The Negros Occidental Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office is now back in Western Visayas.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Negros Island Region turned over thePENRO to Region6 as operations of government agencies in the dissolved region will cease on Oct. 9.
The ceremonial turnover of responsibilities and accountability was held during the agency's Regional Management Conference at the Sugarland Hotelin Bacolod City yesterday.
Together with PENRO, the office of Environment Management and Mines and Geosciences Bureaus were also handed back to the parent region of Negros Occidental.
DENR-Western Visayas Director Jim Sampulna said that there were no changes in personnel in the province.
Outgoing NIR Director Livino Duran also said that they ensured that the almost 55 contractualworkers in his office will not be displaced after its abolition.
The office, which existed for a 1 year and 9 months, created a transition team to mitigate the impacts of displacement, Duran said, adding that most of them have already been assigned to the PENRO and regional offices in Panay and Cebu (Central Visayas).
He also said a turnover ceremony of PENRO Negros Oriental was also held Tuesday.
“During the operations of DENR-NIR, we made different programs and projects for the Negros Island environment and I hope they will be continued as the two provinces are now back at their parent regions,” Duran said.
He also expressed his gratefulness to all personnel during his stint in leading the DENR-NIR, adding that it was one meaningful experience working with everyone in Negros Island.
Duran reminded his staff to continue to be responsible public servants and good officials of the government.
Meanwhile, Sampulna also urged Negrenses to continue protecting the environment and conserving it by observing segregation.
He also urged Negros Occidental city and town mayors to fully enforce solid waste management in their localities under the Solid Waste Management Law. * MLG
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