LEGAZPI CITY, June 18 (PNA) -- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje recognized the efforts of two Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol officials for their important role during relief operations for typhoon “Yolanda” victims, the Regional Public Affairs Office said Wednesday.
Paje cited DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales for having immediately dispatched a team led by Forester Gemma Lavilla to assist victims of the super typhoon, especially the affected personnel and their families in the DENR regional office.
He handed the Award of Commendation to the two Bicol personnel during the agency’s 27th founding anniversary celebration in Quezon City recently.
The DENR Bicol was the first regional field office outside Region VIII to organize a team that went to Tacloban City and immediately undertook relief distribution to the affected personnel of the typhoon-ravaged region.
Lavilla, a native of Tacloban, Leyte, helped secure the aid materials against pilferage, set up relief operation and upon instruction of Gonzales, coordinated with active government agencies of Eastern Visayas -- including the National Bureau of Investigation.
After negotiating human corpse-strewn roads two days after the typhoon and amid life-threatening situations, the DENR Bicol team reached Tacloban City and immediately buckled down to work.
The DENR Leyte personnel immediately received relief goods and their predicaments were documented and relayed to the DENR Central Office, paving the way for increased assistance and resumption of service delivery in the region, Paje said.
In giving the award to Gonzales and Lavilla, the DENR secretary said he considered the DENR Bicol officials’ deed as “acts of courage and bravery.”
“I don’t deserve it. What prompted me was the instinct to make life easier for our neighbor-region in the Visayas,” Gonzales said regarding the award. (PNA) CTB/FGS/AMM/CBD/