Regional Releases

Every 3rd Saturday of September, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) participates in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC),the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health, in order to get rid of trash, provide information and raise environmental awareness.

With this year’s theme: “Battle for Litter-Free Seas”, the ICC will be conducted on the 5-kilometer coastal stretch from Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo to Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City, which aims to clear the coastline from non-biodegradable litters.

As an expected output of ICC 2018, stakeholders had a better appreciation of the importance of dedicating efforts to have a trash free-seas, coasts, and other significant water bodies. In addition, 5-kilometer, a 16-kilometer stretch of 24 coastal barangays will be cleaned up with the coordination of the city government, covering all coastal barangays in the city. Thus, a total of 21-kilometers are up for coastal cleanup on September 21, 2019.

Furthermore, the DENR 6 chief encourages more volunteers to participate in this yearly event in saving our oceans.

“This International Coastal Clean-up and other cleanup activities only show us thepressing need to properly manage our wastes and not allow it to end up polluting our coastal and marine waters. We are looking forward to a stronger participation and involvement from the stakeholders to implement the proper solid waste management at the household level,” DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said.

“The battle for litter-free seas will never end. This will continue until we all manage our trash, until we see no more trash in our coastal areas and seas,” he added.

Last year, a total of four hundred ninety seven (497) trash bags with an estimated of 3,496.3 kilograms were collected by the 1,242 volunteers during the cleanup along the 5-kilometer coastline stretch from Arevalo District to Molo District. Among the top ten collected garbage were: 1. Food wrappers (7,047); 2. Plastic grocery bags (3,858); 3. Other plastic/foam packaging (3,733); 4. Tiny Plastic Pieces  (3,357); 5. Other Plastic Bags (3,101); 6. Straws/Stirrers (2,982); 7. Shoes/Slippers (2,723); 8. Tiny Foam pieces (2,170); 9. Cigarette Butts (2,097); and 10. Takeout containers (1910).

Efforts to clean-up the oceans are in line with DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s thrust to promote clean water and strengthen compliance to the provisions outlined in the Clean Water Act.

Other interested parties who wished to join this international event as volunteers could visit DENR Western Visayasfacebook page, and leave a message or may opt to call DENR 6-CDD Tel. no. 5034687 or 09465647013./DENR 6

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)ZamboangaPensinsulathru the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Zamboanga City, in coordination with the office of the Register of Deeds and local government unit officials awarded186 land titles to qualified recipients from Barangay Tolosa under the HandogTitulo Program.

The awarding ceremony, held on September 18, 2019 in Zamboanga City, was attended by Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Atty. Rommel Agan (for Mayor BengClimaco), Register of Deeds Jayvee Baginda, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Dante Oporto, CENROfficerPilaritoMontebon, City Assesor Erwin Bernardo, Tolosa Barangay Chairman Joseph S. Lazareno, beneficiaries and residents of the said barangay.

Vice Mayor Agan congratulated the beneficiares and told them to take care of their land titles as this can be used as collaterals in times of need.

" Puedeyaustedesdurmienbuenamentetodo el noche y hindena man lingasa cay talyiya con ustedes el titulo del magatierradondeustedes ta queda o siembra," (You can now sleep soundly everynight and not worry anymore because you are now in possession of land titles for the lands where you stay or plant.) said Vice Mayor Agan.

CENRO Montebon, on the other hand, invited others who still do not have land titles to visit his office to apply as the office provides free land survey services to qualified applicants.

"Please feel free to visit our office for your titling needs or concerns,"CENRO Montebon said.

The beneficiaries were all happy and contented for finally receiving the titles to their lands.

A total of 186 land titles were awarded consisting of 90 Agricultural Patents and 96 Residential Free Patents.

The conduct of the HandogTitulo Program is in line with the mandate of the DENR to administer, manage and dispose public lands in favor of qualified beneficiaries pursuant to Act No. 218 dated September 2, 1901 entitled "An Act Creating the Bureau of Public Lands." It was also held in celebration of the 118th anniversary of the Land Management Bureau. (rt)


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)Aklan,together with some 480 volunteers, led the Clean Up Panay Projectto clean the Aklan River, and the coastal areas and streets of Barangay Poblacion, New Buswang, and Pook in KaliboAklanon August 17, 2019.

Among the participants were the barangay councils and residents of the three barangays, beneficiaries of the government’s PantawidPamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), and the local government of Kalibo.

The Kalibo Municipal Police Station, reservists from the Philippine Army, and the private sector represented by the Maritime Express Transport Incorporated, also joined the activity.

A total of 273 sacks of trash weighing some 6,825 kilograms were collected including single use plastics, PET bottles, styrofoam, and used diapers.

DENR Western Visayas Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., expressed gratitude on the active participation and support of the public in cleaning up the riverbanks of Aklan River.

“It is important that we help clean up and free our rivers from garbage to avoid contaminating and polluting our source of clean water,” Milla said.


During the Climate Reality and Environmental Forum held on August 22, 2019, OIC PENR Officer Merlene B. Aborka encouraged the local government units and barangay officials to help the government in the mobilization of their respective communities for the Clean Up Panay Project.Aborka said cleaning their areas of responsibility should be made a “way of life” or done regularly,such as every Friday or Saturday, to help sustain the cleanup efforts.

The CleanUp Panay Project is a priority project of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu that took off from the successful rehabilitation of Boracay Island and the ongoing clean up of Manila Bay. Cimatu directed DENR Western Visayas to take the lead in the cleanup of rivers and shorelines in Panay Island./DENR-PENROAklan


Inthe pursuit of ensuring effective environmental governance of the region’s Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), the DENR 6 through its Human Resource Development Services (HRDS) and the Enforcement Division (ED)conducted a five-day roll out training of the ENR Academy course to frontliners in the province of Antique.

Enforcement Division Chief June Melissa C. Garol and HRDS Chief Pacita “Citcit” V. Botavarawere thecourse facilitators for the complete roll out of the Frontline and the Basic Courses. Both are ENR Academy courses in the Training of Trainers of Mobile Training Team for PENROs and CENROs attended by the facilitators in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija.

“DENR employees, especially the frontliners, must have the competency to enforce and support the law in the implementation of the Department’s programs, projects and activities,” Garol said.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), by virtue of Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2002-15 (Revising DAO 97-21 RE: Institutionalizing the CENR Management Course in the DENR), is strengthening its field offices and respective frontline officers to develop, hone and strengthen their leadership skills to effectively communicate the DENR’s vision, mission and goals. The training is also designed to effectively direct, control and advocate the Department’s priority programs, projects and activities.

Moreover, the ENR Academy Courses roll out also aims to exemplify technical competencies to support and enforce ENR laws.

“We are very thankful that we are now able to train our field officers on how to deliver public services in the best way possible. This roll out will capacitate them with knowledge and skills to perform their mandated duties and responsibilities as frontliners,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

Upon his field visits in the region, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu repeatedly expressed his desire to strengthen the Community ENR Offices (CENROs). “You are the frontliners in the implementation of environment and natural resources programs, and in the enforcement of environmental laws,” he said. “I have high regard for CENROs in solving the environmental problems in the country,” he added.

The ENR Academy is a specialized competency development program of the Department designed to augment knowledge gaps, calibrate understanding of ENR laws and sharpen proficiencies of all DENR employees especially in the frontline offices and leaders in order to improve service delivery to the public.

Participants of the activity were 40 frontline personnel from DENR PENRO Antique, CENRO Belison and CENRO Culasi.

The activity was spearheaded by DENR 6 RED Francisco E. Milla, Jr.DENR PENRO Antique Management Services Division Chief Lani D. Sardinaalso graced the event. / DENR 6

Apart from helping combat the effects of climate change, bamboo can also help increase the country’s forest cover, said Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his Keynote Speech during the Opening Ceremonies of the 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress held at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

Bamboo, touted as the Earth’s tallest grass, has great potentials to pull the countryoff its environmental woes, especially as a strategic tool for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

“Bamboo has been proven to adapt well to the changing climatic conditions of the world and has made significant contributions to mitigate the causes and effects of climate change,” said Cimatu.

The environment chief said increasing bamboo plantations and making Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines in terms of manufacturing engineered bamboo will ease the pressure on the country’s forests. He added that engineered bamboos are as sturdy as the lumber products.

Among the South East Asian nations, the Philippines ranked lowest in terms of forest cover, with an estimated 7,014,155.71 hectares or 23.38 percent of its official total land area of 30 million hectares covered with trees.

“Bamboo reduces the need for timber resources, enhances carbon sequestration, biodiversity preservation and low-cost rehabilitation of degraded lands. We envision producing engineered bamboo products as a substitute for actual lumber requirement of our country, instead of cutting trees from our forests,” Cimatu said.

Engineered bamboo, he said, will slowly increase the forest cover of the Philippines for the next several years or decades.

“We have already conducted surveys as to the available areas which are potential for bamboo plantations in the region. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 has also allotted a budget of Php 10 million for this year to implement the plan,”said Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

The 2019 Php 10-M budget targets to prioritize the planting of bamboos under the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) implemented by the DENR. The budget includes the expenditures for establishing three nurseries for priority provinces namely: Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Capiz; production of 100,000 bamboo seedlings; and capacity building for priority stakeholders and DENR personnel.

The bamboo industry has been considered a “sunset industry” but with the government’s plan to revive it, hopes are high that it will again prosper.