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HONORING RETIREES. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 paid a tribute to four (4) DENR-12 retirees.

The DENR “Salamat, Mabuhay!” Program, which was hosted by Administrative Division yesterday, August 24, at the DENR-12 Quadrangle, honored this year’s retirees for their big contribution in public service.

No less than Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, ARD for Management Services Donna Mayor-Gordove, CESO IV, and ARD for Technical Services Engr. Mama G. Samaon awarded the plaques of recognition to former ARD for Technical Services Ma. Socorro C. Lanto (33 years in service), Regional Accountant Yusoph U. Adiong (30 years), Forester Macaraug M. Guinar (39 years), and Land Management Officer IV Engr. Usman A. Magarang (40 years). (ANMagarang) | Photos by: MBBimpolok

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KORONADAL CITY. To ensure smooth implementation of programs, activities and projects under the 2020 Work and Financial Plan on the management, protection and compliance to Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas (ENIPAS) Act of 2018, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 has conducted its first Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Conference on Wednesday, June 24 at the agency’s function hall, here.

PASu has a vital role to sustain the richness and beauty of the protected areas (PAs) across the Socssksargen Region, according to Engr. Mama G. Samaon, DENR-12 assistant regional director for technical services.

In his message, DENR-12 Regional Executive Director and Protected Area Management Board chair, Atty. Felix S. Alicer called for the conference to ensure every major players in environmental protection would know and perform their duties and for smooth implementation of all projects in five PAs to be enforced this year.

“I requested this kind of forum because I give importance to the duties and responsibilities of our different protected areas superintendents for they play a very crucial role, we are also looking into the development, milestones that conform the ENIPAS Act, and issues and concerns that need to be addressed through this PASu conference.” Atty. Alicer said.

He said he will also see to it through the assistance of the Conservation Development Division (CDD) that each PASus shall conduct separate meetings to give equal attention for each PAs toward management and conservation, and made it a point to conduct PASu conferences by semesters.

Meanwhile, CDD chief, Rosalinda B. Cortez, PhD., presented the rationale and expectations of the conference.

She also lauded the participants for the face-to-face attendance, and Regional Office division heads, Provincial/Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices PENROs/CENROs who joined via Zoom teleconference.

The PAs in the region were presented by Forester Shirley Uy for Mount Apo National Park of Cotabato Province, PASu Joy Ologuin for Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape of Sarangani, Municipality of Alamada’s Libungan River Watershed Forest Reserve by PASu Farida Usman, and South Cotabato’s PASus Allah Valley Protected Landscape, and Mount Matutum Protected Landscape by Forester Leonisa Alfaro and Forester Gabriel Baute, respectively.

With the conference, RED Alicer foresees a successful implementation of environment protection programs in the Soccsksargen region “whose implementers have to do the jobs under the new normal condition.” # # #

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    # # #