Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Mindanao and Legislative Affairs Dr. Joan A. Lagunda visits DENR Region IX to assess programs and projects being implemented as well as to check on office operations.
 
Asec. Lagunda was welcomed by DENR IX top officials and employees headed by Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez with an interface held at DENR IX Regional Office lobby in Balintawak, Pagadian City on February 08, 2021.
 
In her message during the interface with regional personnel, she emphasized the importance for each employee to put into practice the DENR core values which are Discipline, Excellence, Nobility and Responsibility. She said that "if an employee has discipline, the rest will follow and possessing these values can make one proud to be a DENR employee".
 
She added that, “we have to be a role model to ourselves and live our lives in accordance with the 4 core values.”
 
She reminded everyone that they play a vital role in the office and it is only with everyone working hand in hand that they will be able to achieve the department's mandate and provide better service to the people.
 
The lady ASEC also commended the personnel for their 2020 performance and credited most of the accomplishments to the rank and file.
 
Asec. Lagunda together with RED Rodriguez, EMB RD Engr. Alex D. Jimenez, MGB RD Engr. Hernani Abdon and other DENR IX top officials continued the week- long visit by going to DENR 9 regional and field offices and engaging the personnel in dialogues and interfaces.
 
She also visited the Modernized and Mechanized Forest Nursery and Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape in Dapitan City, Pasonanca Natural Park and Bambusetum plantation in Zamboanga City, and DENR Monitoring Stations.
 
She ended her visit impressed on what she saw and observed and thanked RED Rodriguez for the warm hospitality she recieved during her stay in Zamboanga Peninsula.