Photo Releases

An Asian Giant Softshell Turtle (Pelochelys cantorii) also known as Cantor’s Giant Softshell Turtle was recently turned over to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon. Mr. Rolan J. Dio, a resident of Barangay Bibincahan, Sorsogon City informed the PENRO Sorsogon about the turtle to which the Office responded immediately. According to Mr. Dio, he saw the said wildlife along the highway near his residence and rescued it because it was posing potential danger to travelers. Upon inspection, the PENRO Sorsogon Technical Staff identified the said species and informed Dio that it should be turned over to the Office as it belongs to the invasive alien species (IAS). The wildlife was then brought to the Irosin Temporary Wildlife Rescue Center (ITWRC) for rehabilitation at Barangay Patag, Irosin, Sorsogon. The DENR V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to its natural habitat. Continuous information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns are being conducted by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office. (With report from PENRO Sorsogon)

A female Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) locally known as “Talisayon” was recently released to the shores of Barangay Lupi in Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon on April 16, 2021. The release was led by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon. Ms. Melisa M. Alfache, resident of the said barangay, informed the PENRO Sorsogon about the turtle to which the Office responded immediately. According to Alfache, the said wildlife was found trapped in a fishing net used by her husband. Upon seeing the marine turtle, her husband immediately rescued it. Upon inspection conducted by the PENRO Sorsogon, the turtle which measures 43 centimeters in length and 42 centimeters wide and with an approximate weight of four kilograms was found to be in good condition. It was immediately released to its natural habitat. Under Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 titled, “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories”, the Green Sea Turtle is considered endangered. Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are protected under Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act". The DENR V continuously calls on the public to report such incidents and turnover any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to its natural habitat. Continuous information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns are being conducted by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office. (With report from PENRO Sorsogon)

As part of the 2021 Earth Day celebration, CENRO San Jacinto installed tarpaulins as part of its Information, Education and Communication (IEC) to increase the awareness of the community about RA 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”.

A total of 240 kilograms of solid wastes comprising mainly of plastic bags and grocery packs were collected during the clean-up drive in celebration of the 2021 Earth Day along the Mangrove area at Sitio Fabmar, District No. II, San Jacinto, Masbate. The Cleanup Drive was participated in by the personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) San Jacinto, Masbate headed by OIC, CENRO Basil Cesar S. Camba together with the local officials of District II, Philippine National Police (PNP), Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity and Sorority. Tarpaulins were installed along the area as part of the IEC Campaign to intensify the awareness of the community on Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”. Punong Barangay Lino Gobangco expressed his appreciation for the continuous effort of the DENR at helping their barangay. In turn, he pledged to frequently monitor and maintain the area, including the establishment of outpost for the Barangay Police to restraint illegal dumping of wastes at the Mangrove swamp. With the theme, “Restore our Earth; Be part of the Change”, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection and to spread awareness among the communities about climate change and global warming.

In celebration of the 2021 International Day of Forests (IDF), some 150 seedlings of Mahogany species were planted by the personnel of CENRO San Jacinto led by OIC, CENR Officer Basil Cesar S. Camba in partnership with the Rizal Integrated School headed by their Principal, Ms. Vivien Co. This year’s theme, “Valuing Water” aims to raise the awareness of the citizens on the importance of water and the need to conserve our water resources.