RD Montejo of Region 7, led the turn-over ceremony to DENR-NIR

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 7 also formally turned over its offices in Negros Oriental to the newly-created Negros Island Region, at Bethel Hotel in Dumaguete City. The event was also significant in the sense that the whole Expanded EXECOM of DENR-7 were all present to officially part ways and bid goodbye to the DENR Negros Oriental officials and personnel.

DENR-7 Regional Director, Isabelo Montejo, led the turnover of the DENR Negros Oriental to the first designated DENR NIR Regional Director, Al Orolfo, who was installed in office last December 21, 2015 in Bacolod City. An emotional video presentation was played to equally emotional audience. The video narrated the various accomplishments of DENR Negros Oriental under R-7.

RD Orolfo told officials and personnel of Negros Oriental offices to welcome change, which he described as inevitable, following the creation of the one-island region. He posed a challenge to  DENR Negros Oriental to continue  aiming high and maintain its status as one of the best agency performers nationwide, specifically in exceeding targets under the National Greening Program.

RD Orolfo added that he is still going to discuss pertinent matters with PENROs and CENROs that will help guide the direction that the DENR-NIR will take and that the DENR-NIR will accept applications for job order employees for the regional office that will be based in Bacolod City. (MTR/DENR-NIR/PENRONEg.Occ.)

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1st NIR Protected Area Management Summit

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Negros Island Region held its 1st Negros Island Region Protected Area Management Summit (NIRPAMS) last July 28-30, 2016 at the Bacolod Pavillion Hotel. About 200 participants joined the summit which included the Local Chief Executives where there are protected areas in their jurisdiction, all the Park Superintendents of  all protected areas of the NIR, provincial, city and municipal environment officers as well as representatives of Non-Government Organizations. The summit aims to find out the status of the Protected Areas in NIR, levelling off of the Municipal ENROs, and draft policies for NIR's protected areas. According to DENR-NIR In-Charge of the Strategic Communication and Initiative Services/Information Officer of PENRO Negros Occidental Ma. Theresa Robles, the Production Team of the summit initiated to go live via DENR-NIR’s Facebook page for the public to become part of the summit, by sending in their questions and concerns via the FB page. Thematic sessions during the summit also dealt with Governance in Protected Areas, Protected Area Law Enforcement Mechanisms and, Eco-tourism and other Financing Mechanisms in Protected Areas. Present were representatives of both Governors Alfredo G. Marañon Jr. and Roel Degamo of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental respectively while Mr. Ansel Cabrera, Field Manager of B+WISER,represented the United States Agency for International Development and delivered their messages during the opening day of the summit. During the Plenary Session moderated by the Managing Director of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. Errol Gatumbato, topics and concerns discussed included the state of the protected areas and biodiversity. Other topics discussed during the plenary included Climate Change and the Philippines Commitment to the COP21, and the Comprehensive DENR Programs, Projects and Activities. One of the highlights of the summit was the sharing of field experiences from successful programs like the power of the local government unit in legislating protected areas like the story of Sagay Marine Reserve Law and the organization of the Kanlaon Green Brigade, a community based effort in Protected Areas protection, among other field experiences. (EAD/PIA)

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