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 World Wetlands Day Celebration – Feb 2
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in region 8 is joining in the global efforts to raise awareness about the value of wetlands for the community and the environment by celebrating World Wetlands Day on February 2.   Observed annually, World Wetland’s Day marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance on February 2, 1971 in Ramsar City, Iran. This also coincides with the celebration of the National Wetlands Day as provided under Pr…


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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu (in black coat) officiates the turn-over ceremony from outgoing RD Arleigh J. Adorable to incoming RD Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo lights the Flame of Sportsmanship to formally start the DENR Sportsfest 2017.

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.

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