THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Thursday that it created four City Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) in Metro Manila to strengthen the implementation of environmental laws in the region.
“The creation of the four field offices in the DENR-NCR aims to strengthen the enforcement of environment and natural resources laws and promote focused and area-based operations,” DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said in a statement.
The DENR said the North Metro Manila Field Office will be responsible for the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela (CAMANAVA); the South Metro Manila Field Office will oversee Taguig, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, and Pateros; the East Metro Manila Field Office will be in charge of Quezon City, Marikina and Pasig; and the West Metro Manila Field Office will cover Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay.
Except for the East office, a substation will be set up in all of the field offices to strengthen the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay, according to DENR.
“This brings the programs, projects and services of the Department closer to the public,” Mr. Cimatu said.
Each field office will have three sections: the monitoring and enforcement section to monitor compliance with forestry, wildlife and other environmental laws; the conservation and development section to undertake activities for protected areas and biodiversity, urban forestry, coastal resource and foreshore, and community relations development; and the permitting and regulation section for the issuance of permits and other requirements for forestry and wildlife.
The four field offices will be headed by a Chief Environmental Officer and a deputy and be directly supervised by the DENR Regional Executive Director for the National Capital Region. — Reicelene Joy N. Ignacio