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 8 to spearhead synchronized coastal clean-up on International Coastal Clean-up Day

“Let us join millions of people around the globe in rehabilitating and cleaning our coastal areas, seas, rivers and waterways from marine debris that harm our marine life and ecosystems this International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, September 16”, says Assistant Regional Director for Management Service and In-Charge of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 8 Arturo N. Salazar.

In observance of this year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day, the Conservation and Development Division of the DENR Regional Office and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) will spearhead a clean-up activity along the coast of Panalaron Bay, Cancabato Bay, San Pedro Bay and Mangonbangon River. The activity will start simultaneously in every designated area at six o’clock in the morning of September 16. After the cleanup, a short program will be held at Plaza Rizal, Tacloban City.

Nearly three hundred (300) volunteers will join the event. This includes partners from different agencies and civil society organizations such as ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan, Let’s Do It! Philippines, Philippine National Police, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and PCG-Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Volunteer for the Visayans, Petron Corporation, Tacloban City Rescue Unit (TACRU), Rotary Club of Kandaya, SEED4Com, the city government of Tacloban and other national and local government agencies.

Information from the EMB states that for this year, an orchestrated cleanup will be conducted by donor-partners of the Adopt-an-Estero/Waterbody Program. A synchronized coastal cleanup will also be spearheaded by different DENR field offices in other parts of the region.

The EMB also disclosed that recyclable wastes collected from the clean-up will be sold to junk shops. Proceeds will be donated to Tahanang Walang Hagdan, a non-government organization.

“We enjoin the active participation of the public in cleaning-up our waterways especially this International Coastal Clean-up Day and in ensuring a safe and sound environment beneficial to the health and well-being of the community”, says ARD Salazar.

The International Coastal Cleanup Day is being observed annually every third Saturday of September in consonance with Presidential Proclamation No. 470 signed on September 15, 2003 and consistent with Proclamation No. 244 declaring September as National Clean-up Month.

Photo Releases

Ms. Corazon Makabenta of DENR R8 (left) and representatives of different agencies forming the Samar Fellowship Circle show support for the Spark Samar Development Agenda. Also in photo is Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan - Delos Santos (center).

Participants of the tree planting activity in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day plant talisay seedlings at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte

Women beneficiaries receive their Free Patents from (L-R) a representative of LGU Lilo-an, DENR CENRO San Juan Joejol Cuizon, and So. Leyte ROD Chief Lemy Lotero.

Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) released in Bobon, Northern Samar.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents a Certificate of Recognition to Barangay Chairman Noel Tabao for his assistance in implementing DENR programs and projects and strengthening the community’s resilience to climate change.

DENR Personnel takes two (2) baskets of Leyte pond turtles hidden under the seat of the public utility vehicle.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca highlights the role of youth in environmental protection during the 5th Regional Youth Day held in Naval, Biliran.

Atty. Lea Fuentes-Apdo representing Congresswoman Yedda Romualdez leads the ribbon cutting ceremony which marked the opening of the exhibit on DENR 8 Milestones and DENR regional office mini park held on World Environment Day – June 5. She is assisted by (L-R) ARD for Technical Services Carlito Tuballa, RD Leonardo Sibbaluca, MGB RD Raul Laput, EMB Division Chief Maribel Munsayac, and ARD for Management Services Arturo Salazar.

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