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PENRO FRANCIA NOW LEADS CAMARINES NORTE

PENRO FRANCIA NOW LEADS CAMARINES NORTE
 
By virtue of DENR Special Order No. 2019-558 dated 8 August 2019, Forester Marlon C. Francia is installed as the new OIC, PENR Officer of DENR PENRO Camarines Norte replacing Forester Joaquin Ed A. Guerrero who has already signified his intent to retire from government service. 
 
DENR V OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV, who led the turnover ceremony, said that change is inevitable. He encouraged PENRO Camarines Norte personnel to support their new PENRO and challenged everyone to work together towards the goal of delivering exemplary service. PENRO Marlon C. Francia, who was previously assigned as the OIC, PENR Officer at DENR PENRO Catanduanes prior to his present assignment in Camarines Norte, expects everyone to work as a team through effective communication.
 
Meanwhile, Forester Joaquin Ed A. Guerrero has served the Department for 41 years and has been assigned at various offices within the Bicol Region.

CAMARINES NORTE STATE COLLEGE PRESENTS TREE BANKING APP TO DENR

CAMARINES NORTE STATE COLLEGE PRESENTS TREE BANKING APP TO DENR
 
The Camarines Norte State College (CNSC) the presented the La Familia Tree Banking app to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by OIC-Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin at the DENR Regional Office, Rawis, Legazpi City on August 19, 2019.
 
La Familia Tree Banking App is an android based tool developed by the CNSC to monitor a tree planter’s compliance with the tree planting requirement in accordance with existing laws.
 
Mr. Ronald Dando, CNSC Planning Officer said the system was originally designed for their school, however, they identified its potential to help the implementation of the nationwide greening program. “The Tree Banking App, being an evidence-based monitoring system, has the potential to increase the survival rate of planted trees, promote compliance with laws, and establish a database for trees as well as the planters,” he said.
 
Further, Dando said that the app is an expanded geotagging tool with features and functions designed for monitoring of tree planting activities. The presentation and consultation was attended by DENR personnel from various Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and the Technical Services Division in the Regional Office.###*JMM

PENRO SOPSOP TAKES POST AS ARD FOR TS OF DENR BICOL

PENRO SOPSOP TAKES POST AS ARD FOR TS OF DENR BICOL

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol welcomes its new Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services (ARD-TS), Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop vice ARD TS Allan Leuterio.

In consonance with Special Order No. 2019-559 dated August 8, 2019 signed by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, Sorsogon Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop assumed as new ARD for Technical Services.

Atty. Sopsop, a forester-lawyer by profession, started serving the DENR in 1996 as a contractual Forester. He took up Bachelor of Laws at Aquinas University now University of Santo Tomas Legazpi and passed the BAR in 2007. After passing the BAR, he was reassigned at the DENR V Legal Division and served as OIC Chief of the Litigation Adjudication Section.

After his short stint at the DENR Legal Divison, Atty. Sopsop served as a Public Attorney at PAO Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Legazpi City Offices from 2008 to 2015. With his ardent desire to continue his advocacy on environmental protection, he returned to DENR and shortly after he was promoted as Attorney V at the Legal Division. Then, followed his designation as Officer-in-Charge of PENRO Sorsogon on March 17, 2017.

In his message during the turnover rites, ARD TS Sopsop said that he needs the support and cooperation of everyone, especially his colleagues from the TS. “There is no monopoly of knowledge, we need to share ideas and together come up with sound decisions to make better our services to our clients,” he said. ARD Sopsop also thanked Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin for the confidence and trust accorded to him. The new ARD for TS commits to strengthen environmental protection and uphold integrity in the DENR.

Meanwhile, in view of the Special Order, Director Leuterio will be assigned at the Office of the Undersecretary for Field Operations at the DENR Central Office. Director Leuterio expressed his gratitude to the entire DENR V for welcoming him in Bicol and for the cooperation and support given to him during his short stint.

3RD QUARTER PAMB MEETING FOR CATANDUANES NATURAL PARK HELD

3RD QUARTER PAMB MEETING FOR CATANDUANES NATURAL PARK HELD

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) chaired by DENR Bicol Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin conducted the 3rd Quarter PAMB Meeting for the Catanduanes Natural Park on August 20, 2019 at Corporate Inn Function Hall, San Roque, Virac, Catanduanes.

The meeting commenced with the presentation of the Protected Area (PA) Management Zone of Catanduanes Natural Park by the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) representative, Mr. Keith Harvey Dimaranan. Dimaranan encouraged the Sunwest Water & Electric Co. (SUWECO) to confer and cooperate with the Department in relation to their proposed hydropower plant construction at Barangay Paraiso, San Miguel, Catanduanes. Mr. Fredie Bueno, the Vice President for Civil Works of SUWECO also presented the typical schemes of the hydropower plant that will be constructed. SUWECO also asked guidance from the DENR for the processing of documents and standards, which they need to adhere to in the construction of the said project.

Meanwhile, RED Aromin thanked SUWECO for the partnership and assured the creation of a monitoring team for SUWECO's compliance of the Environment Compliance Certificate (ECC), among others.

Further, the administration and management of PA, which is under the responsibilities of the PAMB was presented by Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Yolanda G. Saong.

The 3rd Quarter PAMB Meeting was also attended by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Marlon C. Francia, Technical Services Division Chief of PENRO Catanduanes, Ferdinand Baltazar, Management Services Division Chief, Ma. Juliet S. Araojo, OIC Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENRO) of LGU San Miguel Juan T. Torrenueva, other DENR V and PENRO staff, including other officials from the city and provincial LGUs.

DENR BICOL HEAD PRESIDES OVER 3rd QUARTER MTWFR AND BONGNP PAMB MEETINGS IN MASBATE PROVINCE

DENR BICOL HEAD PRESIDES OVER 3rd QUARTER MTWFR AND BONGNP PAMB MEETINGS IN MASBATE PROVINCE

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol OIC Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin, CESO IV presided over the 3rd Quarter Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Meetings of Matang-Tubig Watershed Forest Reserve (MTWFR) and Bongsanglay Natural Park (BongNP) both located at Ticao Island in the province of Masbate on August 13 and 14, 2019.

“As we gather in this meeting to thresh out issues, let us keep in mind, that together we have a shared responsibility in protecting our protected areas,” said RED Aromin. RED Aromin encouraged all the PAMB members to actively take part in the discussion to settle and provide measures to address the pressing issues being faced by the PA.

Issues on the constructed establishments and houses within the legal easement around MTWFR Spring was discussed and resolved. Consequently, an inventory of all forest occupants within the MTWFR was presented. Likewise, two (2) people’s organization (PO), particularly the Royroy United Fisherfolk Association (RUFA) and the Gibraltar Fisherfolk Association (GFA) both in Batuan, Masbate presented their activities under the Biodiversity Friendly Enterprise (BDFE), which is one of the programs implemented under the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) of the DENR. CMEMP aims to manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems.

Meanwhile, the PAMB members regionwide is assured of the continuous support of the DENR in effectively and efficiently managing their PAs. RED Aromin is positive that with the active participation of the members of the PAMB of MTWFR and BongNP, including the POs in the PA and the community as a whole, better protection efforts will be accorded to the PA.

PAMB is the governing body of a protected area composed of various stakeholders who directly and indirectly benefit from the park and its resources.###