'Tropical Design' in Boracay Pushed


Tropical Design

The Municipal Planning and Urban Design Guidelines Review Committee (MPUDGRC) created by the local government of Malay, Aklan under Executive Order No. 10 signed by then Acting Mayor Abram Sualog, mandates the review of plans for the construction of new structures or renovations to be done on buildings in Boracay Island, as well as the inspection of the progress of developments to ensure that they follow the island’s “tropical design” rules.

            The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) believes that the “tropical design” will be the new branding of the islands’ infrastructures to the tourism industry. Aside from this, the design that will be done on the existing buildings shall be environment-friendly while at the same time promote a local culture. Thus, this may add as an additional attraction in the island aside from its famous turquoise water and powdery-white sand.

The ordinance emphasizes the use of wood, bamboo, "stone elements," non-combustible thatched roofing, and earth-tone colors as exterior and interior paint for structures.

It also calls for the integration of design elements such as large windows to allow for natural lighting and cooling, high ceilings for better air circulation, tropical elements in building entrances, and landscaped areas with local/native trees and plants.

The guidelines also require the use of ancient script “Baybayin” as the main language for signages, with translations in English and other languages as needed.

The guidelines were issued a few months after the reopening of the island paradise in October. It was shut down for six months last year for rehabilitation, after President Rodrigo Duterte sounded the alarm on environmental degradation and overdevelopment on the island.

The DENR 6 is glad to hear such news, as it would support Boracay’s carrying capacity by using light materials instead of heavy-concrete one in building establishments at the island.  

Furthermore, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu noted that the whole rehabilitation keeps getting better during its first year.

The highest coliform level recorded for the past months was only 40 most probable number (mpn) per 100 milliliters. It passed the safe level of 100  mpn/ml for Class SB water that is suitable for swimming, skin diving and other recreational activities.

Aside from that, Secretary Cimatu also said that there is “no algae year-round”, indicating that the rehabilitation effort had paid off. Fifty one (51) establishments along the white beach now have their own sewage treatment plants (STPs) while others are now connected to the sewer line.

Meanwhile, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) celebrated a week-long “Sustainability Week” dubbed as #LoveBOracay, which is a celebration of the one year Boracay Closure. The activities run from April 26-May 1, 2019 and focused on the need to keep Boracay Island sustainable.  

Food fest, exhibits, drone festival, ocean jams, sustainable talks and clean ups were the activities done for the whole week.

            DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Fransisco E. Milla, Jr. said that aside from the branding design this may help the environmental concerns of the island. “This (tropical design) will help the island to breathe freely from heavy constructions. Aside from that, this will help ease the burden on the island’s carrying capacity and pollution, from air conditioned-concrete buildings in the island,” RED Milla said.


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Boracay Case Filing Writeshop


Boracay Writeshop


DENR 6 through its Legal Division has conducted a 5 day Boracay Case Filing Writeshop at Diversion 21 Hotel in Iloilo City, recently.

Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla Jr. and former ground commander of Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) underscored the implementation of the former Key Result Area (KRAs) activities into four thematic areas and the implementation rule of law for Boracay cases.

The Boracay Case Filing Workshop has guided DENR lawyers on the procedures and mechanisms of building up each case for filing in court.

Assistant Regional Director Jesse L. Vego of Management Services also shared his experience and shared some brief history of Boracay Island way back in 1978.

With RED Milla are ARD Jesse L. Vego, Legal Division Chief Atty. Noel C. Empleo, Enforcement Division Chief Melissa June Garol,License, Patents and Deeds Division Chief Hector Garrido, Boracay OIC CENR Officer Rhodel B. Lababit, Lawyers from field, region and central office.


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Female Olive Ridley turtle returns home safely


Female Olive Ridley

          An endangered female Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) was recently released back to its home – the sea facing the town of Tigbauan, Iloilo.

            The turtle was trapped in a payao, a fishing device made of coconut fronds and ropes that serves as an artificial reef for the fishes. The turtle was found in Brgy. Parara Sur, Tigbauan, Iloilo by a certain Mr. Arquimedes and was then immediately reported.

            The marine animal was turned-over by Mr. Isidro Tendencio to SEAFDEC. Both Mr. Arquimedes and Mr. Tendencio are residents of the said barangay.

            At the time of the turn-over, the  SEAFDEC technical team found out that the turtle is weak, and needs to be rehabilitated for three months until it attains good health and shall be ready for release.

            The turtle has a curved carapace length (CCL) of 60.5 cm and width of 64 cm. Prior to its release, it was tagged with PH 12161 on its left flipper by SEAFDEC staff assisted by CENRO Guimbal staff.

            Technical staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community ENR Office (DENR-CENRO) Guimbal and SEAFDEC conducted the release.

            Five of the seven marine turtles in the world can be found in the Philippines and one of these is the Olive Ridley turtle, also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle. Sightings are in Western Luzon, Bohol, Bicol, Visayas areas and Mindanao.

             According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red list, Olive Ridley is listed as vulnerable and endangered in the Philippines. Although it is the most abundant among sea turtles, Olive Ridley are threatened by trawling and coastal development.

            Francisco E. Milla, Jr., Regional Executive Director of DENR Western Visayas, praised the efforts and active involvement of communities in saving the lives of marine animals.

          “Please inform DENR Office of any sightings of turtles or turn-over to authorities, such as barangay captains, if turtles are either caught or trapped in fish cages,” he said.

            The DENR, under the leadership of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, intensifies its efforts to conserve terrestrial wildlife species. Same efforts are exerted to conserve marine and aquatic species, such as marine turtles. This effort of protecting and conserving marine animals falls under Secretary Cimatu’s priority program which is Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation.

            Executive Order No. 542,   Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and Republic Act No. 8550 or the Fisheries Code of the Philippines provides conservation strategies and penalties for those who will be doing harm to these marine species. / DENR 6


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DENR 6 welcomes Euro 4 Modern PUJs for Iloilo City


Euro Jeepney

            The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 is happy to welcome the arrival of Euro 4 Modern Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJ) in Iloilo City.

          In his message during the inauguration of the Euro 4 Modern PUJs, DENR Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. underscored the importance of vehicle modernization in attaining clean air.

          “Alam nyo po  ang ating bansa bilang developing country ay matagal ng inaasam ang implementation nitong Euro 4 na tinatawag. Ang Euro 4 po ay isang standard na ginawa ng Europian Union noong 1992 para mabawasan, masolusyunan ang polusyon na naggagaling sa mga sasakyan. Ang magagawa po nito ay lalong gaganda at lilinis po ang ating hangin,” he said.

             RED Milla further said that DENR is happy and proud of this milestone in bringing the environmentally-friendly modernize jeepney in Iloilo City.

             An official of Hino Motors-Panay, maker of the modern jeepneys, disclosed that this is the first provincial launching outside Metro Manila.

             “ We implement this in Boracay Island. Boracay is now becoming an e-Island dahil wala na pong e a-allow na gasolina or makina na hindi po Euro 4 standard doon. Necessary po itong pag shift ng bansa sa Euro 4 dahil gusto nating bigyan ng mas maganda at malinis na environmental future ang susunod na henerasyon ng mga Pilipino,” he added.

           The modern jeepneys are fully air-conditioned and have a seating capacity of 23-25 persons. The minimum fare for the modernized jeepneys is pegged at P10.50-P12.00. Each unit costs Php2,040,000


             The twelve units modern jeepneys will serve four routes, namely:

             -From Iloilo Terminal and General Services Inc. (ITSGI) in Brgy. Ungka, Jaro district to City Proper via Jaro CPU and vice versa

            -Jaro CPU Derecho route (from Brgy. Sambag, Jaro to the City Proper and vice versa)

            -From the ITSGI Terminal in Brgy. Ungka, Jaro to the City Proper via Diversion Road and vice versa

            -From Arevalo district to the City Proper and vice versa.


            The Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) was launched by the Department of Transportation (DOTr) of the Philippines in 2017, with the goal of making the country's public transportation system efficient and environmentally friendly by 2020. The program calls for the phasing-out of jeepneys, buses and other Public Utility Vehicles (PUVs) that are at least 15 years old and replacing them with safer, more comfortable and more environmentally-friendly vehicles.  

              Passenger vehicles are a major pollution contributor, producing significant amounts of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and other pollution on air.

             Clean Air is number one of the ten priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu which pursues on improving the quality of air that we breathe, reducing air pollution and protect human health and the environment.


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DENR 6 celebrates Earth Day 2019


23 April 2019DENR 6 celebrates Earth Day 2019


In line with the celebration of Earth Day 2019, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6, through its Conservation and Development Division (CDD) conducted a lecturette about Philippine Biodiversity at West Visayas State University-College of Agriculture and Forestry (WVSU-CAF) in Lambunao, Iloilo.

The lecturette gave emphasis on the Big 5 endemic species of Western Visayas, namely: Visayan Spotted Deer, Hornbill, Visayan Writhed Warty Pig, Raflessia and Panay Monitor Lizard. These species are considered critically endangered by Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

In her message, CDD Asst. Chief Dr. Emelyn Peñaranda underscored the objective of the activity which is to drumbeat the celebration of Earth Day 2019, to educate, and to raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species, including those in Western Visayas.

“The Lord created this world to be beautiful, habitable and complete with everything to sustain life. He also gave us the responsibilty to be a good stewards of all his creations,” she said.

This year’s theme is “Protect our species” , this is a reminder to keep our planet from destruction which also means we have actively working on slowing down the decline of the country’s threatened and endangered species.

The participants were also toured around Mari-it Agri-Eco Tourism Park, a Wildlife Conservation inside the campus where they saw the three endemic species here in Panay- the Visayan Spotted Deer, Hornbill and Warty Pig.

The participants also got tested of their knowledge and skills on answering  and performing regarding biodiversity and endemic species tasks that are given to them.

The idea for national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, after witnessing the ravages of 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

In 1970, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

In the Philippines, Earth Day was launched on April 22, 1990 to mark a global commitment in building a safe, just and sustainable Planet. Every April 22 is declared as “Philippines’ Earth Day” to raise awareness on the gravity of environmental degradation and destruction in the country that threatens the very quality of life of many Filipinos.

Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. encouraged  every Ilonggos to involve theirselves in the protection and conservation of biodiversity.

“All living things have an intrinsic value, and each plays a unique role in the complex web of life, we can still decrease the rate of extinction if we must work together now  and  build a united global movement for the  protection of our biodiversity and endangered and threarened species. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy,” said RED Milla.

DENR Secreatary Roy A. Cimatu through its ten priority programs strengthened its law enforcement operations that resulted in massive seizures of wild animals and arrest of wildlife criminals. This a proof that the Philippines remains dedicated on its commitment in fighting illegal wildlife trade that is driving endangered species to the brink of extinction.


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