The National Museum of the Philippines exhumed the carcass of the leatherback sea turtle, which was found at Barangay Caorasan, Bula, Camarines Sur last July 28, 2019. The National Museum coordinated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Sur led by PENR Officer Grace L. Cariño, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Iriga headed by CENR Officer Nestor Franz A. Fortuno and the Local Government Unit of Bula, Camarines Sur.

The National Museum Team headed by its Acting Deputy Director General for Administration Mr. Angel P. Bautista conducted the exhumation of the pawikan for scientific and exhibition purposes. Taxidermy will be done on the pawikan’s body through mounting or stuffing, for the purpose of display or study. The National Museum said that it is the trust of both the DENR and the National Museum to be instrumental in bringing to the general public ecosystem significance and conservation. Moreover, the pawikan will be an important addition to the National Museum of Natural History’s Zoological Reference Collections for further research.

The male pawikan, which measured 138 centimeters in length and weighed 200 kilograms was found by a fisherman already dead with both fore flippers entangled with rope.

The DENR through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release the same to their natural habitat. Unceasing information, education and communication (IEC) campaign is being undertaken by the DENR to increase the awareness of the general public on marine species conservation, especially those in the coastal communities.

The DENR is taking actions to strengthen the enforcement of Republic Act 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” in support to Secretary Roy Cimatu’s marching order to enforce biodiversity conservation.



“Strive for a better 2020,” says OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Gill A. Aromin, CESO IV in his message during the 1st Quarter Management Conference (MANCON) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol held at the Hamada Hall, DENR Regional Office V, Rawis, Legazpi City on January 7, 2019.

OIC RED Aromin discussed the Marching Orders of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu during the New Year’s Call of the Department last January 3, 2020. He emphasized that DENR will be closely providing the necessary technical assistance and will be working with the local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders to ensure the enforcement of its mandate in consonance with the major thrusts of Secretary Cimatu on clean air, clean water, solid waste management, among others. OIC RED Aromin said that Secretary Cimatu gave his orders to continue the water quality improvement and evaluation nationwide.

In addition, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) was ordered to continue its activities on responsible mining and introduce further ways of extraction and replace open pit mining including the conduct of review on benching plan. More so, protected area and coastal management will be given priority by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) through the conservation and Development Division (CDD) of the regional offices.

Meanwhile, OIC Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop presented the issues and concerns affecting the Technical Services, particularly the National Greening Program (NGP). He urged all Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) to work together and come up with mechanisms and strategies to ensure that all other 2020 targets of their respective offices are attained. According to ARD TS Atty. Sopsop, the NGP will continue with the goal of contributing to the present forest covers. He further stressed the need to speed up on the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) targets of the Office.

Likewise, ARD for Management Services Engr. Eva S. Ocfemia discussed the pressing concerns of the Management Services on procurement, records management, and policy implementation, among others. ARD Ocfemia emphasized the effective delivery of services relative to the Freedom of Information (FOI), Anti Red Tape Act (ARTA) and other rules and regulations will be strictly monitored. She added that health and wellness programs for the employees will be initiated including career development programs.

In closing, OIC RED AROMIN is positive that DENR Bicol will attain its targets for the year with the cooperation and full support of all DENR Bicol personnel.


Photo Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, along with its line bureaus, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V kickstarted the year with the launching of its mascots on January 6, 2020 at the DENR V Gymnasium.

At least 18 endangered Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) turtles, locally known as “Mukoy”, were released to the shores of Barangay Sibago, Donsol, Sorsogon by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Donsol, Sorsogon, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Large Marine Vertebrates (LAMAVE) on January 13, 2020.

Outgoing OIC, PENRO of Sorsogon Ma. Fe P. Reganit turned-over her duties and responsibilities to OIC, PENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio. Consequently, outgoing San Jacinto CENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio turned-over his duties and responsibilities to Supervising Ecosystem Management Specialist (SVEMS) Basil S. Camba.


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