The Department of Environment and Natural Resources 9 through the Enforcement Division facilitated the conduct of Orientation Seminar to Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENROs) in the province of Zamboanga del Sur on January 10, 2023 at Tausug Hall, Provincial Government Center, Dao, Pagadian City.
This is in response to the request of Hon. Victor J. Yu to re-orient the members of the DENROs within his jurisdiction whose authority has already expired per Special Order Nos. 187 and 531 issued this office sometime in 2021.
The one-day activity aims to refresh and strengthen participants knowledge on environmental laws, policies, rules and regulations as they carry their responsibilities as DENROs who are assigned as checkers and manning checkpoints within their respective municipalities.
PENR Officer of Zamboanga del Sur, Diomedes Pablo in his opening message emphasized the vast scope of the DENROs responsibility from ridge to reef approach. He added that the department is very happy for the deputation since they will act as multipliers in enforcing environmental laws on the ground.
The morning session tackled topics on the Overview of Mines and Geosciences Bureau; Prohibited Acts and Penalties on Mining Laws and the Guidelines in the Conduct of Apprehension, Seizure, Confiscation and Disposition of Illegally Sourced Minerals and By-Products, Tools, Conveyances and Equipment used pursuant to MGB Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01 discussed by Engr. Ramil B. Mundo, OIC Chief of the Mines and Management Division together with MGBs Legal Officer Atty. Phil Crister L. Gaspar.
Environmental Management Bureau 9 represented by Noel G. Mandabon, the Chief of the Community and Environment and Natural Resources Unit of Ramon Magsaysay together with his staff gave quick inputs on the Prohibited Acts and Penalties on Environmental Laws such as PD 1586 known as the Environmental Impact Assessment, RA 9275 – Clean Water Act, RA 8749 – Clean Air Act and the RA 6969 – Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990.
During the afternoon session, For. Brendeyln P. Madarang Chief of the PAMBCS discussed Wildlife Resources Conservation & Protection Act of 2001, RA 9072 on Cave Act and RA11038 on the National Integrated Protection Area System while Atty. Rose Stephanie D. Florendo, CENRO-Guipos Legal Counsel tackled DENROs Duties and Functions with reference to DAO 2008-22, Prohibited Acts and Penalties on DAO 2003-24 with its Implementing Rules and Regulations of Chainsaw Act of 2002 and RA 9175 -the Regulations on the Ownership, Possession, Sale and Use of Chainsaw and the Salient Provisions on Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases.
Moreover, In-Charge, Office of the Regional Executive Director Ronald D. Gadot personally discussed topics on Forestry Laws, Rules and Regulations; Guidelines in the Conduct of Apprehension; Administrative Proceedings of Illegal Forest Products and the Machinery, Equipment, Tools and Conveyances pursuant to DAO 97-32; Dao 2020-18 Promoting Tree Plantation Development & Liberating Harvesting & Transport of Planted Trees and Tree Derivatives for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development and taught the participants on scaling of logs and lumber.
The orientation concludes with the distribution of certificates to the participants and their pledge of commitment to support DENR 9 in enforcing envi-related laws.
Mr. Richard Ligan – LENRO of Zamboanga del Sur expressed his gratitude to DENR 9 for the support they extended.