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DENR7 and LGU Daanbantayan signed MOA to implement FLUP

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 7, Central Visayas Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor Jr. and Mayor Sun Shimura for the Municipality of Daanbantayan, Cebu Province jointly signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the implementation of the Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP).

PENRO Cebu Cleo Cary Colis, CENRO Cebu City Raul Pasoc, Vice Mayor Ali Abucay, SB Member Bregitte Tancawan, and MLGOO Grace Caburnay witnesses the MOA signing.

The MOA formalizes the partnership between the DENR-7 and LGU Daanbantayan in the protection, management, conservation and development of the forests and forestlands within the jurisdiction of LGU Daanbantayan. The MOA serves as a symbol of partnership between the department and the local government units to co-manage the forests and forestland resources of the town to ensure sustainable development for the benefit of the people.

“The FLUP will serve as guide for the LGU in decision making, a planning tool that equips LGUs, DENR and other stakeholders to comprehensively map out future economic progress of an area in the context of sustainable forest management, biodiversity management, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and management and forest degradation. FLUP should also be a part of their Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) of the municipality”, Melicor said.

Mayor Shimura also expressed his gratitude to DENR7, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Cebu and Cebu Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Cebu City for their invaluable inputs and technical assistance during the modification and updating of the FLUP. He said that while our town is on the road to progress, we should always put in mind to strike a balance between environmental conservation and development. #IkawAkoKitaAngKalikupan

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The DENR 7 during the leadership of former USEC Isabelo Montejo, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB7), Environmental Management Bureau (MGB7) and the Coastal Resources, and Ecotourism Research Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) Regional Directors  in 2015 initiated the Gawad Tugas Awards which recognizes the efforts and initiatives of different stakeholders and partners to combat environmental degradation similar to a molave or tugas which is flaunted as one of the hardest woods. Awards of recognition and appreciation also were given to media partners who always supported the same advocacy and shared factual news and information through the year.

The tugas (molave) plaques came from legitimate sources from the pruning and/or thinning of molave mother trees at the seed production area (spa) situated at Brgy Olang, Maria, Siquijor supervised by the PENRO Siquijor. There were no trees that were cut down in order to come up with these plaques. Once collected and gathered, these cuttings then are legally transported to the chosen designer to have them carved just like what they will be receiving, another transport permit is issued to ship these plaques to Cebu to have them plated with the names of the deserving honorees for today.

Knowing quite well that this huge task cannot be performed by DENR alone, this agency welcomes the assistance, participation, and collaborative efforts of other sectors of society, non-government organizations, national government agencies, public and private individuals, and the like. Our collective desire is to recognize certain individuals and partners who have made significant contributions to the protection, conservation, and management of our environment and natural resources.


This year, 2022, is the 7th time Gawad Tugas Awards, recognition of the eight (8) awardees were selected thoroughly based accordingly to the criteria for each category. The Gawad Tugas Committee approved nominees chosen from the DENR priority programs it belongs- Adopt-an-Estero, Clean Air, Clean Water, National Greening Program, and Solid Waste Management to promote and replicate good environmental practices done by our awardees that are worthy to be emulated so that we can spread the good news and best practices to each and every organization, local government unit or institution.


            Our eight (8) awardees were selected thoroughly based accordingly to the criteria for each category. This year, the gawadtugas committee approved nominees chosen from the DENR priority programs it belongs- Adopt-an-Estero, Clean Air, Clean Water, National Greening Program, and Solid Waste Management.

Best Barangay in Solid Waste Management                          Barangay Mayana, Naga City

Best City/Municipality in Solid Waste Management            City Government of Bayawan

Best LGU in Adopt-A-Waterbody Program                          Barangay Tabok, Mandaue City

Best Performing Peoples Organization with NGP                 BIWAS MPC


Best Performing Partner in Clean Air & Clean Water

Clean Air                                            Lexmark International Inc.

                                                            PMSC Bohol

                                                            BLC Bohol

Clean Water                                        Amarela Resort, Panglao, Bohol

Philippine Arbor Day: Aksyon Para sa Natatanging Mundo

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The DENR Central Visayas simultaneously celebrated the Philippine Arbor Day today 25 June 2022 in the provinces of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor in collaboration with the DENR CDD- NGP, Society of Filipino Foresters Inc (SFFI) Central Visayas and Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC)7.

DENR RO7 gathered around 442 eco planters from DENR RO7, EMB7, MGB7, PENRO Cebu, CENRO Cebu City, CRERDEC, SFFI and also our partners from other national government agencies and private stakeholders- DBM7, DOH7, DA7, PDEA7, DepEd Cebu Province, RAFI, PNP7, NTC7, PCAPI, Matluster Corporation, DOST7, NEDA7, BLGU San Nicolas Cebu City, EAGLES, PHILIPPINE ARMY, CIDG7, ROD7, GEP7. At least 1700 seedlings of narra, molave, and mamalis species were planted today in a three (3) hectares lot in Brgy Sunog, Balamban, Cebu.

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Professional who registered and attended the Pre-event Online Orientation last June 15, 2022 earned Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units in collaboration with PRC-7 and SFFI.
One tree at a time, saves us for a lifetime

Banner Environment Month June2022

June is the celebration of the 2022 Philippine Environment Month and on June 05 is the World Environment Day.

DENR Central Visayas urge everyone to make a change. Let us do good actions to protect and restore our planet earth. Help us combat climate change, species extinction and pollution that poison our air, land, and water.

The then President Corazon C. Aquino approved the Proclamation No. 237 on April 4, 1988, declaring the month of June every year as Philippine Environment Month and to give time and effort towards the protection, enhancement and development of the country's environment.

The country also celebrates the World Environment Day which was declared by late President Ferdinand Marcos on June 1, 1973,  by virtue of Proclamation No. 1149, Series of 1973, in consonance with the United Nations General Assembly's Resolution No. 2994 dated December 15, 1972, declaring the 5th day of June every year as World Environmental Day and urging governments in the United Nations System to undertake on that day, activities reaffirming their concern for preservation and enhancement of the environment.

A series of different activities will take place during the celebration, DENR-EMB7 will conduct “Pista sa EMB-7”, a one week agro-industrial trade fair and exhibits from different partners on May 30 until June 03 in DENR compound, Banilad, Mandaue City., showcase of sports activities and pinoy games, as well as a One-stop-shop for all EMB related applications.

Simultaneous river clean-up for the R.I.V.E.R.S for Life (Recognizing Individuals/ Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers) on June 05, 2022 in celebration of the World Environment Day.

Ten (10) river systems identified in the region are situated in Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor namely the three rivers in the Province of Bohol are the Abatan River in Cortes, Inabanga River in Inabanga and Manaba River in Garcia-Hernandez; Bulacao River in Bulacao, Cebu City, Butuanon River in Mandaue City and Luyang River in Carmen, Cebu for Cebu Province; Banica River in Valencia, Panamang-an River in Bais City and Sicopong River in Sta. Catalina, all in Negros Oriental and one in the Province of Siquijor, the Señora River.

All PENROs will disseminate IEC materials on anti-littering and anti-dumping, installation of advocacy billboards and signages. Participants are from different NGAs, NGOS, LGU/BLGUs, private institutions/sectors, communities and other stakeholders in the area.  Nationwide tree planting activities are also scheduled on June 08, 2022 and June 25, 2022.

“We are also encouraging our partners, stakeholders and other government offices to hang streamers/banners in their respective offices, disseminate information through social media on how to take care of our planet, clean-up activities even at home or participate in tree planting activities. Be a responsible steward of our planet. There is only #OnlyOneEarth. Aksyon Para sa Nag-inusarang Kalibutan,” RED Paquito Melicor, Jr. said.





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In celebration of the 24th Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Anniversary, a program was held at Asturias Beach House and graced by the DENR7 Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Charlie E. Fabre, PENR Officer of Cebu Jose Cleo Cary F. Colis, OIC CENR Officer of Ayungon, Negros Oriental Concordio Remoroza, CENR Officer of Bago City, Negros Occidental Joan Nathaniel F. Gerangaya, and Cebu 3rd District Board Member John Ismael Borgonia.

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RED Paquito D. Melicor, Jr., in his speech, emphasized the importance of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape as a marine protected area in safeguarding biodiversity. He urged everyone that the protection of this seascape cannot be done by DENR alone. DENR needs the help of everyone - the locals, academe, LGUs, NGOs.
#AtongTañon #AtongBantayan #AtongAmpingan