Photo Releases

Three (3) major coastal and marine habitats: coral reef and associated reef fish species, seagrass beds, and mangrove ecosystems in the municipalities of Viga and Bato, Catanduanes were assessed by the Technical Team of the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) together with some technical staff of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Catanduanes. Sampling protocols based on the Guidelines on Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring System (BAMS) for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems were followed. Likewise, key components for biodiversity such as species composition, richness and abundance were recorded to assess the status and extent of cover and conditions of the aforementioned habitats. The activity is part of the technical assistance to the LGU for the implementation of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) of the DENR.

The retirees of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Catanduanes each received a Macedora Rocking Chair from the Office to honor their great contribution and service to the Department.  

A turnover of leadership ceremony for the Technical Services Division (TSD) of PENRO Catanduanes was recently held at San Isidro Village, Virac, Catanduanes. Outgoing OIC TSD Chief Forester Yolanda G. Sa-ong turnedover her duties and responsibilities to incoming OIC TSD Chief Forester Aldrin B. Barruga, II. The activity was witnessed by the PENRO Catanduanes personnel. The change of leadership for the TSD of PENRO Catanduanes is in accordance with the DENR Regional Special Order No. 2021-096 signed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag dated March 17, 2021.

A Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) with a measurement of 32 centimeters in length and 27 centimeters in width was rescued and turnedover by a resident of Barangay Suchan, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar. The turtle, however, was not tagged because it did not reach the prescribed measurement for tagging. On the other hand, being in good condition, it was consequently released on the same day. Hawksbill Turtles are categorized as critically endangered species under DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09. Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are strictly protected under Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act". DENR Bicol OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag is continuously appealing to the public to report any encounter with wildlife species that may be at risk of illegal captivity or stranding.

Fifty (50) Talisay seedlings were planted along the barangay coastline during the celebration of the 2021 Earth Day at Barangay Magnesia del Sur, Virac, Catanduanes on April 22, 2021. Some sixty (60) participants from the Municipal Police Station of Virac, Aviation Security Group Virac, Philippine Army, personnel of PENRO Catanduanes, and barangay officials and residents of Barangay Magnesia del Sur joined the activity. April is recognized as “The Month of Planet Earth” by virtue of Proclamation No. 1482 signed on April 10, 2008 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This year's theme calls us to "Do Our Fair Share to Restore the Earth." In this time of global pandemic, we are reminded to take action in ensuring a sustainable planet and continue to work for a greener future.