The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7) announced the winners of the first ever statistical quiz bowl contest conducted in celebration of the 26th National Statistics month held at the DENR 7 New Conference Hall, Sudlon, Lahug Cebu City last October 13, 2015.

The winners of the quiz bowl were: First – Rafael J. Olodin, Land Management Inspector of Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office Cebu City; Second – Planning Officer II Cristina Manlangit of CENRO Ayungon, Negros Oriental; Third – Forest Technician I Marianito Abregana of CENRO Argao.

Participants of the first ever DENR 7 Regional Statistical Quiz are representatives from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), DENR 7 Technical Services and personnel from all provincial and community environment and natural resources offices in the region.

The winners received P5,000, P3,000, P 2,000 for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd prize winners, respectively.


Awarding the certificates of recognition and cash prizes were Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Wilfredo Lee and Chief Administrative Officer Trinidad Etulle.

The topics of the quiz were biodiversity, mining, environment, forestry, lands, statistics and other environmental current events.

According to DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo, the activity is in support to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the lead in the celebration of the National Statistics Month.

"We take part in promoting, enhancing and spreading awareness and appreciation of the importance of statistics to the different sectors of the society through participating in various interagency statistical advocacy initiatives and conducting activities that highlights its value," said Montejo.

This year's theme for the 26th National Statistics Month is "Pagyamanin at Gamitin and Estadistika, Kalusugan para sa Lahat ay Abot-Kamay Na".

The National Statistics Month (NSM) was first observed in 1990 pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 647 signed by then President Corazon C. Aquino on September 20, 1990, declaring the Month of October of Every Year as the National Statistics Month.


Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

 The Manila Times

by Philip Camara on January 5, 2017 Analysis


TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.


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Bojo river is an 8-km estuarine river with a depth of 3.8 meters during high tide. It shelters 61 species of endemic and migratory birds, 96 species of plants and 22 mangroves species. 

Nursery in CENRO Ayungon which supports the massive reforestation under the National Greening Program.

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