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A Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holospilus) was released by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Engr. Jerry R. Arena on May 7, 2020 at Lictin, San Andres, Catanduanes.

The eagle was said to fell on the roof of a certain household at Tubaon, Virac, Catanduanes and was turned-over to the PENR Office by Mr. Eliezer Vargas.

Upon assessment, the eagle was observed to be in good condition and was subsequently released to the wild. The Philippine Serpent Eagle is endemic in the Philippines. They are relatively small raptors and live in riparian forests, foothills, open country including cultivated areas and along forest edges.

The DENR Bicol is seeking the support and cooperation of the public to report any incidents alike to help save more wildlife species and strengthen the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources. Preventing wildlife exploitation and their habitats is mandated under the Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act”.

Over one million one hundred seventeen thousand two hundred nineteen (Php 1,117,219.00) pesos worth of cash, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and relief goods were distributed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol along with its line bureaus – the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V in support to the frontliners and communities affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the Bicol Region. The said amount was used to purchase two hundred thirty-three (233) PPE sets, four hundred eighty-six (486) food packs, and over six hundred (600) bags of relief goods which were distributed to hospitals, Task Force officials stationed at the Local Government Units (LGU) and to selected Barangays around the region on April 22 to 24, 2020.

Along with this, the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI) Bicol and the DENR Bicol Multi-purpose Cooperative (DBMC) were also able to distribute a total of five hundred (500) bags of relief goods on April 19, 2020 at Barangay Mabinit in Legazpi City.

The assistance of DENR Bicol was made possible through the initiative of the DENR Employees' Union (DENREU) and DENR Bicol Officials and staff headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin.

Meanwhile, the DENREU Regional Office and DENREU Camarines Sur Chapter were able to partner with the BCVR Prime Enterprise, a pharmaceutical company in Naga City, which supplied the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), through the Ateneo Law Student Government (AdNU-LSG) represented by Ms. Lowella Anna Abaño and Mr. Jomari Simando. The employees of DENR Bicol including the contractuals and job orders donated a portion of their salaries, which form part of the amount raised by the Office.

The purchased PPE sets were composed of washable hospital suits and shoe covers, N95 masks, disposable head caps and face masks, sterile gloves, medical goggles and disinfectant alcohol. Aside from the health workers, the DENREU Chapters regionwide were able to donate grocery packs to less previleged families in selected Barangays. Also, security guards, utility staff and drivers of the DENR Regional and Field Offices were also given relief goods and cash assistance from their respective offices.

The donation paved way for the Department to express its support and gratitude to the frontliners who are continually fighting against the COVID-19. The DENR Bicol hopes for the security and safety of the frontliners and communities who are at high risk from the virus.

Further, the PPE sets, food packs and relief goods were personally handed by the DENR Bicol Officials and DENREU Chapter Officials to their selected beneficiaries.

Three (3) bancas and four (4) pieces of abandoned Keels were apprehended by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Camarines Norte led by PENR Officer Marlon C. Francia and Technical Services Division Chief Forester Ronnel B. Astor on April 3, 2020 at Barangay Masalongsalong, Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

A concerned citizen reported the alleged illegal activities at the DENR Facebook Page. Surveillance and investigation were conducted by the DENR PENRO Operatives before the confiscation and apprehension. The said proceedings were done in coordination with the Barangay Local Government Unit. Accordingly, the confiscated forest products were brought to the PENR Office at Barangay Pamorangon, Daet, Camarines Norte for proper custody and administrative confiscation proceedings.

Utilizing forest products as such without the requisite authorization permit from the Department is strictly prohibited in accordance with existing forestry laws.

The DENR appeals to the public to stop any illegal activity and report such to the nearest DENR Office, especially during this time of crisis.

Despite the occurrence of this health emergency, environmental laws shall be enforced and violators will be accordingly penalized. (With report from PENRO Camarines Norte)

With the increase of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol Regional Office disinfected its offices as a preventive strategy to keep the offices safe and COVID-free. The disinfection was also conducted at the offices of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), including the Field Offices of the DENR, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Masbate and Catanduanes, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Guinobatan, Iriga, Goa, Sipocot, and Mobo. The disinfection was done starting last week of March until the first week of April.

Through the partnership with the various Local Government Units (LGU), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Provincial Health Units, City Health Offices, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Provincial and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC and MDRRMC) and the Alpha Phi Omega - Guinobatan Alumni Association (APO-GAA), the disinfection activities were conducted inside and outside the office premises.

The DENR Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin ordered the disinfection as a way of keeping the surroundings clean and free from the virus. The activity is also a way of the Department to protect its clients and employees from possible transmission of the virus when the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is lifted and when the work and official transactions resume.

Further, the Department is continuously calling the public to maintain the cleanliness of the environment even in the midst of the ECQ. Proper segregation and disposal of wastes, especially hospital wastes such as disposable face masks, gowns and hand gloves is strictly encouraged by the DENR to help prevent the risk of transmitting the disease. Aside from social distancing and proper hygiene, maintaining the cleanliness of our surroundings and responsible waste management are great factors cited by the Department to help defeat the pandemic.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin through the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) Mobo released a Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) which was turned over by the Philippine Coast Guard Masbate Station on April 4, 2020 at Masbate City.

The Hawksbill turtle was examined firsthand by the DENR CENRO Mobo staff before it was released to the seas of Buntod Reef and Marine Sanctuary in Masbate City.

The said sea turtle is said to be one of the Critically Endangered species under DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 and with its strict protection under Republic Act (RA) No. 9147 otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act", killing and selling of turtle and its meat are strictly prohibited.

The DENR Bicol, with its goal to conserve and protect the environment and natural resources, is calling the public to report any encounter involving marine turtles and other species that may be at risk of illegal captivity and stranding.