Environmental Management Bureau – I (EMB-I) Regional Director, Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe, attended the 3rd DENR-Region I Expanded Executive Committee Meeting on May 5, 2022 at the DENR Social Hall, DENR Building, Government Center, Sevilla, City of San Fernando, La Union. The said meeting was presided over by DENR-I Regional Executive Director, Atty. Crizaldy M. Barcelo.

Regional Director Hipe reported the physical and financial accomplishments of EMB-Region I as of April 2022 and gave updates on vacant positions to be filled, COVID-19 vaccination profile and monitoring, environmental events conducted for the month of April 2022 and upcoming activities. She also presented the EMB Memorandum Circular No. 2022-002 on streamlining requirements for online Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).

RD Hipe likewise shared that EMB-Region I received a commendation award from EMB Director, Engr. William Cuñado, for a proactive initiative and dedication making EMB-Region I compliant with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS), ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System (EMS) and ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System). EMB-Region I is the first EMB office to obtain IMS certification and has been a Quality Management System certified government agency since 2017.

RD Hipe also gave updates on the ongoing evaluation for the 2021 DENR Environmental Awards for Governance and Leadership Excellence or EAGLE Award. RD Hipe is one of the top five EMB Regional Directors being evaluated for the 2021 EAGLE Award. EMB-Region I division and section chiefs took the Subordinate Survey for the EAGLE Awards 2021 which was conducted by the EMB Central Office on May 4, 2022.

Also present during the said meeting were Mines & Geosciences Bureau -I Regional Director, Engr. Socrates G. Gaerlan; Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Forester Felix C. Taguba; OIC-Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Engr. Raymundo C. Gayo; Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) from the DENR-I field offices. Minimum public health standards were strictly observed as preventive measure against COVID-19.