Press Releases

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As we celebrate the National Volunteers Month every month of December with the theme “Volunteer Now: Spark Hope, Create Solutions and Respond to Pandemic Challenges”. DENR Central Visayas always recognizes the vital role of volunteers for the environment. The importance of partnership of other national government agencies (NGAs), non-government organizations (NGOs), peoples' organizations (Pos), academe/schools, youth organizations/students/sectors, the private and various stakeholders who always volunteers during environment and natural resources (ENR) events and celebrations. 

DENR Region VII also extends our heartfelt gratitude to all those who participated in the clean-up, tree/mangrove planting and in all other environmental activities to address climate change mitigation and adaptation conducted by the department for the year 2022. And to those who signed and sealed a commitment and partnership with DENR-7 through a memorandum of agreement/understanding (MOA/MOU) to share responsibility as stewards of Mother Earth.

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Regional Executive Director Paquito C. Melicor, Jr. said, “We, in the DENR Central Visayas thank you for the Bayanihan spirit in the protection and conservation of our natural resources you have shown. The commitment and collaboration during the clean-up of rivers and esteros, the rescue of wildlife, coastal clean-up and the information, education and communication (IEC) initiatives shared among the citizenry would surely encourage more volunteers in the future. Thank you, environmental volunteers and have a joyful new year”.



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DENR Central Visayas conduct Benchmarking Tour in Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park and Material Recovery Facility in Barangay Candau-ay, Dumaguete City.

Participants are the Information Officers of DENR-PENROs, CENROs, EMB, Philippine Information Agency 7-Info Center Head Negros, the 4H Club Members of Magatas, the SK Chairman and councilor of Barangay San Antonio, Barangay Captain of Maningcao ,  people’s organization and other stakeholders.

The said activity includes environmental education on Solid Waste Management, protected areas, poster making contest, photo/video documentation to tell a story for sharing the experience in the social media platform.

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Learnings on the best practices of the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Barangay Candau-ay shows the usefulness of pyrolysis machines that will convert garbage into useful by-products such as hollow blocks, plastic chairs and for organic fertilizer. The City is already implementing the safe closure and rehabilitation plan of the open dumpsite which is already approved by the DENR.

They also enjoyed the beauty of nature, have fun and the cleanliness of the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park, one of the protected area with best practices in solid waste management.

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Miss Earth 2022 candidates (Eco Group) experience enjoyable moments while nature trekking and boating today at the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park (BTLNP) in Negros Oriental.

The visit is part of their itinerary aimed to showcase beautiful ecotourism destinations at the same time advocate environmental awareness, protection, and conservation.

The candidates are from Bolivia, Chile, DR Congo, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kosovo, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Portugal, Scotland, Thailand, and Uganda.

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Miss Earth is a beauty event whose raison d'etre was to have its candidates and winners actively promote and get involved in the preservation of the environment and the protection of the Earth and apart from a strong emphasis on environmental protection programs, MISS EARTH also aims to showcase and promote various tourist destinations.

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Municipal Government of Minglanilla, Cebu and DENR Central Visayas inked MOA to protect forests

With the preservation of its forest one of top priorities, the Minglanilla Municipal Government through Mayor Rajiv Enad signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to craft and implement a Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP).

While the management of the country’s natural resources rests primarily on the DENR, the Municipal Government also shares in the responsibility.

Minglanilla is home to the country’s first reforestation project which is more than a century old.

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In the MOA signed this afternoon by Mayor Rajiv and DENR 7 Director Pacquito Melicor Jr., they agreed to “formulate and legitimize” the FLUP.

The FLUP will define the strategies “to conserve the forest and water biodiversity resources” in Minglanilla, to ensure the sustainable development of the forest and forest reserves in the town for today’s use and “for generations yet to come.”

“With this memorandum of agreement with DENR as well as implementing and releasing our forest land use plan for the next ten years. We hope that Minglanilla’s development will be sustainable in the next ten years,“ Mayor Rajiv said.

Witnesses in the ceremony were the Municipal Council headed by Vice Mayor Lani Peña, Atty. Jesus “Boyet” Velez, chairman for the environment committee, Irene O. Anonar, MLGOO, Charlie E. Fabre OIC- Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis PENRO, Raul C. Pasoc CENRO, and Engr. Ivanlee Montejo, MENRO.
Press Release and Photo Release by MAYOR RAJIV ENAD official Facebook page

DENR7 Regional Executive Driector Paquito D. Melicor, Jr graced the inauguration and blessing of the Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force (AECTF) Monitoring Station in Bulwang, Mabinay, Negros Oriental last Oct. 14, 2022.


RED Melicor thanked the donor of the modular van- type building, Mr. Reynald Uy of DUCOMI Dumaguete City and acknowledged the collective effort of the people behind the successful installation of the AECTF monitoring station.

He said the station will serve as a checkpoint station of the multisectoral team specially created to enforce the full and strict implementation of environmental laws and regulations.


The event was attended by partner agencies Philippine Army 11th IB, Philippine National Police Mabinay Station and the Regional Mobile Force Battalion, LGU Mabinay, and BLGU Bulwang.