The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol OIC Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV presided over the 3rd Quarter Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Meetings of Matang-Tubig Watershed Forest Reserve (MTWFR) and Bongsanglay Natural Park (BongNP) both located at Ticao Island in the province of Masbate on August 13 and 14, 2019.

“As we gather in this meeting to thresh out issues, let us keep in mind, that together we have a shared responsibility in protecting our protected areas,” said RED Aromin. RED Aromin encouraged all the PAMB members to actively take part in the discussion to settle and provide measures to address the pressing issues being faced by the PA.

Issues on the constructed establishments and houses within the legal easement around MTWFR Spring was discussed and resolved. Consequently, an inventory of all forest occupants within the MTWFR was presented. Likewise, two (2) people’s organization (PO), particularly the Royroy United Fisherfolk Association (RUFA) and the Gibraltar Fisherfolk Association (GFA) both in Batuan, Masbate presented their activities under the Biodiversity Friendly Enterprise (BDFE), which is one of the programs implemented under the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) of the DENR. CMEMP aims to manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems.

Meanwhile, the PAMB members regionwide is assured of the continuous support of the DENR in effectively and efficiently managing their PAs. RED Aromin is positive that with the active participation of the members of the PAMB of MTWFR and BongNP, including the POs in the PA and the community as a whole, better protection efforts will be accorded to the PA.

PAMB is the governing body of a protected area composed of various stakeholders who directly and indirectly benefit from the park and its resources.###



“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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