Environmental Crimes in the Visayas Conference

In line with one of the priority agenda of the Duterte Administration which is to strengthen enforcement of environmental laws, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducts a four-day conference on Addressing Environmental Crimes in the Visayas on April 10-14, 2018 at Bai Hotel in Cebu City.

Led by DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations -Visayas Marcial Amaro, the activity aimed to come up with an integrated enforcement plan for the DENR and other partner enforcement agencies in the implementation of ENR laws, rules and regulations.

"One of the marching orders of the administration is for us to go strong in the implementation of ENR laws, so we are here to plan, assist and complement our initiatives to effectively do the mandates of the DENR, improve our capabilities and better equip our enforcement officials to be able to cope with the demands of the job,” said Amaro.

Nearly 100 DENR participants coming from the Visayas regions attended in the said activity.

During his opening message, ASEC Amaro urged all attending officials to actively participate, share and contribute in the planning workshop to be able to come up with an effective enforcement plan that will highlight all enforcement aspects of the department and would serve as a guide for all DENR enforcement personnel in the continuing efforts towards environmental protection.

While highlighting the goal of protecting the environment, Asec Amaro also said that one focus of the plan will be the capability building of all enforcement officials to ensure that “with all the risks of doing enforcement jobs, we come prepared”.

The DENR through the Forest Management Bureau (FMB) also intends to map out all the illegal-logging hotspots in the country and strengthen partnership with enforcement agencies and local government units.


Turn-over Ceremony of i-MiEV (Electric Vehicle)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 received today one electric vehicle and a quick charging station from Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) in an official turn-over ceremony at DENR 7 Compound, National Government Center, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.

According to DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, the i-MiEV electric vehicle and quick charging station handed over to DENR 7 are part of the donation made by MMPC to DENR last June 2017 wherein five units of Outlander PHEV, five units of i-MiEV and four units of EV quick charging stations were delivered to DENR Central Office.

The donation is a product of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the DENR and MMPC for the joint conduct of a study on reducing carbon emissions and strengthened partnership on promoting clean energy and environmental protection and conservation in the country.

“We are very fortunate that DENR 7 together with the Davao Region were chosen to receive these electric vehicles and charging stations from MMPC. We will make a good use out of it in our daily operations and step up our efforts in convincing other national government agencies and private partners to invest in clean technology to reduce carbon emissions to the environment coming from the transportation sector,” added Gonzales.


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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