BUNTOD REEF MARINE SANCTUARY, BONGSANGLAY NATURAL PARK BAG 2019 PARA EL MAR AWARDS

BUNTOD REEF MARINE SANCTUARY, BONGSANGLAY NATURAL PARK BAG 2019 PARA EL MAR AWARDS

The Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary located in Masbate City landed first for the Outstanding Locally-Managed Protected Area (MPA) and Best in Enforcement while the Bongsanglay Natural Park (BongNP) in the municipality of Batuan, Masbate landed as the 2nd runner-up for Best Mangrove Award during the 7th Para El Mar: MPA Awards and Recognition on October 23, 2019 at the Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

The 250-hectare Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary competed against 10 other MPAs meanwhile the BongNP competed against three other protected areas.

The BongNP is home to the century-old “Miyapi” (Avicennia officinalis) which are the biggest mangrove trees in the Bicol Region. It has a total area of 518.9 hectares and covers the Barangays of Royroy and Gibraltar in Batuan, Ticao Island, Masbate.

Present to receive the awards were the employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Gil A. Aromin with the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officer of San Jacinto, Masbate Herleo O. Pavericio and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Masbate City headed by Mayor Rowena R. Tuason.

The Para El Mar which means “For the Seas”, is a biennial prestigious event, which aims to showcase the country’s best performing MPAs and provide an avenue for stakeholders to share their best practices in the management of MPAs which maybe replicated to other MPAs.

The DENR V appreciates the recognition of the efforts in the preservation and conservation of the protected areas nationwide.###*JNLoria

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DENR BICOL HOLDS 1ST QUARTER MANCON

“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.

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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.

DENR BICOL HOLDS 1ST QUARTER MANCON

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