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KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO โ€“ Over a thousand participants from various line agencies, local government units, private sectors and other stakeholders joined on Saturday, September 17, the mass cleanup drive spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) along the coasts and other water bodies in Region 12 to mark International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day 2022.
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Government workers, volunteers, including various men in uniform personnel, have collected sachets, candy wrappers, disposable diapers, fishing nets, and other non-biodegradable waste materials in different cleanup sites across the SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, General Santos City).
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โ€œWith this kind of initiative, our collective efforts are necessary in order to save and protect our coastal areas and other water bodies which are very significant for our survival,โ€ said Atty. Felix S. Alicer, DENR-12 regional executive director (RED).
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Based on the report from DENR-12 Conservation and Development Division-Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section, the classification of waste materials collected on Saturday are quite similar to the previous ICCs.
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โ€œAlthough there are still some people who donโ€™t know how to properly manage their wastes despite the various communication, education, and public awareness (CEPA) campaigns on ecological solid waste management, we will still continue to intensify our information drives and enforcement efforts to reduce and eliminate the wastes that destroy our environment,โ€ RED Alicer said.
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Presidential Proclamation No. 470 series of 2003 declares the third Saturday of September of each year as the ICC Day. This yearโ€™s celebration carries the theme โ€œFighting for Trash-Free Seas, Pilipinas! Ending the flow of trash from the source.โ€
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The members of five Protected Area Management Boards (PAMBs) and stakeholders in Region 12 have pledged on Wednesday to support and strengthen the protection and conservation of protected areas during the 3rd Regional PAMB Summit in General Santos City.
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Dubbed as "Protected Areas Management Innovations Towards Sustainability," the summit served as the venue to gain support from the PAMB members and stakeholders in implementing programs, projects, and innovative interventions for the protected areas, as well as the enforcement of environmental laws, especially the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018.
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DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations-Mindanao Joselin Marcus E. Fragada, CESO III emphasized in his message that the preservation of environment is synonymous to the preservation of human life. "We need to make sure that we leave something for the next generations," he said.
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During the summit, PAMB members and stakeholders were updated and capacitated on programs supported to PA development, best practices of some successful PAs, manual on carrying capacity, limits acceptance change, sustainable financing and usersโ€™ fee, and ecotourism development and management programs within PAs.
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The exhibits which featured the characteristics, biodiversity, culture and products of the five PAs were also visited by USEC. Fragada together with DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Western Mindanao Arleigh J. Adorable, CESO III, DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, ARD for Technical Services Engr. Mama G. Samaon, ARD for Management Services Forester Mamutur D. Cariga, provincial and community ENR officers, division chiefs, and other key officials.
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The five PA Management Offices also showcased their talents during the summit's talent presentation. The first place was awarded to Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP), followed by the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS), Allah Valley Watershed Forest Reserve (AVWFR), Libungan River Watershed Forest Reserve (LRWFR), and Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL) for the second to fifth places, respectively.
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The event was also attended by SOCCSKSARGEN ADP-PMU Project Manager Engr. Ginalyn Fe C. Cachuela, some local chief executives and their representatives, line agencies, PAMB members from MANP, SBPS, MMPL, AVWFR, and LRWFR, resource speakers from Department of Tourism, ERDB, and successful PAs, stakeholders, and other DENR-12 personnel.
KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO โ€“ The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 has joined forces with various government agencies, local government units (LGUs), civil society organizations and other stakeholders and planted over 6,800 trees seedlings during the nationwide simultaneous tree planting activity spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday, September 13.
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DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer emphasized in his message the need to work together in order to restore the countryโ€™s forest cover.
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โ€œWe really need to join forces in order to reforest our country. As early as 1977, Presidential Decree 1153 already required us to plant trees. During that year, there was already that consciousness of the need to reforest. There is no accurate balance between the forest and the land, but we are all in agreement that our forests are not sufficient. Everyone should do his part because we in the DENR alone could not reforest the country, thatโ€™s why we are all here to unite our efforts in order to restore our forest cover,โ€ he said.
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According to the report from DENR-12 Regional ENGP Operation Center, the nationwide activity, which carries the theme โ€œBuhayin ang Pangangalaga ng Kalikasan,โ€ has resulted to the planting of 6,875 various species of trees seedlings like bamboo, mangrove, fruit, narra, lauan, and other species in various planting sites across the Region 12. Based on the said report, 750 of these seedlings were planted in Cotabato Province; 800 in Sarangani Province; 1,025 in South Cotabato; and 4,300 in Sultan Kudarat.
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The activity was made possible through the efforts of 2,498 participants (1,424 males and 1,074 females) from DILG, DENR, EMB, MGB, ENRA, ARDEC, DA, DTI, DOLE, TESDA, RTC, DPWH, DAR, AFP, PNP, PNP Maritime, Coast Guard, NAPOLCOM, BFP, LTO, DepED, DBM, DOH, BJMP, concerned provincial, city, municipal, and barangay LGUs, schools, various groups and other stakeholders. | With report and photos from DENR-12 designated information officers and DENR-12 Regional ENGP OpCen
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A total of 2,336 pieces Red and White Lauan lumber were apprehended by the DENR Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Matalam through its Monitoring and Enforcement Section on Thursday, September 8 at the Methodist Checkpoint, National Highway, Kidapawan City.
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According to the report, the Kidapawan PNP and 39IB Philippine Army Taskforce of Kidapawan were manning the checkpoint when the two (2) vehicles loaded with undocumented forest products were intercepted.
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Various lumber dimensions of Red and White Lauan were found in the vehicles with an estimated market value amounting to 762,000 Pesos. The suspects allegedly came from Davao City and were about to deliver the lumber to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
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A case was already filed against the two suspects for violating the Executive No. 23 and Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 as amended or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines. The confiscated lumbers are now under the custody of CENRO Matalam. | With report and photos from CENRO Matalam
A total of eight (sea turtles namely; (5) Hawksbill, (2) Olive Ridley, and (1) Green Sea Turtle were rescued and released on Tuesday, August 30 at Barangay Tibpuan, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.
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The wildlife species were all accidentally caught by fisherfolks in various sites of the said barangay and were immediately handed over to the nearest authority.
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Through the help of Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) Lebak, Philippine Maritime, and Philippine National Police (PNP) with the assistance of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kalamansig-Conservation and Development Section the sea turtles were brought to its natural habitat.
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Meanwhile, CENR Officer Iskak G. Dipatuan highlighted the significance of community participation in rescuing sea turtles.
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โ€œWith this, we are encouraging our citizenry to continue this kind of behavioral support initiative in protecting and conserving our wildlife. It is important to understand how they are affected by environmental and human influences. That is why we regularly conduct an IEC to increase the awareness of our community and to achieve behavioral changeโ€, he said.
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Sections 27 and 28 of the Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act provide for the prohibition and penalty of certain acts relative to wildlife.