Press Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here released to the seas of Zambales some 800 hatchlings of olive ridley sea turtles, scientific 𝘓𝘦𝘱𝘪𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘺𝘴 𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘢, during the annual celebration of ‘Pawikan Day’ that promotes marine turtle protection and conservation efforts.
Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo reported that the DENR provincial office in Zambales, along with PawiCare, All Hands Beach, and the team from USAID Philippines Sustainable Interventions for Biodiversity, Oceans, and Landscapes (SIBOL) Project, released the hatchlings in Subic Bay and the coastal areas of San Narciso and Masinloc towns.
"Our olive ridley sea turtles are important to our ecosystem. Their existence is an important indicator of a balanced and healthy marine life," Pablo said, urging communities to help the DENR in protecting marine species and other wildlife.
He likewise appealed to the public to report illegal activities, especially wildlife trade, to the DENR.
The olive ridley sea turtle is one of the five marine turtle species that can be found in the tropical oceans of the Philippines, particularly nesting in the coastal towns of Morong in Bataan, San Antonio in Zambales, and in some coastal areas of Aurora.
Section 27 of the Republic Act 9147, also known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act," prohibits collecting, hunting, and possessing of wildlife and their by-products and derivatives.
Anyone found guilty of violating the wildlife law shall be imprisoned to a maximum of two years and shall be fined of up to P200,000, if inflicted against endangered species. (-30-)


The Office of the Secretary and Action Center of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recognized DENR Region 3, together with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Bulacan, for its exemplary performance in handling and resolving public concerns.
The DENR here stood as the top-performing regional office in handling 8888 tickets with 100% resolution rate, while the EMB ranked third in the same category for accomplishing a 94.44% resolution rate.
Meanwhile, PENRO Bulacan placed first in handling 8888 tickets with a compliance and resolution rating of 93.75%, while DENR Region 3 ranked third with a 74.12% rating.
DENR Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo noted that the said recognition would continuously inspire the organization to promote efficient public service delivery by immediately responding to environmental issues and concerns raised by the public and its stakeholders. (-30-)
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here awarded to the Philippine Army’s Installation Management Command (IMCOM) a special patent for the historic Camp O’Donnell transmitter station in Capas, Tarlac.
On a turnover ceremony held on August 1, 2023, key officials of the DENR here personally handed the special patent to IMCOM Commander Brigadier General Domingo Gobway.
The said patent covers a total land area of 350 hectares, and provides an area for the IMCOM, Training and Doctrine Command and the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Peacekeeping Operations Center.
During the World War II, the Camp O’Donnell transmitter station served as a powerful communication facility, capable of providing wide-area radio broadcasts and point-to-point radio transmissions to individual U.S navy ships in the vicinity of the Philippine islands.
In 2022, the DENR also awarded a special patent to the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office of the Department of National Defense for the historic 50-hectare Capas National Shrine.
This activity is part of the Handog Titulo program of the DENR that expedites the issuance of land titles to qualified beneficiaries. It also aims to preserve the integrity of military camps and prevent them from potential encroachment and illegal occupation. (-30-)
More than 1,600 sacks of wastes were collected from the regionwide cleanup drive led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here in support of the annual observance of the World Ocean Day.
Over a thousand environment workers, local government officials, uniformed personnel, members of the academe, volunteers, and private sector representatives participated in the massive cleanup in Baler and Dilasag in Aurora; Mariveles in Bataan; San Miguel and cities of Meycauayan and Baliuag in Bulacan; Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija; Angeles City and City of San Fernando in Pampanga; Bamban, Capas, Victoria, Mayantoc and Tarlac City in Tarlac; and Botolan, Palauig and Olongapo City in Zambales.
Collected wastes were mostly composed of single-used plastic bags, styrofoam, food wrappers, plastic bottles, cans, and sachets.
World Ocean Day is celebrated every June 8 to remind people of the importance of oceans in human life. It highlights the importance of conserving and restoring oceans, and reiterates the need to ensure the sustainable management of coastal and marine ecosystems.
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly resolved that June 8 would be designated as “World Ocean Day” through General Assembly resolution 63/111.
The theme for this year is “"Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing,” which serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of all life on Earth and the need for sustainable practices to safeguard oceans for future. (-30-)
Around 1,300 state workers, uniformed personnel, youth, and volunteers came united in the region-wide tree growing and cleanup activities in Central Luzon, in support of the global drive for cleaner and healthier communities during this year’s celebration of World Environment Day.
The massive cleanup spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here was supplemental to the government’s efforts of reducing plastic pollution and keeping waterways free from solid waste.
It resulted in the collection of around 570 cubic meters of solid waste from coastal areas and waterways in the towns of Casiguran and Baler in Aurora, Orani in Bataan, Obando in Bulacan, the cities of Cabanatuan and San Jose in Nueva Ecija, City of San Fernando in Pampanga, Tarlac City in Tarlac, and the towns of Botolan and Masinloc and Olongapo City in Zambales.
Moreover, tree-growing activities were conducted in Casiguran, Aurora and Botolan, Zambales, where 1,750 native tree seedlings and bamboo propagules were planted.
Philippine Environment Month is celebrated every June of each year under Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1988, while the World Environment Day is observed every June 5.
This year’s theme is “No to Waste: Advancing Circular Economy to #BeatPlasticPollution,” which promotes immediate collective action to address plastic pollution.
It likewise promotes circular economy as a key to increasing material lifespan, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ending plastic pollution. (-30-)