The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar celebrated the 2021 Earth Day through a tree planting and coastal clean-up at Barangay Magnesia del Sur, Virac, Catanduanes.
A Communication Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaign was conducted prior to the tree planting and clean-up activities. Moreover, some Information Education Communication (IEC) materials on coastal and marine habitat protection and conservation as well as proper disposal of facemask from EMB were also disseminated to the participants. Both activities aim to raise public awareness on the Earth Day celebration. The Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK) program of the DENR was also introduced.
The participants from the Municipal Police Station of Virac, Aviation Security Group Virac, Philippine Army, some personnel of PENRO Catanduanes, and barangay officials and residents planted Talisay seedlings. They also gathered two (2) sacks of non-biodegradable wastes.
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 to have a more sustainable planet and continue to work for a greener future.
A Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was rescued and turnedover by Mrs. Salvacion dela Cruz, a resident of Barangay Suchan, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes to the Conservation and Development Section of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar.
Based on the investigation conducted by the Technical Team, the Hawksbill Turtle was captured entangled in the fishing net of her son Ryan dela Cruz. Upon assessment, the turtle has 32 centimeters in length and 27 centimeters in width. 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.
A Socio-Economic and Environmental Baselining (SEEB) of the Presentacion Interrelated Livelihood Agriculture Cooperative (PILAC) was recently conducted by the Technical Team of the Production Forest Management Section (PFMS) of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) together with the representatives from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Goa.
PILAC is a Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) People’s Organization at Maangas, Presentacion, Camarines Sur. PILAC has an approved 50-hectare agroforestry project for CY 2021. Out of the three hundred (300) members of the PO, 40 members were the subject of the SEEB.
SEEB is an important tool wherein baseline information are obtained, which can be used as basis of comparison of the project’s outcome after its implementation. The information gathered are used to identify the gaps and setbacks to improve the project and achieve its objectives. The SEEB also intends to help field users in establishing data at the start of the project and determine the socio-economic impact of CBFM-CARP projects to its beneficiaries including the bio-physical component of the CBFM three (3) to five (5) years and thereafter on a regular time series.
The DENR Bicol continues to establish partnership and strengthen the linkages to all stakeholders towards the attainment of a sustainable environment.
Free Special Patents were recently distributed by the officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office V, Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO/CENRO) Masbate and San Jacinto, respectively for some government sites in San Jacinto, Masbate.
The Local Government Unit (LGU) of San Jacinto received special patents for their Municipal and Barangay Plaza in District No. II Burgos and Piña. Likewise, LGU San Fernando received a special patent for their Municipal Public Market, Barangay Plaza of Cañelas and Buyo. A special patent was also given to the Security Outpost at Barangay Buenavista.
OIC, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Atty. Ronel C. Sopsop said that the distribution of free patents under the Republic Act (RA) 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act of 2010 is one of the major programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, which aims to help the LGUs in their infrastructure and to increase opportunities that may help the communities.
Further, LGU San Jacinto extended their gratitude to the DENR for the free special patents received.
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.