DENR-XI Official Awarded as Regional Winner for CSC’s Outstanding Public Official and Employee

Civil Service 9-8 csc sir roel 4 webCommission (CSC-XI) gave recognition to Ruel D. Colong of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) as one of Region XI's most Outstanding Public Officials and Employees for 2017 during its Regional Recognition and Awards Rites last September 8, 2017 held at the Grand Men Seng Hotel.

Colong is one of the regional winners of the Presidential or Lingkod Bayan Award (Individual Category) for his contribution to Mt. Hamiguitan Range and Wildlife Sanctuary's (MHRWS) inscription to UNESCO World Heritage List on June 23, 2014. He is currently the Supervising Ecosystems Management Specialist assigned at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Mati, Davao Oriental.

Presidential or Lingkod Bayan Award is given to an individual or group of individuals for exceptional or extraordinary contributions resulting from an idea or performance that had nationwide impact on public interest, security and patrimony. This contribution may be a suggestion, innovation, invention or superior accomplishment.

Colong accepted his Certificate of Recognition together with PENR Officer of Davao Oriental Gregorio V. Lagura, Ecosystems Management Specialist 1 Clint Michael Cleofe, his wife Marivic O. Colong and daughter Meryll Joyce O. Colong. He dedicated his award to his family, to the DENR organization as well as to all the concerned local government units and stakeholders.

"My utmost gratitude goes to DENR Region XI led by our Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan and to PENRO of Davao Oriental for the endorsements of my nomination to the Civil Service Commission. To all my friends and acquaintances in and outside DENR who gave words of appreciation and gesture of approval, this awards is for all of us. Indeed, God is good and greatly to be praised," he said.

MHRWS in Davao Oriental is a declared protected area by virtue of Republic Act 9303 following the objectives of the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act (Republic Act 7586). It has an elevation range of 170 -1,637 meters above sea level with a total surface area of 7,132 hectares as demarcated on the ground.

Mt. Hamiguitan is home to 1,403 species of flora and fauna, of which 963 are flora and 440 are fauna. It also houses highly rare and globally threatened species of plants and animals such as the Philippine Eagle, Tarsier, Hamiguitan hairy-tailed rat, Shorea dipterocarps, orchid and the site-endemic pitcher plants among others.

MHRWS is the 6th World Heritage Site and the first mountain of the Philippines to be declared as such and the first and only in Mindanao that has the distinction.


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3 Foreigners Arrested for Illegal Possession of Endangered Tree Species

Three5-17 press release - 3 foreigners arrested for illegal possession of endangered tree species resized foreigners were arrested last week by the joint team of National Bureau of Investigations (NBI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers in a hotel here in Davao City for illegal possession of endangered tree species. 
A Cambodian national and two other Malaysian nationals were caught by surprise when operatives from the NBI XI and officials from DENR XI and BI XI came to their hotel room last May 10, 2018. The three were arrested for violation of Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 as amended by Executive Order No. 277, and Executive Order No. 23 or the Moratorium in the Cutting of Natural Grown Tree Species. 

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