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In support of the National Greening Program, Globe Telecom and non-government organization Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT) are staging a bike challenge to raise public awareness on the need to reforest the Cordillera Mountain Range slated May 5, 2012.  On hand to grace the media launch of the Globe Cordillera Challenge held last April 11, 2012 at Glorietta 3 in Makati City are  (from left): DENR-National Capital Region Technical Director Antonio C. Manila (left), Globe Telecom’s Corporate Social Responsibility head Rob Nazal (2nd from left), DENR-Calabarzon representative Januel Peras, and CCT head JP Alipio. 






Field personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Kalibo, Aklan took time off from office work to plant hundreds of mangrove propagules at the coastal barangay of Cabugao in Batan, Aklan.  The mangrove planting, led by CENRO Baltazar M. Gerardo, is in support of the National Greening Program launched by President Aquino to rehabilitate the country’s open and degraded areas. 





Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region explains the features of the state-of-the art clonal nursery being established in a 15,000-square-meter area inside the compound of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Taguig City, with support from the DENR. Designed to produce good quality planting materials for the government’s national greening program (NGP), the nursery will have a laboratory for the sampling of specimens to be cloned, a rooting propagation house where cutting will be rooted, a recovery house chamber, pot beds or hardening area, facilities for soil sterilization, a potting and watering area,  a water storage, and a pump area. 





Earth Day 2012 will be especially remembered by residents of Manila’s Brgy. 649 for having planted the seed of hope of turning a 3-hectare mudflat, sand bar and lagoon into a marine park that will be dotted soon with mangrove stands.

On April 21, 2012, as the world’s nations marked Earth Day in different ways, the barangay council of Baseco in Manila, together with the Archdiocese of Manila, launched the project, calling it the Mangrove Ecosystem and Marine Park as per Brgy. Ordinance No. 02, series of 2012, authored by Kagawad Kervin Camacho.

Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, along with the Department of Interior and Local Government – National Capital Region Director Renato S. Brion and DENR-NCR Technical Director for Protected Areas, Wildlife and Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZM) Donna Mayor-Gordove, graced the occasion and signified their commitment to support the establishment of Baseco’s marine park.

Starting off with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, the launching was highlighted by a simultaneous clean-up and tree planting activities participated by various people’s organizations in the area, with contingents from public sector, namely the NCR offices of DENR, DILG, Philippine National Police and the Philippine Coast Guard, including Manila LGU.  
Representatives from the Manila Archdiocese and from the plastic manufacturing industry were also on hand to participate in the project.

Gordove said an initial planting of over a hundred seedlings was conducted during the event, comprising of 47 seedlings of mangrove species Nilad donated by the Manila Archdiocese, and 50 bakauan propagules and 15 seedlings of coconut and talisay species from the DENR.

Gordove stressed the important role of mangroves not only in maintaining a healthy marine environment but also in protecting coastal communities from the onslaught of storm surges.  

“Mangroves serve as nursery grounds from marine organisms, help mitigate the effects of pollution, and protect shorelines from erosion.  They also act as natural shield, which can protect the coastal communities against the impact of climate change like storm surges brought about by strong typhoons like “Pedring” which hit Metro Manila last year,” Gordove explained. 


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Employees of the DENR-CARAGA Regional Office make good their commitment to assist in nurturing the seedlings being raised at the regional nursery in Brgy. Ambago, Butuan City, to ensure their survival once transplanted in the upland hills comes the rainy season. The regional office targets to produce some 4.8 million seedlings this year, to be planted in 13,290 hectares throughout the four provinces comprising the region, namely, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur. 






A scrutiny by port security of a travelling bag left on April 17, 2012 at the exit gate of Pier 12 in North Harbor, Manila revealed four heads of live Talking Mynah (Gracula religiosa). The DENR has classified Talking Mynah as a ‘threatened’ species, thus, possession, transport and trade of this species is prohibited under Republic Act No. 9147, also known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.  The seized birds are now in the custody of the DENR-PAWB’s Wildlife Rescue Center.



Lawin, a threatened species, seized in Aranque market   


Acting on a tip by a tv network, a joint operative of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) and the Manila Police swooped down on Aranque Market in Manila on Thursday (April 12), resulting in the seizure of a Brahminy kite.

DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria said the joint DENR-PNP operation on Aranque market was based on information provided by ABC Channel 5. 

He also said that aside from the seizure of the Brahminy kite, more popularly known as Lawin, two persons were also apprehended for  illegal trading/possession of the wildlife in violation of RA 9147, otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

According to the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, the Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) naturally occurs in the country and is considered an endangered species. The acquisition, possession, transport and trade of this species are subject to permit from the DENR, in accordance with the provisions of RA 9147. The confiscated wildlife was immediately turned over to the DENR Wildlife Rescue Center of the PAWB while the suspects were brought by the police for inquest to the Manila City Hall Public Assistance (CHAPA) office for the filing of appropriate case. 


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In a move to promote good governance, transparency and accountability in the procurement process, employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 6 are briefed on the provisions of the Government Procurement Reform Act or RA 9184 in a 2-day seminar at Westown Hotel, Manduriao, Iloilo City.  State auditors and representatives of government agencies involved in the procurement process served as resource persons, namelyDaisylyn T. Tavarro and Engr. Inocencio V. Cabahug, Jr.  from the Commission on Audit; Warren R. Matutino from the Department of Budget and Management; and Jocelyn T. Genisila, chief accountant of the University of the Philippines in the Visayas.


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DENR supports Lake Sebu development as eco-tourism site 


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has expressed its full support for the development of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato as a prime eco-tourism site for the province.

“The DENR fully supports the development of Lake Sebu as it will not only boost local tourism but also uplift the people’s living condition in and around the lake,” DENR Regional Executive Director Alfredo Pascual said during an inter-agency meeting called by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of the Allah Valley Protected Landscape (AVPL) on March 9, 2012.  Lake Sebu is part of the AVPL.

During the meeting, South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pinggoy, Jr. stressed the need to protect the environment by balancing economics, ecology and eco-tourism.  “We have to push (for) sustainable development practices, particularly our AVPL which includes Lake Sebu as eco-tourism site.  No to killing the lake,” Pinggoy told the body, consisting of heads of local government units, other national agencies, academe and key officials of DENR.

South Cotabato is a beneficiary of the Canadian International Development Agency or CIDA-funded Local Government Support Program to develop the Ecotourism Highway, which includes (North) Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat  and Sarangani.

Also discussed during the meeting was the upgrading and concreting of the access road to the Seven Falls Ecotourism Development Project being implemented by the provincial government, which would require clearance from the PAMB and an Environmental Compliance Certificate from the Environmental Management Board.

The municipality of Lake Sebu derived its name from the lake, located in the Southern Tiruray Highlands at an altitude of almost 300 meters (984 ft). The watershed of Lake Sebu is recognized as one of the most important watershed areas in the Philippines.






Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria (2nd from left) enters into a memorandum of agreement with Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Superintendent and Director of Logistics and Support Service (LSS) Rex Milton A. Dolino (2nd from right) for the implementation of “Pulis Makakalikasan: 10 Milyong Puno, Pamana sa Kinabukasan” as PNP’s project support to the National Greening Program (NGP).  Under the agreement, the entire police force, including their families, have committed to plant at least 10 trees each month.  Witnessing the MOA signing are DENR-NCR Technical Director for Forestry Antonio Manila (left) and Police Sr. Superintendent and LSS Acting Deputy Director Jose Ernest E. Fernandez (right).

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