Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Attached Agencies Rodolfo C. Garcia (center), assisted by DENR V OIC, Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag (left) and OIC, Community Environment and Natural Resources Oficer (CENRO) of Iriga, Camarines Sur Nestor Franz A. Fortuno (right) together with other stakeholders planted bamboo culms along the riverbanks of Camaligan, Camarines Sur on March 23, 2021. At least 400 bamboo culms were planted during the Bicol River Restoration Launch. The bamboo planting was simultaneously done while personnel of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) dredged sandbars along the narrow section of the Bicol River Basin (BRB) in Camaligan, Camarines Sur. These initiatives are part of the Build Back Better (BBB) Program under the Executive Order (EO) 120 or the “Strengthening Rehabilitation and Recovery Efforts in Typhoon-Hit Areas through the Creation of the Build Back Better Task Force”, which aims to rehabilitate the Bicol River.  The Bicol River Restoration activities are deemed to mitigate flooding in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Albay, including Catanduanes during typhoons.