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Catanauan, Quezon, April 30, 2020 – Despite the outbreak of Corona Virus 2019 Pandemic that we are facing this year, still, there is an important work that is both economically and ecologically-friendly that can be done to contribute to our society – it is through gardening.

Under work from home status, personnel of Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) Catanauan, Quezon employees joins the challenge to establish front yard and backyard vegetable gardens using compost and recycled materials such as plastic containers, old tires, bamboo, coconut shell, plastic bags, bottles and etc. 

The activity is in line with the memorandum of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Alfredo C. Palencia dated April 14, 2020, entitled “Gulayan Project Challenge” in Quezon Province from April 15-30, 2020. It aims to help address the crisis on food production due to operational limitations and health risks brought by COVID-19. 

“It is the least that our personnel can do to help our community, but if we all join the challenge, it will have a huge impact on our society” CENRO Joselito D. Barros said in an interview. 

Today, DENR-CENRO Catanauan, Quezon employees will continue to grow crops while our country is still in a state of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gulayan Project Challenge makes each employee creative in making their gardens. The neighbors and others who can see the gardens that are made by unique ideas of each employee will surely inspire them to do the same.

Gardening can be a major contribution to the community and its environment because it provides an alternative source of food to each employee and it is climate-resilient.

Planting is not only for addressing food shortage but also for our nature and for our future. ###

In line with the regular target under Support to Operations of CENRO Catanauan, Quezon, please be informed that the undersigned facilitated the conduct of Photo-Booth Exhibit Contest which was launched on March 2, 2020 at CENRO Catanauan, Quezon.

The exhibition was conducted in celebration of the "World Wildlife Day” on March 4, “International Day of the Forests” on March 21, “World Water Day” on March 22 and “Philippine Water Week” in the 4th week of March.

The exhibits are the creation of DENR-CENRO Catanauan personnel under the Conservation and Development Section (CDS). The exhibit was open for public viewing to clients and invited students within Catanauan, Quezon which also served as judges during the contest while an online voting (thru Facebook) commenced on March 2, 2020.

The said activity features the use of recycled materials while showcasing the environmental importance of different wildlife, landscape, seascape, other natural and historical structures found in Buenavista Protected Landscape in Mulanay, Quezon, Mulanay Watershed Forest Reserve in San Francisco, Quezon, Alibijaban Wilderness Area in San Andres, Quezon and the reforestation projects under the Enhanced National Greening Program.

It also aims to engage and educate netizens in ways to turn waste and trash into useful, creative and innovative products and disseminate information on the different programs and activities undertaken by DENR-CENRO Catanauan for the protection, conservation and sustainable management of the environment and natural resources, including Reforestation and Protected Areas under its jurisdiction.

The awarding should be on March 30, 2020 (Monday) after the flag ceremony, however, due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the contest was interrupted by the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ). With this, the announcement of winners will be conducted upon lifting of the ECQ.

Calamba City, Laguna – As a contribution to the celebration of the World Wildlife Day (March 3), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON and Provincial Government of Laguna (PGL) renewed its partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the operation and maintenance of the DENR 4A CALABARZON Regional Wildlife and Rescue Center (RWRC) and Seedling Production and Training Facility on March 12, 2020, that is valid for the next ten years.

DENR CALABARZON and the Provincial Government of Laguna initiated the partnership that began in 2009. The collaboration gave rise to the RWRC and the Regional Seedling Production and Training Facility in Barangay Lamot II in Calauan, Laguna.

The RWRC has served as a site for educational field exposure for aspiring Veterinarians and other students from Universities and Colleges coming from various Provinces. As of February 2020, the center caters to 176 wildlife species – including amphibians, arachnids, birds, mammals, and reptiles. One of the current residents in the RWRC is the Luzon Bleeding Heart which was rescued in Lipa City. This bird has a Near Threatened IUCN Conservation Status. This bird will be released at the Maulawin Spring Protected Landscape in Guinayangan, Quezon later this month. 

The Regional Seedling Production and Training Facility remains a home to Philippine Native Trees wildlings being nurtured, which were collected from the various forests in CALABARZON, and also home to close to a million native trees seedlings that are being prepared for out-of-planting. 

The Facility has provided hundreds of thousands of high-quality planting materials to various stakeholders even outside of the Region. DENR CALABARZON also provided technical assistance in many tree planting activities region-wide. 

Both parties showed strong commitment to sustain their collaboration in the conservation, management and protection of our natural resources. For inquiries and scheduled visits to the RWRC and Seedling Production and Training Facility, you may contact: (049) 540-3367 local no. 112 and look for Ms. Pamela Tolentino for the RWRC and Mr. Gil Lawas for the Facility.  ###

         Calamba City, Laguna – The grass fire incident that occurred on April 5, 2020 damaged the ten (10) hectare grassland portion of the National Greening Program Plantation within the 550-hectare property of the Provincial Government of Rizal. This prompted the Quick Response Team of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) - Rizal to immediately investigate the incident amidst the lockdown. 

         The team suspects negligence of people engaged in upland activities, causing the 6-hour grassfire in the area. Patrolling activities are now intensified together with the local communities, led by the Barangay Officials, the LGU, local fire protection office and the forest rangers. 

         According to Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Rizal, Isidro Mercado, the communities should recognize the importance of grassland for ecosystem succession, soil erosion control and water conservation. He also mentioned that despite the lockdown, LAWIN patrollers are mobilized for fast detection and prevention of similar concerns, and the office continuously conducts public awareness campaigns thru various social media platforms.

       DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales said, “The onset of the dry season signals heightened alert for similar risk areas. Grass and forest fires may impact adjacent protected areas and the communities that live nearby, which may lead to loss of life and property”. He is also calling for stronger community and LGU cooperation to immediately address these concerns.

      DENR CALABARZON is urging the public to report Environment and Natural Resources-related concerns via hotline 8888,  sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or send photos, videos and other information via  ###