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The Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources was originally created as an Ad Hoc City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in the City of Davao by virtue of Executive Order No. 6 signed by His Honor, Rodrigo R. Duterte, City Mayor, on February 12, 1993.
The creation was in compliance with Sections 16 and 17 of Republic Act No. 716 otherwise known as the “Local Government Code of 1991” which provides that within their respective territorial jurisdiction, local government units shall enhance the right of the people to a balance ecology while Section 17 of the code provides for the devolution of certain functions of national government agencies provides for the devolution of certain functions of national government agencies to the Local Government Unit, including that of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).