DENR, BFP sign Forest Fire Response Protocol

        Legazpi City—An emerging tool in forest conservation is in the offing as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Bicol and Bureau of Fire Protection Regional Office signed the Forest Fire Response Protocol last July 11, 2014.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said the protocol aims to strengthen an earlier memorandum of agreement between DENR and Department of Interior and Local Government through the BFP in 2002, signed by then Environment Sec. Heherson Alvarez and then Interior and Local Government Sec. Jose Lina  as regards forest fire prevention and management.

“It is high time to take a pro-active stance in forest fire prevention for the reason that we are venturing into the most important investment the government has undertaken, which is the National Greening Program (NGP), we don’t want to lose 30 billion pesos worth of funds to ashes by doing away with preventive measures such as forest fire response” Dir. Gonzales emphasized.

Under the MOA, the DENR will provide the BFP with thematic maps and profile of timberlands and protected areas in Bicol which include trail and access roads, location of water source and ranger stations.

According to RD Gonzales, the two agencies has already come up with an action plan in the implementation of the protocol, which will focus on organization, capability build-up, and awareness campaign.

Alongside this, the partnership will be organizing a Regional Forest Fire First Respondent Team composed of the DENR’s Leatherbacks, BFP personnel and volunteer groups who will conduct round-the-clock monitoring and initiate response to forest fire incidents in their respective area. The same group will also be undergoing intensive training on forest fire prevention and management.

Gonzales is optimistic that the protocol will be serving as an impetus for other regional offices to establish similar partnerships to enable a sustained and pro-active forest conservation and management protocol. 

Press Release: July 11, 2014



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


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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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