DENR Assistant Secretary Joan A. Lagunda attended a series of activities hosted by DENR IX during her visit to Zamboanga del Norte from January 26-27, 2022.
The visit of the Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Western Mindanao, Metropolitan Environmental Office-East and Legislative Affairs and the concurrent Director of the Pasig River Coordinating and Management Office aims to monitor, validate and evaluate the various activities of the field offices in the region as well as dialogue with officials employees and other stakeholders and further develop and strengthen the DENR IX’s efforts in pursuit of the agency’s mandate.
Upon the arrival of the Assistant Secretary on January 26, she graced the inauguration of the DENR Strategic Checkpoint and Monitoring Station in Barangay Tolon, Rizal Zamboanga Del Norte. Aside from officials and personnel from the DENR IX led by RED Datu Tungko M. Saikol, in attendance also were members of Rizal Municipal LGU headed by Mayor Fiona Marie Manigsaca. The blessing of the monitoring station was officiated by Rev. Father Eudes D. Pañales from the Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Rizal, Zamboanga Del Norte.
Thereafter, ASec Lagunda proceeded to an interface with the DENR key officials and personnel from the regional and field offices. In her message, she reminded that DENR employees should serve with the highest degree of honor and standard, to constantly seek collaborative opportunities with stakeholders and innovate programs and projects that will elevate the level of service provided by the agency.
DENR IX Regional Executive Director Datu Tungko Saikol accepted this challenge and vowed to give the region’s best efforts.
In the early morning of January 27, a tree growing activity was conducted and participated in by the Asec Lagunda, DENR IX and local government officials and residents of Dapitan City. The activity was held in Barangay Sto. Niño located within Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape.
Afterwards, Asec Lagunda together with the DENR IX officials went to Aliguay Island Protected Landscape and Seascape for a community dialogue where DENR IX was able to present the upcoming programs and projects that will be implemented in the island. Asec Lagunda rallied for the support of the community residents and emphasized that government programs can only be effective with building linkages and partnership with stakeholders.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety and health standards set by the Department of Health (DOH) were observed in the conduct of all the above-mentioned activities. #