Background of Office

DENR-CENRO Quezon compound, Quezon, Palawan. The office is spearheaded by CENRO Fernando T. Tactay.


Executive Order No. 192 came out on June 10, 1987 reorganizing the Department of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (DEENR) and renaming it as Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Quezon, Palawan was created and established under DENR Special Order No. 302 dated April 6, 1988. The Land Management Bureau and Forest Management Bureau were merged into one office under Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

The first CENR Officer at CENRO Quezon, Palawan was  Mr. Bienvenido S. Bermudez.

During its first operation, the Community Environment and Natural Resources has (11) CENR personnel assigned at Quezon, Palawan. Currently, CENRO Fernando T. Tactay is the CENR Officer effective January 11 to present.

The Office is about 148 kilometers southwest of Puerto Princesa City and can be reached by means of land transportation. It takes 2-3 hours ride from Puerto Princesa City to Quezon, Palawan.

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Areas of Jurisdiction

 The CENRO has jurisdiction over the two (2) municipalities: Quezon and Rizal, Palawan with a total area of about 219, 793 hectares of which Quezon has 94, 148 hectares and Rizal has 125, 645 hectares. 25 Barangays are within Quezon and 11 Barangays are in Jose Rizal.

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Organizational Chart

The organizational structure of CENRO Quezon is aligned with the rationalization scheme implemented in the department. Over a hundred new positions have been created and filled-up to enhance organizational productivity since 2015. The office is currently staffed with at least 57 strong and dedicated men and women in the agency. Each are assigned in sections which commensurate their skills and qualifications.

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Forest Management Initiatives

Aside from forest protection and implementation of regular forest management programs, i.e. National Greening Program, Mangrove and Beach Forest Development, Community-based Forest Management, the office also facilitates

A. Application of Forest Land Use Permit:

  • The Forest Management Services (FMS) accepts applications for Socialized Industrial Forest Management Agreement (SIFMA) which has a duration of twenty five (25) years. Individuals maybe granted areas up to twenty (20) hectares and below while Cooperatives, Association and Corporations may apply for areas more than 20 hectares;

  • Another tenurial instrument is the Special Land Use Permit (SLUP) which includes Forest Land Use Agreement for Tourism Purposes (FLAgT). It has also a duration of Twenty Five (25) years;

  • The FMS also accepts application for Pasture and Grazing Land Permits;

  • For Peoples Organizations or Upland Communities who are willing to become partners of the government in protecting and developing portions of Timberland, they may apply for a community Based  Forest Management Agreement or (CBFMA).  This tenurial instrument has also a term of Twenty Five (25) years;

 B. Application and Processing of Permits or License for Utilization of Forest Products

The FMS also process applications for harvesting of Minor Forest Products such as Almaciga resin, Rattan, Honey etc. including renewal of these Permits/Licencees.

 C. Issuance of Tree cutting permits

Tree Cutting Permits for registered Plantations including documents for transport are also being facilitated by the FMS.

Preparation of initial requirements for the above tenurial instruments such as survey mapping, site characterization and timber inventory etc. are performed by personnel of FMS to form part of the application documents to be submitted to Regional Office.

D. Forest Protection

Forest protection personnel under the Forest Mgt. Services particularly the Forest Rangers and Forestry Technicians are deployed in specific Patrol Sectors who conduct regular patrolling and surveillance to deter and apprehend Forestry violators and act on requests of individuals for transport of forest products including land verifications or mapping of areas applied for tenurial instruments.

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Land Management Initiatives

The LMS is attending to the indorsed land disputes from various barangays of Quezon and Rizal. There were 6 LMS related land disputes managed this Quarter. Dialogues were initiated and subsequently, ocular inspections were made.  Portion of some areas were found to fall within timberland. Complainants and respondents were required to show proof of ownership for validation and further investigation

This Office is assisting in the settlement of cases by conducting dialogue and site investigation and is trying to resolve all land disputes amicably.

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Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Initiatives

The Protected Area Wildlife, and Coastal Zone Management Sector has assigned to protect, conserve and manage protected areas, wildlife and marine resources.

  • Enforces laws and regulations on NIPAS Act, Wildlife Act and other policies and regulation concerning biodiversity conservation.  However, in the Province of Palawan,  the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) pursuant to RA No. 7611 (Strategic Environmental Plan) SEP for Palawan Act) and Section 4 of RA 9147, shall exercise jurisdiction over all wildlife species found in the Province of Palawan.

  • Provide technical assistance to LGU, PCSD and PAMB in the management, conservation and protection of PA, wildlife and marine resources.ngay

  • Coordinates LGU, PCSD and Barangay Officials for biodiversity conservation

  • Conduct Information and Education Campaign.

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Programs and Projects

National Greening Program(NGP)

CENRO Quezon exerted exceptional effort in support to this program. This Office is very much committed in assisting the People’s Organization (PO) partners in the implementation of their NGP contracts. Technical and practical assistance were extended in order to help them accomplished their contract in the indicated time frame.

Every year CENRO Quezon has a target, for CY 2011- 419 hectares, CY 2012 – 285 hectares, CY 2013 – 185 and supplemental of 70.0 hectares for CY 2014.

In CY 2015, 60 hectare plantation were established. 50 hectares were for Rattan Plantation and 10 hectares devoted for Mangrove plantation. Likewise, under Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Program (MBFDP), a total of 440 hectares was fully accomplished and maintained. 255 hectares of which are located in Barangay Panitian and Sowangan, Municipality of Quezon and 185 hectares for Brgy. Panalingan and Taburi, Municipality of Rizal.

All of NGP sites were properly maintained and protected because of the Office support and team effort. Attainment of our targets as scheduled is due to the strict monitoring and supervisions of our technical staff and extension officers.

They have assured that the Partner PO is compliant with the terms and conditions as stipulated in their Memorandum of Agreement Contract. Another factor fo the success of the project is that our offices were able to disbursed allocation intended for the contract without delay.

Community-based Forest Management (CBFM)

Rubber Plantation intercropping with fruit trees and vegetable gardening is the project to be implemented within CBFM area covering a target of fifty (50) hectares comprising of sixty (60) beneficiaries funded by CBFM CARP.

This project is located at Bgy. Isugod, Quezon, Palawan with the coordinates of between 9°16’12” latitude and 118°06’05” longitude to 9°20’07” latitude and 118°  10’07” longitude. It is bounded on the north by Bgy. Aramaywan, on the south by Bgy. Maasin and Bgy. Kalatagbak, Timberland on the east and A and D on the west. The nearest part of the area is about fifteen (15) kilometers and the farthest part is about twenty-five (25) kilometers from the town proper of Quezon.

Furthermore, the project aims to encourage every CBFM People’s Organization members to engage in an on-site or off-site vegetable gardening in order to reduce poverty by increasing productivity and employment in the uplands through development of farms and plantation and enhance forest cover of forestlands by planting economically beneficial crops to the existing residual forest.

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Contact Details

For other inquiries, please visit:

DENR-Community and Environment and Natural Resources Office
Office Address: Poblacion, Quezon, Palawan
Email adress:
Contact No.:

Contact person:

For. Fernando T. Tactay
Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer
DENR-CENRO Quezon, Palawan

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