Geared towards educating and mobilizing people to help in the protection and conservation of the environment and rekindling public commitment and involvement and reflecting environmental values and broaden public support, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 will lead a month-long celebration of Earth Month 2016 with the theme “Trees for the Earth”.

This is in accordance to the Proclamation 1482 that was issued on April 10, 2008 declaring the month of April as the Philippines’ Earth Month and identified the DENR as the main convenor of the celebration.

In a statement, DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo urged all other national government agencies and local government units to take part in the environment celebration to ensure the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources mindful of the present threats of climate change.

“This year’s Earth Month celebration highlights the importance of planting and growing trees because trees help combat climate change, breathe clean air, and help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability by providing food, energy and income,” said Montejo.

Montejo also presented the activities slated for the earth month celebration including a series of campaign programs and activities toward raising the level of awareness on environmental issues and concerns.

As part of the celebration, the DENR 7 will conduct a study tour and orientation on ENR policies with some 40 police and fire superintendents and a series of advocacy campaign to promote and ensure awareness among public school students.

The Earth Stewardship Forum will be conducted at Bohol Institute of Technology (BIT) International College - Siquijor Campus, and Carmelite College, Tinago, Siquijor on April 20; BIT International College – Tagbilaran Campus on April 27; and Cebu Technological University – Argao Campus on April 29.

On April 22, a simultaneous mangrove planting and clean-up drive will be conducted in various coastal areas in the region in the observance of the Earth Day 2016.

Media interaction and benchmarking tour will also be conducted in some National Greening Program (NGP) sites in Bohol to showcase best practices and success stories of NGP in Central Visayas from April 26 to 29.

The NGP is a flagship program of the Aquino administration implemented and led by the DENR with its goal to plant one billion trees to around one million hectares of forest lands nationwide in six years. The program started in 2011 and is set to be completed by December 2016.

Montejo also urged partner local government units, people’s organizations, private partners and other stakeholders to commit and participate in the Earth Month celebration to help contribute to better, cleaner and healthier environment for all.


Creation of an RDC Environment Committee

The Economic Development Committee in its first quarter meeting, passed a Resolution for the creation of an RDC Environment Committee to focus on the environmental and sustainability and risk resilience aspects of the Development Plans, Policies, Programs, Projects (D4Ps).

On June 27, the RDC Environmental Committee Members convened for the first time for the organizational meeting and levelling off presided by the DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, committee's co-chair at NEDA 7 Conference Hall, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.



Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.


Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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