PIA News Service - Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

DENR-Caraga receives prestigious Green Apple award from the International Green Organization

BUTUAN CITY— The Green Organization, an independent, non-profit environment group that recognizes, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world, based in England has awarded the “Green Apple Awards 2009” to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region headed by its Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser. 

The award has been presented to the DENR Caraga Region by star of screen and stage, author and keen environmentalist Kate O’ Mara , at Hampton Court Palace in England recently. 

Incidentally, director Buiser has excused himself to the organizer from attending the awarding rites due high cost of transportation fare to England and the pressing environmental issues and problems that the DENR is facing in the region.

The award of Palque of Appreciation was sent to the DENR office by the organizer last week.

The DENR Caraga Region has won the prestigious award against 200 other nominees worldwide. The DENR won for the project entitled “Development of Protocol for the Rehabilitation of Mine-Waste Dump of Manila Mining Corporation (MMC) in Placer, Surigao del Norte”. 

Director Buiser said the DENR Secretary Lito Atienza, Jr. has been informed of the international award of the DENR Caraga Region . He said Secretary Atienza has expressed elation of the award considering the fact that the DENR under his leadership is promoting sustainable mining development.

There are three specific objectives that the project seeks to achieve. Rehabilitate the five-hectare mine waste dump area of the Manila Mining Corporation at Barangay Suyoc in that town. Second, establish a demonstration site for rehabilitation.The protocol development of rehabilitating site will serve as standard guide in the country. The third objective involves the regular monitoring and data gathering and analysis on the performance of the planted species in the site.

The national organizer of Green Apple Award Roger Wolens said in a fax message that the nominees did particularly well to be finalist against some very strong competion”.

The organizer said the award-winning project will have the option of being featured in the next National Treasures guide and a chance to be presented with a prestigious Green Plaque later during a special prize-giving ceremony at the House of Commons. 

Among the avid supporters of the Green Organization include the environment agency, the Chartered Institution of Wales Management, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and various other professional groups. (Herzon F. Gallego, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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New PENR Office in Agusan del Sur rises to better serve the people

BUTUAN CITY – In their desire to have a decent office conducive to working environment, the personnel of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Agusan del Sur headed by PENR Office Sixto C. Badua have pooled their time, efforts and resources to facilitate the building of a one-storey residential-type building that will house its 56 personnel and land records facilities.

The new PENRO office was inaugurated on September 2, 2009 following a mass and blessing ceremony of the building officiated by the Bishop of the Butuan City Archdiocese Juan de Dios Pueblos.

One of its advantages is that, the DENR will be able to save at least P 250,000 from the cost of rental payments annually. The other advantage is its accessibility to the people.

During the inauguration program, the Director of the Bureau of Forest Management Marlo D. Mendoza, who spoke as guest speaker at the occasion in behalf of the DENR Secretary Jose L. Atienza, Jr., has congratulated the DENR top officials in Caraga Region for the construction of the new PENRO office building in the area for the betterment of public service.

The new PENR office sits on a 4-hectare lot donated by the Provincial Government of Agusan del Sur in 2002. The area was utilized before as a macro-somatic and seedling nursery station of the Ecosystem Research and Development Services but inadequate funds has push aside that program and paved the way for the construction of the PENRO building.
   
In his remark, DENR Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser has encouraged the personnel of the PENRO in Agusan del Sur to work hard with dedication of their duty to public service even with the acquisition of a new office building. 

He commended the officers and staff of the PENRO for extending their cooperation and support just to ensure that building would be done ahead of schedule.

Director Buiser, however, admonished the government workers of PENRO to improve the quality standard of their services to the people which is the basic mandate of a civil servant. He said the building is just a tool being provided by the management to improve the delivery of services to the people. 

Earlier, Bishop de Pueblos has commended the DENR officials headed by RED Buiser of their sincere efforts in pursuing the mandate and vision of the agency along the objective of a sustainable development on environment.
(Herzon F. Gallego, DENR-13/ PIA-Caraga)
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New Nasipit Municipal Police Station built  

The new Nasipit Municipal Police Station was finally inaugurated today following its completion through the effort of Police Regional 13 (PRO 13) and the local and provincial government.

The Chief PNP, Police Director General Jesus Ame Verzosa had personally graced the inauguration of the Six Million Two Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 6,200,000.00) station building (Standard Type "B" Building) in Nasipit Agusan del Norte. 

The construction of the new building in a 1,000 square meter lot in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte started on March 2, 2009 during the incumbency of the then Caraga Police Director PCSUPT Jaime Eloreta Milla, constructed by Allied Trade Resources Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ALLTRADE). The new Nasipit Municipal Police Station was financed by the PNP through the funds released in the amount of Php 4.7M from GAA 2008 and One Million Pesos (Php 1M) from Nasipit LGU and P500,000.00 from the Province of Agusan del Norte.
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The modern station building is in line with the required program in accordance with the Integrated Transformation Program (ITP) specially the Key Result Area (KRA) on the Physical Development, particularly giving emphasis on the "Quick Response" in providing the PNP of a modern Police Station. PRO 13 and the PNP in general is geared towards putting-up modern police stations especially in municipalities 

Caraga Police Director PCSUPT Lino De Guzman Calingasan, CEO VI said PRO 13 is doing everything and exercising all resources to make plans a reality, adding that the projects for 2009 will be based on the PNP Integrated Transformation Program. The Command has initiated reforms and improved capabilities to better respond to the concerns of the community and has risen to the various challenges in the organization. The PNP has accomplished things amidst the trials and controversies that surrounded the organization and still has a long way to go to be able to achieve goal especially in putting up new structures for PNP stations in all municipalities in the region on addressing the current demands of the various places particularly in far-flung areas. 

Thus, RD Calingasan said the PNP aims to upgrade police equipment in support to Police Field Operations. He made sure that every police officer commits himself completely to the Filipino people through maintaining peace in the streets. (PCI Nelly Tabornal Villagarcia, PNP-13/ PIA-Caraga)