Left photo: Secretary Roy A. Cimatu delivers the keynote message during the DENR Scholars’ Congress. Right photo: The DENR Scholars together with the DENR officials led by DENR Asst. Sec. Joan A. Lagunda of the Human Resource Development, Information Systems and Legislative Affairs and Dir. Ric G. Enriquez of the Human Resource Development Service (HRDS).

In its effort to bring together the DENR scholars for the last 32 years, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) held the 1st ever 2019 DENR Scholars’ Congress on October 23-25, 2019 at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City. This year’s theme is “Redefining the Roles of Intellectual Capital Towards Environmental Governance”.

One hundred ten (110) scholars from different regions nationwide joined the milestone event. In his message, Dir. Ric G. Enriquez thanked the DENR scholars for remaining loyal to DENR for the past years. He also encouraged the scholars to cooperate with each other to better serve the public.

DENR Asst. Secretary Joan A. Lagunda gave the inspirational message and said, “When God sees you doing your part, developing what he has given you, then he will do his part and open doors that no man can shut. Your knowledge is God’s gift to you, what you do with this knowledge is God’s gift to God.” She added, “Today, we celebrate those who have strived, endured and triumphed the challenges against mediocrity to champion our advocacy and ignite other’s hearts for public service.”

She ended her message by saying, “Be a good example as scholars. We will set you free, go forward and lead with our core values. Be an example of discipline, nobility and responsibility.

She further challenged all the scholars by saying, “We expect more from you that you will do the priority projects, programs in line with President Duterte’s mandate.”

The activity also provided a venue to launch the new logo of the DENR Scholars’ Congress. It also gave the opportunity for the launching of the HR Digest, the official Newsletter of the Human Resource Development Service.

On the 2nd day of the Congress, several scholars gave testimonies on the challenges they encountered as DENR scholars.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu was the keynote speaker during the occasion. He congratulated and encouraged all the DENR scholars to maintain the standards and academic competencies of the DENR.

Dr. Rolando L. Metin of the Development Bank of the Philippines and former Undersecretary of the DENR presented the 10 common leadership styles. He also mentioned the 5 must-have qualities of every Filipino business leader such as: pagmamalasakit (empathy), pagpapakumbaba (humility), pagkamausisa (curiosity), pinoy-pride (passion) and pakikisama (servant-leadership).

Dir. Aida C. Yuvienco of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) gave her insights on the “Intellectual Capital in the Digital World”.

The highlight of the event was the presentation of research papers of scholars. Each participant was allowed to attend 4 sessions.

After the presentations, the gala awards night followed. This time, the best papers were awarded with plaques of recognition. Special Awards were also given to “Stars of the Night”..

ASEC Nonita Caguioa gave a short message during the closing program. Some congress participants gave their impressions on the whole event. Dir. Ric G. Enriquez likewise gave the synthesis of the congress. Then, ASEC Joan A. Lagunda led the DENR Scholars pledge of commitment.  Finally, all the participants joined the community singing of the DENR Hymn. Marla V. Cambay, TTD