DENR V CELEBRATES WETLANDS DAY

DENR V CELEBRATES WETLANDS DAY

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.###

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CIMATU VOWS TO STRENGTHEN CENROs, ENFORCE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

“I will strengthen the CENROs,” says Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his message during his recent visit in Bicol. Secretary Cimatu vowed to strengthen the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) being the frontline unit which delivers the services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the people.

According to Secretary Cimatu, he will empower the Forest Protection Officers to ensure their welfare and security. “Hindi tama na binabantayan ninyo ang mga puno, pero hindi ninyo mabantayan at maipagtanggol ang inyong mga sarili. We will train you. Pag-aaralin natin yan,” he said.

Citing his major thrusts for the environment, Secretary Cimatu emphasized clean air, clean water and solid waste management. He vowed to protect the environment by strictly and fully enforcing the laws. “We will do something for the environment, and I need all of you,” he stressed. He is optimistic that with the help of all DENR employees all environmental laws will be implemented to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Secretary Cimatu expressed his awe to Bicol Region being home to the world’s most perfect cone volcano and the world’s smallest commercial edible extant fish. He said that both Mayon Volcano and the Sinarapan or locally known as “Tabios” should be protected including all our natural resources. His orders for their protection were made explicitly to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers where these two (2) wonders are found.

The Environment chief likewise warned employees about zero tolerance on corruption. “Do your work with honesty and integrity. Corrupt officials and employees will be punished. You don’t have a second chance with me,” the environment chief said. 

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DENR SECRETARY CIMATU PLANTS A PILI SEEDLING IN DENR BICOL. 

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