Region 11 Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) seeks the support of local chief executives of the region on the agency’s plan to set a new Guinness World Record ‘for the most trees planted simultaneously in multiple locations’ on September 26, 2014. Called ‘TreeVolution’, Fragada said the plan would involve the planting of some 4.6 million trees in 9,200 hectares all over Mindanao. The massive tree planting is also being staged to heighten public participation in the National Greening Program of the government. ###
CHARCOAL BRIQUETTING TECHNOLOGY
Riza C. Arjona of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region briefs 10 selected residents of Brgy. Addition Hills, Mandaluyong City on how to make charcoal briquettes during a training hosted by Brgy. Tumana Outreach Project in Marikina City recently. The DENR is promoting Charcoal Briquetting Technology as an alternative livelihood program for its being environment-friendly, as it only makes use of biomass or materials that are considered waste as raw materials like “buko” waste, thereby saving trees from being cut for charcoal making.###
DENR-Region 6 Technical Director for Ecosystems Research Dr. Alicia L. Lustica (left) is recognized by local officials of Oton, Iloilo, led by Mayor Vicente B. Flores, Jr. (2nd from left) for serving as a resource person during the 4th Oton Environmental Summit last July 4 at Anhawan Resort. Themed “Nagbabago na ang Panahonm; Panahon na para Magbabago,” the summit was called to enlighten the local residents on the impacts of climate change and how to mitigate and adapt to the changing environmental situations. ###
ILOILO ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMIT
DENR-Region 6 Technical Director for Ecosystems Research Dr. Alicia L. Lustica briefs participants to the 4th Oton Environmental Summit held on July 4, 2014 at the Anhawan Resort in Oton, Iloilo, on measures to cushion the negative impact of climate change. Lustica also commended the local government of Oton for taking the initiative, stressing the timeliness and significance of the summit not only to raise public awareness but more so to enhance the people’s capacity to adapt to climate change. ###
WATER QUALITY MONITORING PARTNERSHIP
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), represented by DENR-Calabarzon Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan (2nd from left) recently forged a memorandum of understanding with (from left): Department of Science and Technology – Calabarzon Director Alexander Madrigal, Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas Mayor Jay Ilagan and PUSOD, Inc. Executive Director Ann Hazel Javier for the development of a prototype water quality monitoring system for Lipote River in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, and Taal Lake. Juan said the partnership also calls for the development of an automated measuring equipment capable of measuring the river’s pH (acidity/alkalinity), temperature, dissolved oxygen and total suspended particulates.
Parents look on appreciatively as GREENY, the mascot of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region 5, inspires kids as they try to create an image of their environmental hero during a drawing competition held Tuesday as part of the national celebration of Earth Day in Legazpi City.
DENR to operate checkpoints 24/7 during Holy Week in Davao
Despite the long holiday break in observance of the Holy Week, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be manning all checkpoints and monitoring stations in Davao region on a 24/7 basis in coordination with the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force and other partner agencies.
In a memorandum dated April 4, 2014, DENR-Region 11 Executive Director Joselin Marcus E. Fragada told his Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs and CENROs) to be extra vigilant in the conduct of their forest protection and law enforcement activities in their area of jurisdiction.
Fragada also instructed the maintenance of a skeletal force in every provincial office of the department in the region, and to ensure that the mobile phones of all field officers are open 24/7 in order to have a quick and efficient mobilization of personnel in cases of emergency such as forest fire incidents.
“Specifically, I want them to strictly check the transport of all forest products to ensure that none is illegally-cut or transported,” he said.
Fragada also stressed that harvesting is only allowed for planted tree species and anyone caught transporting logs or lumber coming from the residual and natural forests will be dealt with pursuant to Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forest Code of the Philippines and Executive Order No. 23 which declares a moratorium on the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forest.
EO No. 23 was issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III on February 1, 2011 to ensure the protection of the remaining forest cover of the country, preserve biodiversity, protect threatened habitats and sanctuaries of endangered and rare species as well as allow natural regeneration of residual forests, among others.
He also called on the public to also be vigilant on any violation of environmental laws within their area, adding that the “Bantay-Lasang” Text Brigade project of the regional office will also be operational during the holidays to provide them easy access to report not just any forest destruction activities but any environmental concerns as well.
“Bantay-Lasang” Text Brigade mobile numbers are 09478910391 for Smart and 09178806286 for Globe. #
WORLD WATER DAY FOR PHL ARMY
What better way to celebrate the World Water Day than to clean up the country’s coastal waters as shown in the photo, with members of the Philippine Army hauling garbage afloat the waters off Legazpi City last March 22, 2014. This year’s national celebration of World Water Day, organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, carried the theme “Water is Power” to raise public awareness on the close relationship between water and energy.
PROTECTING LAKE BATO
DENR-Region 5 Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales signs in the Covenant for Lake Bato Conservation Project being implemented by Camarines Sur provincial government, manifesting full support to the project, which seeks not only to conserve the country’s 7th largest freshwater lake but also to improve the plight of some 34,000 fishermen in the 16 lakeside barangays of Bato town. Gonzales told the residents during the covenant signing that adopting best practices in household waste management as mandated under Republic Act No. 9003 would have immediate positive impact on the lake’s health as pollution-causing substances have already been minimized, if not eliminated, at source. He also stressed the role of Lake Bato in biodiversity conservation as it also serves as habitat for endemic birds, fish and plant species.
More than 13,000 migratory birds counted in Region 11
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has counted more than 13,000 migratory birds last January in Davao region, comprising mostly of Little Egret, Black-winged Stilt, Whimbreal and Common Tern.
Of the total, 4,699 birds were found in Malalag, Davo del Sur; 4,848 in Carmen, Davao del Norte; and 3,500 birds in Banaybanay in Davao Oriental.
The bird count was part of the Annual Asian Waterfowl Census (AWC) which seeks to obtain information on the population of migratory birds in wetlands, as well as to monitor on an annual basis, the status and condition of wetlands. Initiated in the Indian subcontinent in 1987, the bird census has grown rapidly covering more than 32 countries worldwide today.
According to the National Wetlands Program, many species of waterbirds fly in droves during winter to go to warmer and more hospitable tropics, such as the Philippines, in search for food. Afterwhich, they go back to their country of origin in summer.
The Philippines is part of the East Asian Flyway. A total of 77 species of migratory birds use this flyway annually, making one of the most important flyways in the world.