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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag spearheaded the celebration of 2021 Earth Day regionawide. 

In Masbate, 100 Narra seedlings were planted at Tugbo Watershed Forest Reserve (TWFR) by PENRO Masbate and CENRO Mobo together with the members of Phoenix Mountain Bikers and Masbate City ENRO personnel. A CEPA about proper handling and planting of Narra (Pterocarpus indicus) seedlings were also conducted prior to the tree planting.

30 sacks of solid wastes comprising plastic bags and grocery packs were collected in a Cleanup Drive spearheaded by CENRO San Jacinto along the edge of Mangrove area at Sitio Fabmar, District No. II, San Jacinto Masbate. The activity was participated in by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity and Sorority and Barangay local officials.

Further, 3,600 Bamboo propagules and 150 Dangkalan seedlings were planted by the PENRO Camarines Sur together with the CENROs of Iriga, Goa and Sipocot during the tree planting activity in celebration of the 2021 Earth Day. A Cleanup Drive was also conducted at Barangay Sooc, Lupi, Camarines Sur where 317 kilograms of plastic wastes were collected. A CEPA about the Earth Day and Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act was spearheaded by CENRO Sipocot to the participants. Further, PENRO Camarines Sur attended a Webinar on Earth Day hosted by the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planers. The activities were participated in by the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Ocampo, Sipocot, Calabanga and Lupi, Camarines Sur. KABALIKAT members, Philippine National Police (PNP) 4th Battalion Camarines Sur, Build Back Better-Department of Social Welfare and Development (BBB-DSWD) and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries were also present in the said activity.

In Sorsogon, a tree planting activity at Barangay Del Rosario, Pilar, Sorsogon City was conducted by PENRO Sorsogon with the Pilar Local Government Unit (LGU). Along with this is the conduct of Virtual Green Film Festival entitled, “Celebrating Earth Day: Protecting the Ocean from Surface to Bottom” which was initiated by the US Embassy in partnership with SM Cares.

Furthermore, PENRO Camarines Norte distributed free seedlings during the 2021 Earth Day celebration at Daet, Camarines Norte. The celebration was also participated in by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) personnel, Sangguniang Kabataan, Barangay Environment Coordinators Association, Manuelito’s Restobar Personnel, Performing Artist Union of Camarines Norte (PAUCAN), Musika Publiko, and LODI Arts and Media Alliance.

Meanwhile, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu through DENR Strategic Communication and Initiatives             Service Director Hiro V. Masuda conveyed the State of the Philippine Environment during the virtual celebration of Earth Day 2021. “We have plenty of work ahead of us, even with the pandemic persisting as an obstacle. We are eager to do better this year, and in the years ahead,” Secretary Cimatu said. The DENR Chief cited outstanding improvements in the air and water quality of the country, solid waste management, as well as the increased reforested areas nationwide.

The 2021 Earth Day with the theme, “Restore our Earth” highlights the importance of taking action against environment degradation. This year’s celebration also encourages the public to unite in restoring the Earth through taking part in environmental activities which helps in the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources.

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 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). It was then brought the wildlife to the Irosin Temporary Wildlife Rescue Center (ITWRC) for rehabilitation in Barangay Patag, Irosin, Sorsogon.

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 Asian Giant Softshell Turtle is listed under the Other Threatened Species (OTS). Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are protected under Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act".

Moreover, the softshell turtle is identified as part of the IAS under Technical Bulletin No. 2013-02 titled, “Information on the Collection and Control of the Population of Chinese Softshell Turtles, An Invasive Alien Species, in All Affected Regions”. According to the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), recent reports showed that the overpopulation of the wildlife species poses a potentially significant threat to the Philippine endemic and indigenous farm species.                                                                                  

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 which was found trapped in the fishing net used by her husband. Upon seeing the marine turtle, her husband immediately rescued it.

Upon inspection by the PENRO Sorsogon, the turtle which weighs four kilograms measures 43 centimeters in length and 42 centimeters in width. Being 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)

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.

Two juvenile Philippine Scops Owls (Otos megalotis) were recently turned over to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Iriga by the PLDT Telecommunications Company.

According to Mr. Rex Lepiten, a PLDT crew, they were conducting maintenance operation and replacement of wooden service post displaced by past typhoons, when they observed two owlets inside the hole of a rotten post. They immdeiately rescued it and turned over the wildlife species to the Office.

Upon inspection by the CENRO Iriga staff, one owlet weighs 190 grams and has a wingspan of 60 centimeters (cm) while the other weighs 130 grams and has a wingspan of 54 cm,both were found to be in good condition.

Since the wildlife species are still juvenile, the same were turned over to the Albay Parks and Wildlife for temporary care and custody until it can be ready for release.

The Philippine Scops Owls belong to the non-threatened species but there is still a need to conserve and protect these wildlife. These owls are not recommended to be made as pets given their nocturnal nature. They prey at night on insects and small mammals, hunting them from perches in semi-open landscapes.

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 CENRO Iriga)