Regional Releases



DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Banga awards thirty-four (34) Certificate of Stewardship Contracts (CSCs) to individual families who are actually occupying or tilling portions of forest lands pursuant to Letter of Instruction No. 1260 signed on July 28, 1982, for a period of 25 years renewable for another 25 years at Brgy. Libas, Tantangan, South Cotabato.
Hon. Nelia L. Delos Reyes, Brgy. Captain, thanked the DENR-CENRO Banga for awarding the said contracts to the beneficiaries and including the Local Government Unit (LGU) in this endeavor.
CENR Officer-Banga Larry P. Curias expressed his gratitude to the beneficiaries for giving time to join in the activity. He also commended the CENRO Banga –Enforcement and Monitoring Section (EMS) CSC Team, for conducting and organizing the said initiative.
He said that the areas were assessed last 2020, but, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awarding was moved this year 2022. He was also pleased to see that their respective contracts are being extended for another 25 years which is a manifestation that they are good stewards of the said forestlands, extended his warm congratulations and reminded the beneficiaries to continually manage and develop their lands.
On the otherhand, Indigenous Person Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Mario Mulan and Edwin Castro two of the recipients expressed their gratitude to the DENR and the LGU of Brgy. Libas Tantangan, particularly CENRO Banga, CENR Officer Larry P. Curias and its personnel, for the efforts of awarding the CSCs.
The presentation and awarding of Certificate of Stewardship Contracts to the beneficiaries was made possible by the Enforcement Monitoring Section (EMS) of CENRO Banga led by Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Franklin M. Lebrilla and Barangay Local Government Unit headed by Brgy. Captain, Hon. Nelia L. Delos Reyes. (with report and photos from Alnayah Mohammad Ayman, DENR CENRO Banga Alternate IO Designate)
Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) General Santos City has officially launched the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal in Polomolok, South Cotabato on February 8, 2022, where Brgy. Polo was the first barangay to be assessed.
PENR Officer Shalimar A. Disomangcop extended his gratitude to the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Polomolok for their unwavering support in the agency’s projects, further adding that partnership with LGU Polomolok is highly vital to RLTA’s success as the latter holds first-hand the indispensable knowledge regarding their constituents as well as the land status within their territorial jurisdiction.
Meanwhile, OIC-CENRO GeSan Elmer S. Mercado discussed the salient features of RLTA, emphasizing how the activity facilitates land titling which will, later on, encourage further developments and investments within the Municipality of Polomolok.
Before the said appraisal, a Cascading Activity was carried out on January 19, 2022, attended by Hon. Antonio Octavio, South Cotabato OIC PENR Officer Shalimar A Disomangcop, OIC CENR Officer GenSan Elmer S. Mercado, OIC Municipal Assessor of Polomolok, Dolores Busgano, Barangay Captains of Polomolok, as well as personnel from DENR XII and CENRO GenSan. During this, the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) between DENR XII and the Municipality of Polomolok was presented and thoroughly deliberated.
As defined by Land Management Bureau, Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal or RLTA is the process wherein the land tenure situation in a certain area is assessed to determine the remaining scope for the acceleration of land titling. (MJAZULITA-UGARTE -CENROGSC)


The Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) initiated the first ever “Dap-ag Kapalit Bugas” Program last January 20, 2022 in Maasim, Sarangani Province in an effort to combat the ongoing Crown of Thorns (COT) starfish outbreaks in SBPS.
This Program aims to contain the damage brought by COT starfish, which are known coral predators, by tapping on the aid of local communities.
Community volunteers were first oriented on the proper manner of collection to avert the hazard of being pricked by the COT's venomous spines.
They were then encouraged to collect 300 COTs in exchange for a 25 kgs sack of rice.
Participants from Barangay Tinoto in Maasim, many of which were women, managed to gather a total of 11,275 COTs.
In recognition of their efforts, the PAMO distributed 42 sacks of rice to 30 recipient families residing in Tinoto together with the Local Government Unit of Maasim.
“We are delighted that most of our volunteers are women. This means the women are strong assets in environmental protection and conservation, especially with issues that needs to be resolved with urgency and active participation,” newly installed Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Sarangani Maria Elvira Lumayag said during her speech.
“We are expecting to collect at least 75,000 COTs from the“Dap-ag Kapalit Bugas” program. To date, our combined efforts already collected a total of 51,491 COTs in the whole seascape. These efforts shall be continuous until our seas are free from the threats brought by these COTs,” PASU Joy Ologuin said in an interview.
SBPS has been experiencing COT outbreaks since November 2021 but its effects are being mitigated due to the combined efforts from community volunteers and partner agencies. | With report and photos from PAMO-SBPS


MAITUM, SARANGANI PROVINCE – More than 1000 bamboo propagules were planted on Monday, November 15, along the Pangi River in Barangay La Union, this town in line with the celebration of National Environment Awareness Month and National Clean Air Month with the theme “Nurture Nature for a Sustainable Future.”
Around 100 participants from the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Kiamba and local government units (LGUs) of Maitum and Kiamba took part in the activity to give emphasis on the importance of environment awareness and encourage public participation towards the conservation of natural resources.
Forester Abdul D. Cariga, CENR Officer of Kiamba, said that they have been conducting series of activities like cleanup drives and bamboo growing activities to rehabilitate the riverbanks of the Pangi River.
“It is a challenge in our generation to improve the water quality and status of this river from Class B/C to Class A. It cannot be done by the DENR alone. But with help of our partners in LGUs and the public, it is possible!” CENR Officer Cariga said.
Carmelo Velasco, Kiamba Municipal ENR Officer, informed the participants on the effects of climate change and how to mitigate it.
“I would like to call the attention of everyone on the need to rehabilitate our environment. Tree planting and environmental clean-up are some of the ways to mitigate the effects of climate change in our area. Let us cooperate as this endeavor will benefit the future generations,” he said.
During the program, the unveiling of signage was initiated for the River for Life Program with Pangi River as its entry for CY 2021.
In her message, Maitum MENR Officer thanked all the participants for making the said event successful.
“Together, we can do better for the environment. Let us protect our environment for the future generations. I look forward for more environmental events to be held in our jurisdiction. My heartfelt thanks to DENR for leading this activity,” she said. (With report from ADTenio, CENRO Kiamba Information Officer Designate and Forester Charlyn R. Cailing)

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Bago City recently spearheaded the 7th cleanup of Sum-ag River in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

One hundred eighty five (185) participants from the Philippine Coast Guard, Sum-ag Elementary School, PCG Auxiliary, City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council(CFARMC) Guardians Emigrant and barangay officials and residents joined the Sum-ag River Cleanup and gathered a total of forty three (43) sacks of assorted garbages.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. thanked stakeholders for helping cleanup Sum-Ag River. He also appealed to the community to observe proper solid waste disposal and management.

“The Environment Department is very thankful for your active support in helping to improve the quality of our water bodies. Whatever we do to our environment will eventually affect us in many ways”, he said.


RED Milla also underscored that the conductof cleanup drive will need the involvement of community for them to realize the need tO reverse the worsening condition of rivers and other water bodies.

Clean Water is one of the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu which aims to improve water quality of priority rivers and other critical water bodies including lakes and bays through continuous massive clean up, monitoring of industries and rehabilitation of esteros and rivers./DENR-CENROBago