EARTH HOUR OBSERVANCE IN BICOL SLATED

EARTH HOUR OBSERVANCE IN BICOL SLATED

The Bicol Region will once again take part in the annual global Earth Hour observance on March 24, 2018.

The Environmental Management Bureau V together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Legazpi will spearhead this year's observance in Legazpi City.

Hundreds of participants from various sectors are expected to participate the noble initiative which will jumpstart with a Foot Parade from Freedom Park, Gogon, Legapzi City to Peñaranda Park, Albay at 5:30 in the afternoon. Participants will be singing environmental songs in unison to urge the public to get involved in the noble act.

A short program will then be conducted at the Peñaranda Park where individuals and groups will render songs and dances. The participants are expected to form the word "EARTH" in open space and at exactly 8:30 in the evening, the lights will be turned off in the area for an hour to signify the start of the observance of the Earth Hour.

Earth Hour was started in 2007 by the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) in Sydney, Australia. It became a worldwide trend with its impact of reducing carbon emissions.

DENR V urges the public to join the celebration by observing the symbolic lights-off hour on the said date. (JNLoria)

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ISO 14001:2015 CERTIFICATION FOR DENR BICOL

                             UNDERWAY

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V aims to have an ISO 14001:2015 Certification before the end of 2019.

ISO 14001 is dubbed as the most important standard for organizations within the 14000 series developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a Switzerland-based international standard setting body composed of representatives from national standard organizations of 164 member countries.

One of the requirements of the ISO is the creation or adoption of an Environmental Management System (EMS), which will address the environmental issues of an organization.

Through the EMS, organizations will be able to identify and reduce environmental impacts of its operations in the delivery of its services. 

OIC, Regional Director (RD) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag directed the creation of a team at the DENR Regional Office No. V, which shall ensure the implementation of EMS in accordance with the ISO.

The EMS Core Team of DENR V is headed by the OIC, RD together with the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services (ARD MS) Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez and ARD for Technical Services (TS) Allan L. Leuterio.

The EMS Core Team consists of seven sub teams, which shall address the seven components namely the waste and management program, conservation program, which includes the electricity, water, fuel, paper communication expenses and internet subscription, emergency preparedness and response program, information, education and communication program, compliance and evaluation program, training program and monitoring program.

One of the interesting components of the EMS is the implementation of a Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Manual. The DENR V already have its DRRM Manual and itsfull implementation is underway and will be hastened by the EMS Core Team.

Primarily, DENR V aims to reduce waste and minimize consumption of resources within its compound by end of December this year, through proper segregation of solid waste through the “3R’s” or the “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” scheme, establish a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and reduce water, electricity and fuel consumption by 5%.

A look back in the year 2016, the DENR Central Office located at Visayas Avenue, Quezon City was the first agency in the Philippines to be certified with ISO 14001:2015.

As the lead agency in environmental governance, DENR recognizes the need to push for excellence in the efficient and effective environmental management within and outside of the organization.

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BICOL HAS NEW DENR CHIEF. Atty. Antonio A. Abawag receives the DENR V flag from Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the Turnover Ceremony on June 1, 2018 at the DENR Regional Office V, Rawis, Legazpi City. 

DENR V DIVERS COLLECT DRUPELLA AT TAGBON REEF, PURO LEGAZPI CITY.

DENR V AND LGU LEGAZPI JOINS THE PHILIPPINE ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

IEC ON DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT CONDUCTED IN PALANAS, MASBATE.

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