Geared towards mobilizing the youth in environmental protection and in line with the 2019 National Climate Change Consciousness Week Celebration, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Goa Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Team in collaboration with the Jose De Villa National High School (JDVNHS) conducted a Forum on Climate Change Consciousness on November 19, 2019 at JDVNHS Compound, Manguiring, Calabanga, Camarines Sur with the theme, “Step Up Local Climate Action: Strengthen Community Resilience”.

A pool of fifty-three (53) students coming from Grades 7 to 12 were enlightened on Climate Change and Environmental Degradation, Marine Turtle Conservation, and Ecological Solid Waste Management through the discussions of Land Management Officer I and Community Information Officer Ciara Mae R. Mape, Supervising Ecosystems Management Myrna G. Baylon and EMB embedded personnel Environmental Monitoring Officer Jaycel D. Blanco, respectively. Prior the program proper, several informational videos on the environment were played to provide the students with interesting yet comprehensive way of appreciating the value of the various ecological services and functions as well as to show documentary evidence of the global environmental crisis that urgently needs to be addressed.

The information campaign was highlighted with the challenge to combat climate change through behavioral change. Some of these major behaviors are those on energy conservation, reduction of greenhouse gases emission, proper solid waste management, proper land use, ecologically-sound agricultural practices, volunteerism on environmental activities and protection of biodiversity and its habitat among others. Being a few kilometers away from the San Miguel Bay, the JDVNHS plays a crucial role in the management of the coastal area and in resolving the current pressing environmental issues in the said locality.

The CEPA Team together with JDVNHS School Principal MTII Priscilla C. Permelona challenged the students to become active vanguards of environmental protection by instilling in themselves the behavioral changes needed for a more resilient community. Through the activity, the student participants were motivated to influence their family members, schoolmates, peers and other members of the community towards the common goal of saving the world’s remaining resources from total destruction. Furthermore, some printed information, education and communication campaign materials and banner were given to the school for distribution.

The one-day event was indeed a success with the strong support extended by the JDVNHS Science Department members namely MT II Angel B. Belleza, TII Mabel P. Arceo, TII Alicia S. Cadiz, TII Krishna G. Navarro, TI Marylud P. Zapanta, TI Mae Bernadette O. Corpuz and TI Mary Carolyn M. Estadilla. Moreover, the CEPA Team plans to revisit the school for other future environmental activities. *cmrmape



“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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