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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.

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)