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A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V represented by OIC, Regional Executive Director, Atty. Antonio A. Abawag through Atty. III Ma. Lovella Diaz-Castro and Malilipot Municipal Mayor Roli B. Volante was recently signed at the DENR V, Rawis, Legazpi City.
The MOA entered into by the DENR and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malilipot aims to speed up the conduct of the verification, relocation and structural survey of Lot No. 1059 at Barangay Binitayan, Malilipot, Albay. The subject lot covers an area of 72, 4160 hectares more or less and has multiple claimants. As such, Mayor Volante requested for the assistance of the DENR to help settle the pressing issues on said lot.
“We are very much willing to take steps toward settling land issues and claims in our municipality. This is one way of proving to our constituents that our Office never sleeps to hear all their cry. We will make sure that the lot will be used for the betterment of our municipality and our residents will benefit from it”, Mayor Volante said.
LGU Malilipot initiated to obligate and transfer funding support to cover the cost of the conduct of the verification, relocation and structural survey and other necessary support.
On the other hand, DENR, as the agency tasked to oversee, direct and implement the conduct of activities involving land survey, mapping and classification, will provide the technical assistance with complete Survey Returns through the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD) headed by Engr. Josie A. Columna. Likewise, the SMD will coordinate with LGU Malilipot for the corresponding reports after the conduct of the survey. Also, the land investigators and inspectors of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Albay Land will conduct the investigation in support to the execution of the survey.
The DENR Bicol is hopeful that with its strengthened partnership with the LGUs, issues on Survey and Mapping of lots will be easily threshed out.

Some two hundred (200) Kamagong (Diospyros strigose) seedlings and one hundred (100) Kawayan Tinik (Bambusa blumeana) propagules were planted at Mt. Masaraga, Amtic, Ligao City on March 21, 2021 in celebration the 2021 International Day of Forests (IDF).

The planting was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) in collaboration with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Albay led by OIC, PENR Officer Engr. Jerry R. Arena together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Guinobatan led by OIC, CENR Officer, Narisol C. Divina and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Ligao represented by Ms. Loida Iglesia and Camp Site owner, Mr. Joel Ducante.

PENRO Arena imparted to the participants their crucial role in the protection and preservation of the environment, most importantly in this time of pandemic. He encouraged everyone to plant not just forest trees but also fruit-bearing trees and vegetables to have a sustainable supply of immune-boosting foods. 

Meanwhile, the OIC ARD for Technical Services, Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop also calls for more local volunteers and organizers of environmental activities to be more active in many environmental endeavors in the community.

This year’s theme, “Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” emphasizes on how restoration and sustainable management of forests can help address climate change and biodiversity crisis. The DENR Bicol celebrates the IDF to raise awareness on the importance of forest preservation and encourages citizens to undertake local efforts, organize and support Tree Planting activities and other campaigns toward protection and revival of ecosystems in the Region.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of San Jacinto headed by OIC, CENRO Basil Cesar S. Camba led the celebration of this year’s International Day of Forest in partnership with the members of Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Fraternity and Sorority based in Ticao Island through the conduct of a Mangrove Tree Planting in Bongsanglay Natural Park (BongNP), Barangay Royroy, Batuan, Masbate on March 21, 2021.

SVEMS Ana P. Bartolay, who is also the concurrent Protected Area Superintendent of BongNP expressed her gratitude to the leadership of APO for considering the protected area as the site for the mangrove tree planting as part of their environmental advocacy. She added that the activity is also in line with the Park’s Management Plan to increase its forest cover.

A total of 250 Mangrove propagules were planted by twenty six (26) volunteers at the mudflat of Bongsanglay Natural Park.

This year’s theme, “Forest Restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” aims to create awareness on the importance of forest as it helps address the climate change and biodiversity issues. Forest also produces goods, creates job and improves lives.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sorsogon headed by Tito R. Migo celebrated the International Women’s Month this March 2021 with the theme, "Juana Laban sa Pandemya: Kaya!".

To kickstart the celebration, the PENRO Sorsogon conducted an Orientation on Republic Act (RA) No. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004, RA No. 7877 or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995, and the current status of the COVID 19 to all the participants.

Moreover, they also conducted an information drive through a radio guesting at DWDR 105.5 AM. Also, a clean-up drive was done at the PENRO Sorsogon premises and the Pilar Satellite Office (PSO).

The PENRO Sorsogon actively promotes activities and programs, which empowers all genders and recognizes the important roles of women in the organization.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Catanduanes led by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar simultaneously celebrated the 2021 International Day of Forest with the theme, “Forest Restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” and the 2021 World Water Day with the theme, “Valuing Water”, through their Tree Planting and Coastal Clean-up activities at Barangay Marilima, Virac, Catanduanes on March 22, 2021.

One hundred (100) Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) seedlings were planted at the Marilima Elementary School. Likewise, six (6) sacks of non-biodegradable wastes with an aggregate weight of approximately forty (40) kilograms were collected during the coastal clean-up activity. Moreover, the Office also disseminated some Information Education Campaign (IEC) materials on coastal and marine habitat protection and conservation, as well as proper disposal of facemask from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

The Personnel from Municipal Police Station (MPS) Virac, Philippine Army, LGU Virac, Society of Filipino Foresters, Incorporated Catanduanes Chapter, PENRO Catanduanes, and Barangay Officials and some residents of Barangay Marilima participated in the said activities.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Catanduanes hung streamers and tarpaulins in support of the 2021 WWD celebration.

These annual environmental celebrations encourage replanting and recreating lost forests to return lost habitats to millions of plants and animals. It also highlights the importance of conserving water and its value. The focus extends to the environmental, social, and cultural values people place on water.