Press Releases

A Brown booby (Sula leucogaster) was recently turned over to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Mobo, Masbate by Mr. Jerry M. Dante, Mr. Francisco S. Amo, IV, and Mr. Cris Regala, fisherfolks of Purok San Francisco, Brgy. Calumpang, Milagros, Masbate. 

Upon investigation, it was found out that the fisherfolks found the large seabird shivering and entangled in a rope on its right foot at the seashore. Accordingly, they reported the incident to CENRO Mobo through the social media platform.

Upon receipt of the report, CENR Officer Jean V. Imperial with Wildlife Enforcement Officer Ryan Moneño and Stephen Solar Ragasa responded and conducted an inspection.

It was noted upon examination that the avifauna weighted approximately 3kg with a total wingspan of 4.9 feet and body length of 2 feet. No lacerations, wounds and other notable injuries to the bird were observed by the Team.

Having observed that the Brown Booby was in good condition, it was immediately released to lessen the possible effects of stress due to captivity.

Further, CENRO Imperial conducted a Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) to the individuals during the turnover and presented to them their Certificates of Wildlife Turn over, Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK) t-shirts and tote bags.

The Brown booby is considered as Endangered under DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09 or the Updated List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and is 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 turn over any wildlife to proper authorities for proper handling and release to its natural habitat. (With report from CENRO Mobo)

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Iriga released 72 Olive Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings along the shores of Barangay Caorasan, Bula, Camarines Sur on February 6, 2022. The sea turtle hatchlings, which were discovered by some children playing along the shore came from a nesting site at Barangay Caorasan.
 
Upon assessment, the Team accounted a total of 72 empty egg shells without any mortality. The successful hatchlings and concomitant release of hatchlings were attributed to the support and cooperation of the Barangay Council of Caorasan headed by Punong Barangay Noel Berido including the Bantay Dagat, the Barangay Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (BFARMC) and the local residents. They all exerted efforts in securing the nesting area through constant monitoring and patrol in coordination with the personnel of CENRO Iriga.
 
Meanwhile, to rally the involvement of the youth in the protection and care of our marine resources, the youth leaders of the barangay were given the chance to release the hatchlings themselves.
 
Sea turtles are considered endangered species under Department Administrative Order (DAO) 2019-9. Likewise, Republic Act No. 9147 also known as the "Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act" prohibits collecting, hunting and possessing of wildlife and their by-products and derivatives. Violators shall be dealt with accordingly under the law.

With the start of the May 2022 Elections campaign period, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr., CESO III urges all candidates as well as their supporters to refrain from posting their election campaign posters on our trees.

"DENR Bicol is reminding the public that campaign materials should only be posted at the designated poster areas assigned by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC)," Regional Executive Director Milla said.

Further, he explained that putting up streamers and tarpaulins on trees, especially when using iron nails, not only severely damagesthe health condition of trees but is also prohibited by law.

"Thus, we would like to advice the candidates and supporters who have nailed various campaign materials on trees to voluntarily remove them now before they are served with warnings," RED Milla added.

Individuals who will be caught nailing or in any form damaging trees, shrubs or any plants in public places will be penalized under Republic Act No. 3571 or "An Act to Prohibit the Cutting, Destroying or Injuring of Planted or Growing Trees, Flowering Plants and Shrubs or Plants of Scenic Value Along Public Roads, in Plazas, Parks, School Premises or in Any Other Public Pleasure Ground."

Likewise, Section 3 of Presidential Decree (PD) 953 prohibits the cutting, destroying, damaging or injuring of naturally grown and planted trees of any kind unless it is necessary for public safety.

PD 953 punishes violators with imprisonment of six months to two years, or with a fine of from P500 to P5,000 or both imprisonment and fine at the discretion of the court.

Moreover, the DENR appeals to use eco-friendly materials instead of tarpaulins, which may contain toxic substances that are harmful to the health and environment.

DENR Bicol calls on the public to report any violations to the nearest DENR field office or via its official facebook page: DENR Bicol. 

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar spearheaded a Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) campaign on intensified forest protection held at Gigmoto, Catanduanes.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the public particularly the local communities and partner Local Government Units (LGU) about the current status of the forest cover in Catanduanes,” PENR Officer Baltazar said.

Our dialogue with the local communities also aims to foster mutual support from both the DENR and the LGU and all its constituents,” she added.  

Further, PENRO Baltazar said that LGUs play an important role in the community's development since they connect the link between the people and government to address the problems and concerns while enforcing policies.

DENR-PENRO Catanduanes intends to empower the key players of the LGUs in the province of Catanduanes through the provisions of substantial knowledge and equip them with essential information through the CEPA and continuously strengthen its linkages and partnerships with various LGUs to fully implement existing environmental laws,” Baltazar added.

Some twenty (20) participants composed of barangay officials from the municipality of Gigmoto, representatives of LGU Gigmoto, Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and DENR personnel attended the activity.

Basic ENR policies and illegal cutting activities observed in the municipality for CY 2021 were presented. Action planning to counteract such illegal activities and to lessen its occurrence were also discussed during the activity.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Catanduanes headed by PENR Officer Imelda D. Baltazar participated in the conduct of the Provincial Peace and Order Council Committee meeting held at the Conference Hall, Governor’s Office, Province of Catanduanes.

Updates on the fund utilization for CY 2021 Peace and Order Programs, Approval of Authority to Release Confidential Fund for CY 2022, and major accomplishments relative to the peace and order activities in the province as well as the status of insurgency were presented and discussed during the meeting.

PENR Officer Baltazar said that the Office aims to strengthen peace and order in Catanduanes for the growth and development of province especially in this time of pandemic.

Further, she said that PENRO Catanduanes continuously strives to achieve the visions of the Department through unity and partnership with different stakeholders, which is vital to the success of the Office’s future undertakings.

The committee meeting was participated by the members of the Peace and Order Committee, heads/representatives of other National Government Agencies (NGAs), law enforcers and other stakeholders. (with report from PENRO Catanduanes)