Press Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol represented by Assistant Reginal Director (ARD) for Management Services Grace L. Cariño, Ph. D and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay headed by Engr. Jerry R. Arena, together with various national government agencies joined the Duterte Legacy Caravan on April 25, 2022 at the Camp General Simeon Ola, Legazpi City.

The caravan with the theme, “Pagkakaisa ng Mamamayan at Pamahalaan tungo sa Pagbangon, Kapayapaan at Kaunlaran” was hosted by the Police Regional Office (PRO) V aims to bring government services closer to the people. DENR Bicol has served some 184 individuals during the caravan and provided them information, education campaign (IEC) materials including Narra, Mahogany, Santol and Lipote seedlings.

A program was likewise held to inform the public on the accomplishment of the Duterte administration in the pursuit of its peace agenda. The event was also graced by Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary for Labor Relations, Social Protection and Policy Support Cluster, Atty Benjo Santos M. Benavidez and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary for Plans, Public Affairs and Communication, Jonathan E. Malaya.

The DENR Bicol supports such initiatives of the Duterte administration to bring change, peace, and progress in the lives of the Filipino people. 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III spearheaded the conduct of coaching and mentoring workshop for middle managers on April 18-19, 2022 at DENR V Hamada Hall and the zoom platform.

With the objective of enabling middle managers in the Department to build better relationships with their team members to achieve organizational excellence, the Human Resource Development Section (HRDS) spearheaded the said workshop for both technical and non-technical supervisors regionwide with Salary Grade 15 to 24.

The coaching and mentoring workshop discussed the topics such as: Difference between Coaching and Mentoring, Ways on Coaching and Mentoring an Employee, Benefits of Effective Coaching and Mentoring, and Coaching Plan as compared to Coaching Form.  

RED Francisco Milla said that the workshop is a timely initiative to equip the Department supervisors with the necessary skills to be an effective coach and mentor.

"For the middle managers of the Department, the implementation of coaching and mentoring in the workplace is of vital importance for the overall development of the organization and can warrant employee engagement and high performance in the delivery of public service,” he said.

Through the conduct of the coaching and mentoring workshop, the DENR Bicol is hopeful that its workforce will have an increased appreciation towards protection, conservation, development and management of the environment and natural resources through capacity building and human resource motivation.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III through its Regional Youth Desk Officers participated in the Serbisyo Caravan of the Bicol Youth Leadership Camp: Improving Youth Participation in Local Governance with the theme, “Mga Jovenes na Bikolano para sa Marhay na Pag-Gobierno” spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Bicol on March 5, 2022 at the Coastal View Beach Resort, Sto. Domingo, Albay.

The Bicol Youth Leadership Camp aims to provide an avenue for the youth to actively participate in local governance and capacitate them as responsible youth leaders.

Some 66 youth leaders of various barangays, schools, religious, and youth organizations from selected areas in the province of Albay and representatives of National Government Agencies (NGAs) participated in the event.

Information, education, and communication (IEC) materials such as shirts, water bottles, and ecobags from the DENR Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK), a collaborative project of the DENR and its citizens toward responsible development of natural resources and ensure the restoration, rehabilitation, and enhancement of the environment were distributed.

The event also served as an avenue for the youth leaders to seek assistance from the DENR Bicol on their request for seedlings and issues on solid waste management.

Moreover, the DENR Bicol also participated in the Solution-Seeking Dialogue wherein pressing issues identified by the youth were addressed by the NGAs and will be consolidated by the DILG Bicol for report and further action.

The DENR Bicol continuously supports NGAs in their activities to enhance the active participation of the public.###      

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III and other key officials took part in the blessing and inauguration of the Bulusan Eco-Tourism Center and Facilities spearheaded by the Provincial Tourism, Culture and Arts Office of Sorsogon on March 5, 2022 at the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park (BVNP), San Roque, Bulusan, Sorsogon.
The event kicked off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing of the Bulusan Eco-Tourism facilities led by Governor Francis “Chiz” Escudero, RED Milla, Department of Tourism (DOT) V Regional Director (RD) Herbie B. Aguas and Bulusan Mayor Mike G. Guysayko.
In his message, RED Milla expressed his gratitude to Governor Escudero, Mayor Guysayko and RD Aguas for their efforts to enhance the BVNP as an ecotourism site, as well as in helping the DENR carry out its mandate to protect, conserve and manage the environment and natural resources under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018.
RED Milla said that DENR will remain steadfast on its goal to protect, conserve and manage BVNP vis-à-vis the possible economic returns that the BVNP may offer to the community, the province and the whole nation.
The BVNP is one of the landscapes in the country that seemingly remains natural and undisturbed. The Bulusan Lake covers 27 hectares and is surrounded by various species of flora and fauna. Four (4) of the 72 species of terrestrial fauna recorded in the lake were listed as high conservation priority base on their global status under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species such as the Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, Southern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat, Philippine Warty Pig, and Luzon Tarictic Hornbill.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III spearheaded the release of three (3) Philippine serpent eagles (Spilornis holospilus) at the Mt. Masaraga Campsite, Barangay Amtic, Ligao City on March 3, 2022 in celebration of the 2022 World Wildlife Day.
With the theme, “Recovering Key Species For Ecosystem Restoration”, the release was witnessed by the participants from the Albay Parks and Wildlife (APW), Local Government Units of Albay, Ligao City and Barangay Amtic, Mt. Masaraga Watershed Forest Reserve (MMWFR) Protected Area Management Board (MMWR-PAMB), and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Guinobatan. The Campsite management and media partners also witnessed the said release.
APW Resident Veterinarian Dr. Franz V. Colambo and Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Pancho R. Mella discussed the key features, proper care, conservation and importance of the Philippine serpent eagle. The experts emphasized that the population of the said species and all other wildlife will face threats once forests become disturbed and lost through anthropological activities and climate change.
“Protect our wildlife to protect ourselves”, Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., said in his message. He reiterated that the DENR Bicol, as the government agency concerned on the vast scope of the environment and natural resources will continue to boost its effort for the attainment of enhanced biodiversity conservation.
The three (3) serpent eagles released were turned over and taken cared of by the Albay Parks and Wildlife before its release.
The 2022 World Wildlife Day celebration serves as a reminder on the significant role of the society in order to attain a balanced and healthy ecology for the present and the generations yet unborn.