About Us

  1. LANDS

    1. Land Area

    2. Patrimonial Properties

    3. Residential Free Patent Issued

    4. Agricultural Free Patent Issued

    5. Homestead

    6. List of Special Patent of LGUs and NGAs

    7. Management of Foreshore Areas

    8. Inspection, Verification and Approval Survey (IVAS Form 1) by Month


    1. Land Classification (Area in hectares)

    2. Land Cover (Hectares)

    3. Production and Protection Forest (Hectares)

    4. Proclaimed Watershed Forest Reserve

    5. Priority Critical Watershed Supporting National Irrigation System

    6. Existing Community-Based Forest Management Agreement

    7. Existing Community Forest Stewardship Agreement "Not Applicable"

    8. Existing Agroforestry Land Management Agreement "Not Applicable"

    9. Existing Integrated Social Forestry (ISF) "Not Applicable"

    10. Existing Forest land Grazing Lease Agreement (FLGLA)

    11. Existing Forest Land Grazing Management Agreement (FLGMA)

    12. Existing Forest Land Management Agreement (FLMA) "Not Applicable"

    13. Existing Forest Land Use Agreement (FLAg)

    14. Existing Integrated Forest Management Agreement (IFMA)

    15. Existing Industrial Tree Plantation Lease Agreement (ITPLA) "Not Applicable"

    16. Gratuitous Permit for the Special Uses of Forest Lands (GSUP)

    17. Existing Socialized Industrial Forest Mgt. Agreement (SIFMA)

    18. Existing Special Land Use Permit (SLUP)

    19. Existing Private Forest Development Agreement

    20. Existing Tree Farm Lease Agreement "Not Applicable"

    21. Existing Tree Farm Management Agreement "Not Applicable"

    22. Registered Lumber Dealers

    23. Certificate of Registration as Importer/Dealer of Imported Wood Products

    24. Issued Chainsaw Registration

    25. Registered Wood Processing Plant

    26. Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) of LGUs

    27. Summary of DENR NGP Accomplishment CY 2011-2022

    28. Summary of Community-Based Employment Program under NGP Implementation

    29. Adopted Graduated NGP Sites

    30. Apprehended/Confiscated/Forfeited Natural Resource Products including Tools, Implements and Equipment

    31. Forest Disturbance by Cause "Not Applicable"

    32. Forest Disturbance within NGP Sites

    33. Cutting Permits

    34. Permit for Private Tree Plantations

    35. Permit for Non-Timber Products

    36. Rattan Cutting Contract

    37. Co Management Agreements related to Forest Conservation

    38. Monthly Log Production

    39. Monthly Lumber Production "Not Applicable"

    40. Monthly Veneer Production "Not Applicable"

    41. Monthly Plywood Production "Not Applicable"

    42. Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) Production

    43. Employment


    1. Profile of Protected Area within the Region

    2. Area Distribution of Coastal Resources

    3. Inventory of Coral Reef

    4. Inventory of Seagrass

    5. Mangrove Assessment

    6. Mangrove Area Rehabilitated - For clarification

    7. Livelihood Projects Implemented in Coastal Areas

    8. Inland Wetland in the Region

    9. Classified Caves in the Region

    10. Identified/Assessed Critical Habitats

    11. Certificate of Wildlife Registration

    12. Wildlife Import/Export/Re-Export Permit

    13. CITES Import/Export/Re-Export Permit

    14. Wildlife Local Transport Permit

    15. Wildlife Collector's Permit (WCP)

    16. Issuance of Gratuitous Permit

    17. Wildlife Special Use Permit

    18. Special Local Transport Permit

    19. Wildlife Farm Permit

    20. Wildlife Culture Permit

    21. Clearance to Operate (for Zoological Parks and Botanical Gardens)

    22. Known Fauna Species by Taxonomic Group

    23. Known Flora Species by Taxonomic Group

    24. Endemic Fauna Species by Taxonomic Group

    25. Endemic Flora Species by Taxonomic Group

    26. Wild Flora Confiscation "Not Applicable"

    27. Wild Fauna Confiscation

    28. Wild Fauna Retrieval and Donation

    29. Wild Flora Retrieval and Donation

    30. Inventory of Wildlife at DENR Established Wildlife Rescue Center

    31. Population of Threatened Species

    32. Marine Turtles Tagged and Released

    33. Stranded Marine Turtle

    34. Marine Turtle Nest and Hatchlings

    35. Marine Turtle Nesting Sites

    36. Asian Waterbird Census


    1. Particulate Matter System

    2. Ozone Concentration

    3. Carbon Monoxide Concentration

    4. Sulfur Dioxide Concentration

    5. Nitrogen Dioxide Concentration

    6. Airshed

    7. Water Quality Management Areas (WQMA)

    8. Monitored Waterbodies (classified waterbodies)

    9. Approved Discharge Permits

    10. Amount of Generated Hazardous Waste

    11. Waste Generation

    12. Summary of Approved Solid Waste Management Plans in the Region

    13. Solid Waste Disposal Facilities in the Region

    14. Summarized EMB Funded MRFs

    15. Monitored LGU Initiated Recovery Facilities (MRFs)

    16. Sanitary Landfills

    17. LGU-owned sanitary landfills

    18. Privately-Owned Sanitary Landfills

    19. Number of Personnel in SWM Facilities by Gender

    20. Summary of Environmental Compliance Certificates Issued by Specific Type of Project

    21. Issuance of Certificate of Non-Coverage

    22. No. of Firms with Cases

    23. Enforcement

    24. ANNEX A - Location of AQMS

    25. ANNEX B - Water Quality Monitoring Stations

  5. WATER

    1. Summary of Water Permittees by Purpose

    2. Summary of Water Permittees by Water Sources

    3. Major River Basin Profile

    4. Percentage of implementation of programs and projects identified in the Integrated River Basin Master Plans

    5. Liquid Waste in Manila Bay

    6. Enforcement (Manila Bay)

    7. Solid Waste (Manila Bay)

    8. Informal Settlers (Manila Bay)

    9. Habitat (Manila Bay)

  6. MINES

    1. Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA)

    2. Financial or Technical Assistance Agreement (FTAA)

    3. Mineral Processing Permit (MPP)

    4. Industrial Sand & Gravel Permit (IP)

    5. Special Mines Permit (SMP)

    6. Exploration Permit (EP)

    7. Number of Permits Issued by Local Government Units

    8. Mineral Resource/Reserves Inventory

    9. Existing Mineral Reservation Areas

    10. Inventory of Declared Minahang Bayan

    11. Annual Directory of Accredited Dealers, Traders, and Retailers of Minerals/Mineral Products

    12. Mineral Commodity

    13. Mineral Production by Contractor/Operator (Large Operating Mines and Quarries)

    14. Non-metallic Mineral Price Monitor

    15. Revenue Generated by Local Government

    16. Annual Safety and Health Program

    17. Social Development and Management Program

    18. Annual Social Development Program

    19. Community Development Program

    20. Environmental Work Program

    21. Mining Forest Program

    22. Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program

    23. Annual Environmental Protection

    24. Final Mine Rehabilitation and/ or Decommissioning Plan

    25. Status of Geohazard Mapping (List of Municipalities with 1:10,000 Map Scale)


Central Luzon is a combination of towering mountains, extinct and active volcanoes, lush, verdant farmlands, and natural sea harbors. It is one of the leading growth regions in the Philippines, strategically located at the heart of Asia. Region III lies between Manila and Northern Luzon. It is composed of seven provinces, twelve cities and 118 municipalities. Its 7 provinces are Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales. Its 12 cities are Balanga from Bataan; Malolos and San Jose del Monte from Bulacan; Cabanatuan, Gapan, Muñoz, Palayan and San Jose from Nueva Ecija; Angeles and San Fernando from Pampanga, Tarlac from Tarlac; and Olongapo from Zambales.

It includes all land area north of Manila Bay from the tip of Bataan peninsula on the west, and all the lands north of the Caraballo mountains on the east. It is the longest contiguous area of lowlands, and is otherwise known as the Central Plains of Luzon. The region produces one third of the country’s total rice production, thus is also called the Rice Granary of the Philippines.

Located adjacent to the National Capital Region (NCR), it has benefited from the “spillover” from Metro Manila. It is a part of the National Industrial Core Region, together with NCR and Region IV or the Southern Tagalog Region. The Core Region contributed 70% of manufacturing value added in 1988. It has emerged as an alternative area for investment to Region IV, but is still overcoming the effects of the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991.

Only 66 kilometers away from Metro Manila, Central Luzon contains the largest plain in the country and is the gateway to the Northern Luzon regions. It covers a total land area of 21,470 square kilometers. The City of San Fernando, in Pampanga, is the regional center. Aurora was transferred from Region IV to Region III through Executive Order No. 103 in 2002.

In terms of population, Region III was the third largest region, containing 12,422,172 of the 109 million human beings of the country as recorded in Census 2020. Located at the crossroads of Asia-Pacific, Central Luzon is one of the dynamic and vibrant regions in the Philippines. It caters to European and American business organizations desiring to penetrate Asia.


Central Luzon also has its share of colorful history. Malolos, Bulacan was the place where the first constitution of an independent Philippines was promulgated on January 21, 1899. Tarlac town became the seat of the Philippine government for one month in March 1899, when Pres. Aguinaldo left Bulacan to escape approaching US forces.


The travel time to Malolos by land from Metro Manila is 42 minutes. The travel time to Clark Special Economic Zone is one hour and 44 minutes by land from Metro Manila. The City of San Fernando in Pampanga, is one hour and six minutes by land from Metro Manila. Olongapo City and its adjacent Subic Bay Freeport Zone by land from Metro Manila is two hours and five minutes.


The population of Central Luzon Region on May 1st 2020 is approximately 12,422,172.

There are three areas of urban population concentration: (a) areas in Bulacan along highways leading from Metro Manila; (b) San Fernando-Angeles City-Mabalacat corridor area; (c) Subic - Dinalupihan area.

Human resources in the region are better prepared in terms of a higher participation rate at the primary and secondary levels of education. The participation rate of Central Luzon is 94.2% and 86.1%, respectively, as compared to the national average of 85.7% and 66.1% in SY 1992- 93. There are comparatively more non-government organizations, cooperatives and people’s organizations in the region.


Dry season in the Region is from November to May. Rains normally occur during the months of July to October.


Region III covers a total land area of 2,147,036 hectares. Of this, 1,204,649 hectares are alienable & disposable lands (A&D) and 915,119 hectares are forest lands. Forty-one percent (41%) of the A&D lands are agricultural plains, with rice as the major crop. The region also produces corn, banana, fruits, and vegetables.

Forest land comprises 43.89% of the region’s total land area. Based on the 2020 Philippine Forestry Statistics, the region has a total forest cover of 536,774 hectares, mostly concentrated in the provinces of Aurora and Zambales.

As of 2022, a total of 118 Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) Agreements have been issued by the DENR in Region 3 placing under community stewardship 65,927.91 hectares of forestland, benefitting 118 people’s organizations..

The CBFM is a government strategy which “gives the management of forests back to the people.”  It offers long-term security of tenure to partner-communities and promotes an integrated approach to sustainable forest resource management.

The Region also implements the National Greening Program (NGP), a flagship program of President Benigno S. Aquino III which aims to plant 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares of denuded areas in the country from 2011-2016. 


Central Luzon is rich in timber and mineral resources (both metallic and non-metallic). Aurora is known for its timber; Zambales for its refractory chromite, copper and nickel deposits; Tarlac for Manganese; Bulacan for marble; Pampanga for sand and gravel; and Nueva Ecija for feldspar. 

Fertile rice lands, melon patches and fishponds can also be found along rivers and tributaries.  Region III accounts for the third largest aquaculture production in the Philippines. Aurora’s 332-kilometer coastline and Zambales’ 272 kilometers are teeming with marine resources. 


The three-layered virgin forest of Subic Bay and Bataan is home to the world's largest bats: the giant flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) and the golden crown flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus). Over the years, these two species of giant fruit bats have roamed the 10,000-hectare Subic Watershed and Forest Reserve, which is among the world’s largest roosting sites for bats. 


An ordinary giant flying fox weighs up to 2.5 pounds (1.1 kilograms) which is heavier than the golden crown flying fox. The golden crown, however, is the largest of all bats with wingspan measuring up to six feet.

In Zambales, the 17,000-hectare Mt. Tapulao is home to species of murrid rodents, the Rhyncomys tapulao and Apomys brownorum. These rodents can only be found in Mt. Tapulao.

Seven insectivorous bats were recorded in Mt. Tapulao, three of which are endemic to the Philippines -- the yellow-faced horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus virgo), large-eared horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus philippinensis), and the orange-fingered myotis (Myotis rufopictus).


Central Luzon has 17 sites included in the initial components of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), consisting of three (4) national parks, one (1) bird/fish sanctuary, one (1) naval base perimeter, and 11 watershed forest reserves.


Region III is an important trading center and transportation terminal for products. Land travel is facilitated by a network of well-paved and extensive highways and roads linking all municipalities within the region. An extensive railway system is planned to be built linking Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga and Manila. The two former U.S. bases, the Clark Air Force Base in Pampanga and Subic Naval Base in Zambales, are now special economic zones. There are two international airports in the region: Clark International Airport (now Diosdado Macapagal International Airport) and Subic International Airport. Port facilities facilitate trade with other areas in the Asia-Pacific region such as Hongkong, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

Central Luzon is well provided with communication facilities. Its provinces have adequate supply of electricity and potable water. Big markets, recreational facilities, and educational and financial institutions service the needs of the populace.


The major trading centers in the region are Olongapo in Zambales, Angeles City and San Fernando in Pampanga; Cabanatuan and San Jose in Nueva Ecija; Balanga in Bataan province, Tarlac City, Tarlac and Malolos, Bulacan.


Seven Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) and twelve (12) Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) are serving the mandate of the DENR in Region 3. These are: PENROs Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales; and CENROs Casiguran, Dingalan, Dinalupihan, Bagac, Tabang, Baliuag, Cabanatuan, Munoz, Capas, Camiling, Olongapo, and Masinloc.

MANDATE (E.O. 192, s. 1987)

The Department is the primary agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits derived therefrom for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos.

To accomplish this mandate, the Department shall be guided by the following objectives:

1. Assure the availability and sustainability of the country's natural resources through judicious use and systematic restoration or replacement, whenever possible;  

2.  Increase the productivity of natural resources in order to meet the demands for forest, mineral, and land resources if a growing population;  

3.  Enhance the contribution of natural resources for achieving national economic and social development;  

4.  Promote equitable access to natural resources by the different sectors of the population; and  

5.  Conserve specific terrestrial and marine areas representative of the Philippine natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations.


A nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and a clean and healthy environment.


To mobilize our citizenry in protecting, conserving, and managing the environment and natural resources for the present and future generations.


Human well-being, and environmental quality and sustainability ensured. 

    • Promote human well-being and ensure environmental quality
    • Sustainably-managed environment and natural resources
    • Adaptive capacities of human communities and natural sytems ensured 
    • Good Governance
      • Accountability, transparency, integrity, participatory and predictability
      • Ease of doing business
    • Social justice
      • Equity and gross national happiness
    • Social Enterpreneurship
    • Partnership with Civil Society
    • Ecosystem integrity
    • Sustainable consumption and production
    • Polluters pay
      • Payment for ecosystem services
    • Rule of law
    • Honoring global commitments

1. Adoption of the watershed/river basin framework in planning

    • Prioritizing areas within the watershed
    • Forest Land Use Planning
    • Adopting soil and water conservation measures
    • Agroforestry systems

2. Closing open access areas of forestlands by granting appropriate tenure/ management arrangement

3. Convergence approach among NGAs, LGUs and CSOs

4. Area management approach - an integrated area development where all basic societal and economic services are delivered in an area for more impact

5. Capacity building of DENR frontliners, LGus, CSO partners, POs and docial entrepreneurs

6. IEC, advocacy and social mobilization

7. Certification Systems