Regional Releases

The province of Antique, touted as the place “where the mountains meet the sea,” is yet about to rise from the great onslaught of typhoon Paeng. But no storms will ever dampen the zeal of Antique from striving for greater improvements.

During the recent meeting of the Malandog River Rehabilitation and Development Project (MaRiReDep), DENR Antique Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Cynthia Blancia called on all partner agencies and stakeholders to continue supporting the efforts poured into the project.

It could be recalled that the rehabilitation and development of the Malandog River was snowballed after a thorough water quality assessment by the team of Environmental Management Bureau in 2017. Former DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu then called Malandog River an “ancient tourism destination” owing to the historical fact that it attracted the ten Bornean datus to its pristine waters.

In the offing is the implementation of Malandog’s tourism development plan which would include the display of larger-than-life statues of the ten Bornean datus in Sitio Sumakwel, Brgy. Malandog, Hamtic, Antique. Standing at the height of fifteen feet, probably the tallest in the region, the statues are made of cement with bronze coating and were sculpted by John Alaban. It thereby immortalizes the heritage of the Bornean datus and reinforces the importance of Malandog River as the cradle of civilization in Panay Island especially in the consciousness of the younger generations.

Also part of the tourism development will be the Malandog River floating restaurant, and a river cruise

MaRiReDep Task Force members also encouraged the general public to invest in any of the activities they implement since one of the objectives of Malandog River Ecotourism is to encourage community engagement to generate jobs for economic upliftment. There is also a plan to adopt trash traps and set-up of boundaries of each barangay with rivers identified as tributaries of Malandog river.

“Our barangay captains play a big role in achieving clean and quality water for Malandog River through our strict implementation of the solid waste management. We further need to relocate the informal settlers who took up dwelling along the legal easement of the river,” said PENRO Cynthia Blancia.

“Our aim is to ensure a sustainable future for all Antiqueños. As long as we work together and cooperate for the good of our environment and the people, we can achieve our goals,” said Regional Executive Director Livino B. Duran of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources./DENR 6

 

 
 Have you seen a bird fly, swoop down in water to catch a fish but instead of flying out of water, it falls on it?
 
This is exactly what happened to a juvenile White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), as related by the five fishermen who rescued the bird in Brgy. Gargato, Hinigaran, Negros Occidental.
 
The said fishermen saw the sea eagle catching its prey until it got tired and eventually fell into the water. Upon seeing it, the fishermen hurried to rescue the bird. This incident was reported by Hinigaran Environment and Natural Resources Officer (ENRO) Aniceto Muñoz to CENRO Kabankalan City thru Supervising Ecosystems Management Specialist (SVEMS) Lucia Salazar.
 
SVEMS Salazar immediately called Forest Ranger Vladimer Piansay to proceed to the area. He was assisted by ENRO Muñoz and Brgy. Captain Eric John Lutario. The sea eagle was turned-over to Mr. Fernando Dino Gutierrez of the Feather Park Corporation, Kabankalan City for proper treatment and recovery. This was the first time CENRO Kabankalan City received a call for assistance over a rescued White-bellied sea eagle.
 
The said White-bellied sea eagle has an estimated measurement of 70-85 cm in length with a wingspan of at least two meters and weight of 4.2 kg. Their conservation status is Least Concern (LC) though human disturbance of their habitat such as human activities near their nests or the removal of suitable trees for their nesting threatens their population. They are diurnal (active during the day) bird of prey that loves to breed and hunt near bodies of water. Half of its diet is fish and when it hunts for food, it uses its long black talons (claws). Juveniles have brown plumage on its breast that is replaced with pure white feathers as it matures.
 
“Thank you to the Hinigaran fishermen who readily rescued the eagle, and to our partner LGU Hinigaran for the assistance and our technical team for the prompt action. Let the bird fly free!” said CENR Officer Fred Canto of DENR CENRO Kabankalan City.
 
“Biodiversity conservation is of utmost importance if we are to sustain our different ecosystems that provide us with everything we need. Our working together to achieve sustainability of our natural resources would ensure food security for all our people,” said DENR 6 regional executive director Livino B. Duran./DENR 6
 

A 10.5 foot Reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) was captured in Bacolod City in the province of Negros Occidental.

In the early morning of November 7, 2022, a team from the Bureau of Fire Protection–Special Rescue Force (BFP-SRF) in Negros Occidental got a call from a certain Andrew dela Torre who reported that a python (locally called “Magkal”) is seen hiding on top of a Mango tree and had killed one of their chickens.

The Office of the BFP-SRF headed by Inspector Jun Michael A Manuel together with Bacolod PNP Station 3 then went to the area and captured the snake using improvised equipments. It was seen on the top of a Mango tree at dela Torre's residence at Purok Santol, Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. The team packed the snake inside a sack then turned it over to DENR PENRO Negros Occidental for proper identification, check up and release at around nine o’clock of the same day.

The Reticulated python was released into a forested area in Don Salvador Benedicto, which is part of the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) on November 8 after ensuring that it is in good condition. Personnel of the NNNP led the team that released the said wildlife into its natural habitat.

“We commend the responsive move of the BFP-SRF Negros Occidental and the active assistance of our PENRO Negros Occidental as well. Wildlife has their proper place in our ecosystem, and we need to understand that they should be protected as well. They are not enemies rather, they help keep our ecosystems balanced,” said regional executive director Livino B. Duran of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2019-09 otherwise known as “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna” classified the Reticulated python as Other Threatened Species (OTS). Reticulated python is under threat from adverse factors such as over collection throughout its range and destruction of their habitats.

Reticulated pythons are usually large and are quite aggressive feeders. Although their temperament can be calm, they can cause danger to their owners. Nonetheless, they play a good role as a natural pest control.

One of DENR’s priority programs, enhanced biodiversity conservation focuses not only on preserving natural habitats like watersheds, wildlife sanctuaries and mangrove habitats but also preserving the diversity of species./DENR 6

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CALABARZON (DENR-CALABARZON) has renewed its commitment to improve the implementation of environmental laws on protected areas in the region during the 9th Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Summit in San Mateo, Rizal on August 17 to 18.

DENR-CALABARZON Regional Executive Director and Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Chair Nilo B. Tamoria said the summit’s theme, “Sama-samang Pagpapatupad ng Batas Pangkalikasan sa Pinangangalagaang Pook Upang Protektahan ang Samut-saring Buhay para sa Sambayanang Pilipino,” is in line with the four decision points presented by DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga to President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

These decision points include the establishment of natural resources geo-spatial database to manage the DENR’s readily available data, which can be useful in the implementation of government projects, investment in climate change adaptation and mitigation to avoid a decrease in protection of direct and indirect losses including nature-based solution, establishment of natural resources accounting system including valuation of ecosystem services, and improvement of compliance, monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws.

“Even before we held the 9th PAMB Summit, these decision points have already been submitted by our Secretary to the President. So these four decision points are exactly the theme of our Summit. This is contained in the sustainable, inclusive and resilient development as the major thrust and direction of our department,” Tamoria said.

The DENR-CALABARZON chief pointed out that the region’s large population, which has surpassed that of the National Capital Region (NCR), has a big impact on its protected areas and natural resources as many people depend on these resources.

Based on the 2020 Census of Population and Housing, of the country’s 17 regions, CALABARZON had the biggest population of 16,195,042, followed by NCR with 13,484,462 and Central Luzon with 12,422,172.

“The rapid population growth and the protection of our remaining fertile environment and nature, that’s the additional challenge in our region. So, I am calling on the members of the Protected Area Management Board and all those who have stakes in protected areas to come together. Let’s pool our talent and strength so that we can better protect and maintain the integrity of protected areas,” Tamoria said.

Around 100 delegates, including members of the PAMB’s 18 protected areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), Protected Areas Superintendents, and DENR-CALABARZON officials and personnel joined the summit, which was conducted in-person and online.

CALABARZON has 18 protected areas, nine of which are legislated, while nine are initial components of the NIPAS yet to be assessed for potential proclamation as regular NIPAS components and enactment into law. ###

 

Calamba City, Laguna - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON officially forged partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Lucena, Quezon through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for the declaration of certain parcels of land for the housing sites of government employees and the urban poor in Barangay Ibabang Iyam, Lucena City, Quezon.

On August 11, 2003, then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Proclamation No. 436 for the location of housing sites. The proclaimed land was an abandoned airfield formerly owned by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

A total area of 11 out of the total 17.6 hectares was allotted as housing site for government employees and the urban poor in the area. A P50.00 per square meter fee was approved pursuant to Resolution No. 004-2004, and later reaffirmed pursuant to Resolution No. 19-019, series of 2022.

“Mula po noong nag umpisa ang proklamasyon, mula sa pormulasyon ng Certificates of Land Allocation (CELA), at ngayon po sa pagpirma natin ng MOA, wala po kayong dapat ipag-alala dahil ang kapirmahan po ngayon ni Mayor ay naumpisahan po ang proseso ng Proclamation 436 mula po sa umpisa”, DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria promised the beneficiaries.

RED Tamoria was an official of the Housing and Development Council from 2001-2004, and was part of the pre-proclamation until the post proclamation process of Proclamation No. 436.

Donata Veloso, President of the United Landing Urban Poor Association, Inc., expressed her gratitude to the involved parties. “After 19 years ay nagkaroon ng katuparan ang ating mga pangarap na ang ating tinitirahan na lupa ay mapapapunta na po sa bawat isa sa atin.”

The MOA aims to strengthen the partnership between DENR CALABARZON and Lucena LGU for the effective and speedy land disposition for the identified beneficiaries of the housing sites.###