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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

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Midsayap and the local government unit (LGU) of Aleosan in Cotabato Province ensured the safety of a male hedgehog after it was recently turned over by a concerned citizen.

CENR Officer Badjury H. Mustapha said that the exotic species was found by Edwin Querido in Barangay San Mateo of the said town.

Querido said that the animal is unusual to him so he immediately brought it to the office of Aleosan Mayor Vicente C. Sorupia, Jr. who notified the CENRO Midsayap.

According to Nasser K. Pendi of the CENRO Midsayap Protected Area and Wildlife Section, the hedgehog weighed around 300 grams and has length and width of 14 and 7 centimeters, respectively during the examination of the species.

Jean Angelo P. Untal, DVM, the veterinarian who examined the hedgehog, said that the species suffered an injury on its left eye which is possibly sustained in the wild.


A weak grass owl was retrieved yesterday, October 8, by the personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Glan in Sarangani Province after it was rescued by a concerned citizen from Purok Caspot in Barangay Pangyan of the said town.
CENR Officer Abdul D. Cariga said that his office received a text message from Dr. Rino Asperga, municipal veterinarian of Glan, that an alleged “eagle” was found by Galilee Camillon.
Nelson A. Ycon, CENRO Glan’s park maintenance foreman who responded to the report, said that it was a grass owl in a weak state.
The species was immediately brought to the CENRO to ensure its safety.
The office also sought the guidance of Dr. Roy Mejorada of the Sarangani Environmental Conservation and Protection Center for the proper handling and care of the owl.
The grass owl is currently under the custody of the ECPC and will undergo to a rehabilitation. | Courtesy: CENRO Glan



The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Tacurong City rescued on Tuesday (September 29) a matured Rhesus Philippine long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis philipensis) at Purok 6, Barangay Bual, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat after a concerned citizen notified the office through social media on Monday evening.
Emman Santle said that the monkey was discovered by his neighbors days ago while the primate was drooping on a tree.
Santle said that his neighbor named “Ernesto” took care of the monkey as the latter noticed that it was suffering from an injury on its left arm.
Upon the inspection conducted by the CENRO Tacurong City Protected Area and Wildlife Section led by Forester II Haron Hasan, the team noticed the injury and immediately provided the first aid.
Forester Hasan said that the primate will be transferred to the DENR-12 Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Lutayan for further examination and rehabilitation.
The Rhesus macaque is one of the “least-concern” species according to International Union for Conservation of Nature. (ANMagarang) | Courtesy: CENRO Tacurong PAWS


ENR ACADEMY BASIC COURSE COMPLETED. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office 12 through its Human Resource Development Section has completed on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 a six-day Environment and Natural Resources Academy (ENRA) basic course webinar series.
The ENRA 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.
In his message, Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer encouraged the participants to take the ENRA Basic webinar course as a window of opportunity to grow and be inspired to become future leaders.
“As frontliners, you are the cream of the crop of your respective offices. You are the future leaders of our department. You carry a great responsibility of leading your colleagues, so use this opportunity as there are more in DENR than your current positions”, Alicer stressed.
Forester Zobair B. Sidic, the Chivalry batch president, said that amidst pandemic the regional office continues to adapt new and strategic ways of acquiring knowledge through a webinar course.
“Amidst the struggle brought about by this ongoing pandemic, we continue to adjust and find new ways of learning. t’s not easy in the beginning but in the long run, we will get used to it. This crisis cannot stop us from learning especially in improving our services for the clients”, Zobair emphasized.
Meanwhile, the online class eyes on a community project to complete the 52-hour course requirements, to finally graduate in December, this year. | (Photos by: HRDS12)