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To strengthen forest protection and law enforcement in forest land areas by eliminating illegal logging and mining, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau XII, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources participated in the Regional Consultation Workshop on the Proposed Environmental Protection and Enforcement Bureau (EPEB) Bill Visayas-Mindanao Cluster on February 4-6, 2020 held in Cebu City.

 

The loss of DENR field officers on duty for the past months triggered the DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu to create a bureau that will give the DENR a stronger enforcement power.

EPEB will use strategies such as environmental law enforcement training courses, skills enhancement, reliable technologies, and advanced forensic laboratory.

The DENR officials from the Viz-Min regions came together to review and discuss the proposed draft bill that shall maintain an effective enforcement of laws, rules and regulation to protect people’s rights and institutionalize enforcement systems.