Regional Releases

4 20 2021 New species Mt HamiguitanMt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary (MHRWS) in Davao Oriental has revealed yet another species that is new to science- a snout beetle with bronze scale markings, thus named Metapocyrtus bronsi sp. nov.

The newly described species is a result of biodiversity research conducted by the scientists and researchers from the Central Mindanao University (CMU), the DENR’s long-time conservation partner.

They collected the species in the buffer zone of MHRWS, settling on leaves of ferns. The researchers said that this flightless weevil is one of the hundreds of species under the genus Metapocyrtus. But these new beetles differ from all the others because of the yellow gold to bronze scale markings with green to blue scales scattered at the edge of the markings in elytra and pronotum and legs entirely black.

“Under the insect order Coleoptera (Beetles), there are currently two site endemic species in Mt. Hamiguitan, first is Colilodion colongi, and the latest, the Metapocyrtus bronsi.”, said Clint Michael Cleofe, a MHRWS-based DENR conservationist.

The researchers further expressed that MHRWS, being the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mindanao, must be conserved for the perpetuity of the flora and fauna habituating in it.

3 11 2021 CENRO Davao City seizes unregistered chainsaws 2Within just the first quarter of the year, the DENR-XI, through its Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) Davao City has apprehended (5) STIHL 070 Chainsaw Units which were allegedly used to cut trees within the Timberland Zone of Baguio and Marilog Districts in Davao City.

The apprehension is the result of the series of monitoring, mobile/foot patrol and LAWIN activities conducted by CENRO Davao’s Enforcement and Monitoring Section (EMS) personnel together with the Bantay Bukid, a pool of external forest watchers which were hired to help monitor the forest condition and to help avert occurrence of any illegal activities.

Report says that the apprehended chainsaw units were used to illegally cut the trees within the forests. The first 3 chainsaws were apprehended on January 18, 2021 at Marilog and Baguio Districts. On March 3, 2021, another unit was confiscated at Marilog District while the most recent, March 6, 2021, 2 units were likewise seized on the same area. The violators allegedly escaped and abandoned the unregistered chainsaw units in the area. Currently, these were taken into the custody of CENRO Davao City.

The illegal cutting of trees and the use of unregistered chainsaw units, activities unpermitted by the DENR, violate the provisions of RA No. 9175 otherwise known as “The Chainsaw Act of 2002” and Executive Order No. 23 or “Declaring a Moratorium on the Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in Natural and Residual Forests and Creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF). Thus, as imposed under Section 77 of PD 705 and RA 9175, violators will be hit with jailtime and hefty fines on top of the confiscation of such units.

The aforestated seizure of CENRO Davao under the leadership of OIC, CENR Officer Marvin D. Parilla through the Enforcement and Monitoring Section headed by Forester II/Chief of EMS, Jamel M. Limpao is part of the DENR’s continuous efforts of halting timber poaching in our forest lands.

The DENR is firm in implementing environmental laws and shall continue to intensify the patrolling activities for the mere purpose of preserving our natural resources. With this, this office again appeals to the public to cooperate and refrain from illegally harvesting the timber in our forest.

3 4 2021 PENRO DAVOR 1Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Alberto N. Bandiola and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Zaldy Lumaan paid a courtesy call yesterday, March 3, 2021, to the newly installed President of the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Dr. Roy G. Ponce.

The said meeting was meant to further strengthen the partnership and collaboration between the DENR and the DOSCST in the conduct of research and extension activities in the two (2) protected areas situated within the jurisdiction of CENRO Mati namely the Pujada Bay Protected Landscape and Seascape (PBPLS) and Mati Protected Landscape (MPL) through the signing of memorandum of agreement.

In his remarks, President Ponce pledged his unwavering support to the DENR in all of its undertakings that are related to the conservation and protection of the environment. He also laid out his plans in running the college in the early phase of his tenure as the SUC President. He also highlighted his plans of expanding the fields of research especially in soil regeneration and soil health and the introduction of new courses and curriculums.

3 3 2021 Home for rescued wildlife animals in DavNor

For seven (7) years now, the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center (RWRC) in Tagum, Davao del Norte has been home to rescued and turned-over wildlife animals. It is being co-managed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) New Corella and the City Government of Tagum.

The establishment of this rescue center is pursuant to Section 32 of Republic Act 9147 also known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001".

Last July 5, 2011, DENR-XI entered into a 25-year Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government of Tagum for the co-management of RWRC located at Brgy. New Balamban, Tagum City.

With a total area of 2.23 hectares, this rescue center which started its full operation in 2014, is under the jurisdiction and supervision of DENR-XI’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) New Corella.

To date, there are already forty-five (45) wildlife species being housed and cared for in the Center consists of eighteen (18) mammals, thirteen (13) reptiles, and fourteen (14) birds. Among these, the most commonly turned-over wild animals are Philippine Macaques, Reticulated Pythons, Brahminy Kites, and Serpent Eagles.

This year, after a thorough assessment for suitability for release, four bird species have been freed back to the wild.
More or less, RWRC can accommodate 25 mammals, 20 reptiles, and 30 bird species. Additional cages will be constructed this year by the City Government of Tagum.


City of Mati, Davao Oriental – The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Mati under the leadership of CENR Officer Zaldy Lumaan strengthened its effort to combat the illegal trade of endangered plants within its area of responsibility through the hanging of streamers/posters that contain information on wildlife conservation, in conspicuous locations of identified areas such as public markets where the said illegal activities are likely to occur.

The streamers are one of the office’s means of continuously reminding the public to refrain from illegal trade of endangered plants, a venture which heightened during the lockdowns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Selling, buying or any forms of trading of wildlife without a permit is prohibited and is punishable under RA 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.

CENRO Lumaan also underscored the importance of maintaining a constant watch to ensure the protection and conservation of wildlife even in times of an unprecedented national health emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic and even holiday breaks.

He also emphasized that collaboration with key stakeholders and partner government agencies is crucial in a concerted effort to curb wildlife trafficking in the City of Mati, Davao Oriental.