Legazpi City – A female green sea turtle was tagged and released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources V (DENR V), Philippine Navy and ABS-CBN Bicol to the sea at Rawis, Legazpi City on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

The green sea turtle which measures approximately 49 inches long and 45 inches wide, was found trapped in a fish pen at Malobago, Manito, Albay and was rescued by local residents. Mr. Sonny Alcantara, one of the locals, turned over the marine turtle to DENR V on the same day it was released.

Since marine turtles and mammals are protected under the Philippine law and catching them is punishable by imprisonment, the DENR V continuously calls on the public to turn over any wildlife to authorities who can release them to their natural habitat. Continuous information and education campaign is being done by the agency which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office.###



        The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V joined the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) – Bicol Chapter and several stakeholders during the 2nd Bicol Mining Summit on July 19-21, 2017 in Legazpi City.

          To kick-start the event, a Zumba and Color Fun Run with the theme, “Color Fun Run: Mine for Life” started at the Bicol University Commencement Grounds at 6 o’clock in the morning of July 19, 2017. Mario Nolledo, a DENR V Employee bagged the first place during the said activity.

          The summit was highlighted by a Mine Exhibit at the Legazpi City Convention Center. Following the opening ceremonies, a bowling tournament at the Embarcadero de Legazpi, Mine Symposium, Mayor’s Night, Students’ Congress and City Tour, among others are some of the activities lined-up during this three-day event.

        DENR V Regional Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, in her message, during the ribbon cutting ceremonies of the Mine Exhibit stressed the essence of sustainable and responsible mining.

         With this year’s Mining Summit theme, “An Approach towards Sustainable, Responsible and Environment-Friendly Mineral Development in Bicol”, DENR hopes for the enlightenment of the public on various mining issues and concerns, which are far from over.###

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