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A resident of Brgy. Caray-caray, Naval, Biliran turned-over a reticulated python  to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Biliran.

Measuring 2.76 meters in length and weighing approximately 6 kilos, the snake was caught trying to prey on chicken inside a farm in Brgy. Cabunga-an, Naval Biliran owned by Mr. Orson Manco.

Mr. Manco turned-over the captured snake to PENRO Biliran for proper handling and care. After checking its condition, the snake was immediately released to a forested area in Brgy. Villa consuelo, Naval, Biliran.

 “We appreciate the effort of Mr. Manco who turned-over the captured snake to the office because we really want our wildlife species to stay protected in their natural habitat,” DENR VIII Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian says.

“We are requesting everyone to report incidents of wildlife trading and any form of wildlife abuse to the DENR. Also, if there are wildlife species in your area that needs to be rescued, please contact the DENR office nearest you,” he adds.

Reticulated pythons are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia including the Philippines. Under DENR Administrative Order 2019-19, the reticulated python is classified as Other Threatened Species (OTS), meaning the species is under threat from over collection throughout its range and is likely to be moved to the vulnerable category in the near future. Such species is also threatened due to predation, destruction of habitats, or other similar causes.

The DENR has been reminding the public that collection and possession of wildlife is guided by Republic Act 9147, An Act Providing for the Conservation and Protection of Wildlife Resources and their Habitats. Any violation thereof is meted out with corresponding sanctions and penalties.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in BIliran handed-over mangrove seedlings and propagules to the local government unit of Kawayan in support to the LGU’s plan of creating a mangrove forest with boardwalk.

In partnership with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Sta. Rita, PENRO Biliran provided some one thousand eight hundred (1,800) tangal seedlings and bakawan propagules to Kawayan. These planting materials were sourced from the 50-hectare mangrove Seed Production Area (SPA) in Brgy. Tinago, Calbiga, Samar maintained by CENRO Sta. Rita.

PENRO Biliran likewise spearheaded the planting of the mangrove seedlings and propagules in Kawayan, participated by volunteers from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the local government unit, Philippine Army, and the local community.

The donation of mangrove planting materials and the planting activity initiated by PENRO Biliran was a response to Mayor Rudy J. Espina’s plan of creating a mangrove forest with boardwalk as discussed with former Biliran Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Eugenia N. Bautista.

“Mangrove benefits us all. They are extremely productive ecosystems providing first line of defense for coastal communities. They stabilize shorelines by slowing erosion and providing natural defense against strong waves and storm surge”, former PENRO Bautista said.

“DENR is always willing to support activities of the local government unit and any group or individual geared towards the protection of the environment and the safety of the community”, she added.

“Making our environment more livable is everybody’s responsibility. No amount of effort by the government or any organization will make this planet clutter-free if we do not work hand-in-hand”, says Ms. Vanessa Ebina, employee of PENRO Biliran.

This, she stressed after the office spearheaded a clean-up activity at the Grandstand in Brgy. Larrazabal, Naval, Biliran.

Participated by the Bureau of Fire Protection, BLGU Larrazabal, and Kasambungan Youth Club, the volunteers collected around fifteen (15) bags of garbage consisting of plastics, bottles, paper boxes, and styrofoams from fastfood take-outs.

On behalf of PENRO Biliran, Ms. Ebina called on everyone to be responsible and be mindful of the environment while doing their activities. “My appeal goes out to the community especially to the users of the grandstand  – the athletes who are practicing their sports, those who are practicing their driving lessons, visitors, and bystanders, please stop littering this area and all our surroundings”, she said. “What is seen in your community, reflects the kind of citizen that you are”, she added.

Meanwhile, DENR Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian Jr., says “as stewards of our vast environment and natural resources, we should ensure that our garbage is disposed of properly. We cannot always depend upon the DENR or the volunteer groups and organization to clean up our mess. To achieve a sustainably healthy, safe, and sound environment, action should start from each and every individual”.

The office of Guiuan Marine Resource Protected Landscape and Seascape (GMRPLS) rescued a Philippine Palm Civet (Paradoxurus philippensis), locally known as “garong”. This, after a concerned citizen reported that he spotted a wounded civet cat in the streets of Poblacion 8, Guiuan, Eastern Samar, evening of July 24, 2021.

Rescuers discovered that the adult civet cat had injuries on its left eye and mouth. It was immediately brought to the CENRO Borongan Sub-office – Guiuan for proper care and rehabilitation.

After recovering from the sustained injuries, the civet cat was released to its natural habitat in Guiuan, Eastern Samar on July 29, 2021.

The Civet cats are considered as one of the country’s rare and endemic species. This wildlife excretes coffee seeds considered as the world’s most expensive coffee, making it a high-value animal for some households and coffee manufacturers.

In light of this threat, the DENR emphasized that the civet cat plays an important role in the ecosystem by propagating the seeds it spews after eating. This natural process contributes to growing a variety of plants and fruit trees in the forests.

"The office is grateful to everyone who shows concern for our wildlife and their habitat", DENR VIII Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. says.

"Our call continues - let’s keep our wildlife such as the civet cats alive and protected in their natural habitat. Report wildlife crimes and violations immediately, and if you encounter wildlife that needs to be rescued, please contact the DENR office nearest you", he adds. ###

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Borongan partnered with the Land Registration Authority (LRA) in Eastern Samar for the distribution of six hundred fifty one (651) agricultural free patents or certificates of land titles to qualified beneficiaries in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

“Individuals who have been cultivating their lands for years deserve rightful ownership over their property”, says DENR Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr.

“This is why the government has been awarding agricultural free patents or land titles to natural-born Filipino citizens who have occupied and cultivated alienable and disposable lands that are not more than 12 hectares for at least 30 years. Provided, they have paid their real property tax”, RED Parian adds.

He however, explained that the filing of application for agricultural free patents has already ended on December 31, 2020 by virtue of Republic Act 9176, otherwise known as the Public Land Act, adding that that the processing of applications filed prior to this date continues this year.

The individuals who recently received their land titles were mostly farmers who have filed their application to avail of the government’s agricultural free patent program before the December 31, 2020 deadline.