“Our insistence that employees of the Department undergo formal education and training through our Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Academy is a manifestation of the management’s thrust of giving premium to the learning and development of its personnel to better serve the public,” says Tirso P. Parian Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8.

RED Parian made this remark during the graduation rites of 46 DENR employees in the region, belonging to Batch Enthusiastic and Batch Integrity, who hurdled the 10-day ENR Academy Basic Course. The course was innovatively and successfully done virtually at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

“Now, the challenge is to level up the learning and development phase to the performance management because it is where we are weighed if we can concretize into practice through the delivery of services those that we learned in the course,” added RED Parian.

The course was positively welcomed by the student-employees of DENR as it provided them the opportunity to be better equipped to perform not only their respective functions but a working knowledge of the DENR’s priority programs and projects.

“There were many information about the Department that most of us were still ignorant about even after years in service. It was the ENR Academy that filled up the void and we are truly grateful,” remarked Ms. Kristines M. Suyom, the class valedictorian from batch Integrity.

Ms. Quennie Mae. G. Cagoyong, valedictorian for batch Enthusiastic says, “as a commitment being a recipient of the learned knowledge, we will do our best to become better versions of ourselves to help fulfill the Department’s mandate and offer quality service to our clients.”

The ENR Academy is a specialized competency development program of the DENR designed to augment knowledge gaps, calibrate understanding of ENR laws and sharpen proficiencies of all DENR employees, especially in the frontline offices and leaders to improve delivery of services to the public.