Regional Releases

Our environment needs humans’ tender loving care and we can do so by engaging in environmental activities that also improve our quality of living such as tree planting.

Trees have lots of benefits and tree growing is an essential way countries across the globe are doing to avert the harsh impacts of climate change. We have seen the damage it wrought upon us in the form of super typhoons, monsoon rains, landslides, and erratic weather conditions.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) together with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 had a joint tree planting activity in connection to the Linggo ng Kalikasan in observance of the 120th CSC Anniversary on September 25, 2020.

The CSC limits the participation of its personnel and other participants to observe health protocols to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

DENR Region 6 also conducted a bamboo planting activity in celebration of the World Bamboo Day. The venue was in Calajunan, Mandurriao on September 18, 2020 done with limited participants such in this “new normal.”

Iloilo City, a highly urbanized city, acknowledges the importance and benefits of trees for a livable and sustainable community.

In the sides of the streets, parks and backyards, trees are grown as it brings an aesthetic and peaceful environment that also brings natural elements and wildlife habitat into urban settings. It also deflects sunlight in the cities thereby reducing the heat island effect.

Trees highly contribute to a clean environment as they improve air quality through the process of photosynthesis – producing oxygen and taking in carbon dioxide. It also filters air intercepting unhealthy particles by removing dusts and absorbing pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide and letting the rain wash them after.

It also helps in climate amelioration by mitigating the effects of the sun, rain and wind as the leaves absorb and filter the sun’s radiant energy, acting as a shield from the falling rain and preserve warmth by screening off the harsh wind.

The roots of trees hold the soil in place as it fights erosion that causes landslide. It also absorbs and store rainwater that helps reduce runoff and sediment deposit after the storms. It also helps recharge ground water supply, prevents transport of chemicals into streams as well as prevents flooding. Its fruits provide food while its fallen leaves also make good compost and improve the quality of soil.

Being with nature improves cognitive function, enhances memory and discipline. A walk in the park full of trees can also relieve stress, empowering one’s state of mind.

“There is no doubt that engaging in tree planting activities strengthens the communities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, participants to our tree planting activities were reduced to observe social distancing and health protocols. But it is important to still take good care of our shelter by continuing to plant new seedlings that will help us attain a sustainable our future,” said regional executive director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation and Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) are among the top ten DENR priority programs and projects of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu./DENR 6/ASSC/JLR/LGGL

A Crested serpent eagle was turned-over to CENRO Guimbal, recently.

Geerazel P. Nieles, a resident of Brgy. Diday, Miagao, Iloilo found the raptor and turned-over it to the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) in Miag-ao.

The wildlife was found in good condition after the initial inspection and kept safe at the DENR Wildlife Rescue Center in Brgy. Kirayan, Miag-ao, Iloilo. It is now ready for release in a nearby forest in the area.

“To save our wildlife species, we should conserve their habitat as its destruction threatens the species. We could help reduce the threats by planting trees, restore wetlands and rivers, and clean up the beach or coastal areas. Our environment also needs some tender loving care as we continue the battle to contain the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),” regional executive director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

The Crested serpent eagle (Spilornis cheela) is a medium-size raptor found in forested habitats across tropical Asia. There are several variations of the species and they have large looking head with long feathers on the back of the head, giving a crested appearance. Its face is bare and yellow joining up with the beak and has feet that are heavily scaled but has no feathers.

Crested serpent eagles would usually hold their wings in a shallow V shape. Its juveniles are distinguished by a much more while plumage especially around the head.

They are usually seen in the edges of forests and river valleys where they can soar and effectively hunt. They are also seen soaring over a territory in pairs and shrill often with a loud and familiar three or two-note call. Serpent eagles can tolerate a great deal of disturbance to their habitat and are primarily found near secondary forests.

Serpent eagles often feed on snakes and also on other reptiles as well as small mammals and birds. They are apex predators and at the top of their food chain controlling the population of snakes and also other small mammals and birds. Their presence is good indicator of a healthy ecosystem.

It was considered Least Concern (LC) by the International Union of Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.

Enhance biodiversity conservation is among the top ten DENR priority programs and projects of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu./ DENR6/ASCC/JLR/LGGL

Saving wild animal species are important as protecting ourselves from acquiring coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that has endangered the public health worldwide.
One of the initiatives to start protecting our wild animals’ species such as hornbills is to promote its conservation.
The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) Antique joined the local government unit (LGU) of Antique in the launching of the Dulungan Month at Brgy. Flores, Culasi, Antique, recently.
By virtue of Provincial Ordinance 2020-208, the provincial government of Antique declared the month of August as Dulungan Month to increase awareness on the biological, ecological and cultural importance of Dulungan.
Dulungan is a local name for Walden’s Hornbill (Rhabdotorrhinus waldeni). It is an endemic species of hornbill in the Philippines considered as Critically Endangered (CR) by International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List.
The activity was participated by the different provincial offices, national government agencies and non-government organizations with limited number of participants to observe social distancing.
A tree planting activity along the riverbank was also conducted to conserve biodiversity and enhance air quality that can benefit the future generation.
The preservation of wild animals such as hornbills will maintain the ecological balance of our ecosystem. This will also prevent transmission of zoonotic diseases that causes the emerging COVID-19 which has infected over 20 million people worldwide.
Meanwhile, a resident from Brgy.Paningayan, Culasi turned-over a male juvenile Dulungan in the afternoon after the launching of Dulungan Month Celebration. The hornbill is in good condition however it was brought to Mag-aba Rehabilitation Center in Mag-aba, Pandan, Antique for veterinary check-up prior to its release to the habitat.
“With the rising cases of COVID-19 around the world, it is important to stop wildlife trade to avoid animal borne diseases. Let us save ourselves by saving our wildlife,” said regional executive director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.
Enhanced biodiversity conservation is among the top ten priority programs of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu./DENR6

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) continues to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the passage of the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018 through an online conference for the legislated protected areas called P.A. Talk, organized by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in partnership with the Office of Deputy House Speaker and Antique Representative Lorna Regina “Loren” B. Legarda.

The online conference called P.A. Talk through Zoom video conference platform adopted the theme: “Protected Areas for a Protected Future” and is aired live via the official Facebook Page of Congresswoman Loren Legarda.

This coming July 28, 2020, our very own Sibalom Natural Park (SNP) will be featured for PA Talk’s second episode and here are some interesting things to know about SNP:

  • SNP is a green, lustrous forest with blue rogue rivers that is home to different endemic and endangered species. It is previously called Tipulu-an Mau-it Watershed Forest Reserve.
  • It has a coverage area of 6,778.44 hectares as per R.A. 11038, located at the municipality of Sibalom, Antique. It covers seventeen (17) barangays namely Cabladan, Cabanbanan, Imparayan, Igpanulong, Indag-an, Bugnay, Villafont, Luna, Bontol, Tordesillas, Tula-tula, Calooy, Bulalacao, Lambayagan, Luyang, Igparas and Grasparil.
  • The natural park is managed by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) wherein the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Director in Region 6 sits as the PAMB chairperson.
  • It is a low elevation dipterocarp forest and a habitat to different endemic birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. A haven of rich flora and fauna endemic to Panay Islands and the Philippines.
  • The waterfalls, streams and springs that flow to its rivers supports the irrigation, domestic and industrial water needs of the municipalities and nearby towns. The rivers are also sources of semi-precious gemstones found on its riverbeds.

The DENR Region 6 invites the public to join PA Talk by watching the live video of the online conference from Congresswoman Loren Legarda’s official Facebook Page this July 28, 2020 at 10:00am. The PA Talk 2nd episode will discuss the best practices in engaging local communities in the management of biodiversity and sustaining ecosystem services. This interesting and pleasurable biodiversity discussion could enrich our awareness on the environment to protect and conserve it.

“Sibalom Natural Park has rich ecosystems that serve as biodiversity corridor to species in the Panay Mountains. The PA talk shall further discuss the bountiful biodiversity our country’s protected areas. We are the steward of the environment and in our hands lay the protection and conservation of our natural resources for a sustainable future. Let’s watch the upcoming episodes as we highlight the human dimensions with their diverse roles, culture and practices in the management of the PAs.” said regional executive director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

P.A. Talk aired its maiden episode last month on June 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. and is scheduled for 18 months. It features the 107 legislated protected areas and their provided ecosystem services. It is hosted by Deputy House Speaker Loren Legarda, featuring six PAs in each episode with the respective Regional Executive Directors (REDs), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs), Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) and Protected Areas Superintendents (PASus) as resource persons.

This is being pushed as DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is keen on pursuing the Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation, Intensified Forest Protection as among his ten priority programs that will benefit the next generations of the Filipino people./DENR6


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FRANCISCO E. MILLA, JR., CESO III                                                                                                              

Regional Executive Director

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6 (DENR 6), including its extended bureaus and field offices, has raised fund and donated over Php 4 M worth of relief goods and assistance to Western Visayas countrymen affected by COVID-19 pandemic.

With a total of Php 4,088,921.95 raised donation, DENR 6 distributed food packs, groceries, sanitation products, cash assistance, and PPEs such as face shields and face masks to various beneficiaries from different sectors greatly affected by the lockdown.

Beneficiaries include low-income households, such as laborers, farmers, forest rangers, bantay-dagat workers, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and senior citizens; LGU, medical, and military frontliners; members of people’s organizations; and DENR Region 6 skeletal workers, though economically challenged, continue to render necessary services despite the health risks they face during work.

DENR 6 regional office and DENR Multi-purpose Cooperative (DEMCO) donated Php 150,900; Environmental Management Bureau, Php 352,658; Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Php 2,841,636.75; PENRO Aklan and CENRO Boracay, Php 113,035; PENRO Antique, CENRO Belison and Culasi, Php 278,642.20; PENRO Capiz and CENRO Mambusao, Php 43,700; PENRO Iloilo, CENRO Guimbal, Barotac Nuevo and Sara, Php 79,000; PENRO Guimaras, Php 39,500; PENRO Negros Occidental, CENRO Bago City, Cadiz City and Kabankalan City, Php 189,850.

The medical, checkpoint and LGUs’ frontliners from different hospitals, towns and cities in the region were main recipients of the PPEs and sanitation products, with also food packs..

The regional office’s skeleton workforces with blue-collar jobs and contractual workers who render their time and services during the Enhanced Community Quarantine were also prioritized for the relief assistance. Facemasks were also provided to DENR personnel for safety and preventive measures.

Said donation effort is in support of the Republic Act no. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” declaring a Public Health Emergency throughout the country due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“I would like to extend my utmost gratitude to the people behind these series of bayanihan--the DENR personnel. These relief operations had helped a lot of families here in Western Visayas in this time of pandemic. In these trying times, a small act of generosity could go a long way to ease the affliction caused by the pandemic. With self-discipline to follow the safety measures and protocols to prevent the spreading of COVID-19, we could help the whole nation contain the virus. Stay safe everyone,” said Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.#