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An adult Philippine Tarsier (Carlito syrichta) returned to its natural habitat on Tuesday, March 23 after it was released at Barangay Kimarayag, Pigcawayan town in Cotabato Province by the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Midsayap.
According to a report from CENRO Midsayap, the small primate was rescued by famliy of farmers after it was chased by dogs.
Eventually, it was turned over to the office of Pigcawayan Mayor Jean Dino Roquero, who notified the CENRO Midsayap for the tarsier’s retrieval.
Based on the examination conducted by Dr. Jean Angelo Untal, veterinarian from Je-An Animal Care Center, the tarsier didn’t show any signs of injuries and was fit for release.
It was immediately freed by CENRO Midsayap’s Ecosystems Management Specialist Adiel Pamikirin together with Forest Technician Nasser K. Pendi, Forest Ranger Garry Bajao and Anna P. Saban.
Due to habitat loss, the Philippine Tarsier is facing decline in its population and is currently classified by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as Endangered. | Courtesy: CENRO Midsayap

DENR XII Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera and other partners affirmed their commitment to support the proper valuing and effective safeguarding of water for everyone, as part of a larger goal to support sustainable water resource management in Gensan and the entire SOCCKSARGEN Region during the celebration World Water Day in the said city on Monday, March 22, 2021. (MMM) | Photo Courtesy: EMB XII

A Letter of Agreement (LOA) signing was spearheaded by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sultan Kudarat (SK) on March 15 at Bagumbayan Municipal Hall, Sultan Kudarat for a total of 120 families relative to the National Greening Program implementation.
The LOA was entered into, by and between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the contracted families to be involved in the greening developmental project of the department pursuant to EO 193 series of 2015 or the Enhanced National Greening Program (eNGP).
Said activity aims to strengthen the partnership between the DENR, LGU, BLGU and the contracted families within the Municipality of Bagumbayan towards the implementation of the said program through family approach.
The mass signing was attended by Municipal Local Government Unit Bagumbayan headed by the Municipal Mayor Hon. Jonalette E. De Pedro, Sultan Kudarat OIC-PENRO For. Shalimar A. Disomangcop, PENRO NGP Coordinator Abdul Mantikayan, CDS Chief For. Cecil A. Jabutay, NGP Coordinator For. Sittie Hafsa D. Dimatingcal, NGP personnel, and the 120 contracted families within Brgy. Titulok and Brgy. Santo Niño, Bagumbayan SK. | Courtesy: CENRO Tacurong
KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE – Around 30 individuals of Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) were observed recently in Sarangani Bay by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and its partner local government units (LGUs)
Joy C. Ologuin, protected area superintendent (PASu) of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS), said that the whales were sighted by the team from Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of SBPS, DENR-12 Conservation and Development Division and City ENR Office of General Santos City during the marine mammal monitoring and biodiversity assessment of nine (9) Strict Protection Zones (SPZs) of Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum (MAKIMA) towns in Sarangani Province last March 8-12, 2021.
PASu Ologuin said that the whales are frequently sighted in the bay for food hunting and nursing of their calves.
According to a report from the PAMO-SBPS, the 9 SPZs that were monitored by the team in MAKIMA area were Colon SPZ, Malbang SPZ and Kamanga Marine Sanctuary and in Maasim; Tuka Marine Park, Tambilil SPZ, Lagundi SPZ; and Lomuyon SPZ in Kiamba and Pinol SPZ and Mabay SPZ in Maitum.
PASu Ologuin emphasized that they are regularly monitoring the SBPS to protect and conserve its abundant biodiversity. (MMM) |Courtesy: PAMO-SBPS
MALAPATAN, SARANGANI PROVINCE – Twelve persons were recently apprehended for illegal fishing in the coastal area of Barangay Poblacion, this town after authorities received a report from a concerned citizen.
Upon verification of the report, Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Joy C. Ologuin, together with Municipal Environment Natural Resources Officer Engr. Joey Palma Coliao and men from the town’s police station personally witnessed the illegal activity of the alleged suspects.
PASu Ologuin said that the members of the group were blatantly using “Likum”, a prohibited fishing gear, within the SBPS.
She said that the group failed to present legal documents to support their operation which led to subsequent arrest and seizure of illegal equipment.
PASu Ologuin said that Protected Area Management Board of the SBPS already filed an official complaint on March 5, 2021 at the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Sarangani against the 12 suspects and the owner of motorized Banca.
The complaint stipulated that the respondents have violated the Section 20 (e) and 20 (g) of the Republic Act No. 7586, as amended by the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018, which prohibits the use of fishing/harvesting practices that destroys marine life or their habitats, as well as the unauthorized operation of motorized conveyances within the protected area.
PASu Ologuin said that quick response in the incident was a product of the strengthened operations of the Sarangani Bay Law Enforcement Group to ensure biodiversity conservation and protection within the SBPS. | With reports from PAMO SBPS