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In celebration of the International Day of Forests (IDF) 2023, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Conservation and Development Division – Production Forest Management Section (CDD-PFMS) National Greening Program (NGP) Unit spearheaded a Tree Growing cum Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Activity with Community Pan-Tree today, March 21, 2022 at the Tabaco South Central Elementary School, Tabaco City, Albay.
The initiative, which aims to engage the public in the celebration of the IDF through sustainable greening initiatives was participated in by the students and faculty members of the TSCES, parents, Infinit-O Business Process Outsourcing staff, the Philippine National Police (PNP) – Regional Medical and Dental Unit (RMDU) Regional Office V and DENR V key officials and personnel.
In his message, DENR V Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. thanked the participants for their effort and support to protect the environment. He also urged them to continuously help the Department in conserving our forests, which regulates water flow, cleans the air, capture carbon to fight climate change and provides food, medicine and livelihood to many.
With the theme, β€œForests and health”, the celebration of IDF is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or interlinked Global Goals, particularly SDG No. 3: Good health and well-being and SDG 15: Life on land.
During the tree growing and community pan-TREE, some two hundred (200) indigenous tree species of Caballero, Tisa, Guyabano, Pili, Santol and Sampalok were planted by the participants around the school.
Moreover, discussed during the CEPA activity were the importance of all types of forests, their conservation and protection, and pertinent information on the celebration. Likewise, dental and medical services were also offered to the participants through the PNP-RMDU personnel.
The International Day of Forests is celebrated annually every 21st day of March to raise awareness on the threat of runaway deforestation and the importance of all types of forests. This celebration was proclaimed by the United Nation General Assembly in 2012.###
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla Jr. celebrated the International Day of the Forest 2023 through the launching of the 2nd Yamang Gubat Trade Fair with the theme, β€œForest and Health” held at Ayala Malls Legazpi on March 21, 2023.
The activity, which was participated in by fourteen (14) local exhibitors, aims to engage the public in honoring the forests by advocating sustainable forest resources consumption and production, regionwide.
Moreover, it also targets to support and showcase the forest-related products and sustainable practices of our partner stakeholders.
The exhibited local products included handmade abaca and rattan products, furnitures, wooden materials, cutleries, handicrafts, home decors, mats, bamboo novelty items, plants, Pili, cocoa, food items, Citronella essential oils, dishwashing soap, repellant, lotion and soaps.
In his message, DENR V RED Milla expressed his gratitude to all participants and exhibitors for their effort and support to promote environmental preservation and conservation. β€œForests are very generous and giving, but they are vulnerable. So, immediate actions for its conservation and protection should be our top priority. Together, let us build a safe and healthy environment for the present and future generations,” he said.
DENR Bicol continuously encourages the commitment of all stakeholders to support the development and continuity of a sustainable and resilient environment.###

This International Day of Forests 2023, let us together celebrate and be aware of the importance of all types of forests and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations. Forests give so much to our health. They purify the water, clean the air, capture carbon to fight climate change, provide food and life-saving medicines, and improve our well-being.

Conserving and sustainably using forests is one of the best ways of protecting our planet and ourselves. It’s up to us to safeguard these precious natural resources.

So earthlings, today is a call for giving and not just taking, make sure YOU make a difference because if we all cared just a little bit, the planet would be a better place.


π‡π€πππ˜ π–πŽπ‘π‹πƒ 𝐖𝐀𝐓𝐄𝐑 πƒπ€π˜ 2023!

To support SDG 6 in ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all and in addressing the quality and sustainability of water resources, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V is again enjoining the nation in the yearly celebration of the World Water Day (WWD) with the theme, β€œAccelerate Change”.

Water serves as the lifeblood of our economy and without it, there would be no life on the planet. Today, as we celebrate the World Water Day, may this be an opportunity for us to change the course of history and do something to solve our global water and sanitation crisis. And because water is our life-saving resource that affects us all, let us be the voice to create huge waves of sound across the planet to invite the whoel of humanity to step up and commit action to water!

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Iriga headed by CENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio recently conducted an outreach program to the women Indigenous Peoples (IPs) community at Barangay San Ramon, Buhi, Camarines Sur.
The outreach, which aims to highlight the significant contribution made by women in the community in the preservation and protection of the lakelets at Buhi Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) Protected Area, was one of the activities lined up by the office to celebrate the International Women's Day and National Women's Month with the theme, "WE for gender equality and an inclusive society."
The activity was participated in by the women, youth, and children of the IP community, barangay officials, and CENRO Iriga personnel.
During the program, the participants played games and received packed food and clothings. A tribute dance was also performed by the youth members of the IP community.
In her message, Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Person Gemma L. Ampongan thanked the community, especially the women IPs for their unwavering support to the projects, programs and activities of the DENR. Likewise, she also expressed her hopes to further strengthen the relationship between the office and the community for the continuous preservation and protection of the lakelets of Buhi.
Moreover, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., emphasized that Women’s Month is a celebration that aims to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of all women around the world. "Through this celebration, we at the DENR hopes to help build an environment that provides equal opportunities to all Filipinos and equip them with skills to participate fully in an innovative and globally competitive economy," said RED Milla.
The month of March was declared as Women's Role in History by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 227 series of 1998. Moreover, Republic Act 6949 series of 1990 declares March 8 of every year as International Women’s Day. (With report from CENRO Iriga)###