To reinforce the forest protection of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and to revitalize the Provincial Multisectoral Forest Protection Council (PMFPC) in Quezon Province, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Quezon headed by Provincial ENR Officer Cyril Coliflores,  and CENRO Calauag headed by Community ENR Officer Joselito Barros, facilitated the re-orientation of Deputy Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENROs) in Tagkawayan, Quezon last October 2021.

The said re-orientation primarily aims to update DENROs on the existing and newly implemented laws and policies pertaining to forest protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources. As per DENR Memorandum Circular 2008-22, DENROs are individuals or groups duly deputized by the DENR, for a period of one year or longer, over a specific area of jurisdiction and sector (e.g., Forestry, Mines) as stated in the deputation order.

Supervising Ecosystem Management Specialist Liezl E. De Mesa, also concurrent Chief of Monitoring and Enforcement Section (MES) of PENRO Quezon, introduced the functions of the department and rendered a brief overview of the salient features of Environmental and Forestry Laws implemented by the DENR. These include PD 705 (Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines); RA 9175 (Chainsaw Act); RA 8749 (Philippine Clean Air Act); RA 9275 (Philippine Clean Water Act); and RA 9147 (Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act). Criminal offenses and penalties of each law were given emphasis. The DENR Top 10 Priority Programs were highlighted and the participants committed to cooperate, to achieve the goals.

Meanwhile, Ecosystem Management Specialist Mark Adrian Mijares ensued the discussion on the DENR governing laws and policies on Forestry Laws and Enforcement. Some of the said policies discussed by EMS Mijares relative to the aforementioned includes DENR Administrative Order No. 97-32  or the 1997 Rules for the Administrative Adjudication of Illegal Forest Products and the Machinery, Equipment, Tools and Conveyances Used in Connection Therewith; and Executive Order No.  23 Declaring a Moratorium on the Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in the Natural and Residual Forests and Creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.

Development Management Officer Mariano Lozada discussed Department Administrative Order No. 2008-22 otherwise known as the “Revised Guidelines on the Deputation of Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENROs)”. His discussion tackled the Functions and Duties of DENROs; Renewal of Deputation Orders; Deputation Procedures; Performance Evaluation; and Revocation/Termination of Deputation Order of DENROs.

Meanwhile, in support of the environmental events for October 2021, Forester Romel David D. Rama rendered an overview of the celebration of World Animal Day 2021 with the theme, “Forest and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”. He added that the goal of this celebration is to educate humans on how their actions impact animals and to create awareness about the protection of animals all over the world.

Supervising EMS Liezl E. De Mesa expressed her deepest gratitude to the DENROs especially to the LGU and PNP of Tagkawayan, Quezon. She believes that the DENROs already have the basic knowledge of environmental and natural resources laws, rules and regulations, investigation report preparation, preparation of and filing of cases in court, and surveillance techniques. However, she continuously asked for their support and assistance in the forthcoming activities of DENR relative to environmental protection and conservation. ###