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MIDSAYAP, COTABATO -The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – Midsayap through its Quick Response Team (QRT) verified the rescued two Philippine tarsiers (Tarsius Syrictha) Tuesday, April 28 at Sitio Simsiman, Brgy. Tomado in Aleosan town.

According to the report, photos of adult and juvenile tarsiers which believed to be mother and child were posted on social media.

This particular incident caught the attention of CENR Officer Badjury H. Mustapha, Al-Hajj who immediately instructed the QRT to verify the report of the said wildlife species.

The QRT headed by Forester Nor-hassan R. Batugan went to the place on May 02 where the tarsiers were found, but later learned that local government officials of Aleosan have already sent it back to the wild.

The tarsiers were rescued on April 28 by certain Reynaldo Puerto where he turned over later to the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office.

Accordingly, the mother tarsier has a size of 10 cm with a 22 cm tail while the young male tarsier is about 8 cm with 12 cm tail.

Following the sightings of tarsiers in the area, the local government of Aleosan is planning to have an en banc resolution declaring the town as wildlife sanctuary.

Meanwhile, CENRO Mustapha has commended the local government and the QTR for the abrupt action to save the species despite the threat of corona virus disease.

Mustapha also advised the public not to harm or capture any wildlife species, especially if they are in good condition and let them live in their natural habitat. | Courtesy: Judy B. Angkad, Designate, Information Officer CENRO-Midsayap Photos by: CENRO-Midsayap   # # #


GLAN, SARANGANI PROVINCE – The Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) disclosed that the company of a fishing vessel voluntarily pleaded for indemnification amounting to half-a-million pesos after ship ran aground the reef area in Barangay Batulaki, this town on Friday, May 1.

The F/B Mark Anthony-17, a 38-meter Philippine cargo/fish vessel owned by the Rodrigo Lorna Gere Fishing Industry (RLGFI) Corporation mistakenly maneuvered towards the reef area due to satellite error caused by bad weather.

The ship captain narrated that they were heading towards the international waters after delivering goods in General Santos City when the incident occurred, 260 meters from the shoreline of Barangay Batulaki.

The result of the on-site investigation conducted by a composite team from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12, SBPS-PAMO, local government unit (LGU) of Glan, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, PNP Maritime and Philippine Coastguard, revealed that a 45-square meter reef area dominated by massive corals was damaged in the incident.

According to Joy C. Ologuin, SBPS protected area superintendent (PASu), ship grounding is a violation of the Republic Act No. 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018.

In an interview, DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Dr. Sabdullah Abubacar, CESO IV, the co-current chairperson of the SBPS-Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), said the RLGFI already settled with the PAMB Board for the release of the ship, though the full penalty is yet to be determined by the Technical Working Committee with the approval of the PAMB.

“The company made an assurance to pay for any difference and guarantees to deliver back the vessel when required,” RED Abubacar said.

Meanwhile, Atty. Noel A. Ben, PAMB legal counsel assured the public that the sum will be deposited to the Integrated Area Protected Fund account of SBPS.

Said amount will be spent for the rehabilitation of the area and for management of the Strict Protection Zones in SBPS which includes programs that will benefit the coastal communities.

PASu Ologuin said, “We can't afford more damages in our coastal and marine resources especially that we are protecting any portion of resources in SBPS.”

She emphasized that the enforcement efforts will not be possible without community participation as they served as the key informants.

“We are thankful for the participation our local communities. This an output of strengthened enforcement, in which the barangays, LGUs and partner line agencies are involved,” she said.

The Sarangani Bay was declared as a protected seascape by virtue of the ENIPAS Act of 2018 to protect, conserve and sustainably manage its coastal and marine resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the present and future generations. | Courtesy: SBPS-PAMO


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KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE - A wounded male Melon-Headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) was rescued in the coast of Barangay Tambilil here Friday, March 13, 2020, environment officials said.

Carmelo Velasco, municipal environment and natural resources officer (MENRO) of Kiamba, said the wounded whale was found by Sabas Vere.

Vere shared the information Julia Mosqueda, a public school teacher who reported to the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Kiamba.

Residents of Purok Green Revolution, Barangay Tambilil spotted two huge whales early Friday morning.

“We thought that they were dolphins, just swimming around. Dolphins are commonly seen here. Later on, a couple of whale swam ashore but left the wounded one,” they said.

“It’s like it left the wounded whale so the villagers can extend help,” they added.

Personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kiamba and representatives of the municipal government immediately acted to give necessary treatment to the mammal.

Initial inspection showed a one-inch of wound near the fin and scratches in its snout.

It weighs more than 130 kilograms and an estimated body length of more than 2 meters.

“If this whale needs more treatment, we can seek help from our medical team, besides, Dr. Roy is also on his way here”, Velasco said referring to the Provincial Veterinarian, Dr. Roy Mejorada.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) representatives examined any possibility of dynamite fishing incident as it can cause acoustic trauma to mammals in the sea.

Marine wildlife experts believed that the whale may have encountered a Cookiecutter shark causing the injuries.

After more than three hours of observation, the wounded whale headed its way back to the sea.

The rescue team believed that the whale has regained its strength.

The CENR Officer of Kiamba, Dr. Ali M. Hadjinasser assured the public that the environment laws are effectively enforced in the areas of Kiamba, Maitum and Maasim (MAKIMA), Sarangani with the support from Multi-Sectoral Environmental Protection and Enforcement Task Force of MAKIMA, Sarangani.

“We’re glad to receive reports from the locals on this kind of incident,” he said.

“It means that the community is getting aware and getting more concerned about protecting wildlife especially,” he added.

Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape is rich in coastal and marine life and legislated as one of the protected areas in the county under Republic Act 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Area System of 2018. (Aileen D. Tenio, IO Designate) | Photos and Information by Maria N. Tubera    # # #


Pinkers Hawk Eagle

MAGPET, COTABATO PROVINCE - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Matalam rescued a juvenile raptor on March 7 in Brgy. Magkaalam, Magpet, this province.

A concerned citizen, Mr. Louige Allan Tutor, and a resident of Brgy. Magkaalam took the initiative, by e-mailing DENR-CENRO Matalam on a posted report from social media about the bird and asked for help to urgently secure the safety of the said raptor.

Conservation Development Section-Chief, For. Rosalie P. Gasmin together with Ecosystem Management Specialist Silver Grace T. Tacuyan and Forest Technician II Winemar Onggona facilitated the turn-over of the juvenile raptor around 8:00 o’clock in the morning and they identified the bird as Pinsker's Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri).

According to Brgy. Kagawad and Committee on Environment Chairman, Rodney Laguna, the custodian of the said raptor, his tenant found a feeble juvenile Pinsker's Hawk-Eagle while harvesting "Tahiti" on March 6, 2020.

Meanwhile, the said raptor has already undergone a medical check-up by the Municipal Veterinarian Ms. Mylene P. Reniedo, assisted by the acting Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer.

For the meantime, Mr. Rodel Largo, a registered CWR holder, is the temporary caretaker of the raptor, while it is still recovering before it will be release back to the wild.

The Pinsker's Hawk-Eagle is an endemic species found in the Philippines and known to thrive in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and it is considered threatened because of the gradual loss of its habitat due to man's activities and other threats. # # #


World Wildlife DayKIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE - To increase awareness on the importance of wild life protection and conservation,      the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO-Kiamba) joins the celebration of World Wildlife Day on March 3, this province.

The said activity aims to highlight and promote the preservation of endangered species, this year’s World Wildlife Day carries the theme: “Sustaining Life on Earth”.

This initiative manifests CENRO Kiamba’s support on the efforts of the local government officials of Sarangani Province to protect the wildlife habitat in areas within Mt. Busa range.

Forester Jerric Labor, head of CENRO Kiamba-Conservation and Development Section, led the Information and Education IEC campaign to increase awareness on wildlife among the locals of Sitio Kapanal, Barangay Gasi, Kiamba of the said province.

“To respond to challenges in protecting our natural resources, we are one with you in ensuring that the 44, 000 hectares of forests is protected,” Forester Labor said.

“It is our responsibility to protect our endangered species for it has vital roles for a balance ecosystem,” he added.

Meanwhile, endanger bird species has part in protecting the forest which also needs protection, birds carry plant seeds from other areas and bring it to Mt. Busa, which turns out to be a natural way of tree planting.

Further, residents revealed to the environment officials that they regularly spotted “Sarangani Pride,” the Philippine Eagle that resides in the forests of Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum.
Also, boars and other wild animals thrive in the forests of Barangay Gasi.

“I hope these will not end up as food in our tables”, Labor said, referring to boars and other animals that could be targeted for food.

On the other hand, Forester Ali M. Hadjinasser, Kiamba CENR Officer, reminded residents that a law prohibits the cutting of trees, especially the naturally grown.

The same law which also allows cutting of privately planted trees but it also needs clearance from DENR.

The DENR also recognizes the roles played by one of its partners, the residents of Sitio Kapanal, Barangay Gasi, Kiamba who are members of Kapanal Tribal Multi-purpose Association under the Community Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA, who are very much active of the department’s National Greening Program NGP.

DENR strongly believed that the active participation of the local residents is one of the key factors in protecting and sustaining endangered wildlife species and its habitats in Sarangani Province. (Aileen D. Tenio, Information Officer Designate) | Photos by: Meralie O. Oringin   # # #