The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kalamansig seized several illegally-cut forest products during the office’s recent enforcement operations in Kalamansig town, Sultan Kudarat Province.
CENR Officer Iskak G. Dipatuan said that a total of 804 board feet of illegally-cut timbers composed of Narra, White Lauan and Malugai species were seized in barangays Limulan and Sta. Cruz during the conduct of surveillance and monitoring patrol in the said areas.
He said that investigation is now on going to determine the identity of persons behind the environmental crime.
Forester Alimbsar A. Sampal, chief of monitoring and enforcement section, said that the discovered ‘hot logs’ are now under the custody of CENRO Kalamansig for safekeeping and proper observance of protocols.
CENR Officer Dipatuan also appealed to the public to help the DENR in its fight against illegal logging and other destructive environmental activities. | Courtesy: CENRO Kalamansig
More than 500 bikers on Sunday, February 28, 2021, rode their bicycles from General Santos City and planted various species of mangrove propagules in some mangrove forests of Alabel, Malapatan and Glan towns in Sarangani Province during the Bike and Plant Activity, the opening salvo of the celebration of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Week 2021.
DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Sarangani Renato C. Domingo said that this year’s celebration of the SBPS Week also marks the silver anniversary of the seascape’s declaration as a protected area based of the Presidential Proclamation No. 756 signed on March 5, 1996 by then President Fidel V. Ramos
Community ENR Officer of General Santos City Ma. Elvira V. Lumayag said that the activity aimed to promote and ensure the protection and conservation of the Sarangani Bay, the only protected seascape in Region 12.
“The SBPS is abundant in various species of fish, corals, mangroves, sea grasses and marine mammals. Sarangani Bay is rich in biodiversity so we need to safeguard it,” CENRO Lumayag said.
Meanwhile, Joy C. Ologuin, protected area superintendent (PASu) of the SBPS, said that there will be an opening of an exhibit at the lobby of General Santos City Hall lobby that will run from March 1 to March 5.
“This exhibit will showcase the various products, programs and activities of several LGUs within the Sarangani Bay,” she said.
PASu Ologuin added that on March 5, the last day of SBPS Week celebration, there will be a simultaneous coastal clean-up that will be participated by all 68 coastal barangays within the protected seascape. ### | Photos by: MBFerolin & MBBimpolok
Three Small Water Impounding System (SWIS) projects were recently turned over by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat Province to its recipients in the area.
CENR Officer Saga A. Akmad said that the projects are located in barangays Sta. Clara, Hinalaan and Sangay in Kalamansig town.
He said that the project will provide the communities water for domestic use, maintain the established plpantations, minimize soil erosion and maintain land fertility. | Courtesy: CENRO Kalamansig
The DENR-12 headed by Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer with key officials and staff participate in the ongoing online National Reprogramming Workshop on October 23-24, 2020 for the preparation of the DENR FY 2021 Work and Financial Plan. | Datu Yasser I. Balindong
MIDSAYAP, COTABATO PROVINCE - Environment officials here recently ensured the safety of a Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) and three Reticulated pythons (Malayopython reticulatus) after a priest notified the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENRO) of Midsayap.
CENR Officer Badjury H. Mustapha said that Father Marciano Andres, OMI, Director of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao – adjacent to Cotabato City – informed his office to rescue the wildlife species which were saved by the latter from private individuals.
Father Andres, who took care of the reptiles for four months, said that he coordinated with the DENR officials to retrieve the healthy species and admitted that he could no longer sustain to provide their basic needs.
Upon receiving the report, CENR Officer Mustapha immediately ordered his personnel - Assistant Protected Area Superintendent Adiel R. Pamikirin, Forest Technician Shuahmed H. Bago and Field Assistant Anna P. Saban – with the assistance of a Herpetologist from University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, Cotabato Prof. John Aries G. Tabora to rescue the wildlife species.
Based on the report, the rescued Philippine crocodile has a length of seven feet while the three reticulated pythons are seven, eight and nine-feet long.
DENR-12 Regional Executive Director (RED) Atty. Felix S. Alicer expressed his gratitude to Father Andres for going out of his way in rescuing the subject wildlife.
“We are encouraging the public to emulate Father Andres on his display of courage and dedication to protect the wildlife,” RED Alicer said.
RED Alicer also thanked Russel Sacdalan-Tumalad - DENR partner from Alamada, Cotabato who has the proper facility to shelter the reptiles – for the temporary protective custody he provided for the wildlife species before they will be transferred to the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat.
CENR Officer Mustapha said that he is pleased that public is now more aware and engaged in the protection of wildlife which plays a vital role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.
Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Philippine crocodile, which is listed as critically endangered, is considered to be the most severely threatened crocodile species in the world while the Reticulated pythons are widespread and listed as one of the least-concern species by the IUCN.
Hunting, killing, illegal collection, possession and trafficking of wildlife in the Philippines are punishable under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. (MMM) | Courtesy: CENRO Midsayap