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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III spearheaded a region-wide cleanup in celebration of the 2022 World Wetlands Day on February 1 and 2, 2022.
 
With the theme, “Wetlands Action for People and Nature”, the World Wetlands Day was celebrated through cleanup drives, mangrove and beach forest planting activities led by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) in coordination with the provincial, municipal and barangay local government units in the region.
“Our department calls for greater commitment in protecting our wetlands, which serves as a critical source not only of biodiversity but also of sustainable livelihood for local communities”, Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., said.
 
PENRO Masbate and CENRO San Jacinto led by OIC, PENR Officer Benito B. Salazar and OIC, CENR Officer Basil Cesar S. Camba, respectively, conducted mangrove and beach forest planting in Bongsanglay Natural Park. Mangrove trekking, and the release of Hawksbill Turtle. A ribbon cutting of the new four hundred twenty-three (423) meters Bongsanglay Natural Park Ecotrail was also conducted.
 
Likewise, CENRO Mobo led by CENR Officer Jean Imperial in partnership with the Municipal Tourism Office of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Balud, MENR Office and Provincial Environmental Management Unit (PEMU) headed by Mr. Goldwyn Cesario R. De Leon, BLGU of Danao headed by Barangay Captain Abner Borres spearheaded a Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaign at Barangay Danao, Balud, Masbate.
 
Meanwhile, PENRO Albay led by OIC, PENR Officer Jerry R. Arena in coordination with the LGU of Malinao, local officials of Barangay Bariw and Bariw Mangrove Rehabilitation Association, Inc. (BAMARAI) Peoples Organization conducted a coastal cleanup in Barangay Bariw, Malinao, Albay. Approximately nine (9) sacks of solid wastes weighing about one hundred sixty (160) kilograms were collected along its coastline composing mainly of discarded footwears, food, plastic wrappers and empty bottles.
 
A tree-growing activity and Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Campaign at Barangay Danao, Polangui, Albay was likewise conducted by CENRO Guinobatan led by OIC, CENR Officer Narisol C. Divina. Some fifty (50) endemic seedlings of Mabolo/Kamagong (Diospyros blancoi) were planted along the Danao Lake.
 
Moreover, PENRO Camarines Sur and CENRO Sipocot headed by OIC, PENR Officer Ronnel B. Astor and CENR Officer Eduardo C. Ampongan, respectively, together with the Municipal Government of Cabusao, Camarines Sur headed by Mayor Weny Sabalbero, local officials of Barangay Barcelonita and Biong, and other stakeholders spearheaded a CEPA campaign and cleanup drive at the Cabusao Wetlands Critical Habitat. A total of nine (9) sacks of trash with an estimated weight of twenty-five (25) kilograms were collected.
 
Similarly, CENRO Goa led by CENR Officer Daisy M. Terciano in partnership with the Barangay LGU headed by Captain Alfredo Saonoy, Jr., Sangguniang Kabataan representatives and some sixty (60) local community members took part in the CEPA campaign, tree growing and cleanup drive at the Gingaroy River. A total of three hundred (300) seedlings composed of Narra, Lipote, Guyabano and Cashew were planted along the river. Twelve (12) sacks of trash with an estimated weight of eight (😎 kilograms were likewise collected composed mainly of plastic wrappers.
 
Further, CENRO Iriga headed by OIC, CENR Officer Nestor Franz A. Fortuno in cooperation with LGU Buhi, Camarines Sur, Municipal ENRO, NAPOCOR-Buhi Barit Watershed Area Team led by Mr. Eleno Lavadia, Peoples Energy Services, Inc., and the BLGU of San Ramon, Buhi also celebrated the WWD through a CEPA campaign and cleanup drive at Lakelet Manapao, which is known to be the habitat of Mistichthys luzonensis, the smallest edible fish in the world. Five (5) tons of water hyacinth were removed, clearing at least one thousand (1000) square meters of water space.
 
PENRO Camarines Norte headed by OIC, PENR Officer Marlon C. Francia in partnership with LGU Talisay, Camarines Norte Water District, Prime Water Camarines Norte and the Rescue Bakawan Task Force, a People's Organization (PO) in San Nicolas, Talisay spearheaded a CEPA campaign and cleanup drive at Barangay San Nicolas, Talisay, Camarines Norte. Also, an Information and Education Campaign (IEC) through a radio guesting was aired at DWCN 96.9 Radyo Pilipinas.
 
PENRO Sorsogon headed by OIC, PENR Officer Tito R. Migo in partnership with LGU Bulan headed by Mayor Romeo A. Gordola and MENR Office led by MENRO Kelly C. Tan also conducted a CEPA campaign and tree growing activity where some forty (40) pieces of Kamagong (Diospyros blancoi) were planted at the lakeside of Bariis Lake, Bulan, Sorsogon.
 
Bird watching and CEPA campaign at Barangay Alinawan, Panganiban, Catanduanes was conducted by PENRO Catanduanes under the leadership of OIC, PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar. Mix population of ducks, several species of heron and egret, shorebirds-waders including Brahminy kite and Kingfishers were observed during the activity.
 
World Wetlands Day is internationally and annually celebrated every 2nd day of February. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention) in Ramsar, Iran, on February 2, 1971. (With report from PENROs and CENROs)

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V through its Human Resources Development Services (HRDS) conducted the webinar on Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Basic Course Program on January 24 to 28, 2022.

            Some thirty-three (33) employees from the DENR V Regional and Field Offices including the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V graduated in the 5th ENR Basic Course program.

            The Graduates were re-oriented on the DENR’s organizational structure, its core values, vision, mission, goals, and objectives, Top 10 Priority Programs, Human Resource Mechanisms, DENR Handbook, updates on Civil Service Commission (CSC) laws and rules. Financial literacy was also discussed to the participants.

Moreover, topics on land, forest, water resources, biodiversity conservation, environmental, mining resources management, disaster risk preparedness and awareness, climate change mitigation, ENR research and development, Anti-Red Tape Act and Ease of Doing Business, Republic Act No. 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees, Complete Staff Work (CSW) and Technical Report Writing and personality development were likewise discussed.

In his message, DENR V Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III urged the participants to, “Stay hungry-not only for food, not for material things, not for anything else but to stay hungry for self-improvement and self-worth. We must continue our quest for excellence. We have to be open for challenges that will make us improve as an individual and as a public servant.

Four employees were recognized during the graduation rites namely: I-Ra Rochelle M. Benedito of the EMB V as Valedictorian, Ryan N. Marinay of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Iriga as Salutatorian, Melanie P. Rojas of CENRO Goa as 1st Honorable, and Eduardo B. Laurio III of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Masbate for the Leadership Award.

Meanwhile, the Community Engagement Award was given to Team Matapat composed of I-Ra Rochelle M. Benedito, Jamie Jazel L. Hilario, Emilio E. Bulalacao, Jr., Michaelangelo Lorenzo D. Jarcia, Dorie G. Santibañez, Vero R. Araya, Ruffa O. Marqueses, Vincent Bryan L. Bonete, Errol A. Monteriola, Czar Elijah C. Clemente, and the Best Audio-Visual Presentation (AVP) Award was given to Team Tenacity composed of Aprelle R. Samaniego, Florencio A. Mabborang, Jr., Loida B. De los Santos, Eduardo B. Laurio III, Juan Paolo M. Diaz, Ben John L. Rellama, Aura G. Lastrilla, Estrelita P. Encinares.

The ENR Basic Course aims to raise the level of awareness of employees by maximizing their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses in terms of enhancing work commitment and ethical standards to boost the positive character of the Department in basic aspects of knowledge and sense of responsibility.

            Another batch of ENR Basic Course Program will be conducted this year.

A Philippine Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus philippensis) and a Paradise Flying Tree Snake (Chrysopelea paradasi) were separately released to its natural habitats by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Norte headed by OIC, PENR Officer Marlon C. Francia.

According to PENRO Camarines Norte technical staff, the Philippine Hawk Eagle was found by a resident of Barangay Alawihao, Daet, Caamarines Norte, shivering on a grass field and was immobile due to the heavy rains. The resident informed the Office to which the office responded immediately. Upon examination, the wildlife was in good condition and was released into the wild.

Meanwhile, a resident of Barangay Del Rosario, Mercedes, Camarines Norte voluntarily surrendered the juvenile, meter-long Paradise Flying Tree Snake. It was also in good condition and was immediately released into the wild.

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 Philippine Hawk Eagle is considered endangered while the Paradise Flying Tree Snake falls under the category of Other Wildlife Species. 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 Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaigns are being conducted by the DENR, which have caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office. (With report from PENRO Camarines Norte)

A total of 91 Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings were successfully released recently at the shores of Barangay Payak in Bato, Camarines Sur.
 
The release was spearheaded by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Iriga headed by OIC, CENR Officer Nestor Franz A. Fortuno together with Barangay Secretary Ms. Vivian R. Gamayan.
 
According to the CENRO Iriga Technical Personnel, 83% of the 109 eggs were hatched while 16 were undeveloped and two (2) died.
 
Under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 entitled, "National List of of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories", the Green Sea Turtle is considered endangered, Likewise, all wildlife in the Philippines are protected under the 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 and Education Communication (IEC) campaigns are being conducted by the DENR, which caused increasing numbers of public turn overs to the office.###
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Guinobatan headed by OIC, CENR Officer Narisol C. Divina through its Monitoring and Enforcement Section (MES) led by Forester III Madelyn D. Moral intensifies its forest protection and anti-illegal logging campaign, which resulted to the apprehension of 935.68 board feet of undocumented timber products and two (2) units of unregistered chainsaw at Barangays Bacong and Maonon, Ligao City and Barangay Bongoran, Oas, Albay on January 6 to 7, 2022, respectively.
 
The Team was able to recover five (5) pieces of abandoned White Lauan (Shorea contorta) lumber and flitches with a volume of 136 board feet in Barangay Maonon, Ligao City while conducting LAWIN patrolling on January 6, 2022. On the way back to the office, another stockpile of 12 pieces Rain Tree (Samanea saman) lumber and flitches with a volume of 120 board feet were recovered at Barangay Bacong, Ligao City.
 
The LAWIN is a strategy for intensive environmental law enforcement against timber poachers and environmental violators under the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System (LFBPS).
 
On January 7, 2022, the same Team was immediately deployed to Barangay Bongoran, Oas, Albay a following report from a concerned citizen regarding an alleged illegal tree cutting in a private lot in the said barangay. Fifteen (15) pieces of Guyod lumber with a volume of 120 board feet and one (1) unit of unregistered chainsaw with Serial No. 271869115 were recovered.
 
Moreover, another illegal tree cutting incident was spotted in the same barangay which led to the apprehension of one (1) Bangkal (Nauclea orientalis) round log with a volume of 1.32 cubic meters or 559.68 board feet and one (1) unit chainsaw without serial number.
 
Upon proper inventory and documentation, the apprehended forest products were put under custody of the respective Barangay Local Government Units for safekeeping pending proper disposition. The chainsaws were put under custody of the CENRO Guinobatan.
 
Meanwhile, the offenders who were all caught in flagrante delicto were brought to the Oas Municipal Police Station for filing of the appropriate legal charges for violation of Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705, otherwise known as the Revised Forestry Code, as amended, which prohibits possession of timber or other forest products without license, and the Republic Act No. 9175, otherwise known as the Chainsaw Act of 2002, which regulates the ownership, possession, sale, importation and use of chainsaws in the country.
 
CENRO Divina commended the hard work of the Enforcement Team and the active participation of the public in the intensification of forest protection and anti-illegal logging campaign of the DENR. Meanwhile, PENR Officer Engr. Jerry R. Arena emphasized the importance of continuously strengthening the Department’s information, education and communication campaign in mobilizing the citizenry towards environmental protection. He also reiterated to observe utmost diligence in the conduct of field operations especially that the threats of the pandemic still persist.###