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 Around 466 bikers and 774 hikers gathered Sunday, June 25, 2023 in Talisay City for the Bike-Hike-Plant (BHP) activity with the theme "moving forest," an event organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Forest Management Bureau to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the Philippine Forestry Service and Arbor Day.

The event kicked off from Talisay City Hall with a program proper attended by the DENR officials: Assistant Secretary Ruth Tawantawan of the Field Operation Eastern Mindanao DENR central office; Director Al Orolfo of the DENR Foreign Assistant and Special Project Service; Assistant Director Edna Nuestro, DENR Forest Management Bureau; DENR 7 Executive Director Paquito Melicor Jr.; Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Charlie E Fabre Region 7, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services, Eddie Llamedo, Region 7, and Armando Malisce, Regional Director MGB 7.| via AML

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Let us celebrate the Philippine Environment Month and World Environment Day on June 5, with the local theme, “No to Waste: Advancing Circular Economy to #BeatPlasticPollution”. This year’s celebration calls for global solutions to combat plastic pollution.

Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1988 by then Pres. Corazon Aquino declaring the month of June every year as Philippine Environment Month to raise environmental consciousness among Filipinos to give time and effort towards the protection, enhancement and development of the country’s environment.

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As part of the celebration, DENR-7 offers a One-Stop-Shop to walk-in clients, where they can asked basic technical services and assistance on surveys and mapping, licenses, patents, deeds and enforcement and distribution of information, education, environmental permits and communication (IEC) materials during the Environment Month Kick-Off and Exhibit at Parkmall, Mandaue City in partnership with Climate Change Commission Association, Inc. through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 7.

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Presiding the Holy Mass is Fr. Murphy Sarsonas presided the Holy Mass, also the Chairman of the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concerns (CACEC) said, that “the environment is not just a part of our social responsibility but also a part of our moral obligation," during the homily.

DENR RED Paquito Melicor, Jr. and EMB OIC Amancio Dongcot together with the Chairman of CACEC and President of Cebu Climate Change Association, Inc. (CCCAI) Alan Dinampo lead the ribbon cutting ceremony.


By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 57, issued in 1999, we celebrate the month of May as the Month of the Ocean.

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The Philippines contains the highest number of marine species per unit area relative to the countries within the Indo-Malay-Philippines Archipelago, and has been identified as the epicenter of marine biodiversity.

The Philippine marine territory has become a breeding and feeding ground for endangered marine species like the dugong and home of sea turtles (pawikan) and different types of fish. The sea also provides or supports the livelihood and source of food for the coastal communities and for us, filipinos.

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Fishers’Talk held in Asturias, Cebu is one of the highlights in the information, education and communication (IEC) advocacy campaign in celebration for the month of the ocean in DENR Central Visayas. Representatives from partner national government agencies (NGAs), officials from the barangay/municiapal of the local government units (LGUs), multi-stakeholders and fisherfolks/peoples’organization attended the said forum.

PENRO Cebu Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis also the Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) Head/Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) encourages all to participate actively in our efforts to protect and conserve our ocean and its resources. The importance of the ocean for a sustainable marine ecosystem, as the ocean is the lungs of the earth and the vital role of the coastal communities, the stakeholders and the local government unit in the preservation and conservation of our marine resources specially keeping plastic pollution out of the sea relies on us.

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University of the Philippines Associate Professor Dr. Hazel O. Arceo discussed the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Philippine Setting, BFAR OIC, Fisheries Resource Management Section Jeselita G. Ruinata and Microplastics: the Not So Micro Problem was presented by Senior Science Research Specialist Jon Alfonso Horvidalla of Coastal Resources and Ecotourish Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC). Other topics were also presented on the Salient Features of the Clean Water Act by EMB-7 and from Tanon Strait Protected Seascape (TSPS) on coastal enforcement in midwest Cebu. Participants shared observations and suggestions during the open forum session.

Other activities were also conducted regionwide spearheaded by the PENROs and CENROs posted in the official social media page: DENR Central Visayas. #MOO2023#TayoangKalikasan#ikawakokitaangkalikupan

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Seventy Eight (78) wildlife species were confiscated by DENR-7 Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Tagbilaran Enforcement and Monitoring team during the raid in a joint operation with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Bohol agents in Bohol Enchanted Zoological and Botanical Garden (BEZBG), Poblacion, Bilar, Bohol last March 03, 2023.

The operation resulted on the apprehension of the seventy eight (78) different kinds of wildlife species, accounted and identified as two (2) Philippine Macaque Monkey, two (2) Black Nape Oriole, Eight (8) White Eared-Brown Dove, two (2) Zebra Dove, two (2) Emerald Dove, six (6) Malay Civet Cat, three (3) White Brown Crake, two (2) Monitor Lizard, thirty one (31) Asian Box Turtle, Five (5) Brahminy Kite and some endangered species, one (1) Philippine Eagle Owl and three (3) Reticulated Python.

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The six (6) Philippine Hanging Parrot, critically endangered specie and the near threatened five (5) Philippine Tarsiers were immediately released to their natural habitat due to their sensitivity to unfamiliar and streesful conditions after checking the health conditions of the wildlife. The remaining sixty-seven (67) wild animals and reptiles are now under the temporary custody of Mr. German Palapar, a holder of DENR Wildlife Permitee.

CENRO Tagbilaran prepared all the necessary documents for the inquest proceedings held last March 06, 2023 and filing the case against the owner, general manager and the supervisor present during the raid for violating Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 on March 17, 2023.


RED Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. send a warning to violators on illegal acts on wildlife here in Central Visayas, the DENR-7 Wildlife Monitoring and Enforcement Team and other enforcement agency are working together and vigilant in apprehending wildlife without documents and may filed cases against the offenders.

Also, Kudos to the the NBI Bohol Chief Atty. Josie Ermie Monstanto and his team for the successful operation, RED Melicor added.

Wildlife keepers and owners may legally obtain rights to possess wild animals either for pet, exhibition or for educational purposes by applying and acquiring a permit or certificate from DENR-7.




PENRO Negros Oriental holds the 4th leg of the 𝗗𝗘𝗡𝗥𝟳 𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗹 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝗢𝗿𝗴𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘇𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝗖𝗦𝗢𝘀) 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗹𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 at Dumaguete City with around 30 partner stakeholders from the AOR of CENRO Dumaguete City and CENRO Ayungon.

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Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. emphasizes that this gathering is the right venue to hear out our partner stakeholders and document all of their inputs and submit to Central Office as part of the instructions of Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga during the conduct of the Multistakeholders Forum Visayas cluster.

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The CSOs were divided into 9 groups working on the 9 nature-based approach programs of DENR in line with the Secretary’s nature based solution approach: forest management and protection, protected area management, biodiversity resources conservation, coastal and marine environment management, water resource management, air and water quality improvement, waste management, mineral resources development, and lands management.

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The conduct of consultation is in relation to the FY 2024 budget proposal on ongoing and new spending projects and activities pursuant to National Budget Memorandum No.145 dated 12 January 2023 or the National Budget Call for FY 2024.