Regional Releases

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has awarded Parangal sa Lingkod Bayani to the family of the late Marcial L. Pattaguan “for his selfless dedication to serve and commitment in the discharge of his duties in the name of public service.”
Pattaguan was killed by unidentified armed men on Oct.8, 2018 after conducting delineation of boundaries of the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park in Dinapigue, Isabela. He was a forest ranger at the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Palanan.

The award was issued by CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala and Commissioners Leopoldo Roberto W. Valderosa Jr. and Aileen Lourdes A. Lizada.
Region 2 CSC Director Nerissa B.Canguilan and DENR officials led by Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag handed in the award to the daughter and the sister of Pattaguan on Dec. 20, 2019 at the Narek Hall, DENR Regional Office, Tuguegarao City.

The Commission also conferred Pamanang Lingkod Bayani (PLBi) award granting a one-time financial assistance and other benefits to the family of Pattaguan by virtue of CSC Resolution No. 1901386 promulgated on Nov. 12, 2019.
The PLBi program is a tribute to civilian public servants who displayed the character of a bayani in the name of public service.

Under the program, the CSC providesscholarship grant in any Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges-member institutions for the benefit of the immediate family members.
It also grants an amount worth PhP100,000as one-time financial assistanceto the family.

CSC Director Canguilan said the amount came from the Pamanang Lingkod Bayani Fund accumulated in the Fun Run conducted during the Civil Service month every September. She added that the contribution of every runner from the whole country goes to the fund which serves as financial assistance to the families left behind by government employees who died in the line of duty or while in service.

“No amount could be as valuable as the life that we lost. No amount could compensate the family for the loss of Forest Ranger Pattaguan. But this is the most that we could do to the family,” the CSC regional head said.
Shiela Marie,Pattaguan’s youngest daughter, thanked the Commission for the scholarship grant which she will use in taking up Bachelor in Medicine. “Napakalaking tulong po itong scholarship dahil hindi ko lang po pangarap ang matutupad. Pangarap po naming ni papa,” she said.

For his part, DENR regional environment chief Atty.Abawag appealed for the support and cooperation of all personnel so that the selfless sacrifice of Pattaguan will not be in vain.He expressed his resentment overforest destructors for their inhumane acts “just to satisfy their greed.”

“I wish everybody feels the necessity to protect our forests. Let us be serious and dedicated to our pledge for the conservation and protection of our country’s environment and natural resources,” Director Abawagsaid. #coriecorpuz

Five municipalities in southern Palawan have pledged a total of P2.5M to ensure continuous protection and conservation of what is considered as the largest protected area in the province, the Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape (MMPL).

During the 15th en banc meeting of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of MMPL held in Puerto Princesa City on December 16, the local government units of Brooke’s Point, Quezon, Dr. Jose Rizal, Sofronio Española, and Bataraza each committed to allocate P500,000 from their respective funds to support forest protection activities and stricter enforcement of environmental laws in the main protected area and its buffer zone.

This was after reports from the Biodiversity Assessment and Monitoring System (BAMS) held in the area highlighted the urgency to step-up forest protection efforts which include procurement of equipment, supplies and materials, and augmentation of monitoring and patrol personnel.

At present, there are only three park rangers (one permanent, 2 contractual) under the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) deployed to guard the vast area of MMPL, which measures 120, 457 hectares.

“Ideally, it should be one forest ranger per 500 hectares. For MMPL, we are in need of 240 more rangers to cover the entire area,” Protected Area Superintendent Mildred Suza explained.

The financial support from the LGUs is expected to address the inadequacy in the number of forest guards and the grant of other benefits for them.

DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Henry Adornado who serves as PAMB Chair stated that aside from regular compensation, the allocated funds could also provide the forest guards medical and accident insurance should unfortunate incidents happen while they are on patrol.

“The rangers’ job to protect Mt. Mantalingahan against poachers and other violators exposes them to serious threats and danger. They are constantly risking their lives every time they monitor the mountains. It’s about time we take action to ensure their safety and protection,” the director said.

Adornado added that a strong and adequate workforce leads to strengthened forest guardianship which is attributed to the concerted efforts of various stakeholders of MMPL.

RED Adornado commended Brooke’s Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano and Sofronio Española Mayor Marsito Acoy who were both present during the PAMB meeting, as well as Bataraza Mayor Abbraham Ibba, Rizal Mayor Otol Odi, and Quezon Mayor Joselito Ayala who all sent their representatives, for their relentless support and cooperation.

“Your efforts manifest your commitment to uphold what’s best for Mt. Mantalingahan and the people protecting it,” he expressed.

“We at the DENR are glad that our partnership with the LGU is cemented by our shared aspiration and duty to protect and conserve Mt. Mantalingahan, for us and the generations to come,” the director concluded.

The meeting, held at the Legend Hotel, was attended by other PAMBI Board Members including the punong barangays from the MMPL area, representatives from the academe, non-government organizations, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Philippine National Police, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), and other indigenous peoples groups.

Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape was declared a protected area by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 1815 dated June 23, 2009. It is included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites for its exceptional biodiversity and endemism. (With reports from the MMPL Protected Area Management Office) ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatuvisited the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 10 Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Initaoon November 29, 2019, a day after a grenade explosion inthepremises of the state-run Initao College in Initao, Misamis Oriental killed Police Master Sergeant (PMSg)Jason J. Magno.

Cimatu personally visited CENRO Initao to get firsthand information on the incident particularly whether the queries of Ibrahim Ampaso Basher, the client of the office who brought a grenade, were appropriately attended to by the employees of the office according to Standard Operating Procedures. Basherwas shot dead by the policein the aftermath of the explosion.

Basher was disheartened after failing to personally recover the vehicle of his son Jamel A. Basher, the registered owner of a vehicle intercepted in the town of Lumbia in Cagayan de Oro City,pursuant to the Confiscation and Forfeiture Order issued by the DENR on October 25, 2019. This led to the grenade explosion initiated by the older Basher.

The vehicle was loaded with 319 pieces or 2,857 board feet.ofLauan lumber with an estimated value of ₱ 148,850.00.

The transport of the illegally cut forest products from Lanao del Norte bound for Cagayan de Oro Citywas intercepted by the personnel of CENRO Initao and the Philippine National Police of Lumbia, Cagayan de Oro City at the Lumbia Monitoring Station on March 25, 2019.

In his visit, Secretary Cimatureminded the police officers on the proper handling of such situations to avoid a recurrence. He said loss of life must be avoided in the enforcement of environmental laws.

The environment chief proceeded to the wake of PMSgMagnoto condole with his family.###


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has clarified reports and assured the public that illegal logging did not cause the massive flooding in Cagayan and Isabela provinces on Dec. 5.

The reports came out after piles of driftwood were seen floating along floodwaters in the City of Ilagan in Isabela at the onslaught of the flooding due to continuous heavy rains brought about by the northeast monsoon.

“There is no evidence of freshly cut or illegally cut trees,” Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag said in a statement.

 Based on the DENR assessment led by Abawag, the driftwood are damaged uprooted shrubs and dead woodwashed down from the mountains and forests by the heavy flooding in the city of Ilagan.

 “These are damaged trees probably due to the strong typhoons that previously hit Region 2,” the Abawag added.

The Region 2 chief said the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (RAILTF) has been successful in its intensified campaign against forest destruction in the region which is being used as a transshipment point of illegal forest products.

Earlier, the regional environment chief ordered the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers to closely coordinate with the battalion and unit commanders of the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police in the anti-illegal logging operations.

The DENR is now conducting an inventory of the uprooted and drifted logs and has requested the assistance of local officials in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan to determine the volume of drifted logs that are stockpiled especially within private lands in Barangays Marana 2nd and Alinguigan 2nd, both in the city of Ilagan.###


Representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)and the municipality of Puerto Galera sign a Memorandum of Agreement establishing the municipality as a local chapter of TayoangKalikasan to strengthen the enforcement of waste segregation at source and the prohibition of single use/disposable plastic. Present to sign the MOA are DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Oriental Mindoro Mary June Mayparepresenting DENR MIMAROPA RED Adornado, Puerto Galera Mayor Rocky Ilagan, Vice Mayor Marlon Lopez and DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Provincial Environment Management Unit Officer in Oriental Mindoro Ederlita Labre representing EMB MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Michael Drake Matias,(Photo by PENRO Oriental Mindoro).

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources MIMAROPA Region and the Municipality of Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on December 7, establishing the municipality as a local chapter of Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK). TAK aims to engage communities as partners in addressing issues and challengeson environmental protection.