Task Force Against Environmental Crimes Launched

To intensify 4-26 launching of regional task force 3 resizedthe pursuit of defeating environmental crimes in Davao region, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) recently launched its Regional Task Force Against Environmental Crimes which is an offshoot to the Department’s National Task Force Mining Challenge but with a broader perspective.
Along with the DENR, other members of the Task Force Against Environmental Crimes are the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM), National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
DENR-XI Regional Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that the Task Force is very timely given the on-going joint anti-illegal logging operations of the DENR together with the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Philippine Army (PA) and the local government units in the Davao region.
“The Task Force is a strategy to intensify our quest to quell illegal logging in Region XI and to demonstrate DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu’s sentiment, his punto de vista, that not only do we ensure the enforcement of our environmental laws and regulations but to also guarantee that we save our trees from actually being cut,” she said.
During the visit of Secretary Cimatu in Davao City this month, he bared his plans on intensifying the Department’s anti-illegal logging operations in the Mindanao Region by also mobilizing the Philippine Army, the PNP, the CIDG and the National Bureau of Investigation to address, once and for all, illegal logging and mining activities in Mindanao.
Recently, the joint team of DENR-XI and PA apprehended a total of 2,386 pieces of forest products in raw and lumber forms in Brgys. Caatihan and San Jose in Boston, Davao Oriental. The apprehended forest products with a volume of 70.558 cu.m. have an estimated value of PhP 493,330.00.
Moreover, DENR-XI and the PNP were able to arrests and file complaints against 14 owners of lumberyards and furniture shops in Davao City, Panabo City and Tagum City who continuously operate without necessary permits from the DENR and business permits from the LGUs.
“The fight against environmental crimes is not new to us. We know this because we in the DENR have long been battling with these issues on illegal logging, illegal and destructive mining and environmental pollution. However, with our strengthened partnership with these law enforcers who are always willing to give their assistance to the DENR, I am hopeful that all our conservation efforts will yield good and positive results,” Tawantwan said. #TayoAngKalikasan


Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity held

To raise awareness and highlight the importance of coastal and marine resources to the local communities, especially to the youth, Department of Environment and Natural Resources -XI through its Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Compostela Valley recently conducted the Hands-On-ARMS outreach activity at Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS), Compostela Valley.

This interactive activity was participated by selected Grade 6 students from Don William Gemperle Elementary School in Mabini. The participants were given an opportunity to learn and observe the marine cryptobiota using a simple hand lens or magnifying glass and forceps. They also sorted and classified these small animals into their respective groups.

Despite their small size, marine cryptobiota provides various ecological good and services and serves as primary building blocks of the coral reef. Marine cryptobiota includes shrimps, crabs, hermit crabs, brittle stars, sponges, and tunicates, among others.

As part of DENR's Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP), the Department monitors cryptobiota with the use of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), a long-term collecting device that mimics the coral reef and attract these animals. The data will be collected to study on their biodiversity and the effects of climate change on reefs.



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