Highlights of RED Gilbert C. Gonzales' Message during the DENR CALABARZON New Year's Call on January 6, 2020

Highlights of RED Gilbert C. Gonzales' Message during the DENR CALABARZON New Year's Call on January 6, 2020

Jan 23

 

             DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales begins his message by acknowledging the 2019 accomplishments of CALABARZON officials as he called the names of the Regional Directors for Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environment and Management Bureau (EMB), Assistant Regional Directors (ARDs) as well as the Division heads, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs), and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) together with their Technical Services Division (TSD) and Management Services Division (MSD) Heads. He mentioned that most of the key officials had served the DENR for a longer period, thus, became experts and legends in accomplishing the targets of Region IV-A. Noting that all officials of CALABARZON are indeed responsible and dependable.

                 RED Gonzales recalled that New Year’s Call had started during the administration of former Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes and yet, this activity is first in the DENR CALABARZON. He emphasized the significance of conducting this type of activity as it provides an opportunity to deliver the way forward for the year in a formal and honourable manner. He said, the activity also serves as a good venue for the DENR CALABARZON Officials to renew their commitment with their respective posts and express dedication in pursuing the goals and objectives of the Department.

              He proceeded with the delivery of the marching orders of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for CY 2020 including his top priorities. RED Gonzales also incorporate specific directions for the key officials of Region IV-A. Marching orders as well as the specific directions are categorized and discussed under EMB, FMB, LMB, BMB, ERDB, MGB, Climate change as well as HR and Admin.

Marching orders and directions concerning the EMB are as follows:

Clean Air. The EMB CALABARZON is being challenged to identify and prioritize 20 major firms and these companies will then be required to comply with the emission standards.

Clean Water. In addition, 20 major rivers draining to Manila Bay will be identified and prioritized. The Department will clean the said rivers and ensure that its water quality is within the criteria.

Manila Bay Clean-up. RED Gonzales urged that we shall achieve fecal coliform levels not exceeding 20 percent above the average standard for SB waters. Similar on sustaining the gains of Boracay clean-up. He conveyed that we shall replicate the success of Boracay rehabilitation by endorsing upon existing beach resorts while ensuring their compliance with the regulations specifically on sewage treatment and disposal, the observance of public easements of structures along the shorelines, proper management of garbage and adopting waste segregation and reduction systems, and regulating developments following all the necessary permits and clearances were secured.

Remedial Measure to Alleviate the Problem on the Nationwide Garbage Disposal. RED Gonzales mentioned that currently, the establishment and maintenance of Sanitary Landfill (SLF) is too expensive. Most regions have limited available disposal areas or SLF to cover the increasing volume of generated wastes per local government units (LGUs) in the region. Therefore, he encouraged the EMB to review and revise the DENR Administrative Order, making SLF more cost effective. He added that we could simplify the design criteria for SLF considering that the potential risks posed by segregated wastes are relatively lower than mixed wastes. He said that sewage systems for urban centers of the Cities, Municipalities and Provinces including domestic sewage have been the major cause of water pollution on public waters. It is crucial to impose the establishment of Sanitary Treatment Plans in every city and municipality particularly to the water concessionaires, water districts and LGUs.

Marching orders and directions concerning the FMB are as follows:

Protection of Forest Guards. RED Gonzales point out that protection of forest guards could be strengthened through close coordination with the enforcement bureau. He stressed that we must be smart enough to deal with the criminals and violators. Necessarily, all incidents or situations that can result in threats and risks of the field personnel must be reported to their immediate supervisors. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the field office heads to address these threats. Also, he said if in some instances that field officers cannot protect our personnel, they must report the matter to the RED. We would certainly act on the issue by exploring all the means to address the problem.

Improvement of the National Greening Program (NGP). NGP has been described by RED Gonzales as one of the most ambitious but indeed a noble program of the Department. Although, it was implemented without the benefit of a feasibility study. RED underscore the need for the improvement of the NGP activities. He relayed that we need to increase the forest cover and promote Bamboo as an alternative to wood, i.e. engineered bamboo. Hence, it is considered as an option to accelerate the greening of open areas. He added that Bamboo is a potential raw material for building construction and can be a future industry in the country.
Reduction of Illegal Logging Incidence. RED is requiring all the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) to come up with a strategic plan to regulate illegal cutting or poaching within the remaining forestlands as well as initiate a joint undertaking with the LGUs for the protection of the NGP plantations within their areas of responsibilities (AOR).

Marching orders and directions concerning the LMB are as follows:

Acceleration of Patent Issuance. According to RED Gonzales, Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) and Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) shall be applied as tools to achieve this goal. He said that all CENROs shall personally lead these undertakings to ensure that all teams would conduct patent drives with promptness and utmost efficiency.

Marching orders and directions concerning the BMB are as follows:

Management and Protection of Legislated Protected Areas (PAs). RED Gonzales said, “Invigorate our Protected Area Management Boards.” He is asking to formalize the establishment and operation of Protected Area Management Offices by way of designating Protected Area Superintendents possessing outstanding character and dedication to the work for biodiversity conservation.

He mentioned that the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) shall be the overall managers of the PAs. They would ensure all PAs within their AOR are protected according to the intent of the law that created them. Also, the Protected Area Management Plans are being implemented as planned. Moreover, they would regulate the use as well as optimize the benefits and revenues of PAs.

Marching orders and directions concerning the ERDB are as follows:

Research on Pine Tree and the Carrying Capacity of Baguio City. RED Gonzales underscore that all PENROs and CENROs were encouraged to look into potential subject of research in the region.

Marching orders and directions concerning the MGB are as follows:

Promoting Responsible Mining. RED Gonzales said that illegal extraction of mineral resources in the region should never be allowed without due compliance with the existing mining regulations. He added that “we will not hesitate to file charges against violators.” Solidifying this action, the enforcement task force shall provide operational support in enforcing environment and mining laws and regulations.

Furthermore, alternative technology on open pit mining has given an emphasis.

Marching orders and directions concerning the Climate Change:

Climate Change. According to RED Gonzales, “calamities and disasters can no longer be ignored nowadays as earthquakes, typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, etc., are happening everywhere.” For such reason he stressed that resiliency efforts must be sustained.

Marching orders and directions concerning the HR and Admin:

Human Resource and Administration. As one of the highlights, RED Gonzales urged to continue the programs/activities that involve personnel improvement, but he exclaimed to punish those erring personnel.

RED Gonzales end his message by informing the DENR CALABARZON Key Officials that DENR MIMAROPA Region would have to transfer to Mindoro following the instruction of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. Also, he said that he together with his Assistant Regional Directors would go down to the farthest PENR and CENR Offices of the region. Lastly, it was imparted that Bureau personnel would be joining the NCR in the Manila Bay cleanup starting 6 January 2020. Comprising of seven personnel daily and to coordinate with the NCR for using the DENR buses. ###

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Highlights of RED Gilbert C. Gonzales' Message during the DENR CALABARZON New Year's Call on January 6, 2020

Jan 23

 

             DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales begins his message by acknowledging the 2019 accomplishments of CALABARZON officials as he called the names of the Regional Directors for Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Environment and Management Bureau (EMB), Assistant Regional Directors (ARDs) as well as the Division heads, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs), and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) together with their Technical Services Division (TSD) and Management Services Division (MSD) Heads. He mentioned that most of the key officials had served the DENR for a longer period, thus, became experts and legends in accomplishing the targets of Region IV-A. Noting that all officials of CALABARZON are indeed responsible and dependable.

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