DENR Bicol Information Caravan rolls out in Balatan, Camarines Sur

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          Preparations are underway for the launch of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region V information caravan on January 30, 2014 in Balatan, Camarines Sur. Members of DENR Leatherbacks, a motorcycle riders’ team comprised of 19 employees trained in environment laws, will engage in a series of information caravan, the purpose of which is to conduct information dissemination activities in selected municipalities across the Region.

            DENR Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales leads the Leatherbacks that he also envisions to be a quick response team to disasters as well as monitor the agency’s projects. “We will touch base with communities that are hardly reached by any government information to relay information and help them become more literate in environment laws”, Director Gonzales explains. The Caravan will also serve as a venue for discussing pressing issues in the community needing immediate action.

            A DENR V ad hoc team responded to the needs of typhoon Haiyan last year and was the first to report to DENR top management the damages in its Region 8 offices prompting the release of emergency funds for Eastern Visayas. As a follow through, another team was sent to Region 8 to assist in its clearing operations. These expeditions resulted to the formation of DENR Leatherbacks.

            DENR Leatherbacks owes its name to the species that nested in Legazpi City in July 2013. The Biodiversity Management Bureau formerly Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services regarded it as the first recorded nesting of leatherback in Philippine history.

Press Release: January 24, 2014