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This should serve as a reminder that any wildlife deserves to be left alone in the wild because this is where they belong. Unless one has secured the necessary permits, having custody of any wildlife is a violation of R.A. 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act”, says Tirso P. Parian, Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 8.

Such was the statement of RED Parian after a Philippine Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis philippensis) was rescued by personnel of the DENR after it got away from its owner at Brgy 59-A, in Tacloban City. Thereafter, a family member reported to the barangay officials that the said monkey invaded their home and ransacked their refrigerator, prompting them, including their minor children, to lock themselves in a room in fear.

The rescued Philippine Long-tailed Macaque which was assessed to be a sub-adult is a subspecies of the crab-eating macaque that is commonly known as matsing or the more general term of unggoy.  It was already very aggressive which may have been aggravated because of a wound on his belly that was punctured by the wire used to tie the monkey.

It was then brought to the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center at PENRO-Leyte for assessment and rehabilitation. “Unfortunately, most rescued monkeys are no longer released back to the wild because they are normally not accepted by other monkey troops and are instead attacked and killed. Even if released, it will have to undergo extensive rehabilitation and preparation”, says Ms. Gimelina Lodevico, Zoology Technician of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) of DENR-RO8.

Sections 27 and 28 of R.A. 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act,” prohibits the injuring, killing, collection and trading of wildlife. Any violation thereof is punishable with a fine of as low as Php1,000.00 to as high as Php5,000,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 1 month to as long as twelve years, depending on the classification and status of the wildlife.

 “Let’s put on a healthy attitude towards the environment we live in. Ensuring the safety and welfare of the community through proper solid waste management is a shared responsibility”, DENR 8 Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. exhorts the public as the Department leads the observance of “Zero Waste Month” this January.

Highlighted with the theme, “Bouncing back from the pandemic to greener and healthier planet”, Director Parian said that this year’s commemoration underscores proper handling and management of wastes generated from households, health institutions and other facilities during the pandemic.

 Recent report from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) 8 reveals that in 2020, Eastern Visayas generated a total of 20,853,183 kilograms of wastes. Of this, 6,194,015 or 29% is biodegradable, 1,651,737 or 8% is recyclable, 1,445,270 or 7% is special wastes, 11,562,161 or 56% is residual wastes, which include wastes that are non-compostable and non-recyclable such as used tetra packs, plastics, diapers, and others.

The EMB further disclosed that in previous years, residual wastes do not constitute more than 50% of the total regional waste generation. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, residual wastes generation in 2020 constituted 56%.

“Practices and efforts towards the containment of the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have affected our waste generation. The observance of Zero Waste Month is timely and relevant in calling out for discipline towards safe management and disposal of our wastes”, Director Parian said. “We need to act so that less waste will clog our drainage or go to our bins and landfills, adversely affecting our health and daily conditions”, he adds.

The Philippines marks January as “Zero Waste Month” as declared in Proclamation No.760 signed by President Benigno Aquino III in May 2014. Pursuant to the declaration, the celebration aims to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices, to emulate sustainable natural cycles where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others. This observance also coincides with the 20th Anniversary of Republic Act 1003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management  Act of 2000.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Eastern Visayas hails Gamay River as the region’s official entry to the 2020 Recognizing Individuals/ Institutions for Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (RIVERs) for Life Award.

“The greatest measure of success to the programs and activities facilitated by the DENR such as the RIVERs for Life Award is the involvement and ownership of the community”, says DENR 8 Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. This, according to him is evident in the actions of the local government unit of Gamay and its constituents.

Meanwhile, Mayor Capoquian shared that the launching of the RIVERs for Life Award even strengthened their efforts to improve the state of Gamay River.

Along with regular clean-up and tree planting activities, the LGU crafted the Gamay River Strategic Plan and passed the Gamay River Protection Ordinance for the rehabilitation of the river and to instill discipline among stakeholders. Presently, the LGU has already filed 12 cases against violators consistent with the ordinance.

Their campaign for Gamay River is capped with a tagline “May forever sa Gamay River!”

“The RIVERs for Life Award paves way for the improvement of several other concerns such as sanitation and health, that’s why we are exerting full support and endeavor to this activity”, Mayor Capoquian said. “It’s not about winning, it’s about the impact of the project. Even if we don’t win in the national competition, we shall continue the activities under the RIVERs for Life”, he added.

“This activity is both a source of pride and of optimism for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (FLUP) and that of the Local Government Unit of Gamay for this is a step forward for the implementation of their Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP). Its adoption is a clear indication of the active participation of the LGU of Gamay because the DENR on its part, just facilitates in the crafting process,” says Tirso P. Parian, Jr., Regional Executive Director of DENR in Region 8.

This was the statement of RED Parian during the formal signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) wherein the DENR and Gamay LGU agreed to collaborate in the successful implementation of the FLUP that was the product of a collaborative and participatory approach by all stakeholders.

The primary purpose of the FLUP is to come up with recommendations on land allocations to close forestlands, that have become “open access”, through studies and consultations that will then be the basis for assigning forests and forests lands under different management and tenure agreements.

Executive Order No. 318 or “Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Philippines” mandates the local government units to incorporate FLUP into their comprehensive land use plans.

“Having an FLUP is important because it is a manifestation of the sense of ownership of the community of their forests and forestlands. It works for the benefit of the LGU because they will be able to assign “open access” areas to responsible resource managers who will ensure that it will be properly managed and protected and reduce conflicts among those who are dependent on their livelihood directly or indirectly to forest resources,” added RED Parian.

“We, the home of the true-blooded Eagle Scouts pledge to do our best to uphold our duties as said in the Memorandum of Partnership Agreement. We will promise you that we will do our jobs faithfully and without asking for anything in return. We will do everything in our power to uphold the agreement that was made here today and we pledge to help make this world a little bit better,” says Ralf Andre Tabao, Eagle Scout of the Eagle Scouts Organization of the Philippines- Leyte Island Council.

Eagle Scout Tabao is one of nineteen (19) Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Ambassadors recently engaged by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Eastern Visayas. They shall be tasked to promote awareness and behavioral change of the people towards environmental stewardship by maximizing the use of social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. The ENR Ambassadors are likewise expected to be a role model of other students/youth in pushing for a healthy and clean environment.

A MOPA was inked between DENR and the ESOP who shall work closely together to ensure that the ENR Ambassadors Program is successfully implemented. Likewise through a Deed of Donation, the DENR provided the ESOP twenty (20) units of brand new pocket Wi-Fi and 500 pesos worth of data load cards for the duration of the project for the exclusive use of the ENR Ambassadors in their advocacy campaign.

DENR Assistant Regional Director Arturo N. Salazar told the ENR Ambassadors that they have a huge responsibility in upholding the advocacy of Tayo ang Kalikasan. He challenged to have a multiplier effect such that young and old alike will embrace the Tayo ang Kalikasan advocacy.                                                    

Tayo ang Kalikasan is a movement envisioned to be a collaborative effort of the government, through DENR, and it citizens toward the protection of the country’s natural resources.