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In celebration of the 2021 World Water Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag spearheaded various activities regionwide on March 22, 2021.

In Camarines Sur, CENRO Sipocot conducted a Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Campaign about the significance of water resources at Barangay Caranan, Pasacao, Camarines Sur. Consequently, a cleanup drive along the shorelines of Caranan and Balogo, Pasacao was held in coordination with the Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU), the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the beach owners in the area. Likewise, an IEC and film-showing were also conducted by CENRO Goa in celebration of the World Water Day.

PENRO Camarines Norte, on the other hand, conducted series of activities such as Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA), Bamboo planting and river cleanup at the barangays around the Bicol Natural Park.

Moreover, PENRO Masbate together with CENRO Mobo spearheaded a joint coastal cleanup with the Rotary Club of Masbate and the members of Samahan ng Mangingisda ng Puro Sinalikway (SAMAPUSI) at Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary at Masbate City. A total of 10 bags of plastic wastes were collected in the said cleanup. Further, CENRO San Jacinto with the teaching and non-teaching staff of Rizal Integrated School planted some 150 Mahogany seedlings within the timberland area of Barangay Rizal, Monreal, Masbate.

Furthermore, PENRO Sorsogon together with the LGU Gubat and the Gubat Water District planted 100 assorted Cacao and Narra seedlings at Cabigaan, Gubat, Sorsogon. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials were also distributed after the activity.

PENRO Catanduanes also planted 100 Narra seedlings at Marilima Elementary School at Virac, Catanduanes. Approximately 40 kilograms of wastes were collected during the coastal cleanup activity in the same barangay. Further, IEC materials were also distributed to the participants.

The 2021 World Water Day with the theme, “Valuing Water” aims to strengthen awareness and action towards water conservation. The DENR Bicol is continually conducting awareness campaigns such as CEPA and other activities to provide knowledge on practical and responsible use of our natural resources. Further, the DENR is seeking the public’s cooperation in conserving and protecting the water resources through responsible waste management in the communities.

The 2021 International Day of Forests (IDF) was simultaneously celebrated in Bicol through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V and its Field Offices on March 21, 2021.

In Albay Province, some 200 Kamagong (Diospyros strigose) seedlings and 100 Kawayan Tinik (Bambusa blumeana) propagules were planted at Mt. Masaraga, Amtic, Ligao City. The planting was participated in by the officials and personnel of DENR V, Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO/CENRO) of Albay and Guinobatan, respectively, including the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Ligao.

In Camarines Sur, 500 Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Pili (Canarium ovatum) and Guyabano (Annona muricata) seedlings were planted by the PENRO Camarines Sur together with the LGU Naga along the waterways of Animas River at San Felipe, Naga City. The event was supported by participants from CENRO Iriga, Maogma Village Homeowners Association (MVHA), Rotary Club of Naga, Philippine National Police (PNP) with representatives from PNP City Mobile Force Company and PNP Traffic Enforcement Unit. Likewise, a tree planting activity was also spearheaded by the PENRO Camarines Norte where 200 pieces of assorted indigenous tree species were planted at Barangay Tuaca, Basud, Camarines Norte.

Meanwhile, 6 sacks of non-biodegradable wastes weighing approximately 40 kilograms were collected during the coastal cleanup activity lead by PENRO Catanduanes at Barangay Marilima, Virac, Catanduanes. 100 Narra seedlings were planted at Marilima Elementary School and was followed by the distribution of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials about coastal and marine habitat protection and conservation, as well as proper disposal of facemask from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). The Virac Municipal Police Station, Philippine Army, LGU Virac, Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. Catanduanes Chapter, Barangay Officials and residents of the said barangay took part in the activities.

In Sorsogon, 100 assorted seedlings of Cacao (Theobroma cacao) and Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) were planted by the PENRO Sorsogon together with the LGU Gubat at Cabigaan, Gubat, Sorsogon. IEC materials were also distributed to the participants of the activity.

Further, PENRO Masbate together with the CENRO of Mobo celebrated the IDF through the conduct of Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Campaign and planting of 200 Narra seedlings at Tugbo Watershed Forest Reserve (TWFR) at Tugbo, Masbate City. Likewise, CENRO San Jacinto together with the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) planted some 250 mangrove propagules at Bongsanglay Natural Park (BongNP) at Barangay Royroy, Batuan, Masbate.

The 2021 International Day of Forests with the theme, “Forest Restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” aims to create awareness on the importance of forest as it helps address climate change and biodiversity crisis issues. Through these celebrations and activities, the DENR Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag is seeking the public’s interest and engagement in the activities that will help in the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources.

In celebration of the 2021 International Day of Forests (IDF), some 150 seedlings of Mahogany species were planted by the personnel of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) San Jacinto and volunteers from the Rizal Integrated School (RIS) at the highlands of Barangay Rizal, Monreal, Masbate.           

San Jacinto CENR Officer Basil Cesar S. Camba said that the tree planting activity is very significant because it will help support the need for water supply of the communities for domestic and irrigation purposes when properly tended.

For her part, Ms. Vivien Co, the School Principal of the Rizal Integrated School expressed the commitment of the school in tending the planted seedlings as they also plan to have activities for its maintenance and protection with the help of their Supreme Student Council.

This year’s theme, “Valuing Water” aims to raise the awareness of the citizenry on the importance of water and the need to conserve our water resources.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Masbate led by OIC, PENR Officer Benito B. Salazar and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Mobo led by CENR Officer Jean V. Imperial conducted a joint coastal cleanup at Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary in celebration of the 2021 World Water Day with the theme, “Valuing Water”.

The cleanup was participated in by the Rotary Club of Masbate led by Provincial Board Member of Masbate Jamon Jardin Espares and the members of Samahan ng Mangingisda ng Puro Sinalikway (SAMAPUSI). Participants were able to collect ten (10) bags of plastic wastes.

Meanwhile, some one hundred fifty (150) Mahogany seedlings were planted in celebration of the World Water Day by the CENRO San Jacinto in partnership with the teaching and non-teaching staff of Rizal Integrated School (RIS) at the highlands of Barangay Rizal, Monreal, Masbate.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Masbate is grateful for the participation of the stakeholders in the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources and is looking forward to more activities that will strengthen public engagement in the protection of the environment.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu expressed his gratitude and hopes to the Build Back Better Task Force (BBBTF) through Undersecretary for Attached Agencies Rodolfo C. Garcia during the launching of the Bicol River Restoration on March 23, 2021 at Camaligan, Camarines Sur.

In his message, Secretary Cimatu conveyed his gratitude to the members of the BBBTF for their unwavering support and efforts since the Executive Order No. 120 or the Strengthening Rehabilitation and Recovery Efforts in Typhoon-Hit Areas Through the Creation of the Build Back Better Task Force was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on November 2020.

It’s been four months since the Task Force Build Back Better started to pursue rehabilitation and recovery initiatives in the disaster-affected communities in Cagayan Valley, Marikina River Basin, and Bicol River Basin. Our short, medium, and long-term plans for these areas are already in place.” Secretary Cimatu said.

Further, USec. Garcia pointed out the approval of President Duterte of the rehabilitation of the existing flood gates and pumping stations and the construction of seven flood control projects along Bicol River. “With the construction of flood control projects, combined with our sustainable dredging program and river bank restoration in the Bicol River, we hope that we are gearing towards a success with lasting impact and benefit for the future generations.”

Moreover, the DENR is also looking forward to actualize the marching order from President Duterte to enable affected families and communities through the plans and projects of the National Housing Authority relevant to the fulfillment of the Build Back Better.

Furthermore, the DENR through the BBBTF and the Local Government Units (LGUs) commit to unite and help the Bicolanos strengthen their resilience to natural calamities. With the continuous dredging and tree planting activities around the Bicol River and with the partnership with the different national government agencies, the BBB is hoping to bring significant and lasting impact not only to the Bicolanos but to the environment, as well.