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2020 6 3 new species of BurmanniaceaeπΊπ‘¦π‘šπ‘›π‘œπ‘ π‘–π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘ π‘¦π‘π‘’π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘ π‘’π‘›π‘ π‘–π‘  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.

πΊπ‘¦π‘šπ‘›π‘œπ‘ π‘–π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘ π‘¦π‘π‘’π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘ π‘’π‘›π‘ π‘–π‘  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 πΊπ‘¦π‘šπ‘›π‘œπ‘ π‘–π‘β„Žπ‘œπ‘› π‘β„Žπ‘–π‘™π‘–π‘π‘π‘–π‘›π‘’π‘›π‘ π‘–π‘  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 (π»π‘’π‘šπ‘–π‘π‘’π‘›π‘”π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘’π‘  π‘π‘Žπ‘™π‘™π‘–π‘”π‘Žπ‘ π‘‘π‘’π‘Ÿ) 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.

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2019 3 Naboc River Cleanup

Approximately 1,600 kilograms of wastes, mostly non-biodegradable, were collected during the clean-up activity in Brgy. Mt. Diwata and Brgy. Naboc in Monkayo, Compostela Valley.

The clean-up activity is one of the phases for the Naboc River rehabilitation. It was successfully done through the collective efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resource-XI through its Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO and CENROs in ComVal. The activity was also participated in by various stakeholders composed of Barangay Local Government Unit, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and other volunteers from the province.

This is the second clean-up activity conducted since Naboc River Rehabilitation program kicked off in mid-March 2019.

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2019 2 Endemic species spotted

Three of the Philippines’ endemic animals has been spotted in the buffer zone of Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental. The DENR personnel conducted a 160-trapping day which began in December 2018 using the state of the art camera traps installed in the area.

At least three Philippine Warty Pigs (Sus philippensis) and two Philippine Deers (Cervus mariannus) were documented. According to the DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-15’s establishment of List of Terrestrial Threatened Species and their categories pursuant to RA 9147 or the Wildlife Act, these species are vulnerable as its population is already declining.

Three Philippine Macaques (Macaca fascicularis philippensis) were also captured. Unfortunately, they are in the list of Other Threatened Species which means that they are prone to extinction due to its small population.

β€œThe presence and absence of these species indicate the status of our forest and other habitats. If we were able to spot them, it means that we still have a good forest condition and ecosystem dynamics”, said Clint Michael Cleofe, Ecosystems Mgt. Specialist 1, Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary/ PENRO Davao Oriental.

The DENR through the implementation of Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) in protected areas will continue to exert efforts for the conservation of our species.

Let’s do our share as well. Please do not hurt them nor destroy their natural habitat.