Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DENR-Bicol head thanks supporters of 4th Regional Biodiversity Challenge in Masbate
By Metchie Gay Arnaiz

MASBATE CITY, April 27 (PNA) – The head of the Department Environment and Natural Resources Bicol Regional Office on Monday thanked the participants and supporters of the 4th Regional Biodiversity Challenge held in Masbate City on Wednesday last week in celebration of the World’s Earth Day,

ENR Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales expressed his gratitude in a letter coursed through Tito Migo, Masbate Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office head.

Gonzales said the event was among the reports he made to DENR Secretary Ramon Paje in the agency's head office in Quezon City over the weekend.

He said the activity aims to spread awareness on environmental concerns and he hopes to have more daring and exciting biodiversity challenges next year and the years to come.

Gonzales also announced the following teams as winners in the challenge: Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology, first; Brotherhood Ticao Island Masbate, second; and Masbate Police Provincial Office Team MPPSC, third.

The winners received Php20,000 for the first prize; Php15,000, second; and Php10,000, third.

Non-winners received certificate of participation.

Other placers from fourth to 10th, respectively, were: Bureau of Fire Protection Team 1, Environmental Management Bureau V, Masbate Police Provincial Office Operation Team 1, PENRO Sorsogon, Masbate Police Provincial Office Operation Team 2, Masbate Police Provincial Office Operation Team 3, and PENRO Camarines Sur,

Eighteen other teams from the different parts of Bicol joined the biodiversity challenge and came out as finishers.

Preparations for the activities were done by the PENRO Masbate, CENRO San Jacinto and CENRO Mobo.

A major partner of the event was the Masbate Gold Project (MGP), which promotes the theme: “MininG resPonsibly.”

The challenge, which had for its theme “Think, Run, Execute and Enjoy (TREE),” had four components – Eco-Trail Extreme Challenge, Kite Flying Contest, Budol Payt (Fight) and the Enviro-rock Concert.

The Eco-trail Extreme Challenge followed the concept of a “timed race” and was held for one-half day with participation of 28 teams from all over the Bicol Region, with each team composed of two males and one female.

This involved physical and mental challenges in outdoor activities, thus, qualified participants must physically and mentally fit and must be at least 18 years old.

The Kite Flying Contest was held in partnership with the local government unit of Masbate City and was held at the Jesse M. Robredo Boulevard, Masbate City, simultaneous with the Budol Payt.

Its theme was “Burador para sa Malinis na Hangin.”

The Budol Payt was included to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship, Gonzales said.

It was held simultaneously with the Kite Flying Contest while the Enviro-rock Concert took place at the Magallanes Coliseum, Masbate City.(PNA) CTB/FGS/MGA/CBD