Press Releases

Five (5) Special Patents were distributed by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Mobo led by CENR Officer Jean V. Imperial under the leadership of Masbate Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Benito Salazar to the Local Government Unit (LGU) Milagros, Masbate on March 17, 2021 at the SB Session Hall, Milagros, Masbate.

The patents awarded were the Old Municipal Building, Market Site, Philippine National Police (PNP) and Health Center, East Plaza and the Municipal Government Center. The patents were personally received by Municipal Mayor Natividad Magbalon together with the councilors and municipal assessor.

We thank PENRO Salazar and CENRO Imperial for these patents and for their unwavering support to our commitment to utilize and effectively manage our land assets through the issuance of these Special Patents,” said Mayor Magbalon during the Handog Titulo Program.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag through its PENROs and CENROs commits to continually support accelerated land titling of the government to provide accurate inventory of all the remaining untitled lands in the country through the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) Program of the DENR.

A Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) locally known as “Lawin” and a Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holohpilus) were turnedover to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sorsogon on March 16 and 18, 2021, respectively.

The Brahminy Kite was seen perching on a tree at Barangay Pamurayan, Sorsogon City by Mr. Viron F. Lajada, Barangay Councilor of the said barangay. He immediately reported the sighting to the PENRO.  

Upon inspection of the PENRO personnel, the raptor was found to have a ring band on its left talon with tag number PH05-026, which indicated the completion of its past rehabilitation and was identified to be one (1) of the ten (10) Brahminy Kites released during the celebration of the World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2021 at the Energy Development Corporation (EDC)-Bacman Geothermal Project at Sitio Palayan Bayan, Barangay Nagotnot, Manito, Albay.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Serpent Eagle was initially turnedover by Mr. Agusto Dematera, a resident of Barangay Cogon, Sitio Talinga, Juban, Sorsogon to the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Juban Sorsogon headed by Allan H. Guarin who then informed the PENRO.

Upon inspection, the said serpent eagle had a swollen right eye probably caused by a sling shot. It was consequently transported to the Provincial Veterinary Office of Sorsogon for immediate medical treatment. 

The two (2) wildlife species were then transported to the Irosin Temporary Wildlife Rescue Center (ITWRC) at Barangay Patag, Irosin, Sorsogon for proper treatment and care before it can be released to the wild.

Under DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 titled, “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories”, the Brahminy Kite and Philippine Serpent Eagle are listed under its Other Wildlife Species (OWS), which needed to be protected. 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 is continuously appealing to 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)

To celebrate the International Day of Forests (IDF) 2021, a tree growing activity was conducted by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Camarines Sur headed by the PENRO Officer Grace L. Cariño together with the City Government of Naga headed by Mayor Nelson Legacion at San Felipe, Naga City along the waterways of Animas River on March 21, 2021.

The event was supported by participants from the Maogma Village Homeowners Association (MVHA), Rotary Club of Naga, and Philippine National Police (PNP) Naga with representatives from PNP City Mobile Force Company and PNP Traffic Enforcement Unit, CENRO Iriga personnel headed by CENRO Nestor Franz Fortuno and the City ENRO Staff headed by Engr. Alexander Caning. Almost 500 Narra, Pili and Guyabano seedlings were planted.

This year’s theme, “Forest Restoration: a path to recovery and well-being” aims to create awareness on the importance of forests and impart the message that healthy forests mean healthy people. The celebration encourages replanting and recreating lost forests to return lost habitats to millions of plants and animals, which is in consonance with the “Forest in our Midst Project” of the City Government of Naga, which aims to plant trees along the Naga River easements to prevent soil erosion and address environmental problems and ensure a healthy environment.

The International Day of Forests (IDF) is celebrated annually every 21st of March as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. Through the IDF, we promote forests’ sustained survival and ensure the economy, ecosystem, and species that continue to thrive. The day promotes Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) where forest-dependent communities can continue to grow and come out of poverty.

A Southern Luzon Giant Cloud Rat (Phloeomys cumingi) was released back to the wild by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Norte through the Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Unit (PAMBCU) on March 16, 2021 at Bicol Natural Park.

A concerned citizen found the rat inside their house at Barangay Talobatib, Labo, Camarines Norte. The PENRO Team immediately responded to the report and conducted necessary assessment to the species. The Team, together with Camarines Norte PENR Officer Marlon C. Francia immediately released the wildlife after observing that the rat is in good condition.

With this, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol led by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag is continually appealing to the public’s cooperation in turning over wildlife species to the nearest DENR office for proper assessment and care before its release. Further, anyone found to be collecting, hunting or trading wildlife species without pertinent documents will be penalized according to the Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Two hundred eight (208) pieces of abandoned and undocumented Red and White Lauan lumber were recently apprehended by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Norte led by OIC, PENR Officer Marlon C. Francia through its Monitoring and Enforcement Section together with the 902nd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army Operatives at Purok 5, Barangay Baay, Labo, Camarines Norte.

The apprehending team found a total volume of 7,023 board feet or 16.68 cubic meters of lumber during the operation. The abandoned forest products were consequently hauled at the 902nd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army, Tulay na Lupa, Labo, Camarines Norte for temporary custody following the administrative confiscation proceedings.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol is reminding the public to refrain from cutting and collecting forest products without permit as prohibited under the Presidential Decree 705 or the “Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines”. Anyone proven violating the law shall be penalized accordingly.