The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V, together with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V spearheaded the first 2019 Regional Inter School Debate for the Environment in the Bicol Region.

With the aim to effectively heighten the public sector especially the youths' awareness about various environmental issues that the world is facing today and to move the public into action, the series of debates were conducted on November 15, 22, 29 and December 13, 2019, respectively at the Pacific Mall, Legazpi City.

The debate was opened to all schools in the Bicol Region and at least 11 schools signified to compete in the activity, which are (1) Camarines Sur National High School, (2) Bicol Regional Science High School, (3) Dominican School of Camalig, (4) Bicol University College of Education Integrated Laboratory High School, (5) Legazpi Hope Christian School, (6) Ligao National High School, (7) Sorsogon National High School, (8) Polangui General Comprehensive High School, (9) Marcial O. Rañola Memorial School, (10) St. Agnes Academy and (11) Daraga National High School.

The debate adopted the Oxford-Oregon debate format, which has the affirmative and negative side. Each school was represented by four (4) junior high school students and a coach.

For the Final Round, Sorsogon National High School (SNHS) in Sorsogon City bested St. Agnes Academy (SAA) in Legazpi City with the proposition, “Climate Change is a Hoax”. Mr. Francois De Vera, the Coach of SNHS was also awarded as the Outstanding Coach.

Meanwhile, the Best Debater, Best Speaker, and the Best Interpellator Awards were awarded to Sofia Eleazette S. Mortega of St. Agnes Academy.

Winners received certificates, plaques and cash prizes.

With the conduct of the debates, the DENR is hopeful that the public will participate in the environmental activities of the government and also become responsible stewards of the planet.



“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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