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I. Introduction

• The implementation of the EAGLE Award is consistent with government laws and regulations, primarily Executive Order No. 192 (Reorganization Act of the DENR), Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 2001-01 (Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or PRAISE), and the DENR Rationalization Plan approved by the Department of Budget and Management.
• The guidelines are provided under the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-04 issued on March 8, 2019.
• Its main objective is to promote a culture of organizational and leadership excellence by determining the efficiency and effectiveness of field officials in delivering their mandates and recognize and commend them accordingly.

II. Scope and Coverage

The EAGLE applies to the following field officials, who should have occupied their positions for at least nine (9) months in 2018:

• DENR Regional Executive Directors (REDs)
• Regional Directors (RD) of the Environmental Management Bureau
• Regional Directors (RD) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau
• Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs)
• Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs)
• Implementing PENROs

III. Criteria

• The Performance Evaluation Rating for qualified key officials is broken down as follows:

Phase 1: Efficiency/effectiveness in delivery of service/product results 75%
Phase 2: Leadership abilities 25%

• Leadership will be gauged on the following abilities, based on perception survey among superiors, subordinates, and/or peers:

a. Integrity through adherence to, and promotion of, core principles and values prescribed by the DENR Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards
b. Service orientation in ensuring production and delivery of quality outputs, results and outcomes to achieve consistent customer satisfaction
c. Network building to establish and/or strengthen partnerships or networks that will facilitate the realization of organizational outcomes
d. Strategic focus in obtaining information and identifying key issues, and consequently committing to a course of action relevant to achieving long-range goals or vision
e. Managerial acumen to harness and focus human and financial resources to help achieve organizational goals

• Designated assessment teams consisting of selected officials and personnel from the Central and regional offices evaluated the nominees by reviewing documents and field verification.

Around 3,500 Benguet pine trees have been planted within the compound of “The Mansion” in Baguio City as part of the ongoing efforts to increase the number of tree species that the mountain resort city is famous for, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

DENR-Cordillera Administrative Region Executive Director Ralph Pablo said the move was in line with the directive of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, who earlier expressed concern over the declining number of pine trees in the city.

“Secretary Cimatu’s order was to saturate Baguio with the smell of pine trees again and restore the city’s claim to being the City of Pines,” Pablo said.

Close to 350 members of the Presidential Security Group took part in the tree-planting activity, which covered some two hectares of The Mansion’s open grounds.

The Mansion is the official summer palace of the Philippine president. It is located at the eastern part of Baguio City, along Leonard Wood Road and across Wright Park.

Some 11 hectares, or around 74 percent of The Mansion’s 14.7-hectare area, is partially forested or classified as “open forest.”

The state of Baguio’s dwindling number of Benguet pine trees caught Cimatu’s attention when he attended the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) alumni homecoming in February.

Cimatu subsequently ordered Pablo to conduct an inventory on the city’s number of trees and think of solutions on how to address the dwindling number of the iconic Benguet pine trees, so the DENR could take steps to preserve and protect them.

The inventory showed that the city’s trees number 2,498,019 within its 5,750-hectare territory.

Benguet pine trees, some measuring up to 124 centimeters in diameter, number around 351,493 or 14 percent of the total count.

Of the total Benguet pine trees, 79 percent or 277,148 are concentrated in areas classified as “closed forest” or “closed canopy” like Camp John Hay reservation, and forest parks near the Teachers’ Camp and the PMA.

The city’s open forest, such as the area where the 3,500 saplings where planted, has 70,735 Benguet pine trees with 3,610 others found in residential areas.

Miscellaneous trees account for half of the inventory of Baguio’s tree cover at around 1.2 million which include alnus, eucalyptus and calliandra trees.

Also included in the inventory are 885,268 young trees of all types, naturally-growing under matured trees.

Called “regenerants,” these young trees measure less than five centimeters in diameter and at least one meter in height.

Pablo cited the intensified construction boom and expanding urban sprawl as among the reasons for the noticeable decline of pine trees in the nation’s summer capital.

To address this, Pablo said one of the strategies the DENR regional office has adopted was to discourage lot owners applying for cutting permits to spare the pine trees.

The regional office, he said, has been promoting the benefits of having the trees in their area instead of cutting them down to give way for either construction or expansion of their houses.

“Sadly, the conventional mindset is that trees should go to maximize the floor space of a house. We explain to them the direct and indirect benefits of keeping these trees both to them and to the city, and the added-value they give to their houses as an investment,” he explained.

Out of Baguio’s 5,750-hectare land area, 1,339 hectares or 23 percent are identified and mapped as closed forest or “closed canopy”; 1,474 hectares or 26 percent are in open forest or “open canopy”; while 2,937 hectares or 51 percent are made up of residential, commercial and built-up areas including roads and highways. ###

Iniulat ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR0 na umabot sa 3,500 Benguet pine trees ang itinanim sa bakuran ng “The Mansion” sa Baguio City bilang bahagi ng programa ng kagawaran na maparami ang bilang ng puno sa naturang lugar.

Ayon kay DENR-Cordillera Administrative Region Executive Director Ralph Pablo, ang kanilang hakbang ay bilang tugon sa direktiba ni Secretary Roy A. Cimatu na paramihin ang bilang ng Benguet pine trees sa Baguio City dahil patuloy na bumababa ang bilang ng mga punong-kahoy sa naturang lugar, partikular na sa Camp John Hay.

“Secretary Cimatu’s order was to saturate Baguio with the smell of pine trees again and restore the city’s claim to being the City of Pines,” sabi ni Pablo.

Nakipagtulungan sa pagtatanim ng pine trees sa dalawang ektaryang bakuran ng The Mansion ang 350 miyembro ng Presidential Security Group (PSG).

Ang The Mansion ay ang opisyal na “summer palace” ng pangulo ng Pilipinas at matatagpuan ito sa eastern part ng Baguio City sa kahabaan ng Leonard Wood Road, sa kabila ng Wright Park.

Umaabot sa 74 percent ng kabuuang 14.7 ektaryang lupa ng The Mansion ang tinatawag na “open forest” dahil na rin sa nakatanim na iba’t-ibang uri ng puno sa paligid nito.

Ang pagbaba ng bilang ng Benguet pine trees sa Baguio City ay napansin ni Cimatu nang dumalo ito sa alumni homecoming ng Philippine Military Academy (PMA) noong Pebrero.

Dahil dito, agad na inatasan ni Cimatu si Pablo na magsagawa ng “inventory” sa mga puno sa lungsod upang makagawa ng aksiyon ang DENR na maparami ang bilang ng Benguet pine trees.

Lumabas sa isinagawang “inventory” na umabot sa 2,498,019 ang mga puno sa paligid ng lungsod na may 5,750 ektaryang teritoryo habang ang bilang ng Benguet pine trees na may lapad na 124 centimeters ay umabot sa 351,493 o 14 percent ng kabuuang bilang.

Sa naturang bilang, 277,148 o 79 percent ang lugar na tinatawag na “closed forest” o “closed canopy” katulad ng Camp John Hay reservation at mga parke malapit sa Teachers’ Camp at PMA.

Umaabot naman sa 70,735 puno ang matatagpuan sa tinatawag na open forest kung saan itinanim ang 3,500 saplings habang 3,610 sa mga ito ang makikita sa residential areas.

Ang mga tinatawag na miscellaneous trees na kinabibilangan ng alnus, eucalyptus at calliandra ay umabot naman sa 1.2 milyon ang bilang.

Kabilang din sa isinama sa imbentaryo ay ang mga batang puno na may bilang na 885,268 na tumutubo sa ilalim ng malalaking puno. Tinatawag ding “regenerants” ang mga “young trees” na may lapad na five centimeters at may taas na one meter.

Sinabi pa ni Pablo, ang pagbaba ng bilang ng pine trees sa Baguio City ay dahil na rin sa pagiging agresibo ng lungsod at mga ginagawang bagong gusali sa tinaguriang summer capital ng bansa.

Aniya. isa sa mga paraan ng DENR regional office upang mapigilan ang pagbaba ng bilang ng mga puno ay ang paghikayat sa mga lot owners na kumuha ng cutting permit bago putulin ng mga ito ang puno sa kanilang nasasakupang lugar.

Sinabi pa ni Pablo, nagsasagawa ngayon ang regional office ng kampanya upang ipaliwanag sa mga residente ang kahalagahan ng pagkakaroon ng puno sa kanilang nasasakupang lugar upang hindi putulin ng mga ito ang nakatanim kapag nagpapalaki ng mga bahay.

“Sadly, the conventional mindset is that trees should go to maximize the floor space of a house. We explain to them the direct and indirect benefits of keeping these trees both to them and to the city, and the added-value they give to their houses as an investment,” dagdag pa nito.

Sa kabuuang 5,750 ektaryang land area ng Baguio City, 1,339 o 23 percent dito ang tinatawag na closed forest o closed canopy habang 1,474 ektarya naman o 26 percent ang open forest o open canopy samantalang 2,937 o 51 percent ang residential at commercial area kabilang na dito ang nakasasakop sa kalsada at highways. ###

 

Makikiisa ang Pilipinas sa pagdiriwangng World Environment Day ngayong Miyerkules (Hunyo 5) kasabay ng paglaban sa polusyon sa hangin na isa sa mga pangunahing dahilan ng pagkamatay ng ating mga kababayan.

Pangungunahan ng Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang pagdiriwang ngayong taon na may temang #BeatAirPollution.” Kasabay nito, naghanda na rin ang ahensiya ng mga aktibidad para sa paggunita sa Philippine Environment Month ngayong Hunyo.

Layunin ng World Environment Day at ng Philippine Environment Month ngayong taon na hikayatin ang mga tao na unawain ang epekto sa kalusugan at kapaligiran ng air pollution upang makagawa ng aksiyon para magkaroon ng malinis na hangin para salahat.

Noong 2018, nakapagtala ang World Health Organization (WHO) ng 120,000 kataong namatay sa Pilipinas dahil sa maruming hangin dahilan upang pumangatlo tayo sa buong mundo dahil sa naturang polusyon.

Kabilang sa mga sakit na nakukuha sa maruming hangin ay ang lung cancer, stroke, pulmonary disease at acute respiratory infections tulad ng pneumonia.

Upang maibsan ang problemang ito sa maruming hangin ay ipinatutupad ng DENR ang Republic Act 8749 o kilala rin sa tawag na Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999, na isang polisiya at programa na layuning mapanatili ang malinis na hangin para sa mga Filipino at mapababa ang masamang epekto ng air pollution sa ekonomiya ng bansa.

Mahigpit ding binabantayan ng DENR ang mga industriya kung sumusunod ba ang mga ito sa naturang batas kasabay ng pagmonitor ng air quality sa buong bansa.

Sa pagdiriwang ng Philippine Environment Month ay inilunsad ng EMB ang “Gusto Namin ng Malinis na Hangin Mask Challenge” kung saan ay hinihikayat ang publiko na gumawa at gumamit ng face mask na gawa sa recyclable materials.

Sa programang ito, hinihikayat ang publiko na magsumite ng kanilang entry sa pamamagitan ng photo o video na hindi hihigit sa 30 segundo na may kasamang pagsasalarawan kung paano mababawasan ang air pollution.

Maaaring isumite ng mga lalahok ang kanilang entry sa EMB Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/denrenvibureau/. Sampu sa mga kalahokang mapipili na makakakuha ng imbitasyon sa KANTALIKASAN album lunch at gift chequena P1,000bawatisa.

Sa darating na Hunyo 27 ay magsasagawa ang EMB ng Environment Fair sa mall sa Quezon City. Kabilang sa programa ang ZumVironment na isang zumba session para sa environmental advocates at publiko habang magkakaroon din ng exhibit para sa air pollution and health, film showing at youth lecture/forum.

Ilulunsad din ng EMB ang KANTALIKASAN album na naglalaman ng 10 environmental songs nananalo sa song writing competition na ginanap noong nakalipas na taon na kinanta ng Singing Ambassadors.

Ang World Environment Day ay unang ipinagdiwang noong 1974 ng United Nations ay layuning humikayat ng mga tao upang mapataas ang kamalayan at makahikayat para mabigyan ng proteksiyon ang ating kapaligiran habang ang Philippine Environment Month naman ay ipinagdiriwang tuwing Hunyo ng bawat taon sa pamamagitan ng Proclamation No. 237 na inilabas noong 1988. ###