Thirteen DENR Lawyers Lauded, Cited

Thirteen lawyers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR ) were honored last Monday, four of whom for outstanding academic achievement while the other nine for passing the 2017 Bar examinations.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu led the recognition rites during the flag raising rites at the DENR Central Office in Visyas Avenue , Quezon City

“We have a very high batting average, imagine 9 out of 13 passed the bar, “ Cimatu said, noting the 13 were fresh law school graduates when they were hired by the Department as legal researchers

“It only means that we have the best people here in DENR,” Cimatu said, noting the success of his program of accelerating the resolution of cases clogging up the DENR’s legal office is more assured now that the nine law graduates are now to become full-fledged lawyers .

The nine new DENR lawyers include Atty. Wendell Caoagas, Andrea Victoria Amog, Jiana Joselle De Guzman, Fatima Angeli Tan, Lovely Grazette Quiben, Minette Sioson, Edna Francisco, Joseph Chrispher Torralba and Atty. Kris Rajiani Nagera.

All nine are assigned to the Legal Affairs Service at the DENR Central Office.

Cimatu likewise cited four other lawyers for outstanding academic achievement in their post-graduate programs, stressing their achievements are widely regarded by the Department as “a significant push” to raise the quality of professionalism and competence being cultivated by the DENR management for its 16,000-strong workforce.

The four includes Atty. Amiel Ian Valdez (Summa Cum Laude) , Atty Ronnel Sopsop (Class Valedictorian), Atty. Arlyn Buduhan (Best Paper) , Atty. Ismael Manaligod (With Honors) and Atty. Amiel Ian Valdez (Summa Cum Laude)

Valdez, who is with the Claims and Conflicts Division of Legal Affairs Service at the DENR-Central Office, finished his Master of Environmental Law this year with “First Class Honors” (equivalent to Summa Cum Laude) at University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.

Part of Valdez’s academic achievement was a paper he wrote titled “ Examining the extent and limits of the Philippine Writ of Kalikasan as tool to compel the government to fulfill its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement” which garnered the gold award during the sa isang “23rd Conference of the Parties sa United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany.

Atty. Ronnel Sopsop came out as as “Class Valedictorian” from this year’s batch of DENR scholars under the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Management Course at the DENR’s Environment and Natural Resources Academy in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. He was also given the “Leadership Award” by the EBR Academy.

Atty. Arlyn Katherine Buduhan, chief of Enforcement Office in DENR Region 1, finished her Masters Degree in Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) with a paper she authored “System of Monitoring and Regulating Sources of Raw Materials of Small-Scale Wood Processing Industries” which received the “Best Smart Regulation Re-Entry Project” prize.

Atty. Ismael Manaligod, head of the Legal Office, DENR-Region 2 in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan finished his Senior Executive Class in Public Management Development Program also at DAP with a special award “Outstanding Capstone Paper” for his paper “Grill or No Grill: Exploring Policy Alternatives on Wood Charcoal Value Chain in the Philippines.” ###

DENR to launch book on PAs during International Day of Biological Diversity

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be celebrating this year’s International Day of Biological Diversity (IDBD) with a book launching and a ceremonial turnover of an animal replica.

Through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), the lead agency tasked to lead the celebration, the DENR will be launching the book titled “Guidebook to Protected Areas of the Philippines” along with other events on tomorrow (May 22) at the National Museum in Manila.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is expected to deliver the keynote message in the program, and preceded by the welcome remarks of Mr. Jeremy Barns, director of the National Museum of the Philippines. The closing remarks will be delivered by newly installed BMB Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez.

A ceremonial turnover of a replica of Lolong, which was once the world’s largest crocodile in captivity until his death in February 2013 will also be conducted.

There will also be sharing of insights from Howie Severino, award-winning journalist from GMA7, on his coverage about biodiversity, and Dr. Arvin Diesmos, researcher at the National Museum of the Philippines, on studies about the science behind biodiversity.

An unveiling of an artwork by AG Saño, an environmental advocate and artist, titled as “Ang Kulay Puti” will also be showcased during the event.

The celebration will also feature the awarding of winners of the Philippine Junior Marketing Association’s 2018 Annual Marketing Competition, which features biodiversity-friendly enterprises as their case study.

The IDBD is celebrated every May 22 annually to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity. ###

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