Background of Office

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office with headquarters at the Municipality of Roxas, Palawan was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 192,s. 1987 signed by President Corazon C. Aquino on June 10, 1987. The order mandates the creation of community offices wherever deemed necessary to uphold the environmental laws, monitor environment activities and promote sustainability within the areas of responsibility. Through the EO 192 and MNR Administrative Order No. 52, s. 1982, the functions of district offices which were abolished through the reorganization of the department was then absorb by the community office.

The CENRO Roxas as community office is tasked to manage, protect, preserve and promote sustainable use of the remaining natural resources within the afforested municipalities. It caters nearby municipalities of San Vicente, Dumaran and Araceli with a combined population of 127,487 (as of May 1, 2010 NSO census). It also collaborates with local government units in devising and implementing environmental laws and monitoring of environmental activities. The office also initiated to establish substations or detachments to several identified areas. This approach aims to reach out its clientele in remote areas, specifically the indigenous communities. Together with local government units and people’s organization, the office is able to monitor environment activities within 327,980 hectares (PSA as of March 31, 2016) of land under its administrative jurisdiction.

The office is strategically located at the heart of the municipality along Sandoval Street, Barangay III Poblacion, Roxas, Palawan. The location is accessible to its constituents through land transportation.

The office is headed by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Wilfredo R. Angeles since 2003. He is assisted by the appointed Development Management Officer IV Ronie B. Gandeza, who also acts as OIC-CENRO in case of the absence of CENRO Angeles while on official business. Sections within the office are supervised by its respective section chiefs, such as: Land Management Officer III Pio J. Llegado for Land Management Service, Forester Pedro A. Velasco for Protected Area, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Service, Forester Vitaliano V. Marañan for Forest Management Service and Ma. Christine G. Sindayen for Admin Services. Currently, the office is armed with 54 strong and dedicated men and women in the government office.

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Areas of Jurisdiction

The jurisdiction of CENRO Roxas traverses from the municipalities of Roxas, San Vicente, Araceli and Dumaran with combined land area of 327,980 hectares (Philippine Statistics Authority as of 2007). The municipality of San Vicente has the widest land area with 146,294 hectares followed by Roxas with 117,756 hectares, Dumaran with 43,500 hectares and the island municipality of Araceli with 20,430 hectares. The areas under the jurisdiction covers 41,750.57 hectares of forest land, 50,344.17 hectares of alienable and disposable land and 138,016.52 hectares of unclassified public forest. Four major rivers such as Caramay River, Ilian River, Ibangan River, and Caruray River are within the jurisdiction of CENRO Roxas.

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Organizational Structure

The organizational structure of CENRO Roxas is aligned with the rationalization scheme implemented in the department. Over a hundred new positions have been created and filled-up to enhance organizational productivity since 2015. The office is currently staffed with 54 strong and dedicated men and women in the agency. Each are assigned in sections which commensurate their skills and qualifications. Each section performs unique functions to provide services to its clientele and meet organizational goals. There are four sections within the office:

1) The Land Management Service (LMS) is responsible for the issuance of patent and tenurial instruments for lands of the public domain already classified as Agricultural

2) The Protected Area, Wildife and Coastal Zone Management Service (PAWCZMS) monitors the biodiversity and wildlife within the CENRO jurisdiction and facilitates the establishment of protected areas (PAs)

3) Forest Management Service (FMS) handles Forest Protection and Law Enforcement Activities of the office. Also under FMS are the three major programs: the National Greening Program (NGP) and Community-Based Forest Management Program (CBFM), Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Program (MBFDP)

4) Admin/General Services supports the day-today operation of the office

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Forest Management Initiatives

The Forest Management Services strategize to deliver the forestry services to the office-callers and to accomplish work targets in due time. These are through a concerted effort with other sector to synchronize action in the completion of task by carrying-out training and orientation of new forest personnel.
The Forest Protection and Law Enforcement Unit (FPLEU) made an effort to pare down the illegal logging and other unlawful activities for the conservation and preservation of our forest resources. Area visibility of forest rangers through continuous foot patrolling in the whole area of patrol sectors served as a deterring factor for forest violators.

Coordination and collaborations with local police officers and military detachment personnel in the forest protection operations to abate kaingin making in the uplands coupled with charcoal making in the uplands and mangrove forests and, timber poaching activities in the public forest. They are also coordinated for assistance during risky forest protection operations in the remote barangays with unstable peace and order situations and cooperation in apprehensions of forest product transports during their routine patrolling in the vicinities and manning of checkpoints.

Coordination with the municipal and barangay Local Government Units (LGU) and local communities to feed reliable information for the early detection of forest violations and pre-emption of forest destruction in their own areas of responsibilities. Conduct Information and Education Campaign (IEC) in the barangay/community levels on the forestry developmental programs, projects and concerns, and Climate Change mitigation measures to increase environmental awareness and draw out their enthusiasm on environmental protection and conservation activities.

Different permittees/licensees are religiously monitored, as a continuing activity, in order to maintain the smooth flow of operation and performance on every permittees/licensees.  Shipment of forest products were duly assessed and inspected by assigned forest personnel to ensure that they were covered with all necessary transport documents required by standing rules and regulations particularly the shipment of planted trees which is very discordant with other implementing government Agency.

Further, continuous strengthening of Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee is also being   done thru conduct of regular meetings to involve the different sectors of the communities and their subsidiaries in the effort of protecting the environment.

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Land Management Initiatives

The Land Management Services embodied with a group of personnel with dynamic force in forming a better task to serve and disseminate factual information that brings to the people as our client.

Focused on Public Land Application to meet the desired targets as the LMS enforced, gained the highest achievements, credits to the DENR-Office.  

As the suspension of Public Land Application on the middle of 2015 month of May, the function of each personnel evolved in different chores.  The Land Mgt. Officer II, bonded in ocular inspection and verification of land status, investigate the land occupied by clients on the ground, conducted preliminary hearing with claims and conflict, assist and response clients request. The Land Management Inspector guided with the marginal instruction of LMO III, with regards to the request of Clients for electrification, Inspection on the ground of lot occupied, also GPS reading to plot the lot area. The Deputy Public Land Inspector (DPLI) also refined as inspector molded with lots of training and experience that kept for lifting   the suspension, assisted and attained the clients request for GPS reading, ocular inspection conducted. The Cartographer has a vital role in performing his duties and obligation for determining the projection of land classification status of land whether it falls as Timberland, Unclassified Public Land or Alienable and disposable, Always rely on the Technical description, Land Classification Maps and approved survey plan.  The land Records Officer assumed the responsibility to safe and guarded the allocation books, carpetas and other pertinent documents that belongs to Records premises, and LAMS is now being modified as the priority in many ways, starting on the first month of the year images scanning of public land application, encoding of inventory detailed PLA’s will surely reinforced by the management.

In regards to the commitment of the government to Fastract the processing of Special Patents Application for schools and Local Government Unit (LGU) we have already accomplished SPA for schools a total of 16 applications approximately.

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Protected Area, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Initiatives

This section is concerned with the management, protection, conservation and development of protected areas and other equally important ecosystems such as parks, bays, communal watersheds, of wildlife and their habitat and the coastal resources. The activities being undertaken are: 1) protection and conservation of wildlife (flora and fauna) and other endangered species, 2) preservation of wildlife habitat, 3) sustainability of natural resources through IEC (Information, Education and Communication).

Under Republic Act 9147, wildlife management is being implemented by Palawan Council for Sustainable Development Staff (PCSDS). CENRO Roxas monitors activities that will affect wildlife within its jurisdiction and coordinates with PCSDS regarding wildlife management-related matters.

There are no declared protected areas (PAs) within the jurisdiction of CENRO Roxas but PAWCZM is assisting the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Roxas in partnership with the Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Project. The objective of the project is to delineate marine protected areas, and institutionalize them in the Sangguniang Bayan for possible inclusion under the NIPAS strategy.

The section strives to become a partner in the management, protection, conservation and development of important ecosystems. PAWZCM is a co-partner in three projects being implemented at present: 1) Cockatoo Project of Katala Foundation in Dumaran, 2. Green Island Bay Management in Roxas and 3) the proposed protected area under NIPAS Act in Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan.

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Programs and Projects

National Greening Program(NGP)

The National Greening Program(NGP) target activities for CY2016 are maintenance and protection of 400 hectares of 1-year old NGP regular plantation in different selected areas. The office maintains 100 hectares of rattan plantation at Bgy. Abaroan, Roxas, Palawan contracted under San Isidro ISF Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SIISFBMPC). This is in addition to the 50 hectares mangrove plantation at Bgys. San Isidro and San Nicolas in the municipality. The other mangrove plantation/rehabilitation is situated in 250 hectares of land at Bry. Poblacion, Araceli, Palawan. The activities under the program are continuous maintenance and protection of the juvenile plantations. No new NGP plantation site(s) is targeted for the year 2016.

 Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Program(MBFDP)

The Mangrove and Beach Forest Development activities for this year is the maintenance and protection of 550 hectares of 1-year old MBFDP plantations situated in different identified planting sites in municipalities of Roxas, San Vicente and Araceli. A total of 200 hectares which consisted of 180 hectares mangrove and 20 hectares beach plantations are established at the municipality of San Vicente under contract of Macatumbalen Community-based Forest and Coastal Management Association (MCBFCMA). The 175 hectares of two separate plantation sites can also be found at the municipality of Araceli, Palawan wherein 135 hectares is contracted under Barangay LGU and the other 140 hectares is under the supervison and management of Municipal LGU. It is both a mangrove and beach plantations. The remaining 75 hectares is dedicated for mangrove rehabilitation situated at Bgy. San Isidro in the municipality of Roxas under San Isidro ISF Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative(SIISFBMPC).

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Contact Details

For other inquiries, please visit:

DENR-Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office
Office Address: Sandoval Street, Bgy. III, Poblacion, Roxas, Palawan
Email adress:

Head of Office: OIC-CENRO Arnoldo A. Blaza, Jr.