Press Releases

A female Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) locally known as “Talisayon” was recently released to the shores of Barangay Poblacion Central in Barcelona, Sorsogon. The release was led by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Barcelona, Sorsogon.

Mr. Lheyben G. Figueroa, Officer-In-Charge (OIC), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer (MENRO) of Barcelona, Sorsogon informed the PENRO Sorsogon about the turtle to which the Office responded immediately.

According to MENRO Figueroa, the turtle was found to be trapped in a net of a fisherman.

The turtle which measures 43 centimeters in length and 42 centimeters wide and with an approximate weight of four kilograms was found to be in good condition. It was immediately released to its natural habitat.

Under Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 titled, “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories”, the Green Sea Turtle is considered endangered. Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are protected under Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act".

The DENR V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to its natural habitat. Continuous information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns are being conducted by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office. (With report from PENRO Sorsogon)

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sorsogon headed by OIC, PENR Officer Tito R. Migo together with the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Gubat, Sorsogon headed by Mayor Sharon Rose G. Escoto, the Gubat Water District headed by General Manager Engr. Gabriel Tiotangco and the officials and residents of Barangay Cabigaan, Gubat, Sorsogon celebrated the World Water Day (WWD) and the International Day of Forest (IDF) at the said barangay on March 18, 2021.

At least 100 narra and cacao seedlings were planted by the participants.

A Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) activity was also conducted to share the importance of the celebrations.

In addition, the PENRO Sorsogon conducted a CEPA activity through a radio guesting at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) with the Provincial Government of Sorsogon.

OIC, PENRO Migo in his message emphasized the importance of forests in generating and sustaining water resources and stressed the depleting natural resources. “I encourage all the participants to take this activity seriously and be stewards of the remaining resources”, he added.

Both celebrations are observed annually. The IDF is celebrated every March 21 while the WWD is celebrated every March 22. This year, the IDF with the theme, “Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Well-being” highlighted the valuable benefits of forest restoration in terms of human health, food security, environmental and climatic conditions, provision of green jobs, stakeholder engagement and healing. Meanwhile, WWD’s theme, “Valuing Water” emphasized on the alarming global water crisis.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) continuously encourages the public to join environmental celebrations and become active partners and movers in caring for the environment.  With these, the DENR is hopeful that there will be a significant increase in the forest covers and reduce water crisis.

As part of the health and wellness program of the Department and in support to Memorandum Circular 2011-08 or the reiteration of “The Great Filipino Workout” Physical Fitness Program of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the Administrative Division headed by OIC, Chief Administrative Officer Dolores C. Vargas opens the Office Wellness Gym to its employees at the DENR Regional Office Wellness Gym on March 29, 2021.

The Ribbon Cutting ceremony was attended by Asst. Regional Director for Management Services, Engr. Eva. S. Ocfemia, OIC, Regional Director for Technical Services Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop and Head Executive Assistant Atty. Ma. Lovella Diaz-Castro.

In her message, OIC, Chief Administrative Officer Dolores C. Vargas encouraged all the DENR employees to use and grab the opportunity to look after their health and participate in all health and wellness activities of the Office. “You can visit our Wellness Gym and finally get fit in your spare time. We hope we can make our equipment double its number by end of this year and introduce additional gym gears and add more equipment in the coming years”, she added.

Meanwhile, the gym rules will be strictly imposed to all the users. The Wellness Gym is one of the several plans of the Office towards encouraging physical fitness to all employees to develop a healthy and alert workforce.

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.