DENR deputizes officers to help protect environment
Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - September 5, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started appointing DENROs or deputized environment and natural resources officers to help the agency in its several tasks in line with protecting the environment.

The DENROs are expected to assist in the enforcement of laws, rules and regulations as well as engage in the conduct of information, education and communication campaign on concerns pertaining to the environment.

At the same time, the DENR said DENROs are also tasked to help in the documentation of the conduct of administrative confiscation proceedings, such as issuance of apprehension receipts, seizure orders and notices of hearings.

“They are also authorized to arrest, even without a warrant, any person who has committed an offense under environmental laws, rules and regulations, as well as appearing as a witness in court against complaints regarding environmental violators.”

The appointment of DENROs is part of vigilant efforts to protect and conserve the country’s natural resources. Support from other government agencies and stakeholders is important in upholding these efforts.

Through the initiative of DENR Calabarzon Enforcement Division, a DENRO Summit was recently held in Calamba City. Participants included DENROs from all over Calabarzon.

The DENR Calabarzon Public Affairs Office said the summit was organized to encourage camaraderie and collaboration among DENROs of the region. “It also aims to increase the effectivity of enforcement and implementation of environmental laws, rules and regulations, as well as management of action and information.”

Members of the local government unit, military and police officers and/or members of nongovernment organizations may apply for deputization. Application details including the list of qualifications and procedure for DENRO may be accessed from Department Administrative Order 2008-22.

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
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