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In celebration of the Month of the Ocean with the theme “Protect and Restore Ecosystems and Biodiversity”, the DENR, Region 7 conducted a 3-Day Sea Champions Camp in Olango Island, Lapu-lapu City. Youth ages ranging from 18-25 joined the one of a lifetime camp filled with in-depth discussions and interactive activities with emphasis on education, protection, conservation and management of our marine biodiversity.

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To strengthen the IEC advocacy and information dissemination of DENR7 priority programs and projects among the internal and external partners and stakeholders of the Department, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), being the lead unit in the communications and public affairs of the office, also conducted an exhibit during the SEA Camp.

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In support to the Duterte Legacy: On April 20, 2022, Barangayanihan Caravan towards National Recovery project and by the directive of DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna, the DENR7, EMB7, and MGB7, together with other partner agencies, are bringing their services closer to the people.

Held here at PRO 7 Camp Sergio Osmeña Sr., booths are put up by various government agencies. Clientele from all over the city are now crowding the booths and availing of the basic services offered by respective agencies.As for the Department and its Line Bureaus, assistance and information dissemination in line of Surveys and Mapping, Enforcement, Licenses Patents and Deeds, Mines and Geosciences, and Environmental Management are offered.

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Furthermore, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) is conducting an exhibit and distribution of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials to promote the Department's priority programs and projects.

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In line with the celebration of the 2022 World Wildlife Day, the DENR Central Visayas together with the City Government of Lapulapu unveiled the Ramsar Site Marker and blessing of the newly completed viewing deck and board walk at the Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS) protected area.

DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations- Visayas Asec. Arleigh Adorable together with the DENR7 officials lead by OIC RED Paquito Melicor, Jr., Asst. Regional Director for Technical Services ARD Charlie Fabre, Cebu PENR Officer Jose Cleo Cary Colis, Cebu City CENR Officer Raul Pasoc, and the City Government of Lapulapu officials lead by Honorable Mayor Junard Ahong Chan and San Vicente Brgy Captain Honorable Cyrus Eyas unveiled the Ramsar Site Marker and Rev. Fr. Edgar Lumarda parish priest of San Vicente lead the blessing ceremony with the key officials.

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The OIWS is identified as a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA 84), an important Bird Area (PH609) and a Conservation Priority Area (CPA 104). It is the first in the Philippines to be declared under Ramsar Convention as a Wetland of International Importance on November 8, 1994 (Ramsar Site No.656). It provides habitat for significant numbers of migratory waterbirds, where over 10,000 shorebirds have been recorded at one time with total numbers approaching 50,000 (
) and on June 22, 2018, Republic Act 11038 was enacted, which included Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary (OIWS) as a Protected Area within the classification of National Park.

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The City Government of Lapulapu Mayor, Honorable Junard "Ahong" Chan graced the event and gave reminders to Olangohanons, he said that the City of Lapulapu is blessed because it is a favorable stopover for tourists both local and international, "We need to intensify the conservation and protection of Olango Island since it became an ecotourism destination in Cebu, palambuon pa gyud nato og maayu ang Olango!" Chan emphasized.

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General Roy A. Cimatu visited the Province of Siquijor last February 8, 20222 before he resigned as DENR Secretary due to health reasons.

The former Secretary was welcome by Congressman Jake Vincent Villa, Governor Zaldy S. Villa, Vice Governor Mei Ling Quezon-Brown, PIA-Siquijor, Editor-in-Chief, Rizalie A. Calibo and PNP Convoy Commander PLTCOL Jacinto C. Mandal, Jr.

Discussions on several important issues and concerns that may affect the province’s environment and natural resources, Task Force Build Back Better and the different programs on climate change and disaster preparedness for a more sustainable and resilient Siquijor during the meeting with the different officials in the province.

After the discussion meeting, the Secretary with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-7, Regional Director, Engr. Armando Malicse; Environmental Management Bureau-7, Regional Director, Engr. Maribel Munsayac; Regional Executive Director, DENR-7, Engr. Paquito D. Melicor, Jr., CESO IV; and Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Visayas, Arleigh Adorable, CESO III meet the officials and personnel of PENRO Siquijor.

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PENRO-Siquijor presented the profile and highlights of the accomplishment for the fiscal year 2021. SRAC delivered his message for the employees with much appreciation and admiration to the island province as well as the works and efforts of each and every one.

The program ended with a tribute dance presentation of the “Tayo ang Kalikasan” dance by selected PENRO-Siquijor personnel, followed by the photo opportunity.