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A total of 240 kilograms of solid wastes comprising mainly of plastic bags and grocery packs were collected during the clean-up drive in celebration of the 2021 Earth Day along the Mangrove area at Sitio Fabmar, District No. II, San Jacinto, Masbate.

The Cleanup Drive was participated in by the personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) San Jacinto, Masbate headed by OIC, CENRO Basil Cesar S. Camba together with the local officials of District II, Philippine National Police (PNP), Alpha Kappa Rho Fraternity and Sorority. Tarpaulins were installed along the area as part of the IEC Campaign to intensify the awareness of the community on Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”.

Punong Barangay Lino Gobangco expressed his appreciation for the continuous effort of the DENR at helping their barangay. In turn, he pledged to frequently monitor and maintain the area, including the establishment of outpost for the Barangay Police to restraint illegal dumping of wastes at the Mangrove swamp.

With the theme, “Restore our Earth; Be part of the Change”, Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection and to spread awareness among the communities about climate change and global warming.

Two juvenile Philippine Scops Owls (Otos megalotis) were recently turned over to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Iriga by the PLDT Telecommunications Company.

According to Mr. Rex Lepiten, a PLDT crew, they were conducting maintenance operation and replacement of wooden service post displaced by past typhoons, when they observed two owlets inside the hole of a rotten post. They immdeiately rescued it and turned over the wildlife species to the Office.

Upon inspection by the CENRO Iriga staff, one owlet weighs 190 grams and has a wingspan of 60 centimeters (cm) while the other weighs 130 grams and has a wingspan of 54 cm,both were found to be in good condition.

Since the wildlife species are still juvenile, the same were turned over to the Albay Parks and Wildlife for temporary care and custody until it can be ready for release.

The Philippine Scops Owls belong to the non-threatened species but there is still a need to conserve and protect these wildlife. These owls are not recommended to be made as pets given their nocturnal nature. They prey at night on insects and small mammals, hunting them from perches in semi-open landscapes.

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 CENRO Iriga)

To celebrate this year’s Earth Day, series of activities were initiated by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Camarines Sur headed by PENRO Officer Grace L. Cariño together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Goa, Sipocot, and Iriga led by CENR Officers Daisy M. Terciano, Eduardo C. Ampongan and Nestor Franz A. Fortuno, respectively.

A total of three thousand six hundred (3,600) Bamboo propagules were planted at Barangay Sogod, Calabanga and Gatbo, Ocampo Camarines Sur and some one hundred fifty (150) Dangkalan seedlings were planted along Sooc River, Sooc, Lupi, Camarines Sur. Also, about three hundred seventeen (317) kilograms of plastic waste were collected during the Clean-up Drive at Barangay Sooc, Lupi, Camarines Sur.

An onsite Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) regarding Earth Day and Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act were also conducted by CENRO Sipocot. Meanwhile, PENRO Camarines Sur also attended the webinar on “Earth Day Celebration: Restoring the Earth through Green Recovery” hosted by the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners.

The series of activities for the Earth Day celebration were participated in by the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Ocampo, Sipocot and Lupi, Camarines Sur. Also present in the event were the Kabalikat Civic Communicators Association members, PNP 4th Battalion Camarines Sur, and the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) beneficiaries of the Department of the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The International Earth Day is celebrated annually every 22nd of April as proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. This celebration provides an opportunity to raise global public awareness of the challenges to the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. The Day also recognizes a collective responsibility, as called for in the 1992 Rio Declaration, to promote harmony with nature and the Earth, to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of the present and future generations of humanity.  This year’s theme, “Restore Our Earth; Be Part of the Change” focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking to restore the world’s ecosystems.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Camarines Norte led by OIC, PENR Officer Marlon C. Francia together with the Provincial Agrarian Reform Council Committee (PARCCOM) and Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) personnel conducted a tree planting activity on April 15, 2021 at Barangay Dogongan, Daet, Camarines Norte.

A total of one hundred (100) assorted seedlings of Narra and Mahogany were planted. The said activity was part of the monthly meeting spearheaded by the PARCCOM.

The PENRO Camarines Norte is grateful for the support of the stakeholders in such activities that will help the environment and strengthen the partnership among stakeholders.

Further, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol headed by OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag is looking forward for the continued partnership and support of the stakeholders in promoting and advocating the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Goa, Camarines Sur headed by CENR Officer Daisy M. Terciano in collaboration with the Philippine National Police Municipal Police Station (PNP MPS) of Lagonoy, Camarines Sur recently apprehended a jeepney loaded with undocumented Red Lauan (Shorea negrosensis) lumber having a total volume of 530 board feet on April 3, 2021 at Brgy. Sta. Maria, Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.

The apprehension was a result of the issued Special Order No. 2021-006 of CENRO Terciano activating the Enforcement and Monitoring Team led by Forester III Ubaldo B. Oliquino, Jr. for the continued law enforcement on April 1-4, 2021, when violators are expected to take advantage of the Holy Week season.

After proper inventory and documentation, the seized forest products and conveyance were placed under the custody of the PNP-MPS Lagonoy headed by PSSG Michael O. Doctor for safekeeping pending proper disposition. Apprehended persons will face legal charges for violation of Section 77 of the Revised Forestry Code, as amended, which prohibits possession of timber or other forest products without license.

CENRO Terciano reminds the public to comply with the prescribed procedures for acquiring tree cutting and transport permit in order to avoid legal sanction.

“The increased incidence of apprehensions is seen as a result of the intensive anti-illegal logging and forest protection campaign of the DENR together with other law enforcement agencies, which prompts the public to provide intelligence information to the authorities,” she added.

The overall seized undocumented forest products are estimated to be worth Php 31,800.00.