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Meet “Barry”, The Rare Fish in Mabini

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) never ceases to purport strategic ways to campaign in the conservation of the country’s environment and natural resources particularly on its protected areas. Communication, education and public awareness (CEPA) has been wrapped in varied instruments to connect to people and effectively deliver the message on the importance of conserving nature and its biodiversity.

Mascot is one of those tools. Thus, the creation of “Barry”.

“Barry” the barramundi cod/ humpback grouper (Cromileptes altivelis) mascot was designed to educate the people particularly in the spanning community of Mabini, Compostella Valley Province about the abundance of this rare species within the Mabini Protected Landscape and Seascape (MPLS).

The humpback grouper is a pale-greenish brown, black-spotted fish tagged as naturally rare and high priced both in the international and local market- ranging from P 2,000- P3,000 per kilo.

This species, which is now the flagship species of MPLS, shelters in inner-shelf reefs found underneath the Mabini waters. Although, its global distribution and population has been recorded as decreasing according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), their abundance has recently been recorded in the said protected area, which also reflects its “good condition” coral cover.

Through Barry, the DENR aims to open the eyes of the public on the presence of this rare and vulnerable species and the importance of conserving their home – the Mabini waters. Barry will be made visible during conducts of information drive to encourage the community to value the coastal and marine ecosystem and warn them about the consequences that entails illegal activities such as overfishing.

The caricature was launched in June 2019 at the DENR Marine Center, Sitio Mampising, Brgy. Tagnanan, Mabini, ComVal.

Region XI’s MGB and EMB identify sites for Mercury Recovery Facilities in Naboc River

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The Mining and Environment Committee of the Naboc River Rehabilitation Technical Working Group (TWG) has conducted site identification for the installation of the 2,000 square meter-mercury recovery facilities within Brgy. Naboc and Brgy. Babag, Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

The said facilities will be used to recover mercury from the dredged materials prior to disposal of Sand and Gravel. The dredging of the Naboc River will commence in October this year.

Following the consultation from the Barangay Units, the said committee was able to identify seven (7) sites considering the significant factors such as the areas’ distance from the dredging site and its accessibility and distance from the community. There will be 1 recovery facility (RF) for each RIver Quarry Block (RQB).

The Mining and Environment Committee is being chaired by the Mining and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI). Along with other committees, they are tasked to formulate the Naboc River Rehabilitation Master Plan.

The rehabilitation of Naboc River is one of the priority programs of Secretary Cimatu after President Rodrigo Duterte stated in his SONA last July 2017 the ill condition of the river caused by Mercury, Cyanide and fecal coliform contamination. A Memorandum of Agreement for the dredging, quarrying, and rehabilitation of Naboc River was signed last July 16, 2019, attended by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, DILG Undersecretary for Operations Epimaco V. Densing III, Compostela Valley Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy, and DPWH-XI Regional Director Allan S. Borromeo.

A month after the MOA signing, a Joint Special Order creating the said TWG was also signed by Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan and Comval Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy.

DENR-XI Conducts 1st ENR Frontline Course

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In line with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s goal to strengthen DENR frontliners, DENR-XI conducts its first Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Course for DENR personnel at Sunny Point Hotel, Davao City from September 2-6, 2019.

DENR-XI’s Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Services Atty. Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan welcomes the participants with a message reminding everyone to give their hundred percent attention because this will help them become better employees.

“It is the goal of the management to provide responsive learning opportunities for each DENR employee,” she said.

On the other hand, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao and Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan said that this is the first time that the region is holding this kind of seminar.

“Our Secretary would want all DENR employees be equipped with knowledge and deeper understanding about the mandates of the agency. Learners should be a role model so set yourself as a good example to your colleagues, subordinates, and even in the community where you are living because good governance and efficient and effective public service is also President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s mandate,” Tawantawan stressed.

The 5-day course is participated in by employees from the Community and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs and CENROs) mostly administrative and field rank-and-file personnel. The course aims to train, capacitate, orient and re-orient the employees on DENR’s mandate, vision, mission, priority Programs and Projects, and basic ENR services.

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40 DENR-XI Provincial Employees Attend ENR Basic Course

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A total of 40 selected employees from the provincial offices of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region XI are currently attending the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Basic Course being held at Sunnypoint Hotel. This course will run from September 10-16, 2019.

To equip the employees with basic knowledge and deeper understanding about the Department, different environmental laws that are being implemented and programs that it upholds, the training course is in line with DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s goal to strengthen DENR’s Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs and CENROs) as they are the Department’s frontliners in terms of implementing its programs and execution of different environmental laws.

Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan encouraged all the participants to listen to all the discussions as this is an opportunity to further enhance their knowledge and become efficient employees of the Department and valuable citizens in the society.

“You have the responsibility to know by heart all our policies, the laws that we are implementing and most especially the priority programs of our Secretary,” Tawantawan said.

On the other hand, Focal Person for Region XI ENR Courses Kristiansen J. Ortanez said during his message that Secretary Cimatu has created a mobile training team to go to all the CENRO’s in the country and conduct a comprehensive ENR frontline and basic courses as part of DENR’s mandate.

With its aim to also re-orient the employees on DENR’s mandate, vision, mission, priority programs and projects, Assistant Regional Executive Director for Management Services Atty. Ma. Mercedes V. Dumagan discussed to the participants about DENR’s organizational structure, core values and the 10 priority programs of President Rodrigo R. Duterte, PDP and SDGs.

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

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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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