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“One of our responsibilities is to ensure that the future generations witness the wildlife species that we have today”. 

Michael De Luis, Barangay Chairman of Lanawan, MacArthur, Leyte shares as he turns-over two (2) Philippine Deer (Rusa marianna) to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office of Palo.

According to Chairman De Luis, the Philippine Deer locally known as “bugsok” was rescued by members of Mamanwa Tribe sometime in May from an “awang”, a trapping pit used by locals in the upland to catch animals for their food.

 “The barangay local government unit has been conducting information and environmental awareness campaigns for our community, so the people are somehow mindful of the laws protecting our wildlife”, Chairman De Luis said.

“When the Mamanwas came to me, they were briefed about the sanctions for killing and inflicting harm to these species specially those classified as endangered. Understanding our goal to protect the wildlife species in our area, the Mamanwas were also keen in turning over the Philippine deer to proper authorities for their safe release back to the wild”, he added.

Chairman De Luis said that the two Philippine Deer sustained wounds from falling into the trapping pit, so he kept them under his care until they were fit for travel to the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Palo.

Presently, the two Philippine Deer are cared for at the Rescue Center and will be released back to the wild as soon as they are found fit and healthy.

Meanwhile, Palo CENR Officer Crisostomo Badeo, Jr. lauded the efforts of the locals in protecting the region’s wildlife species. “The presence of the Philippine Deer in our forests is an indication that we still have an ecologically balanced ecosystem, thus the need for more intensified protection efforts from all of us”, CENRO Badeo said. “We are urging everyone to emulate what was done by Chairman De Luis and his community, and bear in mind that we all have responsibilities towards our environment. If you are in possession of any wildlife species, and if you see any wildlife species in danger, please contact the DENR office nearest you”, he added.

“We are encouraging everyone to take part in our campaigns and contribute to preserving our wildlife species and our environment. Let us always remember, ikaw, ako, tayo ang kalikasan”, DENR Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. stressed.

The Philippine deer is classified as endangered under DENR Administrative Order 2019-09. Possession, killing, and inflicting harm to these species is punishable by Republic Act 9147, An Act Providing for the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources and their Habitats.

“If there is anyone who knows better the symbiotic relationship between us and the forest, it has to be our  indigenous people. And so, we appreciate and support the call of our migrant indigenous group in the region to protect our Philippine Eagle and its habitat,” says Tirso P. Parian Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8.

A tribal leader of a Mamanwa tribe has made that call having observed that the Philippine Eagle thrives on forests with thick vegetation, particularly in the forests of Burauen and Baybay, Leyte.

“I call on everyone living near or within the forests to help monitor any activities that may threaten the Philippine Eagle and their natural habitat. Let us help the DENR and their partners who are exerting effort to protect our Philippine Eagle,” says Mr. Junie Banagbanag, a tribal leader and designated as one of the forest guards in the area.

While he admits that their tribe used to hunt wildlife in the forest for their sustenance and as commodity that they sell to the community, they have ceased doing this after they were made aware that it creates an imbalance in the ecosystem and that it is prohibited by law.

“What we do now is to help in the continued search of the Philippine Eagle and to monitor the presence of wildlife in the area that are main food source of the eagle such as flying lemurs, monkeys and even civet cats,” added Mr. Banagbanag.

This call coincide with the observance of the 23rd Philippine Eagle Week with the theme, “The Philippine Eagle and Indigenous Peoples: Protecting our Forests, Protecting our Future”. This is also aligned with the DENR’s campaign advocacy, Tayo Ang Kalikasan.

“Our Philippine Eagle and our indigenous tribes know too well that their very survival is necessarily dependent on a healthy forest. And in the same vein, humanity and our civilizations will cease to exist as we know it if we continue to act as masters rather than stewards towards our environment,” says Tirso P. Parian Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8.

As the Philippines celebrate the Phillippine Eagle Week, we are once again reminded that our effort to save this majestic giant forest raptor that is one of the largest in the world, is also about protecting our very own future – our right to exist and to survive in harmony with nature.

Likewise, this message is aptly captured by the 23rd observance of Philippine Eagle Week with the theme, “The Philippine Eagle and Indigenous Peoples: Protecting our Forests, Protecting our Future”. 

“We believe that we have already reached a higher level of awareness among the populace that the continued existence of the Philippine Eagle matters for a balanced ecosystem. Likewise, policies and laws are already in place to protect them. It is living by it and of doing it that remains a challenge. After all, Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan” says RED Parian.

The major islands of Leyte and Samar in Eastern Visayas have historically been identified as having confirmed sightings of the Philippine Eagle. These include the Taft Philippine Eagle Sanctuary in Eastern Samar; San Jose de Buan and Maslog in Samar; Burauen in Leyte; and Silago in Southern Leyte.

“Our insistence that employees of the Department undergo formal education and training through our Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Academy is a manifestation of the management’s thrust of giving premium to the learning and development of its personnel to better serve the public,” says Tirso P. Parian Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 8.

RED Parian made this remark during the graduation rites of 46 DENR employees in the region, belonging to Batch Enthusiastic and Batch Integrity, who hurdled the 10-day ENR Academy Basic Course. The course was innovatively and successfully done virtually at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

“Now, the challenge is to level up the learning and development phase to the performance management because it is where we are weighed if we can concretize into practice through the delivery of services those that we learned in the course,” added RED Parian.

The course was positively welcomed by the student-employees of DENR as it provided them the opportunity to be better equipped to perform not only their respective functions but a working knowledge of the DENR’s priority programs and projects.

“There were many information about the Department that most of us were still ignorant about even after years in service. It was the ENR Academy that filled up the void and we are truly grateful,” remarked Ms. Kristines M. Suyom, the class valedictorian from batch Integrity.

Ms. Quennie Mae. G. Cagoyong, valedictorian for batch Enthusiastic says, “as a commitment being a recipient of the learned knowledge, we will do our best to become better versions of ourselves to help fulfill the Department’s mandate and offer quality service to our clients.”

The ENR Academy is a specialized competency development program of the DENR designed to augment knowledge gaps, calibrate understanding of ENR laws and sharpen proficiencies of all DENR employees, especially in the frontline offices and leaders to improve delivery of services to the public.

“The DENR core values of discipline, excellence, nobility, and responsibility are forever engraved in the hearts of officials who graduated from government service”, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Leo Van V. Juguan speaks on behalf of the retirees honored by the DENR Regional Office VIII.

The Department recently bid “Salamat, Mabuhay” to six (6) retiree officials in recognition of their significant contributions to the Department. Awarded with Certificates of Commendations were: MGB RD Leo Van V. Juguan (43 years in service), CENRO Marcialito G. Torres, Sr., (38 years), Administrative Division Chief Natividad T. Yu (38 years), OIC, CENRO Edilberto A. Caidlang (40 years), GSS Chief Virginia G. Tamayo (42 years), and HRDS Chief Leah C. Salazar (30 years).

Addressing the current DENR workforce, RD Juguan said, “the human resource is the most vital component of the organization. Have passion for work and everything that you do. Don’t let that passion within your hearts burn-out”.

Meanwhile, DENR VIII Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. expressed gratitude to the retirees for the many years of invaluable service they have rendered and wished them the best of luck in the new track they will be taking.

The conduct of Salamat, Mabuhay Program to acknowledge the government service of retirees is mandated by CSC MC No. 7, series of 1998. The DENR through then Secretary Horacio Ramos adopted said CSC Memo Circular in 2010.