Executive Order No. 192 dated June 10, 1987 – “Providing for the Reorganization of the Department of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, Renaming it as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and for other Purposes”.


The Department is the primary government agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the country’s environment and natural resources, specifically forest and grazing lands, mineral resources, including those in reservation and watershed areas, and lands of the public domain, as well as the licensing and regulation of all natural resources as may be provided for by law in order to ensure equitable sharing of the benefits derived therefrom for the welfare of the present and future generations of Filipinos.

To accomplish this mandate, the Department shall be guided by the following objectives: 

1. Assure the availability and sustainability of the country's natural resources through judicious use and systematic restoration or replacement, whenever possible

2. Increase the productivity of natural resources in order to meet the demands for forest, mineral, and land resources of a growing population;

3. Enhance the contribution of natural resources for achieving national economic and social development;

4. Promote equitable access to natural resources by the different sectors of the population; and

5. Conserve specific terrestrial and marine areas representative of the Philippine natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations.


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


To mobilize our citizenry in protecting, conserving, and managing the environment and natural resources for the present and future generations.


Human well-being, and environmental quality and sustainability ensured.


  • Promote human well-being and ensure environmental quality

  • Sustainably-managed environment and natural resources

  • Adaptive capacities of human communities and natural sytems ensured


  • Governance

  • Accountability, transparency, integrity, participatory and predictability

  • Ease of doing business

  • Social Justice

  • Equity and gross national happiness

  • Social Enterpreneurship

  • Partnership with Civil Society

  • Ecosystem Integrity

  • Sustainable consumption 

  • Polluters pay

  • Payment for ecosystem services

  • Rule of Law

  • Honoring Global Commitments


1. Utilization of Unified Mapping in Situational Analysis, Decision-Making and Strategic Planning

2. Adoption of Watershed/River Basin as Planning Unit

  • Prioritizing areas within the watershed

  • Forest Land Use Planning

  • Adopting soil and water conservation measures

  • Agroforestry systems

3. Closing open access areas in public lands, especially forestlands by granting appropriate tenurial instruments

4. Convergence with other government agencies and stakeholders

5. Area management approach where all basic societal and economic services are delivered in an area for more impacts

6. Continuously capacitate DENR frontliners, Local Government Units, Civil Society Organizations, partners and People's Organizations

7. Intensify Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign, advocacy and social mobilization

8. Implementation of Certification Systems and chain of custody of the products

FY 2018 Major Programs

1. Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP)

2. Intensified Environment Protection: Clean Water, Clean Air, Solid Wate Management

3. Intensified Forest Protection and Anti-Illegal Logging

4. Geo-hazards, Ground Water Assessment and Responsible Mining (includes small-scale and large-scale mining)

5. Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation and Scaling up the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Program

6. Improved Land Administration and Management

7. Climate Change Adaptation, Resiliency and Mitigation