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DENR MIMAROPA employees participating in the ‘Nuwebe’ film showing on December 7. PENR and CENR Office personnel also joined the activity through Zoom.

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – MIMAROPA Region joined the entire nation in upholding women’s rights as it kicked off the 18-day campaign to end violence against women (VAW) during its Monday Convocation, November 18.

Anchored on the theme, “VAW-Free Community Starts with Me,” DENR MIMAROPA prepared a lineup of activities to ensure the office promotes a safe and productive environment for its clients, and more importantly to its female personnel who form almost half of its entire workforce.

Starting on November 25, there shall be hanging of tarpaulins and distribution of information, education and communication (IEC) materials to raise the level of awareness and elimination of all forms of violence against women. On December 7, the Office marks the premier of Nuwebe, a film inspired by the story of one of the youngest mothers in Philippine history. Directed by Joseph Israel Laban, Nuwebe tackles the life of 9-year-old Krista who persevered in spirit and great resolve amidst suffering sexual abuse from the hands of his very own father.

Finally on December 13, DENR MIMAROPA shall host a webinar about Republic Act (RA) 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act (Bawal ang Bastos Law). The virtual forum shall tackle the salient provisions of the law, such as its scope, which covers all forms of gender-based sexual harassment committed in public spaces, educational or training institutions, workplace, as well as online space.  It shall likewise discuss prohibited acts, such as catcalling, wolf-whistling, misogynistic and homophobic slurs, and unwanted sexual advances, among others.

The activities are organized pursuant to RA 10398 or the Act declaring November 25 of every year as the National Consciousness Day for the Elimination of violence against women and children. Enacted on March 19, 2013, said law mandated government agencies to raise awareness on the problem of violence and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls.

The law likewise stems from Proclamation No. 1172, which was signed by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2006, which extends the national campaign to 18 days, up to December 12, to mark the historic date of the signing in the year 2000 of the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children.

Statistics

        • 7, 000, 000 – number of children sexually abused every year in the Philippines as reported by CAMELEON, an international solidarity association founded in 1997 to develop a holistic approach to act on the causes and effects of sexual violence towards children and teenagers.
        • 1 in 4 Filipino women age 14 – 49 – number of women violated by their husband or partner either physically, emotionally and sexually as shown in a study conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority in 2017.
        • 58% - The Social Weather Stations revealed that in a study held in 2016, 58% of incidents involving sexual harassment happen on the streets, major roads and alleys (eskinita).
        • 68% of 500 young female respondents have experienced frequent online harassment on social media based on Plan International’s survey in 2020.
        • 1 in 7 women in the Philippines – number of women in the country who experienced sexual harassment at least once every week as reported by Australian Aid in 2021. The report added that while past surveys account prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, it was underreported due to fear of reprisal from alleged offender.

Amidst the crafting of numerous laws, rules and regulations to ensure gender equality and respect, it is unfortunate that these figures speak of the ills women go through in the society today. But there is no reason to abandon hope as everyone has the chance and power to end all forms of violence against women and children.

The Philippine Commission on Women has enlisted the following steps to promote strengthened and concerted efforts to promote gender equality. Here’s what you can do.

18 Steps to end VAW

Woman/Girl

1. Empower yourself. Know your rights and available courses of actions in case these rights are violated.
2. Speak out and report to the authorities in case your rights are violated.
3. Encourage others to fight for their rights.

Man/Boy

4. Respect women and girls in your home, workplace, and community.
5. Join male groups promoting Anti-VAW efforts and participate in discussions to broaden your awareness on the advocacy.
6. Enlighten/advise perpetrators to seek help and join the male Anti-VAW supporters.

Government Agency

7. Equip yourselves with apt trainings and capacity development sessions to improve service delivery for your clients.
8. Develop monitoring and evaluation strategy to assess the service to your clients’ supporters.
9. Let people know that you provide the services! We need to inform the public that there are government offices that they can turn to and trust to assist them towards healing and seeking justice.

Barangay

10. Ensure that your Barangay VAW Desk is functional. You can use the Barangay VAW Desk Handbook developed by PCW and DILG with partner agencies to guide you on what to do.
11. Establish linkages with local and national government agencies, as well as other organizations near your barangay where you can refer victim-survivors of VAW for needed assistance which the barangay is not able to provide.
12. Promote harmonious family and community relationships in your barangay which is grounded on mutual respect for human rights, and take proactive steps to attain a VAW-free community.

Private sector

13. Support the Anti-VAW efforts of the government and your immediate community.
14. Establish your own Action Desks where employees and clients can go to in case VAW happens.
15. Develop internal rules to proactively ensure that your workplace is VAW-free.

Academe/Training Institutions

16. Include concepts of VAW and women’s human rights in lesson plans/lesson guides of your teaching staff
17. Continually conduct/spearhead anti-VAW advocacies in your campus, and if possible, to your immediate community through extension programs.
18. Setup a Committee on Decorum and Investigation (CODI) where students and employees can seek help.

 

(Left) Mr. Jermar Belen, Information Systems  Analyst,  checks the program interface during the development phase of the Online Attendance System.

(Right) Screen capture from the interface of the DENR MIMAROPA Online Attendance System using a web browser.

COVID-19 introduced dramatic changes in how workplaces operate, most notably forcing employees to work remotely and safely from home via telecommuting applications. Of course, it brought benefits and challenges to the office's administration. While the welfare of the employees is well taken care of, one of the added layers of complexity in work from the home setup is the tracking of their attendance and productivity.
To respond to this challenge, the DENR MIMAROPA Regional Office, through the cooperation of the Administrative Division - Personnel Section and innovation Planning and Management Division - Regional Information and Communication Technology Unit (RICTU), has developed a simple, self-service digital attendance system that allows DENR MIMAROPA employees to clock in and out via web browsers and mobile devices.
“Ang online attendance system ay isang monitoring tool in compliance with PRIME-HRM (Program to Institutionalize Meritocracy and Excellence in Human Resource Management) at nakakatulong sa ahensya para mas mapaigting ang serbisyong naibibigay sa taong-bayan”, said Ms. Marilyn R. Limpiada, the Chief of Planning and Management Division.
Limpiada mentioned that the system can be accessed anytime from anywhere at the convenience of the employee. “Natutulungan ng online attendance system ang mga empleyado na makapaglog ng attendance from any location, makapagrecord ng tasks and accomplishments based on the targets of each division, makapag-generate ng daily time record para sa work from home bago nadevelop ang system na ito dito sa region, nagpproduce ng daily work from home report ang bawat empleyado para marecord ang status ng accomplishments nila, and with the help of the system mas napadali at nabawasan ang oras na nacoconsume sa pagprint at pagpapapirma ng mga importanteng dokumento ang mga empleyado.”
With this digital solution, the office also reduces paper usage thus making it eco-friendly - “bukod sa pagiging efficient ng system sa pagconsume ng oras, as environmentalists, nagging malaking kontribusyon din ito para mabawasan ang napproduce na papel para sa work from home attendance,” added by Limpiada.
Innovations aside, the other Covid-19 related responses made by the regional office are as follows:
• The inoculation free anti-flu and pneumococcal vaccines to its employees.
• Coordination with the City of Manila - The Manila Health Department (MHD) for the anti-covid vaccination of all DENR employees, including EMB and MGB employees.
• Regular office disinfection
• Distribution of health kits from the Administrative Division - Regional Human Resource Development Service which contains vitamins to boost immunity and contribute to better physical health of the employees.
• Shuttle services are provided during Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).###
 

Secretary Roy A. Cimatu administered the oath of office to the eight newly promoted Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENRO) on November 29, 2021 at DENR  Central Office in Quezon City.   The promoted CENR Officers are as follows: Conrado M. Corpuz of CENRO Brooke's Point, Palawan; Arnoldo A. Blaza of CENRO Coron, Palawan; Leonard T. Caluya of CENRO Quezon,  Palawan; Pablo L. Cruz of CENRO Roxas, Palawan; Alan L. Valle of CENRO Taytay, Palawan; Rodel M. Boyles of CENRO Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro; Efren L. Delos Reyes of CENRO San Jose, Occidental Mindoro; and Anastacio A. Santos of CENRO  Socorro, Oriental  Mindoro.  The oath taking was witnessed by the Regional Executive Director Maria Lourdes G. Ferrer.

Secretary Cimatu, in his message, challenged the promoted officials to deliver the best service to the public, saying their new ranks entail higher responsibility and  accountability. He also urged them to remain dedicated and committed in their sworn oath as they perform their respective duties.

In line with the Executive Order No. 292 Section 40, all public officers and employees of the government shall, before entering upon the discharge of his duties, take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.###

Regional Tayo ang Kalikasan focal persons and Information officers discussed existing environmental problems during the Environmental Awareness and Solid Waste Management lecture at Brgy. Salvacion, Rizal Occidental Mindoro

The Tayo Ang Kalikasan focals  of DENR MIMAROPA conducted a lecture on solid waste management in a fishing community in Salvacion Rizal, Occidental               Mindoro on November 25, 2021 as part of the celebration of the  Environmental Awareness Month.

Information Officer and TAK principal focal person, Ms. Janice Belen discussed Environmental Awareness and DENR Programs. She shared relatable and attainable ways of taking care of the environment through partnership with the community's activities. Also, encouraged the community to work together towards the                  sustainability of our future and conserve the environment's natural resources.

On the other hand, Mr. Izzah Loren Fernandez, TAK alternate focal and the Information Officers of Occidental Mindoro, Ms.  Krizia Aina Viray and Shyla Alah Abutan discussed Solid Waste Management Programs, facts and figures on how much waste the community contributes in the destruction of our natural resources.

An interactive activity and an  open discussion were conducted by the Information Officers of Occidental Mindoro and participated by the community leaders and learners who attended and shared their current environmental endeavors and possible projects.

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 “Ang ating hindi pangangalaga sa kabundukan, sa kalikasan ay nararanasan na natin ngayon, kamakailan  may mga basurang bumaha imbis na tubig ang rumagasa sa kapatagan. Wala ng humahawak at nagpprotekta sa kabundukan kaya kailangan mas paigtingin natin ang pagprotekta sa mga natitira pa nating likas-yaman. Tayo bilang mga mamamayan na malapit sa kapaligiran at nakikinabang sa kalikasan ay tayo mismo ang nararapat  maging mas maalam at mas  nakatutok sa pagprotekta ng kalikasan laban sa mga balak sumira dito,” stated by ABC President Kapitan Reden.###

 

CENR Officer Efren L. Delos Reyes of San Jose during the assessment of  the nursery establishment at Sitio Bulangcog, Brgy. Iriron, on  November 24, 2021.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, and the Municipality of Calintaan have worked together to observe the  Environmental Awareness Month through the Task Force Cali-Kasan or Calintaan para sa Kalikasan. The Task Force Cali-Kasan was created to mobilize the people to conserve the mangrove areas and bring the DENR and LGU programs closer to them for  effective and efficient protection, conservation, rehabilitation, and management of the environment and natural environment  resources.

Since its establishment, various   activities have been conducted related to the environment, such  as the tree planting event during the National Arbor Day celebration, where 1000 seedlings have been planted; the establishment of the municipal nursery consisting of different species like narra, mahogany, Bitaog (Callophylum inuphyllum) wildlings and Kupang (Parkia javanica) and bamboo stock seedlings - these species were planted during the International Day of Forests. Tree planting activities aside, there have been various Information, Education, and Communication campaigns, coastal clean-up drives, and reef checks to ensure continuous environmental programs in Calintaan.

In an interview, CENR Officer Efren L. Delos Reyes mentioned that the traditional way of farming—kaingin, combined with poaching, had been the major threats to the forests and wildlife in the area. He added that the mangrove seedlings planted during world wetlands day were continuously monitored and sustained through enrichment planting. The condition of the planted propagules has been often monitored to improve the survivability rate.

“There is no boundary in time and space; the effect of climate change can be realized through our actions today and can be reflected through the future generations. We can only show our love for nature if we treat  it, protect and conserve it so that our loved ones will not  suffer from our wrongdoings today,” highlighted by CENRO Efren during his interview.###