Regional Releases

2020 8 12 CENRO Baganga joins Linggo ng Kabataan Celebration

Beyond enhancing the awareness of the youth sector, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) aims to empower the youth when it comes to environmental protection and conservation and gain a strong partnership with them.

"The youth must do their share in protecting our environment, as it is the lifeblood providing us food, shelter, clothing, medicine, and other ecological services essential to our survival,” DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said in one of his speeches.

As the youth are filled with the desire to be acknowledged, respected, and encouraged in their activities rather than be scolded and judged for their youthful enthusiasm, immaturity, and mistakes, DENR has seen access to these youthful heroes’ full potential who are striving to do good for the community and the environment, for them to be capacitated and to express the full inclusion of every young individual.

In line with this aim, DENR-XI's Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Baganga in Davao Oriental joined in the celebration of Linggo ng Kabataan 2020 last August 11, 2020, held in Barangay Caatihan, Boston, Davao. With the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action”, the activity gave emphasis on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The said activity was initiated by the Office of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) through its chairperson Hon. Aljoy L. Ombaogan. With strict compliance with the minimum standard of COVID-19 protocol, the activity was permitted by the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Boston.

For the environment cluster, CENRO Baganga, represented by Forester Jay Lord C. Balondo, talked about the important roles of the youth and their involvement in any DENR programs and activities. Balondo emphasized that millennial and centennial generations dominate the world’s population especially in developing countries, thus a mistake in their ways, lifestyle, and decisions may compromise the present and future generation.

CENR Officer Dave L. Fabila said that the Department is using the Social Media platform to continue to raise the youth’s awareness in terms of environmental protection.

“Although some still continue to adopt both conventional and unconventional methods in contributing their share in environmental care and protection, there are those who take advantage of the availability and accessibility of information and technology in order to engage in all levels of environmental governance, especially towards implementing the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs,” he said.

Also being discussed during the event was the importance of biodiversity conservation as youth are also instrumental in advocating for the restoration and conservation of earth’s terrestrial ecosystems, forests, and biodiversity. This topic was discussed by Franz Von Laguidong who emphasized that disturbing these different ecosystems will cause damaging effects not only to the environment but to human beings as well as it can cause a global pandemic.

“The youth of today should individually redirect its ways to collectively see the changes in the pursuit of a healthy and balanced ecosystem, giving every single organism the freedom to survive in its natural habitat without harming them,” Laguidong said.

On the other hand, Forester Cesar B. Lagura also discussed the salient features of RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. He briefed the youth on some penal provisions of the Act and the concept of segregation at source.

The activity had a total of sixty (60) participants and all were given IEC collaterals courtesy of the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO). At the end of the event, the youth were reminded that they need to grow strong and mature, and must have that surging desire to help the government with their various environmental programs.

“Besides eating healthy food and having a good education, the youth should be nourished with empowerment. They must have a positive attitude and should nurture trust, respect and, encouragement in order to be a good example to the youth sector and to their community,” Balondo said.

2020 7 27 CENRO Mati release marine turtle

A female green sea turtle was released back to the ocean after it was accidentally caught in a baited fishing hooks by a local fisherman in the morning of July 21, 2020 at Tagawisan, Barangay Central, the City of Mati, Davao Oriental.

Earlier, the said turtle was turned over to the City Fishery Law Enforcement Office (CFLEO) of the City Government of Mati and was subsequently referred to CENRO Mati. A group of marine conservationists from said field office, composed mainly of protected area staff under the supervision of CENR Officer Zaldy L. Lumaan, then promptly worked with City Local Government Unit (CLGU) Mati personnel to determine the health of the turtle.

As the result of the examination revealed that the turtle is healthy and responsive, it was released back to the oceans of Pujada Bay Protected Landscape and Seascape on that same day.

RA 9147 is the paramount law that ensures the protection and conservation of marine turtles and other wildlife in the country.

Green turtles are one of the five (5) species of marine turtle that can be found in the country. However, it is the only herbivore among its counterparts. Green sea turtles are deemed endangered in the country mostly due to accidental bycatch, overharvesting of eggs and habitat loss.

2020 6 3 new species of Burmanniaceae𝐺𝑦𝑚𝑛𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑦𝑐𝑒𝑜𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠 is the recent addition to the reported two new species of Burmanniaceae in our country. It was described from Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental which hosts a vast species of unique, endemic and even critically endangered flora and fauna.

𝐺𝑦𝑚𝑛𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑦𝑐𝑒𝑜𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠 is a plant that does not undergo the process of photosynthesis to survive. Rather, they obtain the nutrients that they need (mostly carbon) through a mycorrhizal fungus that is attached to its roots.

Though distinct in some quantitative and qualitative features, the said species is next to 𝐺𝑦𝑚𝑛𝑜𝑠𝑖𝑝ℎ𝑜𝑛 𝑝ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑖𝑝𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑒𝑛𝑠𝑖𝑠 from a forest area of Cebu that was discovered in 2019. The two are recognized as the Philippines’ first two species of Gymnosiphon.

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, being a home to countless unique species, truly exhibits a highly diverse ecosystem. Hand in hand, may we all continue to conserve and protect this natural habitat.

2020 6 7 Barred Coral Snake Mt Hamiguitan

A Barred Coral Snake (𝐻𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑏𝑢𝑛𝑔𝑎𝑟𝑢𝑠 𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑖𝑔𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟) slithering on a fine day in Mt. Hamigutian Range Wildlife Sanctuary.

These snakes are common in Mt. Hamiguitan and are usually dwelling in the grounds to prey on worms and smaller snakes.

Coral snakes are slender and are stunning due to their bright colors. But easy on them as though attractive, they are generally venomous.

These species are among the wildlife residents of Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental.

6 DENR XI ComVal Provincial Joint Special Order

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 Director Ruth M. Tawantawan and Compostela Valley Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyrone 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 October 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.