PEF, DENR engage children in protecting Philippine Eagles through Information Drive

June 4-10 of every calendar year is the Philippine Eagle Week, a celebration pursuant to Proclamation No. 79 which aims to strengthen public awareness on the significance of the country’s iconic bird of prey and the majestic predator in the wild- the Philippine Eagle.

The Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) recently conducted a community celebration in Brgy. Baracatan, Toril, Davao City as an innovative effort in educating the public about the endemic eagle.

Both agencies believe that one of the best ways to ensure the conservation of the environment, including its species, is to engage and educate the community, most especially the children.

“Let’s cultivate the children to be stewards of the earth. Let’s involve them now because these young people represent the future.” Mryna Erlinda Arbiol, DENR XI’s Chief, Conservation and Development Division emphasizes.

The information drive aims to refresh everyone about how much we take pride having the most revered and most powerful bird there is in the wild. Along with these prideful facts is making them aware that the iconic eagle is also critically endangered which means that they have a narrow chance to survive if we will not take care of them.

Art workshop, storytelling and film screening were conducted for the combined students of Baracatan Elementary School, Mt. Apo Elementary School and Baracayo Integrated School.

One of the presenters was Mr. Ric Obenza, Jr, an environmentalist, artist and 2018 Datu Bago awardee who relentlessly ignites children’s ideas about nature in an artistic way. Mr. Obenza dedicates his time in planting trees daily and encourages the children and the community to adopt the same habit.

“Planting trees will lead to having a healthy forest. This means, we protect our Philippine Eagle’s home.” Obenza explains to children.

The day-long activity culminates by gathering the students and the community for a story-telling and film screening of “To Save our Eagle” a special documentary about the Philippine Eagle’s plight.

“We have to enrich the children’s values towards conserving our environment. They also have to realize environmental matters that transcend their classroom walls.” Marigelaine Arguillas, DENR-XI Protected Areas Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section Chief asserts.

 

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DENR-XI, ComVal Prov't Gov't sign Joint Special Order for Naboc River Rehab TWG

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI and the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley recently signed a Joint Special Order creating a Technical Working Group (TWG) and Working Committees tasked to formulate the Naboc River Rehabilitation Master Plan.

Signing the Joint Special Order are Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao and DENR Regional Executive DirectorRuth M. Tawantawan and Compostela Valley Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy.

The creation of the said TWG is in line with the government’s aim to rehabilitate Naboc River as it is contaminated with Mercury and Cyanide due to the mining activities in Mt. Diwalawal. The river is also said to be contaminated with fecal coliform.

Last July 16, 2019, the DENR and the Provincial Government of Comval signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the dredging, quarrying and rehabilitation of Naboc River held in Davao City. The MOA signing was attended by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as Naboc River rehabilitation is one of his priority programs.

Tawantawan said that the "dredging activity will start on November this year and we aim to finish it before July of next year."

On the other hand, Uy assured the TWG members that the provincial government will fully support the Naboc rehabilitation Master Plan.

"We hope that our timeline will be met so we could finally gain a step ahead in rehabilitating Naboc River," he said.

Members of the TWG are composed of some officials and personnel of DENR-XI, Compostela Valley Provincial offices and members of the Provincial Task Force Naboc River. This will be led by DENR-XI's Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Chamberlain Babiera and co-led by Eugene C. Alaba of PENRO-PLGU.

TWG's Working Committees are: Data Management; Mining and Environment; Infrastructure Development; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Enforcement and Security; Permitting; Monitoring and Evaluation; and Legal.

 

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