Photo Releases

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) highlights the importance of urban biodiversity and its benefits to the environment and community through its BiodiverCity Photo Contest held in celebration of the 2021 International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) on May 21. Grand prize winner was Ruwen Verdaguer for his photo entitled “Urban Farming” (top) featuring a small garden in a vacant area amidst subdivisions. Second and third prizes went to “Kangkong Farming” (lower left) by Danilo Victoriano and “Watering Green for Gold” (lower right) by Joseph Senga. In his message during the IDBD virtual event, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that by telling and sharing biodiversity stories in photos and other creative ways, everyone can be part of the solution to biodiversity loss. ###

Personnel from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), inspect the giant clams (Tridacna gigas) or ‘taklobo’ recently seized in Roxas, Palawan. The clams are part of the more than 300 pieces confiscated in Johnson Island. Another 150 tons were seized in Green Island. A group claimed to buy the giant clams for scientific purposes but failed to provide documents to prove the legality of their activity. The DENR through the PCSD is set to file charges against the group for violation o

Salvacion dela Cruz (right) of Brgy. Suchan, Bagamanoc, Catanduanes shows the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) she found entangled in their fishing net and which she turned over to Shiela B. Conche (left), Information Officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Catanduanes. The PENRO found the marine turtle (inset) in good health and released it back to the sea. The DENR has called on the public to turn over rescued wildlife to proper authorities for proper assessment and care. Hawksbill turtles are classified as critically endangered under DENR Administrative Order No. 2019-09. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management (SWM) and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda discusses the importance of segregation at-source during his live interview over RPN Radio on April 24 for the program, The Filipinos World. In the interview that focused on the topic “Re-shape, Re-cycle, Re-invent, Save the Mother Earth,” Antiporda appealed to the public to consistently practice segregation at-source to prevent the contamination of recyclable wastes and allow composting of biodegradable wastes. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Task Force Tayo ang Kalikasan (TFTAK) Deputy National Coordinator Jerry G. Capulong (inset, upper right) announces the launch of TAK’s jingle-making contest during the virtual Earth Day celebration on April 22, 2021. The contest is open to all DENR employees nationwide including its bureaus and attached agencies. TAK is a nationwide campaign of the DENR which aims to mobilize Filipinos towards environmental stewardship and sustainable development for the restoration, rehabilitation, and enhancement of the environment. The winning song will be announced on June 22, 2021 in time for the Philippine Environment Month, and shall be the official jingle of the Department. Contest mechanics are posted on the social media sites of DENR and TAK. #