The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), will spearhead the local observance of the World Wildlife Day on March 2-4.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that the celebration is “a crucial step in promoting the protection of wildlife species in the Philippines.”

“We have various activities lined up for the World Wildlife Day to remind the Filipino people of their role in protecting and conserving the treasures of our natural resources,” Cimatu said.

The World Wildlife Day is celebrated on March 3, the day the landmark Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973. This year’s theme is “Big cats: predators under threat.”

The annual celebration, which started in 2014 following the declaration by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 20, 2013, aims to raise awareness of endangered animal and plant species, and ways to fight against wildlife crime.

The Philippines joins the global celebration as part of its commitment to the CITES, an international agreement to regulate worldwide commercial trade in animal and plant species.

Director Theresa Mundita Lim of the DENR’s Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) said several activities will be held to “maximize the opportunity to raise public awareness on the diverse wildlife resources in the country.”

The highlight of the celebration is the 5th Annual Wildlife Law Enforcement Awards, which recognizes private individuals and non-DENR personnel who have provided invaluable assistance and unqualified support to the agency in enforcing the provisions of Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

The awarding ceremony will be held at the BMB Training Center Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Training Center at 10 am on March 2.

According to Lim, the DENR has conferred the award to 349 recipients for the past four years. 

“For this year, 25 brave men and women from various enforcement partner agencies will be formally commended for their invaluable and continuous dedication to wildlife law reinforcement from April 2017 to February 2018,” Lim said.

This year’s awardees will come from civil society organizations and law enforcement agencies, such as the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police.

“The awarding ceremony once again serves as a venue for the DENR to call for stronger support and greater commitment from each of the awardees and from their respective institutions and agencies to curb illegal wildlife trade,” Cimatu said.

The BMB will also be holding the 3rd National Wildlife Quiz Bee in the afternoon of the same day and venue, March 2 at 1:30 pm.

Lim said that the National Wildlife Quiz Bee is a knowledge-based competition and learning event that aims to encourage the target students to give attention to current developments in wildlife.

Participants of the quiz bee will be Grade 9 students from various public schools in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon.

There is also the Biodiversity Camp (BioCamp), which is one and half day learning event designed for the youth. 

The BioCamp aims to expose the participants to biodiversity conservation and to make them aware of their role in conserving biodiversity.

BioCampers will undergo informal learning approaches such as environmental games, skits or role-playing, nature walk, wildlife watching, and close encounter of selected species of wild animals. 

For this year, the BioCamp is dedicated for the 13-18 years old children of the officials and personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. ###

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  • Cuatro Islas tourists limited to 500 a day

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    Tourists visiting the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape (CIPLS) in Hindang and Inopacan, Leyte is limited to five hundred (500) per day. This is the reminder posed by the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) 8 as influx of tourists to the four scenic islets of Apid, Digyo, Himokilan, and Mahaba increases this summer. Said carrying capacity limit has been adopted by the CIPLS Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) from a study conducted by GIZ Protected Area Management Enhanceme…


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DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR personnel, BLGU officials, local residents, members of people’s organizations and the media witness the release of various species of birds into Mt. Nacolod.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

CENR Officer Joselito Eco plant a tree seedling during the Arbor Day celebration of CENRO Ormoc in Barangay Soob, Albuera, Leyte wherein several participants from people's organization, local community and youth organization joined in the tree planting activity.

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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