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 8 conducts lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Harassment

    Friday, May 25, 2018

    One hundred employees participated in the lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Sexual Harassment Law last March 20, 2018. This activity was spearheaded by the Gender and Development of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 8 in celebration of the National Women’s Month. Raising public awareness on Anti-Violence against Women and Their Children Act (RA 9262) and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act (RA 7877) to both male and female employees was the main objective of lec…


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DENR 8’s ARD for Management Services Arturo N. Salazar presents Updates on Government Policy on Climate Change during the 2nd Regional Climate Change Conference conducted by PH Haiyan Cooperative in cooperation with the Climate Change Commission.

Mangrove forest and eco-park in Naungan, Ormoc City developed by the Naungan San Juan Mangrove Planters Association from what used to be a plain mudflat.

DENR 8 technical personnel record and monitor sightings of migratory birds in the wetlands of Eastern Visayas.

Residents of Brgy. Tagpuro join the mangrove tree planting activity spearheaded by the PH Haiyan Advocacy Cooperative.

Participants to the tree planting activity in celebration of National Women’s Month and International Day of Forest plant mangrove propagules in one of the most devatated areas in Tacloban City when Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region in November 2013.

The speaker urge participants to respect women, support their children, love their family and share what they learned to other people and advocate women’s rights during a lecture-forum on Anti-VAWC and Anti-Harassment in celebration of the National Women's Month.

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