Provincial Releases

In its effort towards a more intensified forest protection in Eastern Visayas, the Enforcement Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office conducted an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign to the law enforcers in the province of Biliran composed of some elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and coast guards.

Among others, topics discussed include Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act (R.A. 9147), Chainsaw Act (R.A.9175), Cutting, Gathering and/or Collecting Timber or other Forest products without license (Section 77 of PD 705), creation of Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force, and Rules for the Administrative Adjudication of Illegal Forest Products and the machinery, equipment, tools and conveyances used (DAO) No.97-32).

“It is important to continuously equip our law enforcers on the policies, rules and regulations of the Department such as the ones pertaining to forest protection and biodiversity conservation so that they can effectively enforce these laws against any violators,” says Forester Glenn B. Garciano from the Enforcement Division.

PENRO Biliran personnel from the Monitoring and Enforcement Section, and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers (MENROs) of the province also attended the IEC campaign held at Brgy. Atipolo, Naval Biliran.

Recognizing the great role of the youth in environmental protection, a tree planting activity was spearheaded by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Biliran during the celebration of Linggo ng Kabataan 2022.

The tree-planting activity which planted around 300 mahogany seedlings in Brgy.Villaconsuelo, Naval, Biliran was participated by over a hundred participants composed mainly of different youth groups such as Naval Youth Club, Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT), 4-H Club, Apo Fraternity and Sorority, government agencies including uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the academe.

The Maritime Law Enforcement Team in Brgy. Alegria, Caibiran, Biliran turned over 2 heads of white-eared brown dove to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Biliran.

Under Department Administrative Order (DAO) No.2019-09 on the Updated List of Threatened Philippine Flora and Fauna and their categories, white-eared brown dove is classified as Other Wildlife Species (OWS) wherein mere possession of it without permit is punishable.

“We encourage those who are in custody of any wildlife species without permit to turn them over to the nearest DENR office so that they could be released immediately to their natural habitat, says Maria Cristina Santos, from PENRO Biliran.

The brown doves were released on the same day by a PENRO personnel at a forested area in Brgy. Hugpa, Biliran, Biliran after an examination was done by a veterinarian finding the doves fit and in fair condition.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Samar in coordination with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Catbalogan and Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) conducted a Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) to 60 participants at San Isidro Elementary School, Brgy. San Isidro, Paranas, Samar.

Topics on Forestry -related Laws such as Presidential Decree (PD) 705 or the Forestry Code of the Philippines and the Republic Act (RA) 11038 known as the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018 were discussed since the location is enlisted as one of the timber poaching hotspot areas in the region.

The participants of the CEPA were the constituents of Barangay San Isidro, the members of the People Organizations BOSIS and TORPEDO and the teachers of San Isidro Elementary School with the presence of Mr. Ricarte Uy, the HR Manager of Taft Hydro Energy Corporation who delivered the closing remarks of the said activity.

To spread awareness on the different programs, projects and campaigns of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the DENR Regional Office VIII in partnership with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Northern Samar, Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Catarman and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of San Isidro, Northern Samar conducted an Information Education and Communication (IEC) campaign in San Isidro Agro-Industrial School, San Isidro, Northern Samar.

Highlights of the IEC campaign include Presidential Decree (PD) No. 705 or the Forestry Code of the Philippines, the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 97-32, Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the campaign for Tayo ang Kalikasan (TAK).

Members of the Barangay Council, SK Officials and some students of SIAIS attended the activity and were invited to join the Tayo ang Kalikasan movement of the DENR.