these times. That is why we laud our personnel in the field for doing their job in the midst of this ECQ. We are also grateful knowing that as we all grapple with this dreaded disease, the public remains our constant partner in protecting our environment and natural resources,” he concluded. (With reports and photos from CENRO Sablayan, CENRO Taytay and PENRO Romblon) ###