Photo Releases

A Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) with a measurement of 32 centimeters in length and 27 centimeters in width was rescued and turnedover by a resident of Barangay Suchan, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar. The turtle, however, was not tagged because it did not reach the prescribed measurement for tagging. On the other hand, being in good condition, it was consequently released on the same day. Hawksbill Turtles are categorized as critically endangered species under DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09. Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are strictly protected under Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act". DENR Bicol OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag is continuously appealing to the public to report any encounter with wildlife species that may be at risk of illegal captivity or stranding.

Fifty (50) Talisay seedlings were planted along the barangay coastline during the celebration of the 2021 Earth Day at Barangay Magnesia del Sur, Virac, Catanduanes on April 22, 2021. Some sixty (60) participants from the Municipal Police Station of Virac, Aviation Security Group Virac, Philippine Army, personnel of PENRO Catanduanes, and barangay officials and residents of Barangay Magnesia del Sur joined the activity. April is recognized as “The Month of Planet Earth” by virtue of Proclamation No. 1482 signed on April 10, 2008 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This year's theme calls us to "Do Our Fair Share to Restore the Earth." In this time of global pandemic, we are reminded to take action in ensuring a sustainable planet and continue to work for a greener future.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Norte led by OIC, PENR Officer Marlon C. Francia together with the Provincial Agrarian Reform Council Committee (PARCCOM) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) personnel pose as they plant trees at Barangay Dogongan, Daet, Camarines Norte. A total of one hundred (100) assorted seedlings of Narra and Mahogany were planted. The said activity was part of the monthly meeting spearheaded by the PARCCOM.

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)