The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has recognized 28 law enforcement officers for their contribution to government efforts to end illegal wildlife trade.

Marking the local celebration of the World Wildlife Day on March 2, the DENR—through its Biodiversity Management Bureau—gave out gold, silver and bronze medals to officers from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) who became its partners in enforcing wildlife laws and regulations during the past year.


DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu commended the awardees for their vital role in the arrest and filing of cases against wildlife crime offenders, and the rescue of various wildlife species, most of them are considered endangered.


Cimatu said the battle against wildlife crimes requires a combination of strategies, thus the DENR has been employing the 3Es: education, engagement and enforcement.


“The DENR is strongly resolved to fight wildlife crimes. However, combatting wildlife crimes require a combination of strategies,” Cimatu said in his keynote address, as read by Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Rodolfo Garcia, during the awarding ceremony held at BMB Training Center in Quezon City.


According to Cimatu, educating the public and engaging them are both crucial in the fight against wildlife crime.


“The third E is the reason why we are here—to give proper recognition to those who have distinguished themselves in enforcing the law to protect our wildlife,” Cimatu said.


The following is the complete list of awardees:


1. Abner O. Tecson/ Senior Agent/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

2. Felix B. Odencio/ Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

3. Wilfredo L. Atienza, Jr./ Senior Agent/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division


1. Dennis Bartolome/ NBI – Photography and Publication Laboratory Division

2. Wilfred T. Umaming/Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

3. Atty. Marvin R. Matamis/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division


1. Atty. Czar Eric Nuqui/Chief/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

2. Gerard Geralde/Supervising Agent/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

3. Roy Rufino Suñega/ Special Investigator IV/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

4. Rizaldy J. Rivera/Special Investigator V/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

5. Edsel C. Pelete/ Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

6. Claro Ramos/ Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

7. Doriente Durian/Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

8. Melanio Gatchalian/Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

9. Rio C. Ponsones/Special Investigator III/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

10. Hilaro S. Yalong/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

11. Roldan Follosco/ NBI- Environmental Crime Division

12. Mr. Rudthen Mendoza/Supervising Agent/ NBI- Bulacan District Office

13. Edgardo Baldemos/Senior Agent/ NBI- Bulacan District Office

14. Federico O. Criste/ Special Investigator IV/ NBI- Bulacan District Office

15. Nestor Rubel/Senior Police Officer 2/ Station Investigation Detective Management Section (SIDMS) – Pasay City Police

16. Lorene G. Osias/ Senior Police Officer 1/ SIDMS– Pasay City Police

17. Elvin B. Olmedillo/ Police Officer 1/ SIDMS– Pasay City Police

18. Mariano T. Pata, Jr./ Senior Police Officer 1/ SIDMS– Pasay City Police

19. Randy Sevilleno/ Police Officer 2/Police Community Precinct 3 – Marikina City Police

20. Andrei Olanda/ Police Officer 3/ Cabangan Police Station – Zambales

21. Reydor Basa/ Police Officer 2/ Cabangan Police Station – Zambales

22. Alexis Fuenticilla/ Police Officer 2/ Cabangan Police Station – Zambales



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  • Cuatro Islas tourists limited to 500 a day

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    Tourists visiting the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape (CIPLS) in Hindang and Inopacan, Leyte is limited to five hundred (500) per day. This is the reminder posed by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) 8 as influx of tourists to the four scenic islets of Apid, Digyo, Himokilan, and Mahaba increases this summer. Said carrying capacity limit has been adopted by the CIPLS Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) from a study conducted by GIZ Protected Area Management Enhanceme…


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DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR personnel, BLGU officials, local residents, members of people’s organizations and the media witness the release of various species of birds into Mt. Nacolod.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

CENR Officer Joselito Eco plant a tree seedling during the Arbor Day celebration of CENRO Ormoc in Barangay Soob, Albuera, Leyte wherein several participants from people's organization, local community and youth organization joined in the tree planting activity.

DENR 8’s ARD for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar presents Updates on Government Policy on Climate Change during the 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference conducted by PH Haiyan Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission.

Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

DENR 8 technical personnel record and monitor sightings of migratory birds in the wetlands of Eastern Visayas.

Residents of Brgy. Tagpuro join the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative.

Participants to the tree planting activity in celebration of National Women’s Month and International Day of Forest plant mangrove propagules in one of the most devatated areas in Tacloban City when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region in November 2013.

The speaker urge participants to respect women, support their children, love their family and share what they learned to other people and advocate women’s rights during a lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Harassment in celebration of the National Women's Month.

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