Pagadian City.. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX welcomes 2021 by conducting its first Expanded Executive Committee Meeting (EXECOM) on January 4, 2020 at the DENR IX Regional Office conference room in Balintawak, Pagadian City.
 
The EXECOM meeting was graced by the following DENR IX top officials: RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, EMB IX RD Engr. Alex D. Jimenez, MGB IX RD Hernani G. Abdon, ARD for Management Services Dr. Dante A. Oporto, ARD for Technical Services For. Ronald D. Gadot, PENRO Zamboanga del Norte For. Salahuddin A. Kaing, PENRO Zamboanga del Sur For. Ben M. Acana, PENRO Zamboanga Sibugay For. Edgardo P. Montojo, all CENROs, Division and Section Chiefs.
 
In a message given by RED Rodriguez, she thanked everyone for their dedicated service, for going over and beyond the regular functions in providing excellent service to the clients and commended everybody for their good performance in attaining targets and activities for 2020.
 
“When the pandemic erupted, we took immediate steps to ensure the safety of everyone – ours and the public that we serve”, she said.
 
RED Rodriguez praised the office for being a model of national government agencies in Region IX for initiating various health protocols for the protection of its personnel and clienteles. These innovations include having its own Quarantine Facilities not just in the Regional Office but also in the field offices, wearing of face masks/face shields, establishment of washing and sanitizing stations, assignment of client’s reception areas, foot and vehicle baths, social distance and alternative work arrangements. She also made mention that the onset of the pandemic has paved way for innovations in the DENR IX, such as the online Travel Order Processing and the contactless biometric using the Mobile DTR application.
 
She added that “the strength, restless sacrifice, compassion around us, and the level to which we are coming together through this pandemic has been extraordinary and inspiring. Because of this, we will emerge much stronger and more resilient in the future”.
 
She ended the message by encouraging everybody to be hopeful for a more fruitful and better 2021.