CENRO Bago Offfice is now open for operation, to cater and provide services for all its clients. The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Bacolod City, now CENRO Bago Office has transferred to its new location, at its very own building within the Bantayan Park, Poblacion in Bago City.
The newly inaugurated Php 5-million office located at the 10,000 square meter property of the local government of Bago, sits right across the Bago River overlooking the Guimaras Strait and the coastal waters of nearby Pulupandan town.
CENR Officer Engr. Joan Nathaniel Gerangaya stated that he is privileged to be the last CENRO of Bacolod and the first CENRO of Bago City. He expressed his gratitude to the local government of Bago for the property and the support during the construction of the new office. CENRO Gerangaya added that it was his long-time dream to have the most beautiful CENRO in the country.
CENRO Gerangaya also said that their success can also be gauged through the efforts done in their rehabilitation projects because if something is wrong in the upland or coastal areas, they can readily see the impact at the Bago River right in their doorstep.
Forester Andres T. Untal, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer said in his message during the inauguration that the new location of CENRO-Bago is both appropriate and a challenge.
Bago River, according to PENRO Untal, including the locality of Pulupandan town, is where one can find the habitat of Irrawady Dolphins which are endemic in the area but threatened at the same time and good ecological governance will be put to test.
DENR-Negros Island OIC-Region Director Al O. Orolfo, Ph. D., plans to transform the new office into a resort-office in the future as part of his vision to make NIR the greenest region in the country.
According to RD Orolfo, the CENRO Building is a symbol of the department’s dedication, commitment and public service. He reiterated that everyone should have a new thinking, new beginnings with the new office and that everyone should be part of goodness and excellence.
Environment Undersecretaries for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio Jr., for Policy and Planning and Foreign Assisted Programs Manuel Gerochi and Assistant Secretary/Director for Environmental Management Bureau Juan Miguel Cuna also graced the inauguration, unveiling of the office marker and blessing of the new CENRO Bago. (EAD/PIA)
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)