The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is hosting a meeting of the environment cluster of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) slated for July 10-14 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.


DENR senior officials led by Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio will comprise the Philippine delegation to the sixth BIMP-EAGA environment cluster meeting, which will focus on the best practices and guidelines for sustainable ecotourism, farming and fishing among member countries.


During the meeting, updates on the two BIMP-EAGA projects of the Philippines will be presented. Environment Management Bureau Region 13 Director Engr. Wilson L. Trajico will apprise the cluster on the Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Potential Entities and DENR Region 9 Director Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. will take up Turtle Conservation and Ecotourism Development in the Turtle Island Heritage Protected Area.


There will also be discussions on the BIMP-EAGA Green Cities Initiative and the lessons learned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its implementation, and presentations on various projects adopted by each member country


Other The BIMP-EAGA projects include Indonesia's Sustainable Ecotourism Best Practice Contribution to Climate Resilience in Critical Ecosystem; and Malaysia's Mantanani Island-Integrated Low Carbon Island, and Development of Environmental Education Module and Board Games on Marine Environment for Communities in Sabah.


Some 15 delegates from the four member countries are expected to attend to meeting together with representatives from the ADB, BIMP-EAGA Business Council and the BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center based in Kota Kinabalu.


Ignacio is the environment cluster head of the Philippine-EAGA. Joining him in the delegation are his deputy, DENR Region 11 Director Ruth Tawantawan, the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) regional directors, assistant regional directors for technical services and chiefs of planning and management division in Regions 4B, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.


Representatives from the Mindanao Development Authority and the Palawan provincial government will also attend the meeting.


The BIMP-EAGA was formed in March 1994 with the goal of increasing trade, investment and tourism in the region. It consists of the entire Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam; 10 provinces on the islands of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Irian Jaya in Indonesia; the states of Sabah and Sarawak, and the Federal Territory of Labuan in Malaysia; and Palawan province and Mindanao region in the Philippines.


In the environment cluster, the focus of cooperation includes sustainable management of critical ecosystems, climate change adaptation and mitigation, clean and green production technologies; addressing transboundary issues; and environment mainstreaming.###



To spearhead the campaign in educating the youth on the importance of world wildlife, the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol with the Provincial Government of Albay celebrated the 2019 World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2019 at the Albay Parks and Wildlife, Legazpi City.

The celebration was participated in by the youth coming from different municipalities and cities in the province of Albay. World Wildlife Day is celebrated globally every March 3, the day when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973.

With the theme, “Life Below Water for People and Planet”, WWD 2019 focuses on marine species, highlighting the critical issues and values of marine wildlife to our everyday lives. The activity also aims to highlight the opportunity to celebrate various successful initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species, and to gear up support for future endeavors.

In her talk during the Symposium, Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez emphasized the role of the youth in the conservation and protection of our natural resources. “You are the all catalysts of change, your actions no matter how small they are can bring a huge impact to our environment,” said Director Rodriguez.

The celebration of the WWD 2019 was marked by a series of events and activities. As part of the activities, the DENR headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV and the Provincial Government of Albay through the leadership of Governor Al Francis C. Bichara conducted the following activities: Poster and Slogan Making, Essay Writing, Mobile Photography and Quiz Bee. All these activities are aimed at raising the awareness of the youth on the importance of life below water and highlight what they can contribute in the protection and conservation of our ecosystem.

Meanwhile, RED Aromin in his message said, “This day is an eye opener for all of us to develop our sense of connection to help reduce the threat to our marine species. Stop using plastic.” RED Aromin added that the youth plays a great role in the preservation of Mother Nature for they are the ones who will inherit the gains of a healthy environment.###


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DENR Bicol Hastens Government Procurement Process

DENR BICOL HAS A NEW GUARD. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol has a new guard in the person of Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV. By virtue of Special Order 2019-07 dated January 7, 2019, Atty. Aromin will lead DENR Bicol replacing Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag, CESO IV who will also serve as RED of DENR Region 2.



Masbate Kids Celebrate WMBD. (Photo by: Cyrus Job Dela Cruz)

Sunset as seen near the Naro Island Wildlife Sanctuary (NIWS), a Protected Area (PA) located at the southern part of Masbate Province. (Photo by: Cyrus Job Dela Cruz)

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