Gender and Development



The Gender and Development (GAD) program of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) subscribes to and actively carries out its mandate according to at least three development plans: The Philippine Development Plan (2017-2022), the Philippine Plan for Gender-Responsive Development (1995-2025), and Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. As a program of DENR, GAD contributes to the implementation of DENR’s overall mandate, mission and development goals. Apart from this, the Philippine Development Plan (2017-2022) mandates DENR to lead in ensuring ecological integrity and a clean and healthy environment for Filipinos, and to work towards improvements in the socio-economic conditions of resource-based communities. In accordance also with the Philippine Plan for Gender-responsive Development (PPGD), 1995-2025, DENR’s GAD program seeks to ensure “full participation of women in the promotion of sustainable development and that women equally enjoy and benefit from the fruits of ENR development and management.” Lastly, the Philippines being a signatory of the United Nation’s Agenda 2030, the GAD program of DENR also works to realize the country’s international commitments through contributing to the attainment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030, most especially SDG 5 which calls for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. The GAD program of DENR sees SDG 5 as cutting across all other SDGs and has the potential to help accelerate progress in multiple sustainable development goals. In all these pursuits, the DENR GAD program for 2022-2027 goes beyond the strategy of mainstreaming gender in DENR policies and programs. It also seeks to integrate understanding of and solutions to the emergent and urgent concerns of climate change, and health and disaster risks and hazards that are now besetting the country, in DENR’s policies and programs including in GAD programming.


A gender-responsive DENR championing equal enjoyment of the nation’s environment and natural resources of all Filipinos, protecting the country’s ecological integrity, and contributing to national resiliency and global competitiveness through partnership of women and men in the sustainable management of the country’s environment and natural resources.


Women and men are mobilized in protecting, conserving and managing the environment and natural resources for the present and future generations, and in meeting the challenges of climate change, health emergencies and disasters.


1. Meaningful participation of women in consultation processes, in community organizations and in decision-making bodies towards the sustainable management of the country’s environment and natural resources;

2. Ensured equal access of women and men to environment and natural resource goods and services; and

3. Enhanced resiliency of women and men in natural resource-based communities


4. Enhanced gender mainstreaming in policies, plans and programs; and 5. Institutionalized GAD mechanisms including GAD knowledge management systems in DENR services, bureaus, attached agencies, and regional offices that can serve as model to other organizations


1. Limited participation of women in the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources.

2. Women have less access to natural resources and its benefits.

3. Greater vulnerability of women in ENR communities to climate change-related, and natural disaster and health risks and hazards.

4. Limited participation of women in decision-making on adaptation and mitigation policies and measures.



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          Penro Sarangani is working to improve the conditions, economic position, and productivity of women by incorporating gender considerations into policy-making, planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation processes, as prescribed in the GAD Strategic Plan 2022–2027, with the aim of ensuring equal access to natural resources and economic benefits for both men and women.

          Activities completed in 2022 to help achieve SDG 5 included consultation, community engagement, technical capacity building, access to capital, recognizing women's organizations and program implementers, promoting women's protection and welfare, distributing IEC materials, and providing support for women's leadership and political participation.


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Over 4,000 Waterbirds Recorded in Sarangani Province in 2023 AWC

The Annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) conducted by the DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Sarangani Province from January 18-19, 2023 recorded over 4,000 waterbirds of various species in eight wetland sites. 

Waterbird species seen include both resident and migratory birds that depend on wetlands for breeding, feeding, and resting, such as Whimbrels, Common Sandpipers, Kentish Plovers, Whiskered Terns, Lesser Frigatebirds, and Wandering Whales. Examples of these species include Little Egret, Intermediate Egret, Black-winged Stilt, Cinnamon Bittern, and Cinnamomeus (Charadrius hiaticula).

"We encourage everyone to take advantage of the annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) to observe and monitor the incredible biodiversity of Sarangani Province. Through the AWC, we have the unique opportunity to appreciate the natural wonders of the province and to help safeguard its future", said PENR Officer Maria Elvira V. Lumayag.

PENRO Lumayag added that “Sites in barangays Kawas, Alabel town, Badtasan in Kiamba, and Old Poblacion in Maitum were also visited in addition to the usual five (5) sites that we monitor annually,”.

The data collected by the teams will provide important information concerning the population sizes and distribution of these species in Sarangani Province. By keeping track of the population size and distribution of these species, conservationists can identify areas where populations may be declining and take steps to protect them, as well as monitor the overall health of wetland habitats.

collared kingfisher    The collared kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris) seen in the wetlands of Bgy. Kawas, Alabel.

dscn6241The beautiful Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta), living in harmony with nature at the wetlands of Bgy. Old Poblacion in Maitum.

dscn6293    A black-winged stilt (Himantopus himantopus) forages for food in the shallow waters at the rice fields in Old Poblacion, Maitum.




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September 13, 2022 – Early morning of Tuesday, 800 seedlings of Bamboo and Indigenous tree were simultaneously planted by more than 700 public servants, students, people’s organizations, and private sector partners at the Pangi River and Buayan-Malungon River, the two major rivers of Sarangani that drains in Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape.

This simultaneous tree planting activity is a nationwide campaign of the Department of Interior and Local Government in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture with the theme: “Buhayin ang Pangangalaga ng Kalikasan” in hope to renew the commitment to revive our forests and protecting the environment by bringing together the different sectors for the achievement of a common goal.

Governor Rogelio "Ruel" D. Pacquiao, Mayors Alexander Bryan Reganit of Maitum, and George F. Falgui of Kiamba led the tree planting activity.

The said activity is also in celebration of the 65th birthday of President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Romualdez Marcos Jr. (PBBM) wherein under his administration, environmental preservation and sustainability and self-sufficiency are the focus.

Pangi River separates the Municipality of Kiamba and Maitum and is not only a known tourist spot because of the water tubing but it is recognized as one of the cleanest rivers in the Philippines.

In his address, Governor Pacquiao emphasized that we are all committed in protecting our environment, “Dili na ta makakita og ani kanindot nga lugar by the time comes, kung atong ipadayun ug guba ang atong environment”.

The message of appreciation and encouragement to all LGUs was given by the DILG Provincial Director Samuel A. Camaganacan and messages of commitment and support were given by Mayor George F. Falgui of Kiamba, Mayor Alexander Bryan Reganit of Maitum.

PENRO Maria Elvira V. Lumayag in her message to the leaders of the province, municipalities and barangays “I’m challenging you and requesting you to strengthen the enforcement of environmental laws. Mga kapitan, dapat wala pa naputol ang kahoy sa taas, magdakop na ta. Sa highway, dili natu ikalipay na nakadakop ta ug pila ka board feet, kay ibig sabihin dili maayo atong enforcement”.

To ensure a high survival rate of the planted Bamboo and Indigenous trees, Memorandum of Agreements were forged between DENR and the Barangays Tablao, in Kiamba, New La Union in Maitum, and Datal Tampal in Malungon.

Board Member Jess Bascuña, Provincial Administrator Atty. Ryan Jay Ramos former Kiamba Mayor Danny Martinez, and PENRO Rolando Tuballes together with the MENROs of the three municipalities also showed their commitment and support.

Also present in the said activity were men and women in uniform from the Philippine National Police led by Provincial Director PCol. Nicomedes P. Olaivar, Jr., the Philippine Army, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coastguard, Barangay Chairperson, different Civilian Volunteer Organizations and Siguil Hydro Power Corporation.




Clean -up and Bamboo Growing Activities in Pangi River

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Clean -up and Bamboo Growing Activities in Pangi RiverMore than 3 kilometers of the Pangi River bank were planted with 750 bamboo by more than 170 participants from the series of bamboo growing and clean-up activities conducted from July to August in the municipalities of Maitum and Kiamba. The mobilization of individuals, civic groups, and local communities is an undertaking of the R.I.V.E.R. for Life program led by CENRO Kiamba in partnership with Protected Area Management Office of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMO-SBPS) to enhance the water quality of Pangi River."We have conducted these activities since July 29 and every Friday of August this year enjoining the participation of the different communities and barangays near the Pangi River.”, bamboo growing 3said Forester Abdul D. Cariga, the CENR Officer as he forged partnerships with barangays Tablao and Kiambing in the Municipality of Kiamba and Barangay Wali in the Municipality of Maitum.“Pangi River is classified as Class B/C by the EMB. We are hopeful that through the series of interventions that we had been conducting since 2021, we can improve it to Class B or even Class A”, CENRO Cariga, added.

CR1M Riders Club Sargen Chapter, local communities and other planters used tree guards to protect the seedlings from flooding and stray animals.




Provincewide Simultaneous Tree Planting Activity in Celebration of the Philippine Environment Month

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June 8, 2022 – Concerted efforts of PENRO Sarangani, National and Local Government Agencies, local communities, People’s Organizations, and stakeholders gathered more than 350 volunteer planters early in the morning of June 8, 2022, to simultaneously plant more than 1,000 seedlings in the municipalities of Maasim, Maitum, Glan, and Alabel, Sarangani Province. This undertaking is in line with the celebration of the Environment Month, a massive call for the public to collectively take action for our only home, echoing the theme “Aksyon Para sa Natatanging Mundo”.

Coffee, Ipil, Molave, Tabebuia, Narra, Cacao, Falcata, Mahogany, and Bamboo seedlings were planted in the barangays of Lumasal, Zion, Pangyan and the two-planting sites of PENRO office at Alegria, and Spring. A total of 200 tabebuia seedlings were also distributed to the beneficiaries of the Enhanced National Greening Program at Purok Calsidao, Bgy. Pangyan in the Municipality of Glan.

The top management officials of PENRO Sarangani, CENR Officers Abdul C. Cariga and Rosalinda B. Cortez led the event with the support of the MENROs of Alabel, Maasim, and Maitum, BLGUs, Sarangani Police Provincial Office Director PCol Nicomede P. Olaivar, Jr., DPWH Sarangani District Engineering Office, USAID-Safe Waters, tree planting5PNP Maritime of Kiamba and Maitum, Philippine Coast Guards, 38th Infantry Battalion, Seguil Hydro Power Corporation, Conrado & Ladislawa Alcantara Foundation, Inc., Pongole-el Integrated School and different People’s Organizations.

Right after the tree planting, the rescued two reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus eticulatus) and two Yellow-headed water monitor lizards (Varanus cumingi) were released back into the wild by Engr. Allan C. Rivera of MENRO Alabel and Ms. Earth-Alabel Merhyl Kit Paraluman, at Sitio Pongole-el, Bgy. Alegria, Sarangani Province. 









LAWIN Team preempts poaching

LAWIN Team preempts poaching. (Glan, Sarangani Province, 23 May 2017) – A LAWIN Team compose of personnel from DENR CENRO Glan, Sarangani Province recently found pile of lumber abandoned along the foot of Mount Matutum in Barangay Datal Batong, Malungon during a routine patrol. The poachers may have noticed the presence of the patrolling personnel and fled from the site to avoid apprehension. Initial investigation reveals that the lumber were taken from a felled Red Nato tree, a large timber species native in the Philippines listed as vulnerable species by the National List of Threatened Philippine Plants and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The LAWIN Team is under the LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System that integrated a science-based assessment, user-friendly and the use of innovative technology on the monitoring the status of the forest. Through a mobile application called Cybertracker, members of the community living near a protected area can report forest conditions. With a simple touch on the screen, users can contribute to the monitoring of protected areas. Patrollers can also track threats such as illegal logging, kaingin, and construction of establishment in a protected area like Mount Matutum Protected Landscape.

With the assistance of the local PNP and the Provincial Government of Sarangani that had provided the vehicle during the operation, the 176 pieces of lumber with volume of 1,295 board feet were brought to the DENR while the case is being investigated. (Wenie G. Vergara and Dante Dichoso/DENR – Glan, Sarangani)


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 To promote transparency in the DENR with regard to the manner of transacting with the public through the simplification of frontline service procedures, formulation of service standards for every transaction, and making these known to the customer.


The DENR is the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources.


A nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and a clean and healthy environment.


 The DENR shall be the driving force in the pursuit of sustainable development, enabling stakeholders’ participation in the protection, conservation and management of the environment and natural resources for the present and future generations.

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