The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, along with the Ticao Burias Pass Protected Seascape (TBPPS) stakeholders including the local government units from the provinces of Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon, and Camarines Sur, partner agencies, particularly the National Economic & Development Authority (NEDA) 5, Large Marine Vertebrates (LAMAVE) Research Institute, and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) 5 gathered for a three-day stakeholders’ consultation workshop for the crafting of the Protected Area Management Plan (PAMP) of the TBPPS, deliberation of the management planning process, and creating the Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives, and Management Strategies of the PAMP on November 6-8, 2019 at La Edley Resort, Legazpi City.

The three-day workshop presented the description of the Protected Area (PA), Stakeholders’ Analysis, Regional Development Plan, the Whale Sharks & Manta Rays in the TBPPS, Situational Analysis and Participatory Mapping Facilitators and the Fisheries Management Areas (FMAs), among others. The workshop and plenary sessions covered lectures on the Preparation and Presentation of the Vision, Objectives, & Strategies in the management plan. The Management Effectiveness Assessment Tool (MEAT) was also presented along with the Organizational Structure of the PA where the PAMB and the stakeholders’ functions and responsibilities were elaborated.

Moreover, the Protected Area Superintendent (PASU), Mr. Aldrin Barruga responded to the queries raised during the consultation. He assured that the fisherfolks will not be restricted in using the coastal waters as long as it is regulated and will not be detrimental to the PA. It was also discussed by the PASU that the PAMB as a governing body will act on matters as mandated under Republic Act 10083.

The TBPPS is known to one of the largest protected seascapes in the region having a total area of 414,244.00 hectares covering the provinces of Albay, Masbate, and Sorsogon, as well as Municipalities of Balatan & Bato in the province of Camarines Sur. It is also the second largest protected seascape in the Philippines next to Tañon Strait Protected Landscape and Seascape in Cebu, Negros Occidental and Oriental. *DJNJ



“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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