Proving that the pandemic is no excuse for delaying employee training, DENR National Capital Region decided to push through with its ENR Frontline Course on Monday, 17 August 2020, via video communications app.

Originally scheduled early this year and designed as a live-in seminar at the Environment and Natural Resources Academy (ENRA) in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija, the training was delayed as quarantine measures were imposed in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon.

DENR National Capital Region Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan graced the opening ceremonies for the 7-day online training course aimed at acquainting participants—employees doing frontline work—with the core values of DENR and develop, enhance, and strengthen their leadership skills.

Director Caancan reminded the participants of their role as public servants, and to put the interest of the people above all, especially during these trying times. She said all employees of the regional office, officials and rank-and-file alike, should step up their game and move forward as people expect more from us with the pandemic. “You need to make a difference, whatever your assignment. That’s the essence of a true public servant”, RED Caancan concluded.

The ENR Frontline Course is part of the “Environment and Natural Resources Learning Program” (ELP) of DENR, a comprehensive training program that DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu launched in 2018 to hone the executive leadership and administrative competencies of frontline officers. The other modules under the ELP are the ENR Management Course and ENR Leadership Course.

Planning and Management Division (PMD) Chief Eduardo Calzeta, Ph.D.; Enforcement Division (ED) Chief Forester Orly Cariazo; and, Licenses, Patents, and Deeds Division (LPDD) Chief Atty. Alvin Constantino served as resource persons for the first day of the learning activity. The Human Resources Development Section (HRDS) served as learning facilitators.