Kapihan sa PIA


DENR 7 Chief Conservation Division Mario V. Aragon, Assistant Protected Superintendent for Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Forester Melchor Rhett F. Sarmago, Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Forester Fercival Fiel and TSPS Legal Assistant Steve Vincent Larona in a Kapihan sa PIA session to highlight the Ocean Month Celebration with the theme “Buhay Dagat, Buhay Natin” held last May 4, 2016.


During the Kapihan session, DENR 7 officials highlighted the Visayas’ pride having extraordinary abundance and diverse assemblage of cetaceans (dolphins and whales), eleven or fourteen out of the twenty five species found in the Philippines, emphasizing the strong need for the continued protection and conservation of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS).

Tañon Strait Protected Seascape is the largest Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Philippines, known for its rich biodiversity. It is also one of the Philippines' major fishing grounds.

It was declared as protected area under Presidential Proclamation No. 1234 s. 1998 dated 27 May 1998. TSPS covers seven cities, 36 municipalities and 298 coastal barangays in the provinces of Cebu, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.


DENR-7 has new Regional Director

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has a new regional director.

This developed after DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu issued Special Order Number 2017- 925 on November 21, 2017 designating Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, CESO III as the new DENR Regional Director in Central Visayas. Director Gonzales replaced OIC Regional Director Emma E. Melana who is now reassigned as Assistant Regional Director for Management Services of DENR 7.In a turnover ceremony held last November 28, 2017, DENR Secretary Cimatu asked the new DENR 7 RD Gonzales to take charge of the management and operations of DENR Central Visayas.



Photo Releases

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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