DENR Bicol proposes expansion of Catanduanes Natural Parkpr6

What could be smallest now in terms of land area as a province may turn out to be the biggest protected area in the entire Region as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) seeks to expand the Catanduanes  Watershed Forest Reserve (CWFR) from 26,000 hectares (ha) to 48,831 ha.

The National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) and DENR V Land Evaluation Party in their recent field validation  found CWFR suitable for proclamation under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) owed to its old growth forest consisting mostly of Dipterocarp or hardwood species. It also covers 10 municipalities including Bagamanoc, Baras, Caramoran, Gigmoto, Pandan, Panganiban, San Andres, San Miguel, Viga, and Virac. The watershed forest reserve has potable water that support domestic and agricultural uses and could supply sufficient water for energy generation. It also harbors important plant and animal species in habitats fit for recreation and adventure.

But while the area offers opportunities for growth, it is also beset with challenges such as timber poaching, slash-and burn farming, changing land use, siltation, wildlife poaching, among others. These are the same reasons why the government sets aside areas for protection to secure resources required by present and future generations of humans.To expand the reserve would mean greater protection of the reserve and the wildlife plant and animal species  present in the area. It will also promote reproduction among endangered animal species since their range or areas frequented becomes larger making possible reproduction, larger area to hunt for food and improve the natural ecosystems functioning since these processes recognize no political boundaries. As bigger areas get protection from poachers, for instance, the adjacent towns are expected to afford the area the same level of protection hence, the species have greater chances for survival against natural calamities and human intrusion.

The CWFR is a protected area by virtue of Proclamation No. 123 dated June 23, 1987. Penalties apply to those who commit prohibited acts including hunting, destroying, disturbing or mere possession of any plants or animals or products derived therefrom without permit from the Management Board.

Press Release: May 14, 2015

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DENR BICOL HOLDS 1ST QUARTER MANCON

“Strive for a better 2020,” says OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Gill A. Aromin, CESO IV in his message during the 1st Quarter Management Conference (MANCON) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol held at the Hamada Hall, DENR Regional Office V, Rawis, Legazpi City on January 7, 2019.

OIC RED Aromin discussed the Marching Orders of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the New Year’s Call of the Department last January 3, 2020. He emphasized that DENR will be closely providing the necessary technical assistance and will be working with the local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders to ensure the enforcement of its mandate in consonance with the major thrusts of Secretary Cimatu on clean air, clean water, solid waste management, among others. OIC RED Aromin said that Secretary Cimatu gave his orders to continue the water quality improvement and evaluation nationwide.

In addition, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) was ordered to continue its activities on responsible mining and introduce further ways of extraction and replace open pit mining including the conduct of review on benching plan. More so, protected area and coastal management will be given priority by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) through the conservation and Development Division (CDD) of the regional offices.

Meanwhile, OIC Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop presented the issues and concerns affecting the Technical Services, particularly the National Greening Program (NGP). He urged all Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) to work together and come up with mechanisms and strategies to ensure that all other 2020 targets of their respective offices are attained. According to ARD TS Atty. Sopsop, the NGP will continue with the goal of contributing to the present forest covers. He further stressed the need to speed up on the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) targets of the Office.

Likewise, ARD for Management Services Engr. Eva S. Ocfemia discussed the pressing concerns of the Management Services on procurement, records management, and policy implementation, among others. ARD Ocfemia emphasized the effective delivery of services relative to the Freedom of Information (FOI), Anti Red Tape Act (ARTA) and other rules and regulations will be strictly monitored. She added that health and wellness programs for the employees will be initiated including career development programs.

In closing, OIC RED AROMIN is positive that DENR Bicol will attain its targets for the year with the cooperation and full support of all DENR Bicol personnel.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, along with its line bureaus, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V kickstarted the year with the launching of its mascots on January 6, 2020 at the DENR V Gymnasium.

At least 18 endangered Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) turtles, locally known as “Mukoy”, were released to the shores of Barangay Sibago, Donsol, Sorsogon by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Donsol, Sorsogon, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Large Marine Vertebrates (LAMAVE) on January 13, 2020.

Outgoing OIC, PENRO of Sorsogon Ma. Fe P. Reganit turned-over her duties and responsibilities to OIC, PENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio. Consequently, outgoing San Jacinto CENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio turned-over his duties and responsibilities to Supervising Ecosystem Management Specialist (SVEMS) Basil S. Camba.

DENR BICOL HOLDS 1ST QUARTER MANCON

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