Dapitan City, ZN. . . . . . The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX, Zamboanga Peninsula conducted a two-day orientation on environment and natural resources laws, rules and regulations to selected local government officials of Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte on September 23-24, 2021.
 
Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services and In-Charge of the Office of the Regional Executive Director Ronald D. Gadot said that the orientation aims to raise awareness and capacitate the LGUs, from the city to barangay level, on the different ENR laws, rules and regulations and harness them as partners in the protection and conservation within their area of responsibility.
 
Director Gadot further explained that this activity is a result of a letter from Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina G. Jalosjos requesting DENR to conduct the said orientation and facilitate the deputation of selected LGU officials as partners in the enforcement of ENR laws.
 
Dapitan City Mayor Rosalina G. Jalosjos said that her request for deputation conforms with the mandate of the LGUs to help DENR protect and preserve the natural resources within their locality. She believes that this partnership shall raise their awareness and active involvement to safeguard the rich natural resources in their city.
 
A total of fifty (50) local officials coming from the municipal and barangay offices attended the event. They will become Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENROs) upon the issuance of a deputation order from the Office of the Regional Executive Director.
 
The topics discussed include the following: PD 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines) – Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the RED and ARD for TS in concurrent capacity, Ronald D. Gadot ; RA 9175 (Chainsaw Act) – Enforcement Division Sitti Maylene Gote; DAO 2008-22 DENRO Duties and Functions - Enforcement Division Sitti Maylene Gote; RA 9147 (Wildlife Act) – CDD-PAMBCS Brendelyn Madarang; RA 11038 (The E-NIPAS Act) - CDD-PAMBCS Brendelyn Madarang; Warrantless Arrest and Inquest Proceedings, Preservation of Evidence and Case Build-up – Legal Division Atty. Jamalodin Gote; RA 7942 (Mining Act) – Mines and Geosciences Bureau representative; and RA 7076 (Minahan ng Bayan) – Mines and Geosciences Bureau representative.