Divers clean up Sto. Domingo Fish Sanctuary

        Legazpi City—Divers from the Bicol SCUBA Divers Foundation, Inc., Phil. Navy – Naval Forces Southern Luzon, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol scoured the fish sanctuary of Sto. Domingo in Albay Province to remove crown of thorns (Acanthaster planci) and trash hooked on its coral reefs.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said the underwater clean up was part of the observance of the National Clean Up Month and a belated event of the International Clean Up Day which is held annually on the third Saturday of September.

At least 80 divers coming from BSDFI, NAVFORSOL and DENR volunteered for the event to clean up the fish sanctuary, remove the crown of thorns as well as trash that were pinned on the coral reefs.

RD Gonzales said there is really a need to conserve our fish sanctuaries as well as marine biodiversity and one such way is to remove the crown of thorns which feeds on live hard corals and another is to remove trash adrift on the reefs.

Jose Roco, science research specialist of DENR – ERDS and president of BDSFI explained that crown of thorns infestation has negative impact on corals and affects marine biological diversity, a mature sea star can ravish an area of  0.6 kilometers of coral reef in a year.

According to the data collated by DENR, the divers were able to extract 163 sea stars and various trash from plastic bags, cigarette butts, sanitary napkins and diapers, the sea stars were disposed of by burying in the ground while the trash were collected by the local government.

        Dir. Gonzales thanked all the volunteer-divers from BSDFI, Commo. Franco Sebastian Pan of the NAVFORSOL for providing sea assets with their rubber inflatable boats and Mayor Herbie Aguas of Sto. Domingo for hosting the underwater clean up event.

Press Release: September 29, 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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