Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kalamansig headed by Forester Iskak G. Dipatuan, rescued and treated two stranded Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) near the shore of Poral Beach on Wednesday, February 2.
An information was received by the CENRO Kalamansig from the Police Station and Municipal Administrator Socorro C. Lanto regarding the presence of two (2) bottlenose dolphins) - presumably a cow with its calf - found in Poral beach.
Biologist Michael Reglos said that the dolphins were distressed and one suffered an injury.
“Upon checking, we found out that one of the calves has an injury with an unknown cause and already shows anxiety,” Reglos said.
Based on the physical and medical assessment conducted by Municipal Agricultural Services Office veterinarians Rebecca Gorieza and Cris Deo Donguines with the assistance of Billy Jul from the of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), it showed that the juvenile (calf) dolphin has an injury found on its lower left pectoral fin and posterior right side which are all infested with parasites.
Gorieza added that the other dolphin only sustained a slight injury on the orifice area and antibiotics and vitamin B complex shots were also given to the two marine mammals.
After ensuring the safety and welfare of the dolphins, CENR Officer Dipatuan said that their team decided to release the dolphins back to the sea.
Dipatuan also instructed the team to conduct an information drive on proper handling and releasing of wildlife.
“We are all stewards of environment and we are mandated to protect and manage our wildlife and natural resources,” Dipatuan said. (With report and photos from Aisa Abdulaziz, CENRO IO Designate)


The Crown-of-Thorns (COT) starfish collection in Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) reached its first 100,000 after almost three months of collection.
The most recent collection on January 26-28, 2022 gathered a total of 49,832 COTs thanks to the collective efforts of communities, LGUs, and volunteers.
“This is one of the worst COT breakouts not only in SBPS but in the whole country. The 101, 323 COT collected do not include those collection efforts from volunteers during weekends. We’re afraid that we may be losing our corals reefs if this is not abated” PASu-SBPS Joy Ologuin said during an interview.
The Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of SBPS is encouraging all stakeholders to participate in the COT collection activities.
“To date, the Dap-ag Kapalit Bugas program is effective. We mobilized communities, women, fisherman and even the youth to join the collection activities. But, this problem should be addressed with urgency because our coral reefs are at stake” PENRO Sarangani Maria Elvira Lumayag quoted during a phone patch interview.
Concerned stakeholders, industries, resort owners, civic organizations, and other willing volunteers may visit the SBPS Protected Area Management Office in DENR Alabel, Purok 7, Poblacion, Alabel, Sarangani Province to contribute to the COT Collection efforts


A total of 134 DENR-12 personnel from Malikhain Class 105, Mapagmatyag Class 106, Trailblazer Class 205, and Valiant Class 206 officially received their Certificates of Completion during the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Graduation Rites on January 12 and 13, 2022 after successfully completing their requirements in ENR Frontline and Basic Courses.
The ENR Academy is a specialized competency development program of the department designed to augment knowledge gaps, calibrate understanding of ENR laws, and sharpen proficiencies of DENR employees to improve the delivery of service to the public.
Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer stressed in his message the importance of being equipped with knowledge and skills which are necessary in the performance of one’s duties and functions.
“We have our vision and mission, and the members of the DENR should be equipped in order to influence the people to join us in protecting and managing our environment and natural resources. You cannot be effective in doing this unless you have the basic knowledge,” RED Alicer said.
Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr. Mama G. Samaon emphasized to the graduates the need to apply everything that they have learned in their courses.
“The main purpose of the ENR frontline and basic courses is to improve the delivery of basic services. When you go back to your respective offices, apply everything that you have learned with humility,” ARD Samaon said.
During the program, certificates of appreciation and tokens were awarded to learning service providers for their excellent and untiring contribution to the learners.
Some graduates also received several awards for their exemplary performance in their respective classes.
For the Trailblazer Class Basic Course, DMO III Joffrey S. Laraya of the Enforcement Division received the leadership and top performer awards. DMO II Celeste Mae K. Camsa of PENRO Sultan Kudarat and Engr. Wynlove C. Galagaran of MGB-12 were the top 2 and 3 performers, respectively.
EMS II Jeddalyn E. Lauban of the Enforcement Division was the top performer of Valiant Class Basic Course. Top 2 was Special Investigator II Salymah S. Kusingan of the Office of ARD-TS, and EMS I Ali Jr. M. Hadjinasser of the Enforcement Division was the top 3 performer and has earned the leadership award.
For the Malikhain Class Frontline Course, Shadam Rachman M. Hadjinasser, Roger V. Mercado, and Margie V. Prayco were the top 1, 2, and 3 performers, respectively. The leadership awardee was Mercado.
Michael L. Reglos, Jetmark Rensus M. Boclaras, and Kent Cabuena of the Mapagmatyag Class Frontline Course were the top 1, 2, and 3 performers, respectively. Leadership award was earned by Reglos.
Present during the event were EMB-12 Regional Director Engr. Omar M. Saikol, MGB-12 Regional Director Engr. Efren C. Carido, South Cotabato PENRO Shalimar A. Disomangcop, CENROs, Division and Section Chiefs and some personnel of the DENR-12.


A Reticulated Python was turned over to Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)-General Santos City, on January 4, 2022.
The python that was found within the compound of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) weighs 40 kilograms and has a length of 12 feet. Said python was captured by Ariel Liwag, Ronald Banio, and Reann Lasib of City Security Division of General Santos City, reported and immediately responded by personnel of City ENRO of GenSan.
Together with Maria Katherine Lopez, Cheryl Galo, and Maryflor Cameros of City ENRO, the python was received by CENRO GenSan in Buayan, and will be released back into the wild after securing a certificate from a registered veterinarian. (Reports and photos from MJAZULITA-UGARTE, CENRO GSC, Information Officer Designate)


ALABEL, SARANGANI PROVINCE – A total of 182 land titles were awarded to beneficiaries here on December 13 by the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Glan and its partners.
CENR Officer Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez said that they awarded the Residential Free Patents (RFPs) to beneficiaries from five (5) barangays, namely: Poblacion with eight RFP applications processed; Alegria with 25; 18 in Tokawal; Spring with 78; and 53 in Bagacay.
Alabel Mayor Vic Paul M. Salarda expressed his gratitude to the DENR, particularly Provincial ENR Officer Renato C. Domingo and Dr. Cortez, for their efforts in the awarding of titles which would increase the town’s assets and comprehensive land management.
He also congratulated the beneficiaries and reminded them to suitably manage and develop their lands.
Earlier this month, 143 RFPs were awarded to beneficiaries in Malungon town and 17 Patents were distributed by the office to the recipients in Glan. (With report from JCDumanaon, CENRO Glan Information Officer Designate)