Photo Releases

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Leyte through its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Palo contracted thirty (30) families in Burauen, Leyte as partners in the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening program (ENGP) ‘family approach’ from 2021-2023. Recently, these families received P337,319.40. This amount covers 15% of their project cost for the first year amounting to over three million pesos. During the first year of their 3-year contract, families shall undertake activities under comprehensive site development such as production of seedlings and establishment of 216 hectares NGP plantation in the municipality of Burauen.

Colonies of golden crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) also known as golden capped fruit bat decorates a large rain tree (acacia) found in a residential area in Brgy. Maligaya, Jiabong, Samar. Residents claim that these colonies of flying fox have taken the rain tree as their home for around five (5) years already. Left undisturbed by the community, it is observed that the number of flying fox flocking to the tree is increasing each year. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is closely coordinating with the barangay officials for the protection of this wildlife species that has long thrived in their barangay. The golden crowned flying fox is endemic to the Philippines and is listed as critically endangered. They play an important role in dispersing seeds and are crucial to keeping native forests healthy.

The celebration of World Wildlife Day highlighted the conduct of information campaigns anchored on this year’s theme which is "Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet”. In Barangay Balacson, Kawayan, Biliran province where hatchlings of marine turtles were recently released back to sea, residents of the coastal community were informed on its proper handling and the process of releasing them back to the sea. Other topics discussed during the forum included the salient features of Republic Act 9147, biodiversity and the Tayo ang Kalikasan advocacy campaign of DENR.

To celebrate World Wetlands Day, the Conservation and Development Division conducted an awareness campaign starting with around thirty (30) contractual employees of the regional office. These employees were given an orientation on the importance of wetlands and the threats to this ecosystem. Also included was a discussion on the Ramsar Convention which is an intergovernmental treaty that provides framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. Assistant Regional Director Jose Elmer C. Bascos challenged the participants to translate the information they received into concrete actions upon returning to their respective offices and homes.

Plastic wastes including surgical masks were seen scattered in a mangrove area with some even entangled in mangrove roots. These were the observations noted by some staff from the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) who visited a mangrove site in Barangay San Isidro, St. Bernard, So. Leyte on February 2, 2021, World Wetland’s Day. The plantation which is being managed by the Panian, San Isidro, Himbangan Mangrove Planters Association (PASAHIMAPA) People’s Organization (PO) was recommended for a clean-up activity involving the local community.