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A Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax) was rescued by the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Banga on Wednesday, April 12.
CENR Officer Larry P. Curias personally received the said aves from Ecosystem Management Specialist 1 Danny Dubla of MENRO Lake Sebu which was rescued by a concerned citizen on April 11 at Brgy. Ned, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
It was noticed that the upper beak of the said hornbill was broken, and it had difficulty eating. On the same day, CENRO Curias forwarded the hornbill to the DENR RXII-Conservation and Development Division (CDD) for further examination and recuperation.
CENRO Curias reminded the public that hornbills like any other wildlife are protected by Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Protection and Conservation Act of 2021.
โ€œThese hornbills are considered to be a threatened species and reasons for its decline include habitat destruction, hunting and poaching for the illegal pet trade. If you know something or someone harboring them without a permit, contact the nearest DENR field officeโ€, he said.
The Rufous Hornbill locally known as โ€œkalawโ€ is a large species of hornbill endemic to the Philippines (the largest hornbill in the country). Killing, injuring, collecting, selling and transporting these wildlife species without a permit is punishable according to RA 9147. (With report and photo from Alnayah Mohammad Ayman of CENRO Banga) | RSCIGP
DENR Assistant Secretary Joan A. Lagunda D.M visited the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City on Thursday, April 14.
She also conducted a site visit in selected river tributaries of Mindanao River and met with Cotabato City and Magpet's Local Chief Executives, Cotabato's 2nd District Congressional Representative, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy (MENRE) Minister to talk about the protection of Mindanao River Basin and strengthening its council.| RSCIGP
๐€๐‹๐€๐๐„๐‹, ๐’๐š๐ซ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ข ๐๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž โ€“ The DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Sarangani has released the reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus) back to the wild on Wednesday (April 12) after it was rescued by a concerned villager.
PENR Officer Maria Elvira V. Lumayag said the reptile was turned over by Roderick Crebello after he spotted the python at their backyard in Lower Bayan, Barangay Maribulan of this town.
Based on the assessment of Dr. Roy O. Mejorada, in-house veterinarian of PENRO Sarangani, the 1.53-meter long and 1.2-kilogram snake is healthy and fit to return to its natural habitat. The python was released in a forested area of Barangay Bagacay on Wednesday afternoon.
Reticulated pythons are non-venomous constrictors native to South and Southeast Asia and are listed as โ€œLeast Concernโ€ in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List due to their wide distribution. These wild reptiles play a vital role in the natural environment, and maintaining a high level of biodiversity is essential for keeping natural ecosystems working. As such, public awareness about protection and conservation are highly advocated. (With report and photos from DENR-PENRO Sarangani) | RSCIGM 3P
Assistant Secretary for Integrated Environmental Science Joan A. Lagunda presided over a meeting with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) today, April 12 at the DENR XII Office, Koronadal City.
Lagunda - who is also the Assistant Secretary for the River Basin- discussed the Mindanao River Basin Management Council (MRBMC)'s composition and objectives with MinDA's DMO V Gerardo Ramon Cesar Reynaldo.
She pointed out that the Climate Responsive Integrated Master Plan for the Mindanao River Basin needs to be updated and its technical working group (TWG) shall be strengthened, to effectively handle the challenges that the council is facing.
During her time in Region XII, ASEC Lagunda is scheduled to visit the Mindanao River Basin's River Tributaries. With a catchment area of 21,503 square kilometers, the Mindanao River Basin is the Philippines' second-largest river basin. | RSCIGP
๐Š๐จ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐š๐๐š๐ฅ ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ, ๐’๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ก ๐‚๐จ๐ญ๐š๐›๐š๐ญ๐จ โ€“ The month-long Womenโ€™s Month Celebration culminates this Friday, March 31. The DENR Regional Office and its field offices held various activities to demonstrate support for the celebration with this yearโ€™s theme โ€œWe for Gender Equality, Inclusive and Resilient Society".
Key Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office โ€“ Undersecretaries (USec) Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh and Atty. Jonas R. Leones together with former Assistant Secretary Corazon C. Davis graced the culmination program in CENRO Glan.
USec. Rebuelta-Teh appreciated the efforts of the CENRO for the month-long celebration. She was also delighted with the number of women workforce in the Office. โ€œNakikita talaga natin ang potensyal at lakas ng Kababaihan kaya kailangan natin silang tulungan na mai-assert nila ang kanilang potensyalโ€, she said.
She also added that a Committee on Investigation and Decorum (CODI) Manual is created which will serve as a guide for the department in handling sexual harassment cases and discrimination against women and men.
Atty. Felix S. Alicer, regional executive director of DENR-12 commended all the Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Persons for the success of the celebration in their respective areas of responsibility.
Womenโ€™s Month in the Philippines is celebrated every March by virtue of Proclamation No. 227 signed by former President Corazon C. Aquino on March 17, 1988. (With report and Photos from PENRO Sarangani, PENRO Sultan Kudarat, PENRO South Cotabato, PENRO Cotabato, CENRO Banga, CENRO Gensan,CENRO Glan, CENRO Kiamba, CENRO Tacurong, CENRO Midsayap and CENRO Matalam) | RSCIGP