The Department of Environment and Natural Resources V and members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of Mt. Mayon Natural Park (MMNP) convened during the conduct of its 4th Quarter PAMB Meeting held at DENR V Hamada Hall, Rawis, Legazpi City.

Along with the technical staff of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay led by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar, the meeting was attended by Office of Civil Defense V Regional Director Claudio L. Yucot, Head of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) Mr. Cedric D. Daep, Head of the Albay Provincial Tourism and Cultural Office (PTCAO) Ms. Dorothy F. Colle, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers (MENROs) and Punong Barangays designated as members of the PAMB. The meeting was presided by the PAMB Chairman, DENR V Regional Executive Director, Atty. Gil A. Aromin.

Part of the agenda was the presentation of the Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) Report for Mt. Mayon Natural Park, which was discussed by MMNP Assistant Protected Area Superintendent (APASu) Jenniffer O. Obeña. The conduct of the BMS is aimed at detecting trends in the abundance of species and resource uses and involving the local people to ensure better park management. Presented, likewise, during the meeting were the flora and fauna species found in the said protected area.

MMNP Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Yolda T. Abante, on the other hand, discussed the status of the issue on the Road Closure (road of way to Lidong Ecopark) of a certain private individual. Based on the investigation of PENRO Albay, it was reported that the fenced lot was not issued a land title hence, it is a government-owned lot. To date, the road of way to Lidong Ecopark is now again open and accessible to the public.

In addition, a Research Team from the Bicol University College of Science (BUCS) presented their study entitled, “Tuklas Lunas from Endemic Indigenous Plants in Bicol with Bioactivity against Diabetes, Obesity and Hypertension”. Introduced by Ms. Jocelyn E. Serrano, the Dean of the BUCS, the said study aims to gather various identified plants, which are found in Mt. Mayon for testing and experiment of their study. However, the Board has decided that Dr. Lilibeth A. Cajuday, the project proponent of the said study shall be present in the next PAMB meeting to answer questions raised by the PAMB before its approval.

Further, the meeting was able to thresh out issues and concerns on the issuance of permit on various activities conducted within MMNP. As such, the Provincial Government of Albay invited the DENR and the rest of the PAMB members to attend the Public Hearing on the Proposed Ordinance Amending Provincial Ordinance No. 0023-2016 entitled, “An ordinance prescribing the guidelines for Mayon Volcano Natural Park Trekking and providing penalties thereof”. Ms. Dorothy F. Colle, Head of the Albay PTCAO requested the presence of the DENR in order to harmonize the said provincial ordinance to the provisions of the R.A. 11038 otherwise known as the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas Sytem (ENIPAS) Act of 2018. The public hearing is scheduled on November 21, 2019 at the SPA Hall, Albay Capitol, Legazpi City.

In conclusion, RED Aromin expressed his words of thanks to all the attendees and encouraged them to continue active participation in the next meetings. **jmaportugal



“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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