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Monday, April 20, 2015

New DENR-9 regional office building inaugurated

By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – As the regional center for region 9 has been transferred from Zamboanga City to Pagadian City, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-9 has inaugurated on Friday, April 17, its new regional office building erected at the President Corazon C. Aquino Regional Government Center in Barangay Balintawak this city.

Addressing the audience comprising some city government officials, provincial officials, Congressman Victor Yu, Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-9 staff, DENR-9 regional office staff as well as personnel from the different Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENROs) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) throughout the region, Undersecretary Demetrio L. Ignacio Jr. said the construction of the new regional office building here in the city is a proof of “DENR-9’s commitment to support the transfer of the regional center to Pagadian City” as mandated under Executive Order No. 429 issued by former President Corazon C. Aquino.

Undersecretary Ignacio was sent to deliver the speech of Secretary Ramon JP. Paje, who was in South Korea attending the World Water Summit.

“It is almost 40 years since DENR-9 constructed a regional office building. To have an office that gives us the dignity we deserve, the new regional office now stands on a 1.4-hectare lot donated by the city government of Pagadian within the newly created President Corazon C. Aquino Regional Government Center,” Secretary Paje said in his message as read by Ignacio.

Paje also reminded the DENR personnel that their agency “is primarily tasked to manage, conserve, protect and sustain the environment and natural resources, serving as the forefront in implementing programs and projects that can directly reduce poverty, strengthen food security, mitigate impact of climate change, protect biodiversity, geo-hazard mapping, pollution control, stimulate economic growth and establish political stability.”

On the other hand, Congressman Victor Yu of Zamboanga del Sur’s first district has commended the DENR for immediately complying with the order to transfer its regional office to Pagadian City. In fact, he said, DENR-9 was the first agency to construct its regional office at the regional government center.

Other agencies which have started constructing their regional offices there are the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Bureau of the Treasury, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS).

Some agencies are still renting while a few have already constructed their regional offices in their own lots here in the city.