18th NATIONAL CAVE CONGRESS HELD

18th NATIONAL CAVE CONGRESS HELD

Representatives from all over the Philippines including employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V participated in the recently concluded National Cave Congress with the theme, "Synergy: Harmonizing Efforts towards Sustainable Cave, Karst and Risk Management" held at the Legazpi City Convention Center from May 1 to 5, 2018.

The five-day Congress was facilitated by the Philippine Speleogical Society, Inc., a national network of caving organizations in partnership with the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) and the Municipal Government of Jovellar.

The Congress was conducted in support to the implementation of Republic Act 9072 or the National Caves and Cave Resources Management and Protection Act.

Basic caving, cave mapping, cave management, single rope technique and cave rescue were discussed in the Congress and practical applications were conducted in the caves of Jovellar, Albay.

DENR Regional Director in his message, expects the participants to have "a greater understanding of the social, economic and environmental effects of human impact on the sustainable management of our caves." "May this gathering be an avenue to engage our communities, define their roles and strengthen their involvement," he added. (JNLoria)

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DENR BICOL PARTICIPATES IN THE 4TH ASIA-PACIFIC CORAL REEF SYMPOSIUM

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) technical staff along with hundreds of stakeholders from the different sectors of society participated in the 4th Asia-Pacific Coral Reef Symposium (APCRS) held on June 4 to 8, 2018 at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel in Cebu City.

The 4th APCRS is an international conference dedicated to coral reef conservation. This was facilitated by the DENR in partnership with the University of the Philippines-Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI). First organized by the Asia Pacific Coral Reef Society in 2006, the event became an avenue for scientists, leaders and environmentalists to share their knowledge and expertise on marine and coral reef management and protection.

The theme, “Coral Reefs of the Asia-Pacific: Working Together Amidst Contemporary Challenges,” focused on the latest research studies, technology and innovations in marine biodiversity, coral reef ecology, geology and restoration, ocean processes and citizen science. Speakers included conservation champions from Australia, Singapore, Japan, Indonesia and the United States.

With 2018 dubbed as the International Year of the Reef, the conduct of APCRS proved to be timely.

Former DENR V Regional Director and now Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez said during the pre-conference of APCRS that through “effectively reducing the drivers and pressures on coastal and marine ecosystems, which led to its continuous degradation, the coastal and marine ecosystems’ condition will improve thereby enhancing ecosystem functions and services.”

 

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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.

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