Regional Releases

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Culasi in Antique province, in coordination with the Dulungan Youth, Youth Environment Schools Organization (YES-O), Northern Antique Vocational (NAVS) Chapter, and barangay officials of Brgy. Magsaysayconduct a replanting activity at a National Greening Program (NGP) site established in 2013. The site is near the habitat of the endangered Dulungan (Rufous headed Hornbill). The volunteers planted a total of one hundred fifty seven (157) native fruit trees.

Dulungan Youth is a youth-led organizationcommitted to create environmentally conscious youth leaders who support the conservation and protection of the biodiversity in the province of Antique./DENR6-CENROCulasi

African swine flu (ASF) cases continue to increase in various parts of the country posing a challenge to food security and to solid waste disposal.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said thatit is the responsibility of all local government units to ensure that all wastes, including biodegradables and food wastes, are properly disposed pursuant to Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

In a study done by the Department of Agriculture (DA), improper disposal of food wastes particularly when these are used in piggeries as feeds, was identified as one of the causes of ASF in the country.
Cimatudirected all regional offices of the DENR and the EMB to issue an advisory to all local government units (LGU) to strictly comply with the provisions of RA 9003 and to properlymanage residuals and biodegradable wastes in their respective areas.

The environment chief stressed that food wastes should be collected by LGUs and private individuals are strictly not allowed to buy or ask for food wastes from establishments.
In the interest of public health and safety, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Philippines has heightened its post-marketing surveillance and has conducted an audit of all concerned establishments to ensure full compliance with Republic Act 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009 and Republic Act 10611 or the Food Safety Act of 2013, and other pertinent laws. 

According to the Department of Agriculture, the ASF is a viral disease that is contagious among animals but not to humans. Since it has no vaccine and no known cure,it can place the swine industry at risk.
Solid Waste Management is one of the priority programs of Cimatu.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is taking steps to declare as critical habitatan estimated 25-hectare site in Barangay Mabuhay, General Santos City which is home to the large flying fox (Pteropusvampyrus).

This measure isin a bid to protect the remaining population of this species, considered the largest bat in the world, from hunting, loss of habitat and other threats.

A DENR composite team conducted a rapid habitat assessment of large flying fox roosting on trees in Nopol Hills in Barangay Mabuhayassisted by the representatives of the local government unit and the tenure holder of the Forest Land Grazing Management Agreement (FLGMA) No. 20-2007 where Nopol Hills is situated.The team estimated the bat population to be around 7,000 heads.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 and Joint DENR-DA-PCSD Administrative Order No. 01, FLGMA is a production sharing agreement between a qualified person, association and/or corporation and the government to develop, manage and utilize grazing lands.

On the other hand, DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2007-02 defines critical habitats as “known habitats of threatened species and designated as such based on scientific data taking into consideration species endemicity and richness, presence of man-made pressures and threats to the survival of wildlife living in the area, among others.”

Forester Shalimar A. Disomangcop, the outgoing Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) for South Cotabato, said that the large flying fox feeds on fruits, nectar and flowers, hence these mammals are also called “large fruit bats.”

“They play a biological role in the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and by serving as pollinators of forest trees. Large fruit bats are vital when it comes to pollinating food crops like durian,” Disomangcop added.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in General Santos City has reported that Nopol Hills is the roosting site of the bats owing to the presence of a forest in the locality.

Results of the rapid site assessment show that there are man-made pressures or threats occurring in the area such as cutting of trees and hunting that might affect the survival of the large flying foxes. These observations were reported to the Barangay LGU for appropriate action.

The presence of natural resources that have economic and social impacts in the area were also observed by the team.

The CENRO has also conducted a perimeter survey and community consultation as part of the preparations for the declaration of the identified area as a critical habitat.

The large flying fox is classified under Other Threatened Species in the List of Threatened Species as provided for under DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-15 and the 2017 Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species or CITES List of Threatened Species. (PKAFarrol/MCLocsin/DENR South Cotabato). ###

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is taking steps to declare as critical habitatan estimated 25-hectare site in Barangay Mabuhay, General Santos City which is home to the large flying fox (Pteropusvampyrus).

This measure isin a bid to protect the remaining population of this species, considered the largest bat in the world, from hunting, loss of habitat and other threats.

A DENR composite team conducted a rapid habitat assessment of large flying fox roosting on trees in Nopol Hills in Barangay Mabuhayassisted by the representatives of the local government unit and the tenure holder of the Forest Land Grazing Management Agreement (FLGMA) No. 20-2007 where Nopol Hills is situated.The team estimated the bat population to be around 7,000 heads.

Pursuant to Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 and Joint DENR-DA-PCSD Administrative Order No. 01, FLGMA is a production sharing agreement between a qualified person, association and/or corporation and the government to develop, manage and utilize grazing lands.

On the other hand, DENR Memorandum Circular No. 2007-02 defines critical habitats as “known habitats of threatened species and designated as such based on scientific data taking into consideration species endemicity and richness, presence of man-made pressures and threats to the survival of wildlife living in the area, among others.”

Forester Shalimar A. Disomangcop, the outgoing Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) for South Cotabato, said that the large flying fox feeds on fruits, nectar and flowers, hence these mammals are also called “large fruit bats.”

“They play a biological role in the ecosystem by dispersing seeds and by serving as pollinators of forest trees. Large fruit bats are vital when it comes to pollinating food crops like durian,” Disomangcop added.

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in General Santos City has reported that Nopol Hills is the roosting site of the bats owing to the presence of a forest in the locality.

Results of the rapid site assessment show that there are man-made pressures or threats occurring in the area such as cutting of trees and hunting that might affect the survival of the large flying foxes. These observations were reported to the Barangay LGU for appropriate action.

The presence of natural resources that have economic and social impacts in the area were also observed by the team.

The CENRO has also conducted a perimeter survey and community consultation as part of the preparations for the declaration of the identified area as a critical habitat.

The large flying fox is classified under Other Threatened Species in the List of Threatened Species as provided for under DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-15 and the 2017 Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species or CITES List of Threatened Species. (PKAFarrol/MCLocsin/DENR South Cotabato). ###

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Bago City recently spearheaded the 7th cleanup of Sum-ag River in Brgy. Sum-ag, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental.

One hundred eighty five (185) participants from the Philippine Coast Guard, Sum-ag Elementary School, PCG Auxiliary, City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council(CFARMC) Guardians Emigrant and barangay officials and residents joined the Sum-ag River Cleanup and gathered a total of forty three (43) sacks of assorted garbages.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. thanked stakeholders for helping cleanup Sum-Ag River. He also appealed to the community to observe proper solid waste disposal and management.

“The Environment Department is very thankful for your active support in helping to improve the quality of our water bodies. Whatever we do to our environment will eventually affect us in many ways”, he said.

 

RED Milla also underscored that the conductof cleanup drive will need the involvement of community for them to realize the need tO reverse the worsening condition of rivers and other water bodies.

Clean Water is one of the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu which aims to improve water quality of priority rivers and other critical water bodies including lakes and bays through continuous massive clean up, monitoring of industries and rehabilitation of esteros and rivers./DENR-CENROBago