Thirteen lawyers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were honored last Monday in which four of them for outstanding academic achievement while the other nine for passing the 2017 bar examination.
DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu led the recognition rites during the flag raising at the DENR Central Office in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City.
“We have a very high batting average. Imagine 9 out of 13 passed the bar, “Cimatu said, noting the 13 were fresh law school graduates when they were hired by the Department as legal researchers.
“It only means that we have the best people here in DENR,” Cimatu said. The success of his program of accelerating the resolution of cases now clogging up the DENR’s legal office is more assured that the nine law graduates are now to become full-fledged lawyers.”
The nine DENR lawyers include Atty. Wendell Caoagas, Andrea Victoria Amog, JianaJoselle De Guzman, Fatima Angeli Tan, Lovely GrazetteQuiben, Minette Sioson, Edna Francisco, Joseph Chrispher Torralba, and Atty. Kris RajianiNagera.
All nine are assigned to the Legal Affairs Service at the DENR Central Office.
Cimatu likewise cited four other lawyers for outstanding academic achievement in their post-graduate programs, stressing their achievements are widely regarded by the Depratment as “a significant push” to raise the quality of professionalism and competence being cultivated by the DENR management for its 16,000-strong workforce.
The four include Atty. AmielIan Valdez (Summa Cum Laude) , AttyRonnelSopsop (Class Valedictorian), Atty. ArlynBuduhan (Best Paper) , Atty. Ismael Manaligod (With Honors) and Atty. Amiel Ian Valdez (Summa Cum Laude).
Valdez, who is with the Claims and Conflicts Division of Legal Affairs Service at the DENR-Central Office, finished his Master of Environmental Law this year with “First Class Honors” (equivalent to Summa Cum Laude) at University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia.
Part of Valdez’s academic achievement was a paper he wrote titled “Examining the extent and limits of the Philippine Writ of Kalikasan as tool to compel the government to fulfill its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement”, which garnered the gold award during the 23rd Conference of the Parties at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change” (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany.
Atty. Ronnel Sopsop came out as the “Class Valedictorian” from this year’s batch of DENR scholars under the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Management Course at the DENR’s Environment and Natural Resources Academy in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija. He was also given the “Leadership Award” by the EBR Academy.
Atty. Arlyn Katherine Buduhan, chief of Enforcement Office in DENR Region 1, finished her Masters Degree in Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) with a paper she authored “System of Monitoring and Regulating Sources of Raw Materials of Small-Scale Wood Processing Industries”,which received the “Best Smart Regulation Re-Entry Project” prize.
Meanwhile, Atty. Ismael Manaligod, head of the Legal Office, DENR-Region 2 in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan finished his Senior Executive Class in Public Management Development Program also at DAP with a special award “Outstanding Capstone Paper” for his paper “Grill or No Grill: Exploring Policy Alternatives on Wood Charcoal Value Chain in the Philippines.”