pr espinosa snakesThe joint DENR-PNP operation held on August 13, 2016 resulted to the confiscation of nine (9) reticulated pythons, and six (6) exotic species consisting of five (5) albino snakes and one (1) green python. Technical staff from the DENR said that the animals were not fed for some days resulting to the death of one snake and the weak or poor condition of few others. 

The DENR further said that the Espinosas were not issued with a Certificate of Registration or a Captive Breeding Permit, thus they are not allowed to hold these wild animals in possession. 

According to DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca the snakes should be left undisturbed in their natural habitat and should not be possessed or collected by any individual or group without appropriate permit. Hence, possession of wildlife without permit is a ground for confiscation of the animals in favor of the government. 

The DENR Director further said that the confiscated snakes are now temporarily placed at the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Palo, Leyte for proper treatment and care. The reticulated pythons will be released back into the wild as soon as their conditions improve. 

Report from the DENR states that the office is now conducting further inquiry on the incident, citing possible violation of Sec. 27 (f) of RA 9147, otherwise known as Wildlife Act of 2001. 

The operation was conducted by a joint retrieval team composed of DENR regional office personnel headed by the Assistant Division Chief of DENR’s Conservation and Development Division Forester Crisostomo Badeo, DENR -CENRO Albuera headed by Forester Leonardo Germano, and PNP Albuera led by Police Inspector John Michael Crispino. 

Pythons are listed as endangered species. The Wildlife Act states that violations involving these kind of species is punishable with imprisonment of one year and one day to two years and  a fine of twenty thousand (P20,000.00) to two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00).

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DENR recognizes partners on environmental protection, Kicks-off observance of Month of the Planet Earth

tabaoIn observance of April as Month of the Planet Earth, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 recognizes the contributions of its partners in environmental protection and natural resources conservation.


As a kick-off activity for the month-long celebration, DENR presented a Certificate of Recognition to Barangay Chairman Noel Tabao of of Barangay 69, Anibong, Tacloban City. Chairman Tabao’s invaluable assistance to the rehabilitation of mangrove areas in Leyte through the Leyte Gulf Rehabilitation Project launched after Super Typhoon Yolanda, particularly in the rehabilitation and development of a 12-hectare mangrove area in Bgry. 69 was recognized by the DENR. His assistance in organizing the Greening Initiators and Nature’s Advocate People’s Organization or GINAPO as DENR partner in the establishment, maintenance, and production of seedlings for DENR 8 Central Nursery in Anibong was also cited.

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DENR Secretary Gina Lopez leads employees of DENR region 8 in an oath to take care of the environment and be better stewards of the earth. Employees also committed to work for integrity, public service, and common good. The oath of commitment was made by the employees during the visit of Secretary Lopez to DENR regional office on January 16, 2016.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents the region’s central nursery and the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove Rehabilitation Project site at Brgy. Anibong, Tacloban City to Green Climate Fund (GCF) Director Javier Manazares (seated, 3rd from left) and Demetrio Innocenti (seated, 4th from left). The project implemented in 2014 in the hardest hit provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Eastern Samar by Typhoon Yolanda envisions to restore the lush mangroves in said areas, emphasizing on the crucial role these mangroves play in protecting the coastline, preventing coastal erosion, serving as buffer for tidal currents and storm driven waves, and mitigating the unavoidable impacts of climate change. GCF visited the area for an ocular inspection in response to the request of Secretary Lopez for financial assistance in support to the department’s programs and projects on climate change mitigation and adaptation. Also in photo are (seated L-R) ERDB Director Henry Adornado, ASec Junie Hernandez, Assistant Secretary Evelyn Cruzada of the Performance and Projects Management Office, office of the Cabinet Secretary.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in region 8 recognizes the important role played by indigenous communities in the protection and preservation of the region’s protected areas. In photo is the Mamanwa Indigenous Community in Burauen, Leyte joining this year’s Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park Outdoor Festival held on February 3, coinciding with the declaration of MVNP as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Area System (NIPAS) Act. The event intends to showcase the natural park as a home to various species of flora and fauna including the Philippine Eagle, and promote the preservation of the rich biodiversity in the area. 

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