DENR classifies eight caves in Bicol Region aimed at protecting, conserving and managing them

Eight caves in the Bicol Region are included in a list of 158 caves that were classified for protection, conservation and management. Six of these caves are categorized as Class 3: “generally safe to inexperienced visitors with no known threatened species and archeological, geological, natural history, cultural and historical values. The caves may also be utilized for economic purposed such as guano extraction and edible birds and collection”. These are: Luyang Cave in Bgy. Lictin, San Andres, Catanduanes;  Versales Cave, Bgy Linao,Place, Masbate; Lingaw Cave, Bgy. Linao, Libon, Albay;  San Ramon Cave, Bgy. San Ramon, Libon, Albay; Rawis Cave, Bgy. Rawis, Libon, Albay; and Pighulugan Cave, Bgy. Misibis, Bacacay, Albay. Two are classified under Class 2: “with areas or portions which have hazardous conditions and contain sensitive geological, archeological, cultural, historical and biological values or high quality ecosystem. It may be necessary to close sections of these caves seasonally or permanently. It is open to experienced cavers or guided educational tours/visits. These are: Mataas Cave, Bgy. Mataas, Bacacay, Albay; and Calabidongan Cave, Bgy. Calabidongan, Camalig, Albay.

DENR Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales finds this cave classification useful in rationalizing any plans to use the caves for economic purposes. “The Memorandum Circular which the DENR Secretary signs, provides for continuous classification of caves in the country until all caves have been classified. This has an end view of protecting our caves including its natural, historical and cultural attributes”, says RED Gonzales.

Press Release: November 6, 2012



The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay headed by Forester Imelda D. Baltazar conducted its People’s Day today, January 24, 2020 at the Bagumbayan Central School, Washington, Legazpi City.

Some two hundred (200) Grade 6 pupils were present for the presentation of the Responsible Mining and Geohazard Awareness by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V given by Information Officer Kristine May C. Baldeo, the Solid Waste Management by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V given by Engr. Christine N. Bañares and Philippine Biodiversity presented by Joana Marie A. Portugal.

“We are grateful to the DENR for conducting this IEC in our school to keep our students informed about environmental protection,” said the Bagumbayan Central School Principal Ms. Mary Christine N. Agarin.

The activity sparked with the appearance of “Greeny” – the DENR V Mascot, “Mina”, MGB V's mascot and “Veron” from the EMB V which added to the pupils’ fun and excitement during the activity.

The People’s Day is part of the Information, Education Campaign (IEC) conducted by the DENR to communities and schools alike, which aims to increase and strengthen environmental awareness and protection. *DJNJaylo


Photo Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, along with its line bureaus, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V kickstarted the year with the launching of its mascots on January 6, 2020 at the DENR V Gymnasium.

At least 18 endangered Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) turtles, locally known as “Mukoy”, were released to the shores of Barangay Sibago, Donsol, Sorsogon by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Donsol, Sorsogon, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Large Marine Vertebrates (LAMAVE) on January 13, 2020.

Outgoing OIC, PENRO of Sorsogon Ma. Fe P. Reganit turned-over her duties and responsibilities to OIC, PENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio. Consequently, outgoing San Jacinto CENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio turned-over his duties and responsibilities to Supervising Ecosystem Management Specialist (SVEMS) Basil S. Camba.


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