Photo Releases

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (inset) leads the launch of the dredging operation for the 24-kilometer (km) Naboc River in Barangay Naboc, Monkayo, Davao de Oro, in line with the, “Lihok Alang sa Naboc" river cleanup project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Region 11. A total of 9.98 kms of the river will be dredged mechanically while the remaining 14.02 kms, which is mostly upstream, will undergo desilting. In photo is the state-of-the-art equipment which will be used for the project. In 2017, the water quality of the river exceeded the standards for Class C rivers because of the high levels of hazardous chemicals such as mercury, cyanide, and fecal coliform. Present during the launch are DENR officials and members of the local governments and indigenous cultural communities of Davao de Oro. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Attached Agencies Rodolfo Garcia (middle, foreground), representing DENR Secretary and Task Force Build Back Better (TF BBB) chair Roy A. Cimatu, plants the first of the 50,000 bamboo seedlings along the bank of Bicol River as part of the Bicol River Restoration Program (BRRP) of the TF BBB. Garcia led the BRRP launch at the Camaligan Municipal Hall on March 23 with Camarines Sur Governor Miguel Luis ‘Migz’ Reyes Villafuerte and Camarines Sur, 2nd District Representative Luis Raymund ‘LRay’ Villafuerte, Jr.###

Dr. Glenn Maguad (left photo), resident veterinarian at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Wildlife Rescue Center (BMB WRC) examines an adult male Brahminy kite (Haliastur indus) for physical injuries after it was brought by DENR Action Center head Merlinda Manila to the BMB WRC on March 22. A concerned citizen rescued the raptor near the Manila Yacht Club in Manila and called the DENR for proper turn over. The bird is being treated for bumblefoot, a bacterial infection and inflammatory reaction on its feet. It will be released to its natural habitat a year after it fully recovers. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Biodiversity Management Bureau (DENR BMB) Wildlife Resources Division OIC Chief Atty. Theresa Tenazas (right) joins United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines Protect Wildlife Project Chief Rebecca Paz (left) as the latter signs the property ownership transfer of the USAID WILDBase (inset) centralized online system to DENR-BMB to help strengthen the enforcement of wildlife laws in the country. The system will record and monitor rescued wildlife, keep medical records and inventory, and other important data for use in wildlife monitoring and rescue operations. The turnover was held on March 3 during the 8th World Wildlife Day celebration at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. #

Valenzuela City officials led by Emmanuel Delesmo, Chief of Public Sanitation and Cleanliness Group, representing Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian (4th from left), Kagawad Alfredo Dulalia, Head of Environment Committee, Barangay Lingunan and Rommel Pondevida, Chief of City Environment and Natural Resources Office (3rd and 4th from right, respectively) hold the check representing their prize as grand winner of the Gawad Taga-Ilog: Search for Most Improved Estero in Metro Manila. The award was conferred by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) with DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones (3rd from left) and NCR Director Jacqueline Caancan (extreme right). The award recognizes the efforts of barangays to keep water bodies in their areas, clean and trash-free. The event was held at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Ampitheatre in Quezon City on March 9. ###