DENR Bicol intensifies IEC campaign on forest fire prevention

Legazpi City—In the midst of the spate of forest fires in several towns and cities in Albay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol has made the rounds to drumbeat information regarding forest fire prevention.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said a roving public address system equipped with advertisement and information was dispatched yesterday to the town of Sto Domingo and City of Tabaco to apprise the public on the do’s and don’t’s in the matter of forest fire prevention.

“We have scheduled these IEC sorties to cover areas directly affected by these widespread bush fires so that the public will be engaged in the prevention of such occurrences which harm the life and property of adjacent communities” Dir. Gonzales said.

According to RD Gonzales, many factors have contributed to the series of bush fires in Rapu-Rapu Island, Lidong, Sto. Domingo, Putsan, Tiwi, Cagraray Island, and Manito Albay.

He said one is the local practice of charcoal making, wherein unattended embers and strong habagat winds would spark a bush fire, another is the clearing practice, here, locales burn yard wastes and debris from the aftermath of typhoon Glenda, which if unchecked will also result to such forest fire.

“The thing is, we should be aware of the eventualities of a wildfire from some unchecked fire remnants, let us be responsible enough to check our surroundings of possible fire agents, and use fire with extreme care whenever near or inside the forest zones, in addition to our current weather system which are characterized by hot, humid and strong monsoon winds,” Gonzales added.

           Based on the initial damage assessment conducted by DENR/CENRO Legazpi City forestry personnel, the estimated damage cost in Rapu-Rapu Island forest fire is at 9 million pesos while the ground assessment to other affected areas are still on-going.

Press Release: August 13, 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


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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