Regional Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) Negros Occidental were delighted to finally turn-over the newly constructed Small Water Impounding Structure (SWIS) to the three Community ENR Offices jurisdiction, namely: Bago City, Cadiz City and Kabankalan City.

During the ribbon cutting of CENRO Bago City SWIS in Barangay Canlusong, EB Magalona, together with the United Canlusong for Upland Reforestation and Development (UCURD) last August 5, 2022, OIC-PENR Officer Joan Nathaniel F. Gerangaya underscorred the importance of taking good care of all the resources especially the water impounding facility which will continuously provide potable water supply to the community.

 Meanwhile, CENRO Kabankalan and the People’s Organization of Camindangan Planters and Farm Workers Association (CAPFWA) were also happy with the completion of the SWIS project on August 31, 2022.

“Local folks are beside themselves with joy upon seeing water gushing out of the SWIS, while kids are more than happy they no longer need to walk two kilometers just to fetch water,” Richard Vallota, CAPFWA Chairman said in vernacular.

In CENRO Cadiz City the SWIS project is located at Sitio Pacol, Brgy. Celestino Villacin, Cadiz City with Brgy. Celestino Villacin Vegetables Farmers Association as PO partner.

The 50 cubic meter SWIS’ primary purpose is to address the water supply needs of the nearby communities and to be used for the effective management, maintenance and protection of the Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP) in the area.

SWIS is a water harvesting and storage structure consisting of an earth embankment spillway, outlet works and canal facilities. It is designed for soil and water conservation and flood control by holding as much water as possible during the rainy season.

Indeed, dreams do come true! For those communities in Kabankalan, Cadiz and Bago, their new water supply is a source of inspiration to really take good care of their natural resources.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in the province of Aklan have recently engaged the Indigenous People (IP) youths in Boracay Island and the young Kalibonhons in Environmental Summits with activities like tree planting, clean ups and learning events for them to better understand the importance of environmental protection and conservation.

Two batches of Environmental Summit were facilitated by PENRO Aklan with Batch 1 dubbed as “Youth and Indigenous People’s Summit for Better Boracay: Action Towards Innovation (ATI) for Environmental Sustainability of Boracay Island.” Thirty six (36) youth members of the Boracay Ati Tribal Organization (BATO) attended the event and actively participated in various activities, namely: Upcycling Contest using plastic wastes and the Eco-Draw contest that highlights the importance of various ecosystems. In each activity, the assigned leaders of the group make a presentation of their outputs. Winners were awarded with certificates and tokens and other non-winning groups received consolation prizes.

The IP youths along with personnel from Department of Environment and Natural Resources PENRO Aklan (DENR-PENRO), Lawin Patrollers of Community ENR Office in Boracay Island and some members from the Ati community also joined the beach clean-up near the Ati Village in Brgy. Manocmanoc, which was part of the Summit activities. The IP youths understanding on the need to sustain the gains of Boracay Island rehabilitation was reinforced with the things they have learned from the Summit.

Meanwhile, Batch 2 of the youth summit was dubbed as “Youth of Aklan for a Better Environment Today and Tomorrow” was conducted at the Ati-atihan County Inn in the capital town of Kalibo, Aklan.

A total of forty-eight (48) Aklanon youths attended Batch 2 of the summit with invites from the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Ambassadors, Youth Artists, Future Leaders of the Philippines Officers ASU – Banga, Regional Science High School for Region VI (RSHSVI) YES-O Officers, Sanggunian ng Kabataan (SK) Chairpersons and Members from different municipalities including Balete, Banga, Batan and New Washington.

The one-day activity included lectures on the following: Challenges of various ecosystems in Aklan; Understanding Geohazard’s Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Maps; Youth Empowerment for Better Aklan; Digital Literacy 101: An Introduction to Graphic Design as Tool for an Effective Communication Link Toward Environmental Education with logo making contest; Bamboo and Clonal Propagation for Forest Rehabilitation with video making on the procedures by the participants; Knowledge and Practices of Akeanon Bukidnon Tribe in Harmony and Nature; and, the signing of Pledge of Commitment.

“Engaging the youths and the Indigenous People community in our environmental activities and thrusts achieves a win-win situation. The Indigenous People are keepers of traditional practices that work in harmony with nature while the modern youths can be our information multipliers, even influencers, to expand our reach. Both groups of young people can work to further promote understanding and appreciation for environmental protection and conservation,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran.

The youth is considered as the hope of our future as they possess the power to easily adapt to the changes from generation to generation. The DENR is tapping on their youthful vigor to hone their adaptive skills and abilities towards crafting environmental campaigns to achieve behavioral changes towards environmental protection and conservation.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in the province of Antique have conducted a Professional Development Training with Gender Lens for all its key officials and employees including those of CENRO Belison and CENRO Culasi. Miss Rowena Diaz (center) of Soft Skills Management Consultancy Service coached the employees on how to develop skills to effectively manage their time, work, and even stress. Diaz also tackled the importance of effective communication, personal accountability at work and emotional and mental resilience. Best of all, she taught the employees how to practice gender sensitivity at work and be able to achieve optimal work outputs. Antique OIC PENR Officer Cynthia M. Blancia (right) and Management Division Chief Lani D. Sardina (left) led the said training.

Starting it right on the first day of “ber” months, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Joan Nathaniel F. Gerangaya of DENR PENRO Negros Occidental graced the KWARENTA program of DYAF CMN Bacolod 1143 khz – Diocese of Bacolod on September 1. PENRO Gerangaya answered queries on some environmental issues and discussed the Department’s priority programs and projects with Fr. Chris and Fr. Roy, the program hosts. The interview is part of today's World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was recently inked between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Capiz province and the Lawis Baybay Small Fisherfolks Association (LABSFAR), Inc. to establish a mangrove plantation at Cadimahan River, Brgy. Tanque, Roxas City.

A 600 square meters or 0.06 hectare patch of mangrove area was planted with a total of six hundred (600) potted Bakauan propagules in a 1 meter x 1 meter planting distance. This joint effort is aimed at promoting environmental protection and sustainability while helping mitigate the impacts of climate change.

This green initiative is a commitment of the Capiz Institute of Technology–Department of Arts and Trade (CIT-DAT) High School Batch '79 and will be providing the financial support while members of the LABSFAR, Inc. will do the maintenance and protection of the mangrove plantation.

“We commend the efforts of our academe such as that of CIT-DAT and private associations like LABSFAR in carrying out mangrove planting activities which eventually contributes to creating climate change resilient communities, especially in the coastal areas,” said Livino B. Duran, DENR 6 Regional Executive Director.

Eleven (11) CIT–DAT High School Batch '79 members were present during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) held at Cadimahan Floating Restaurant and River Tour in Brgy. Baybay, Roxas City. The Agreement duration is until March 2023

The MOA was signed by OIC–Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Joel L. Navarra representing the DENR Capiz, Hon. Hermenia F. Dillo, Punong Brgy. of Tanque, Roxas City representing CIT–DAT High School Batch '79 and Nelida Dela Cruz, President of Lawis Baybay Small Fisherfolks Association (LABSFAR), Inc.

Witnessing the said MOA signing was Engr. Marlon A. Bonite, CIT-DAT HS Batch' 79 member and Head, Provincial Environmental Management Unit of EMB Region 6 and LMO III Pascual I. Ongco, Jr., Chief, Regulation and Permitting Section.