COMMITTED to performing their tasks and accomplishing their 10-point priority programs despite the continuing threats posed by Covid-19, employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have decided to arm themselves with sufficient knowledge on how to deal with and prevent the spread of the dreaded virus.
This, as the DENR recently launched Padayon, a handbook on Covid-19 response which encapsulates the steps to be taken against the disease, using the “Four Es” which means Educate, Equip, Emerge triumphant, and Express to heal.
The handbook was produced by the Strategic Communications Initiatives Services with the help of other offices at the department, and was primarily aimed at keeping the workplace, families and respective communities of all DENR employees safe.
It also contains interventions for its employees concerning their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health during the pandemic.
To fully inculcate to the employees the contents of the handbook, a series of online lectures have been conducted after the program was rolled out as part of its education component.
In his message delivered by Environment Undersecretary Rodolfo C. Garcia, Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the manual will be beneficial to the agency’s response against COVID-19.
"I am highly confident that this handbook would serve us well because it contains everything and anything we need to know about this dreaded and pesky coronavirus disease," Cimatu said.
"[It shows] what we can do to avoid contracting it (COVID-19), what we should do in case we get it, and how to avoid spreading it," he added.
Cimatu also noted that the handbook will support the existing DENR orders and memoranda to address COVID-19-related concerns.
He added: "I am proud that we are being consistent and reliable and doing our share in addressing the challenges brought about by the pandemic without much noise and fanfare."
Meanwhile Department of Health Undersecretary Ma. Rosario S. Vergeire, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Director Maria Luisa S. Agamata, and Lucre Mae H. Villaluna of the Career Executive Service Board (CESB), have extended their support and commended the DENR for institutionalizing the project.
Former CSC Commissioner and CESB Executive Director Mary Ann Z. Fernandez-Mendoza was also present during the online activity.
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