Regional People’s Hour succesfully held in Surigao

The Regional People’s Hour is a banner program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources aimed at bringing the agency closer to the people. This initiative is very timely and entirely unique since for a long time government processes has been always known to be tedious and too bureaucratic. The DENR has conducted this activity in several regions in the country and for the 5th time, this was held at the City Cultural Center, Surigao City, Caraga Region last June 16, 2010.

In every Regional Peoples Hour conducted, the DENR Secretary makes himself available for a one on one discussion of the issues and concerns brought at his desk by stakeholders during the Regional People’s Hour. People can air their issues on the environment, including mining, directly to the DENR Secretary and they can immediately get a response from the DENR Secretary to resolve their concerns.

In Caraga Region, the DENR Secretary Horacio C. Ramos was represented by the Undersecretary for Line Agencies Honorable Jeremias L. Dolino. USEC Dolino spent hours entertaining the queries of various DENR stakeholders. He was assisted by key officials of the DENR Central Office, DENR Regional Executive Director Edilberto S. Buiser, Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Caraga Regional Director Alilo C. Ensomo, Jr., Environmental Management Bureau –Caraga Regional Director Ester A. Olavides.

After the Regional People’s Hour, Land Titles were awarded to the residents of Barangay Sukailang, Surigao City followed by the giving of symbolic check to the recipients of the Upland Development Project of the DENR. Finally, Certificates of Recognition were awarded to 27 scholars of the mining companies in Caraga Region. Among the scholars, were the IP students of Timamana National High School, Timamana, Tubod, Surigao del Norte and the Mamanwa scholar from Barangay Taganito, Claver, Surigao del Norte who is currently taking up Mining Engineering at St. Paul University, Surigao City.


After Caraga, the Regional People’s Hour with the DENR Secretary will continue to meet people from all walks of life in other regions to hear various issues and concerns affecting the environment. (MGB-13)

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