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Members of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) dugong monitoring team have reported sightings of six sea cows, four of which were two pairs of mother-calf, off Sarangani Bay during their three-day watch in the bay.
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Maria Elvira V. Lumayag, provincial environment and natural resources officer (PENRO) of DENR Sarangani, said that the sea cows, commonly known as dugong, were spotted by the drone camera used by the team during their regular monitoring activity which started on Wednesday, August 31.
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Dr. Roy Mejorada, SBPS in-house veterinarian, said that on Thursday, September 1, a mother dugong and its calf were spotted swimming along the shallow waters of Barangay Gumasa, Glan. "When we zoomed in the footage, we were amazed to see that the calf was breastfeeding. This was the first time that we have documented this behavior in SBPS," he said.
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The team also sighted the same mother-calf dugong pair accompanied by another mother-calf pair on the Friday, September 2, resting in the nearby coral reefs. A lone male dugong was also spotted by the team swimming not too far away from the two mothers, including the solitary dugong in Barangay Taluya, Glan.
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SBPS Assistant Protected Area Superintendent Cirilo Lagnason, Jr. said "This might be the same herd of dugongs that we have documented last March 2022 in Glan.โ€ Lagnason added that the sea cows frequent sightings in the SBPS mean that the bay is an important nursery habitat for the dugongs and their calves.
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PENRO Lumayag has urged the public to actively participate in the conservation efforts for SBPS and emphasized that it is everyoneโ€™s responsibility to work together and ensure that the seascape will remain as a safe haven for dugongs in the years to come. | With report and photos from PAMO-SBPS
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Matalam, Cotabato conducted the 3rd Quarter Flying Fox Monitoring at Kulaman Valley, Arakan, Cotabato together with the practicumers taking up Bachelor of Science in Forestry in Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology (CFCST).
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Two roosting sites were monitored on the said activity with 37 snag trees.
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An estimated 4,000 Island Flying Fox (Pteropus hypomelanus) and Large Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus) were counted during fly/out exit count using estimation and clickers.
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The idea of conserving bats is not new to the communities but it links with greater initiatives that are already familiar not only to local communities but also to ordinary individuals. It is also connected to forest conservation and restoration anchored to one of the departmentโ€™s governing laws known as Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. This law emphasizes the conservation and protection of wildlife species and their habitats with an aim to promote ecological balance and enhance ecological biodiversity. (with report and photo from Ivy Cinconiegue, CENRO Matalam IO Designate)
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The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) โ€“ Banga officially turned over the Small Water Impounding System (SWIS) to the community of Brgy. Lamhaku, Tโ€™boli, South Cotabato thru its Peopleโ€™s Organization (PO) Chairman Jonathan Caguisano on Friday, August 19.
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Speaking with the beneficiary, CENR Officer Larry P. Curias emphasizes that this is the first time that CENRO Banga has implemented SWIS.
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โ€œYou are the first beneficiaries of this project. On behalf of our Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer and PENR Officer Radzak B. Sinarimbo, we are proud to turn over this project to you and we pray that this will help the National Greening Program (NGP) beneficiaries and the local community. We encourage everyone to maintain and take care of the water source including the areaโ€.
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Meanwhile, Brgy. Chairman Kosol A. Minding and PO Chairman Jonathan Caguisano of Lamhaku IP Farmers Association expressed their gratitude to the DENR.
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โ€œWe are lucky to have this project. We thank the CENRO Banga because without them, this project will not be possibleโ€ they stressed.
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Also present during the ceremony were CENRO's Chief Conservation and Development Section (CDS) Jeremy P. Empredo, NGP Coordinator Gemma N. Olivo, Engr. Remo Zaragoza III, Indigenous Person Mandatory Representative (IPMR) Junito S. Ben, Barangay Officials, and CENRO Banga personnel. (with report and photo from CENRO Banga IO Designate Alnayah D. Mohammad Ayman)
ALABEL, SARANGANI PROVINCE โ€“ The countryโ€™s first marine wildlife rescue center (MWRC) which would ensure the proper holding, administration of first aid, and rehabilitation of rescued marine wildlife was launched here on Thursday, May 5, by the officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), and concerned local government units.
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DENR Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Natividad Bernardino commended the DENR-12 and PAMB-SBPS for their initiative in constructing the rescue center which would accommodate the stranded and rescued wildlife in the protected seascape.
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In his message, Alabel Mayor Vic Paul M. Salarda said that they are honored that the DENR chose their town as the site of first ever MWRC in the Philippines and assured their full support in the project.
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Over the years, the DENR and its partners through the SBPS Megafauna Response Team (MRT) have responded to several stranded marine turtles, dugongs, dolphins, and whales in the Sarangani Bay.
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DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer hopes that with opening of the rescue center, the chances of survival of stranded wildlife in SBPS will increase.
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The first phase of the construction of MWRC building, which was funded by the DENR with the help of SBPS-PAMB, has already finished and its second phase is set to continue within this year. | With report and photos from PAMO-SBPS
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KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO โ€“ More than 4,000 tree seedlings were planted across the Soccksargen Region on Friday, April 22, during a simultaneous tree-growing activity organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 in celebration of the Earth Day 2022.
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DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer said that the planet earth is facing a lot of threats like climate change and various environmental destructions, and one way to combat these is to plant more trees.
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โ€œWe can all be part of the solution in addressing these threats and issues. We need to put an end to environmentally harmful activities and start joining the government programs in saving our only home, the planet earth,โ€ he said.
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According to the reports of DENR-12 field offices, 1,600 various species of tree seedlings were planted in the National Greening Program (NGP) sites of Sarangani Province, 900 in North Cotabato, 892 in South Cotabato, and 700 in Sultan Kudarat Province. Aside from tree growing activities, information, education, and communication (IEC) campaigns were also conducted by the field offices.
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The celebration of this yearโ€™s Earth Day carries the theme โ€œInvest in Our Planet.โ€
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It is annually celebrated every 22nd of April as a reminder to protect the environment, restore damaged ecosystems and live a more sustainable life. | With reports and photos from DENR-12 designated IOs
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