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.###



        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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