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A female Pilot whale which was recently stranded in Sarangani Bay due to an injury has returned to its natural habitat on Friday, September 3, after rehabilitation efforts.
According to a report, the 4.2 meters whale beached itself on August 29, around eight in the evening at Barangay Gumasa in Glan town, Sarangani Province.
The Megafauna Response Team composed of Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), provincial local government unit (PLGU) of Sarangani, LGU Glan, Barangay Gumasa, PNP Maritime-Glan, DENR, CENRO Glan and Protected Area Management Office of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMO-SBPS) immediately responded to the whale stranding incident.
The resident veterinarians from LGU Glan and Sarangani Environmental Conservation Protection Center (ECPC) said that the marine mammal was found weak and dehydrated with buoyancy problem due to an injury in its left flipper/pectoral fin.
They immediately initiated the rehabilitation process on August 30 under the guidance of the consultants from Philippine Marine Mammal Stranding Network (PMMSN).
The attending veterinarians said that the rehab was set to be extended for five (5) more days but after administering medicines, foods and electrolytes on September 2, the whale was observed to have regained strength.
On Friday, Pilot whale “Heroine” swam back to the wild after showing signs of recovery.
SBPS Protected Area Superintendent Joy C. Ologuin reminded the public to immediately report any marine wildlife stranding incidents to the nearest authorities.
She said that people should also be cautious in approaching stranded wildlife in order to save their lives.
Meanwhile, BFAR XII Regional Director Alfeo G. Piloton extended his thanks to the Bantay Dagat, Earth Island Institute (non-government organization), Local Marine Mammal Stranding Network and the community for their help in saving the Pilot whale.
Currently, the team is still on red alert for a possible re-stranding of the said marine mammal. (With report from PAMO-SBPS)
Stressing that solid waste management is everyone's responsibility, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu reminded the public to do their share in helping the government rehabilitate Manila Bay.
The DENR chief issued the statement after tons of trash were washed ashore on Manila Bay due to incessant rains brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon or "habagat."
"As the primary government agency responsible for the environment, we would like to remind all Filipinos that it is not solely the duty of the DENR to be the guardian of the country’s environment and vast natural resources," Cimatu said.
He added: “We are all in this together. As stewards of nature, we must ensure that wastes are properly managed and disposed of.”
The agency’s solid waste management program is one of Cimatu’s priority programs when he assumed office in 2017.
Data from the DENR-National Capital Region West Field Office showed that 12,187 sacks of solid waste were collected from the Baywalk area on July 16-29 after continuous rains inundated parts of Metro Manila and several Luzon areas.
Among the garbage that was collected were single-use plastic cups, plastic bottles, and personal items, such as bags, shoes, slippers, and clothes.
Health care wastes, bamboo poles and wooden planks, water hyacinths, and dead animals were also retrieved.
According to DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units (LGUs) Concerns Benny D. Antiporda, the DENR will “tightly and closely monitor the solid waste management operations of all local government units (LGUs) especially those that pollute waterways that flow to Manila Bay.”
"Kaya ang mga LGUs, wag silang magpaka-kampante sa mga nakasanayan na nila. We have our eyes, ears and nose on you,” Antiporda said.
Antiporda said all LGUs should have "an honest-to-goodness residual waste disposal system or face the penalties imposed by Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000."
Section 37 of RA 9003 "prohibits the use of open dumpsites for solid waste."
"Hopefully, more Filipinos will realize that we at the DENR are promoting behavioral change and responsibility because the national government through the DENR cannot do this alone," Antiporda said. | DENR Central Office
Five retirees were honored by the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kiamba in Sarangani Province during its “Salamat, Mabuhay!” program last August 5, 2021.
The program was graced by DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer, Kiamba CENR Officer Abdul D. Cariga, PENRO Sarangani Management Services Division Chief DMO IV Elmer S. Mercado and other officials and employees of the department.
The retirees were Elpidio C. Doctor, Nixon V. Lomboy, Florencia B. Mangacop, Forester Nombraan B. Mangacop and Napoleon P. Panisa.
In his message, RED Alicer expressed his gratitude and congratulations to the retirees for their years of sincere service to DENR.
"Now that you are already retired, don't stop to be productive. Retirement is not the time to rest wholly from work. You can still contribute and uphold our mandate for the environment,” he said as he reminded the retirees to be psychologically and financially prepared during the phase of transition of retirement.
The retirees expressed their gratitude to the DENR for valuing and acknowledging their length of service in the government.
Florencia Mangacop emotionally expressed her gratitude to the DENR and CENRO Kiamba for giving them a memorable program to cherish her 33 years of service in the department.
Forester Nombraan B. Mangacop read his poem of thanks as he reminisced his 37 fruitful years with the agency.
Elpidio C. Doctor served the DENR for 34 years while former DMO IV Nixon V. Lomboy and Napoleon P. Panisa served the department for 31 and 36 years, respectively.
They also challenged the active employees of the DENR to exceed what they have accomplished and give their very best in the name of public service.
CENR Officer Cariga said that they have been planning the event for three months but encountered delays due to border restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also thanked the retirees for their time, effort and service to the DENR. (With reports from Aileen D. Tenio-CENRO Kiamba Information Officer Designate, Evanly W. Kusin, and Xyrus Jade Tuday) | Photo Courtesy: Regulation and Permitting Section
KORONADAL CITY, SOUTH COTABATO – Another alleged wildlife traders were arrested Wednesday, July 28, in Koronadal City by the authorities from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and Philippine National Police (PNP).
DENR-12 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr. Mama G. Samaon said that they have received an information of an alleged selling of Philippine Hanging Parrots, widely known as Colasisi, in the social media.
Forester Dirie P. Macabaning, chief of the DENR-12 Enforcement Division, immediately ordered the investigation of the alleged online wildlife trafficking.
Two suspects from Tampakan, South Cotabato were successfully apprehended by the DENR-12 Enforcement Division with the assistance of Koronadal City Police Station during the entrapment operation on July 28 in this city including the 20 heads of Colasisi.
Chief Macabaning stressed that it is a clear violation of the Section 27 of Republic Act 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.”
Criminal complaint was also filed by the agency against the suspects before the Office of the City Prosecutor of Koronadal.
The Parrots were also turned over to DENR-12 Regional Widlife Rescue Center at Sultan Kudarat State University Lutayan Campus.
The public is advised to report any illegal wildlife trade and other environmental crimes through the DENR-12 official social media page @DENR12Official and Hotline Number: 09307868987. | Photo Courtesy: DENR-12 Enforcement Division
GENERAL SANTOS CITY – An alleged online illegal wildlife trader has been nabbed by the authorities from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and Philippine National Police (PNP) for possessing and trading local wild live spiders during a recent buy-bust operation here.
DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer said that his office received an information that the suspect was allegedly selling wild live spiders through social media including a photo of the official receipt from a local courier of its shipment in Metro Manila.
Director Alicer immediately created a composite team that will conduct an investigation of the reported illegal wildlife trade.
Forester Dirie P. Macabaning, chief of the DENR-12 Enforcement Division, said that they have coordinated with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Gensan and PNP to plan the entrapment operation of the suspected wildlife trafficker.
During the entrapment operation, one of the DENR-12 personnel acted as the poseur-buyer and around 1:30 PM of July 13, 2021 at the National Highway, Barangay Apopong, the team apprehended the subject person for possessing and trading 51 local wild live spiders with spider enclosure and syringe.
Criminal complaint was filed before the Office of the City Prosecutor against the perpetrator in violation of Section 27 of the Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act for trading of wildlife and collecting, hunting and possessing wildlife, their by-products and derivatives.
Chief Macabaning said that this should serve as a warning against individuals who collect, gather, and sell wildlife and rare plants.
He said that the DENR-12 has widen its scope especially in social media to monitor more efficiently the activities on illegal wildlife trade.
Meanwhile, the DENR-CENRO of Gensan have initially sent letters to the managers of the courier services in Gensan reminding them that a mere possession of wildlife without Certificate of Wildlife Registration (CWR), illegal trade of wildlife (flora and fauna) and forest products and transport of the same without Local Transport Permit from the DENR are punishable pursuant to RA 9147 and Presidential Decree No. 705 otherwise known as “Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.”
The agency will also conduct an intensive information, education and communication campaign to various stakeholders, including the courier services, in relation to RA 9147 and its prohibited acts to prevent further wildlife exploitation.
The DENR also appealed to the public to report immediately any illegal wildlife selling in their area through the DENR-12 official social media page at @DENR12Official or hotline numbers 0963-930-5731 and 0955-753-7091 | Photos by: DENR-12 Enforcement Division