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CENRO Cebu City gathered 30 partner stakeholders for the third (3rd) leg of the DENR7 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Consultation held in Mandaue City, Cebu.

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.


The CSOs were divided into 9 groups working on the 9 nature-based approach programs of DENR in line with Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzagaโ€™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.


The CSO consultation attended by the Peopleโ€™s organization, Non-Government Organizations, Academe, Business sector, Religious group, National Government Agencies, and Local Government Units shall come up with a statement of inputs that may include inputs/ comments/ recommendations of the CSOs on agency ongoing and/or new spending/expansion programs, projects, and activities as to: (1)relevance, (2)strategy and delivery, (3)performance management, (4)costing, (5) monitoring and evaluation, (6) accountability structure, (7) and risk management.


DENR 7 Central Visayas joins the nation in celebrating โ€œ๐“๐“ช๐“ฝ๐“ฒ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ช๐“ต ๐“ฆ๐“ธ๐“ถ๐“ฎ๐“ทโ€™๐“ผ ๐“œ๐“ธ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ฑโ€ with the theme, โ€œ๐—ช๐—˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฒ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜†โ€ as per Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988. This is to highlight womenโ€™s achievements and emphasize the role of Filipino women in the social, cultural, economic and political development. We celebrate the incredible strength, resilience, and contributions of women around the world. Let us continue to stand together in solidarity and work towards a future where all women can thrive and reach their full potential.


The kickoff celebration of the womenโ€™s month highlights partnership with the Cosmetology of Cebu Training Center to give free haircut, manicure and pedicure, and dry massage to clients and employees.  BJMP Lapu-lapu City Jail Female Dormitory and Talisay City Jail Female Dormitory join us by selling handmade products by persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

Hanging of streamers, zumba dancing, information, education and communication (IEC) campaign, distribution of different types of seedlings to clients and wearing purple starts the month in the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) in the Region 7, Central Visayas.


We begin this new era of the National Womenโ€™s Month Celebration with the hope and ambition that WE are all for Gender Equality, WE are all for an inclusive society.



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CENRO Ayungon, Negros Oriental- Bringing the theme โ€œItโ€™s Time for Wetland Restorationโ€, the DENR CENRO-Ayungon together with the barangay officials celebrated the 2023 World Wetlands Day celebration on February 2, 2023, by participating in an Inland Clean-up Drive at Barangay Tiguib, Ayungon, Negros Oriental spearheaded by the newly designated CENR Officer, For. Vicente Rustico M. Calizar.

The activity was conducted at the river beside the CENR Office wherein stations have been created. The 1.77 km. short course of the river flows from Sitio Kansalanga down to the coastal area of Brgy. Tiguib.

A total of 15 trash bags/sacks have been collected which is equivalent to 174.5 kgs of accumulated waste materials. Most of the items found were household wastes that are very common in residential areas such as plastic bags & bottles, diapers, sachets of detergents & shampoos, food containers, straws, old items of clothing, and plastic utensils.

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The activity aims not only to cultivate teamwork among the volunteers but also to strengthen cohesiveness and foster cooperation among the local residents of the barangay. But most importantly, it helps promote or raise environmental awareness in the community, especially on how to help revive and restore degraded wetlands.

Wetlands are part of our daily day-to-day lives and are extremely beneficial both to the people and wildlife, thatโ€™s why the local residents play a vital role by getting involved in activities on mitigation measures or by doing simple things in their own little ways (e.g., proper waste disposal, recycling, avoiding the use of toxic products, plant trees, etc.) in order to contribute effectively and efficiently in the protection and conservation of our environment.

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DENR Region 7 supports the 2nd year Search for Best Zero Waste Barangay initiated by the Provincial Government of Siquijor. The search will showcase the best efforts of barangay officials and their constituencies working toward efficient reduction of plastic use in consonance with the โ€œNo Single-Use Plasticโ€ Ordinance of the Province. This year, public elementary schools are also included in the search to emphasize the importance of molding pupils to be good stewards of the environment.

PENRO Siquijor representative Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Paul Tomogsoc, remarked the serious dedication of the local government units (LGUs) in the implementation of R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and other environmental laws campaign in the Province of Siquijor. The team includes evaluators from other national government agencies (NGAs) and non-government organizations (NGOs) conducted the on-site assessment last December 27-28, 2022 and on January 3-4, 2023.

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Monetary rewards and recognition will be at the end of the month of January, 2023 to commemorate the Zero Waste Month with three (3) major prizes and consolation/special awards in different categories for barangays and schools. 

Zero waste advocacy campaign also promotes designing and managing products and processes in a way that reduces waste and pollution. This yearโ€™s theme is โ€œStepping Up Solid Waste Management Through Efficient Extended Producers Responsibilityโ€ calls for your action.

DENR Central Visayas needs you, let us make a positive impact on the environment towards a sustainable future, document and share your initiatives and best practices on waste management for others to replicate.




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DENR Central Visayas joins the nation in observing the Best Dives Philippines Week.

Presidential Proclamation No. 758, signed by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in January 14, 2005 declared every second week of January and every year thereafter as Best Dives Philippines Week promoting scuba diving with emphasis on protection and conservation of the countryโ€™s underwater marine resources.

Scuba diving and related activities are special tourism interest that greatly contributed in the development and promotion of tourism.  Our marine resources are source of livelihood for fisherfolks, boatman, resort owners, investors, local governments and recreational activities both for the local and foreign tourists.

Some of the major diving spots in the Philippines are situated in Central Visayas,  particularly in Apo Island in Negros Oriental, Moalboal and Malapascua in Cebu Balicasag and Cabilao Island in Bohol.  The challenges we face now is how to preserve, protect and conserve this sites as human activities and climate change intensify.  Our marine resources are prone to pollution from overflows of untreated sewage and mismanaged waste specifically the plastics which harms the ecosystem.

DENR Region 7 calls all dive enthusiasts, let us do some action, schedule scubasurero clean-up drive, coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders on site to show an act of love for our oceans. Ikaw, Ako, Kita Ang Kalikupan.