According to DENR-PENRO Northern Samar’s report, one of the sea turtles was found ashore at Brgy. Magsaysay, Bobon, Northern Samar by a concerned citizen, and was immediately turned-over to the LGU for proper care. The other one was found entangled to a fish net in Brgy. Lucban, Bobon, Northern Samar by a fisherman. DENR PENRO Northern Samar’s Supervising Ecosystems Management Specialist, Mr. Nestor Collamar said, the LGU of Bobon requested the DENR to facilitate the immediate release of the rescued pawikan. “Prior to the release, DENR metal tags were placed on the flippers of the pawikan to determine their migratory patterns and their behavior in the water, and ensure its protection”, Mr. Collamar disclosed. “Both marine turtles were released in the seas of Bobon, considered a nesting site for marine turtles”, he added. The release of the rescued pawikan was conducted in coordination with LGU Bobon, the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca lauds the concerted efforts and the active involvement of the community, the local government unit, and other agencies in the protection and conservation of the marine turtles. Director Sibbaluca enjoins the public to support the Pawikan Conservation Project of the government. “Inform the nearest DENR office of any sightings of the pawikan or turn over to authorities if caught or trapped in fish cages”, he says.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) red lists the Green sea turtle as endangered. As declared by the IUCN, all species of marine turtles and their population are fast diminishing due to animal predation and human exploitation. ###


DENR spearheads tree planting in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day

ArborDayThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 highlights the celebration of this year’s Philippine Arbor Day by spearheading a tree planting activity at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte.

The event was participated by over two hundred (200) volunteers from the Philippine Army, Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), local government unit of Palo, barangay local government unit of Salvacion, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Tacloban Chapter, Pepsi Cola, Office of Leyte 1st District Representative Yedda Romualdez, DENR regional office, CENRO Palo, PENRO Leyte, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB). Read more...

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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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