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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) held the 2nd Quiz Bee in celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) with the theme, “Protect and Restore the Ecosystems and Biodiversity” at the DENR V, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City.

The Elimination Round was participated in by 44 representatives from the Divisions, Field Offices, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V on May 23, 2022.

Ten (10) representatives made it to the Semi-final round. Out of the 10, three (3) representatives who scored the highest made it to the Final Round held on May 25, 2022.

Out of the three (3), Camille Alexandra Elizondo of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay earned the highest and competed against the 1st MOO Quiz Bee Champion, respectively, John Mark Violeta of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Norte during the Championship Round.

Moreover, she was declared the Champion while Bianca Camille Abarrientos of the Planning and Management Division (PMD) bagged 1st Place, and Paul Edward Acosta of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V bagged the 2nd Place. Cash prizes and tokens will be awarded to the winners on the MOO Culminating Program on May 26, 2022.

The MOO celebration is conducted every May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 signed by then President Joseph Estrada on December 11, 1998.###

Among the 16 Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Offices nationwide, the DENR Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III reigned supreme as the grand winner in the Kabahagi: An International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) 2022 Capture Quest, a photo marathon contest organized by the DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in partnership with Canon Philippines.

 The Kabahagi Photo Marathon Contest was a prequel event in celebration of the IDBD 2022 with the theme, "Building a shared future for all life," which aimed to showcase the beauty of protected areas in the regions.

For Bicol Region, the Bulusan Volcano Natural Park (BVNP) in Bulusan, Sorsogon was featured by the DENR Bicol Regional Team dubbed, "Team Oragon"."Oragon" is a Bikol term which means "astig" in Filipino or "feisty/fierce/strong" in the English language.

Team Oragon is composed of employees from the Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon, Camarines Norte and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Iriga and Goa, Camarines Sur.

Five photo entries were rigorously chosen for the categories namely, Flora and Fauna, Symmetry, Details, Movement, and Open/Creative Category. All images were straight out of camera.

RED Milla in behalf of the team, received the Php 50,000.00 cheque, and a brand new Canon camera during the awarding ceremony segment at the launching of the Year of the Protected Areas (YoPA) at the EDSA Shangrila, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.

RED Milla expressed his gratitude to the DENR BMB for the opportunity of showcasing the PAs in the country and his appreciation to the Team Oragon who exerted their time, effort, and expertise to produce outstanding photographs worthy of the prizes. "Indeed, we have proven that we are Oragons in exhibiting the beauty of the Bicol Region. With this, I hope that we get to encourage the public to help us protect, conserve, and manage the environment and natural resources," RED Milla said.

Moreover, DENR Region 10 Team Marine Terra placed 2nd Runner-up and was chosen as Canon's Choice Award, while Region 13 Team Kalagan placed 1st Runner-up.

The DENR Bicol encourages the public to join in activities that will showcase talents and skills while promote the protection and conservation of the planet.###

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) conducted the 2nd Quiz Bee Elimination Round in celebration of the Month of the Ocean (MOO) with the theme, “Protect and Restore the Ecosystems and Biodiversity” at the DENR V Gym, Regional Center Site, Rawis, Legazpi City on May 23, 2022.

The 2nd Quiz Bee Elimination Round was participated in by 44 representatives from the Divisions, Field Offices, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V. 10 participants made it to the final round which will be held on May 25, 2022.

The 10 finalists will compete against each other and the winner will compete against the 1st MOO Quiz Bee Champion John Mark Violeta of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Norte.

Cash prizes and tokens will be awarded to the winners. OIC, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services (ARD-MS) Grace L. Cariño, Ph.D in her message thanked the organizers and participants of the MOO celebration. She said that the conduct of such activities are necessary to keep us abreast with the laws, facts and figures about the environment.

The MOO celebration is conducted every May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57 signed by then President Joseph Estrada on December 11, 1998.###

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon headed by PENR Officer Tito R. Migo conducted a coastal clean-up activity in celebration of the Month of the Ocean 2022 with the theme, “Protect and Restore Ecosystem and Biodiversity” on May 17, 2022.

The event was participated in by the representatives of Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), residents of Panganiban, Gubat, Sorsogon, representatives from the Women’s Group, some students and youth volunteers, and PENRO Sorsogon personnel.

PENRO Migo extended his gratitude to the participants for supporting the call for coastal clean-up, which aims to protect and conserve our marine resources.

As a government agency, the DENR is mandated to craft and implement programs policies towards environmental protection but the Office cannot do it alone. We need the help and commitment of the community and other stakeholders to ensure that this planet will have greener forests and bluer seas,” he added.

Further, PENRO Sorsogon conducted a Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaign to the participants on the rationale of the Month of the Ocean,  effects of abuse to the environment caused by human behavior, and proper segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes.

A total of 71.25 kilograms of solid wastes were collected after the clean-up activity. (With report from PENRO Sorsogon)

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Norte headed by OIC, PENR Officer Marlon C. Francia strengthens its Information and Education Campaign (IEC) about Rafflesia manillana through an interview aired over GMA News recently.

PENRO Francia said that the species is an endemic plant found in the Philippines and were seen at Mt. Guinatungan, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Camarines Norte, which blooms during the months of April and May.

Further, he explained that the gathering of Rafflesia, or any other plant, especially those which are endemic and extinct, are highly prohibited and the violation may result to imprisonment, payment of corresponding fines, or both.

Rafflesia manillana is threatened by man-made forest destruction and the rare plant may also be threatened by indiscriminate cutting of the host vine and can be trampled upon by humans and animals. Therefore, we need to step up to protect and conserve this species,” PENRO Francia said.

Rafflesia manillana is an endemic plant species of the genus Rafflesia. This species was named after the city of Manila. It is typically found in lowland primary forest attached to a Testrastigma vine, but may also be attached on the vine above ground. It is listed as Critically Endangered in the DENR List of Threatened Species and needs serious conservation efforts. (With report from PENRO Camarines Norte)