GREEN SEA TURTLE RELEASED

GREEN SEA TURTLE RELEASED

Legazpi City – A female green sea turtle was tagged and released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources V (DENR V), Philippine Navy and ABS-CBN Bicol to the sea at Rawis, Legazpi City on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

The green sea turtle which measures approximately 49 inches long and 45 inches wide, was found trapped in a fish pen at Malobago, Manito, Albay and was rescued by local residents. Mr. Sonny Alcantara, one of the locals, turned over the marine turtle to DENR V on the same day it was released.

Since marine turtles and mammals are protected under the Philippine law and catching them is punishable by imprisonment, the DENR V continuously calls on the public to turn over any wildlife to authorities who can release them to their natural habitat. Continuous information and education campaign is being done by the agency which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office.###

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CIMATU VOWS TO STRENGTHEN CENROs, ENFORCE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

“I will strengthen the CENROs,” says Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his message during his recent visit in Bicol. Secretary Cimatu vowed to strengthen the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) being the frontline unit which delivers the services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the people.

According to Secretary Cimatu, he will empower the Forest Protection Officers to ensure their welfare and security. “Hindi tama na binabantayan ninyo ang mga puno, pero hindi ninyo mabantayan at maipagtanggol ang inyong mga sarili. We will train you. Pag-aaralin natin yan,” he said.

Citing his major thrusts for the environment, Secretary Cimatu emphasized clean air, clean water and solid waste management. He vowed to protect the environment by strictly and fully enforcing the laws. “We will do something for the environment, and I need all of you,” he stressed. He is optimistic that with the help of all DENR employees all environmental laws will be implemented to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Secretary Cimatu expressed his awe to Bicol Region being home to the world’s most perfect cone volcano and the world’s smallest commercial edible extant fish. He said that both Mayon Volcano and the Sinarapan or locally known as “Tabios” should be protected including all our natural resources. His orders for their protection were made explicitly to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers where these two (2) wonders are found.

The Environment chief likewise warned employees about zero tolerance on corruption. “Do your work with honesty and integrity. Corrupt officials and employees will be punished. You don’t have a second chance with me,” the environment chief said. 

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DENR SECRETARY CIMATU PLANTS A PILI SEEDLING IN DENR BICOL. 

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