In line with the Presidential Proclamation No. 922, series of 2020 (declaring the State of Health Emergency throughout the Philippines), and Presidential Proclamation No. 929, series of 2020 (declaring the country under State of Calamity) and as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety against COVID-19, the DENR, Regional Office No. VII, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City will temporarily close its operations on March 25-27, 2020 as the office will undergo sanitation and disinfection.
DENR 7 is temporarily closing all initiated eco-tourism activities on the following protected areas in Bohol province starting March 18 until March 31, 2020. Please take heed, your safety is our priority!
In view of the COVID-19 situation and in compliance with the directives of the Presidential Proclamation No. 22, series of 2020 and taking heed of the DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2020-02 on the Guidelines on alternative working arrangements to ensure safety of personnel and the continued delivery of essential services.Customers are encouraged to transact business and send official communications and documents through our email addresses or telephone lines posted on our website: http://r7.denr.gov.ph until after the Public Health Emergency is lifted or withdrawn.
Nine Newly-Appointed DENR-Bohol Personnel took their oath of office last March 6, 2020 adminestered by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations, Enforcement and Muslim Affairs Jim O. Sampulna at the DENR-PENRO Bohol Office, Upper De La Paz, Cortes during his short visit in the province.
After the oathtaking ceremony, Usec Sampulna shared his congratulatory message to the nine newly appointed personnel and urged them to always uphold public service values.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 7 and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 are all set for the establishment of around 1,172 hectares of tree plantations to replace the trees affected by road widening projects implemented in Central Visayas.
This, after DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr., DPWH 7 Regional Director Edgar B. Tabacon and DSWD 7 Regional Director Rebecca P. Geamala together with their respective key officials recently signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the joint implementation of tree replacement for the 25 road widening projects implemented by DPWH in 2018 as part of the Build, Build, Build Program of the Duterte Administration.
“The MOA is to ensure that all concerned agencies are fully involved in the implementation and ensure that replacement of affected roadside trees would be successfully carried out for the sustainable management of our environment,” said Melicor.
The five-year implementation of the project will start in 2020 until 2025 with an allocated budget from DPWH of 134 million which includes the production of around 586,348 seedlings, establishment of plantations and maintenance and protection activities to ensure higher survival rate.
According to RED Melicor, DENR 7 and DSWD 7 are eyeing for around 35 partner people’s organizations in the region who will serve as the implementor and beneficiaries of the project.
“Through this project we intend to establish our target of 1,172-hectare tree plantations, mobilize social efforts in the management and protection of our forests and also provide additional job opportunities to our local communities in the upland areas,” Melicor explained.
Of the 25 road widening projects implemented by DPWH, 15 were implemented in Cebu province, two in Bohol and eight in Negros Oriental.