Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X) leads the celebration of Environment Month this June with the theme: “Protect Nature, Sustain our Future.”

DENR X Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh J. Adorable disclosed that the office will launch activities to celebrate of Environment Month regionwide consistent with the declaration of June as Environment Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation no. 237, series of 1998.

He said the DENR X hopes to promote the protection, enhancement and development of our environment even as we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic. All sectors of the society are enjoined to support and actively participate in the celebration of Philippine Environment Month.

To drumbeat the celebration, RED Adorable said the regional office will hold a Photo Contest, Video Documentation Contest, Search for Environment-friendly place (by divisions), Solidarity Prayer and Scrap Digester Contest. He said the line bureaus of DENR will also spearhead activities to mark the occasion.

The Environmental Management Bureau, Region X under the leadership of Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo will conduct a Regional Search for Best Urban/Backyard Gardening Contest, Turn-over of Solid Waste Management equipment to the Local Government of Cagayan de Oro, Gardening activity and podcast with the Regional Director.

For their part, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region X with Regional Director Efren B. Carido at the helm, will conduct the GAWAD ORO (Outstanding Responsible Operation) Award. The search will honor the best quarry and mineral processing operations in the region. The personnel of MGB X will participate in a Modified Team Building – Poster/mini mural-making contest based on the World Environment Day theme “Biodiversity” and Modified Quiz Bowl.

The Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices will also observe Environment Month through various activities. Information campaign will be undertaken through various media platforms to encourage partnership in the sustainable development efforts of the government.

With the launching of the activities this June, the office will strictly observe the guidelines and policies set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. #TayoAngKalikasan (RPAO #06-137-2020)