The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-IX Field Office in Dipolog City is located at Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City. It is supervised by PENR-IX Officer Nelson Velasco
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is mandated to be the government's primary arm to conserve, manage and develop the country's natural resources. The DENR is in-charge in implementing laws on proper use of the natural resources, specifically the forest, mineral resources in reservation, and land and watershed areas, both government and private domain.
It is also part of their task to warrant licenses and regulations of all natural resources. These includes the observation of a responsible exploration, extraction, utilization and usage of natural resources to ensure equity and national growth for the benefit of the citizens. The office is also in the front line in delivering services and in providing assistance in rehabilitation and restoration of the environment during and in the aftermath of natural calamities and other manmade disasters.
Apart from being the watcher of the natural resources, DENR is also tasked to conduct environmental management by formulating and setting measures and implementing laws, guidelines, policies, rules and regulations aimed primarily for pollution control and prevention. The DENR has the capacity to supervise in the government's policies, plans and programs relating to environment so long as it coordinates with the local government official in charge.
The mission of the DENR is to “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".
Further, the DENR in the coming years envisions for “a nation enjoying and sustaining its natural resources and clean and healthy environment."
The DENR holds major programs in line with the National Government's aim. The office continuously formulate strategies and programs based on realistic platforms in order to provide positive long term solutions to pressing environmental problems that will ultimately led to environmental recovery.
To execute fully the task of the DENR, the office has been guided by objectives to help them accomplish the duties provided by in their mandate. The DENR objectives were as follows:
1. Observing the judicial mandate of the proper usage and systematic restoration and replacement of any natural resources whether in land, watershed and reservation areas. This objective aims to assure the availability and sustainability of the natural resources for the benefit of the next generation.
2. Should be involve in the propagation or in increasing the productivity of natural resources to meet the demands of a growing population for a natural resources.
3. Find ways to enhance the adequacy of the natural resources to contribute in achieving national economic as well as social development.
4. Promote equality for different sectors of population to gain equity of access to natural resources
5. Conserve terrestrial and marine areas specifically endangered flora and fauna; as well as those listed under the Philippine Cultural and Natural Heritage.