DENR 2018 National Management Conference

In order to come up with a unified plan to address the 10 priority programs of the department, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu convened close to 100 DENR officials composed of undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, line and staff bureau directors, service directors, heads of DENR attached agencies, DENR, mines and geosciences, and environmental management bureau regional directors in Cebu City for the presentation and finalization of the 2018 regional implementation plans.

According to the environment secretary, he called for a management conference to establish the direction of the DENR operations and to ensure that all lined up activities by the regional offices are in support to the mandate of the department. "We are gathered here because I want to listen to your plans in your respective regions and together come up with an implementation plan to address major environmental issues in the country," said Cimatu.

Aside from the presentation and finalization of the regional implementation plans, the conference also intends to discuss the integration of EMB and MGB major functions to the regional and field operations.

In his message, Secretary Cimatu called out all regional directors, provincial and community environment and natural resources officers to conduct profiling and classification of all rivers and waterbodies in their respective jurisdictions.

"All rivers should be accounted for by the DENR. I want you, especially those heads of field offices to know all your rivers, classify them, come up with a profile so that we will have all the needed data and information to manage these waterbodies effectively," Cimatu said.

He also directed all DENR Officials to build good relationship and strong partnerships with the local government units and address issues and concerns on solid waste management.

DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales said that the programs of the Secretary will be implemented through stronger collaboration and partnership with the various stakeholders. As for Region 7, Gonzales stated that Butuanon River will be prioritized for clean-up and rehabilitation under the clean water program.


On-going clearing of illegal structures

DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales conducts the actual verification on the location of monuments within the shorelines of Brgys. Pooc and Talisay, Sta Fe, Cebu as part of the on-going clearing of illegal structures within the 20m easement zone as provided by the Water Code of the Philippines.


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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