The Department of Environment and Natural Resources V (DENR V) joined the annual global celebration of the World Wetlands Day (WWD) and the National Wetlands Day (NWD) on February 2, 2017 with the theme “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”.

Simultaneous programs, clean-up drives and tree-growing activities were conducted both by DENR Regional Office and Field Offices in selected wetland areas in the region.

DENR V together with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office Albay (PENRO Albay), Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Guinobatan (CENRO Guinobatan), Local Government Unit of Polangui (LGU Polangui), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), residents of Polangui and students of Maysua National High School marked the event by planting trees around Danao Lake in Barangay Danao, Polangui, Albay.

Information education on disaster risk management and the essence of wetland areas were also discussed during a program on the said area.

Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Roberto D. Sheen, in his message, urged the public to widen their knowledge and innovate on how to sustainably promote ecotourism sites such as Danao Lake.

To date, wetland assessment of Danao Lake and other wetland areas in the Bicol Region were conducted by DENR V. Moreover, the agency along with the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) are implementing wetland management plans to further determine possible ecotourism interventions for these sites.

The WWD celebration marks the date of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance or the “Ramsar Convention” in Ramsar, Iran on February 2, 1971. This occasion aims to raise awareness among the public on the importance, wise management and value of wetlands.###



In celebration of the Philippine Environment Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V conducted an environmental tour-cum-symposium dubbed as “I am Connected” on June 27, 2017 at the Albay Parks and Wildlife, Bogtong, Legazpi City.

Grade school students and teachers from the Albay Central School participated the event.

With this year’s theme “Connecting People to Nature”, the event aimed to increase the awareness of the participants on the vital role of young people in the protection and conservation of the environment.

Biodiversity, geohazard awareness and ways on how to keep the environment pollution-free were among the topics discussed.

DENR enjoins the youth to become active members of the society and develop social responsibility towards Mother Earth.###

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