Regional Releases

General Santos City, South Cotabato-The Zone Six Small Fishermen Association (ZSSFA) in collaboration with the DENR 12 and City ENRO of General Santos City launched the first ever “Hudyaka sa Bahiya” on Wednesday, July 26 at the Mangrove Ecopark, General Santos City.
Hudyaka sa Bahiya, which translates to "Celebration by the Sea" in the Bisaya language, intends to draw attention to the celebration of variety in the region's coastal and marine habitat. This event, which was held to honor the International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems, is anticipated to become more popular over the next years.
PO President Cheryl Galo expressed her gratitude to all the participants who joined the said activity. Hudyaka sa Bahiya Festival will be celebrated annually with a series of activities such as mangrove bagging, planting and coastal clean-up.
Meanwhile, City ENRO Allan D. Marcilla emphasizes that the activity aims to help the marine resources in the area. “We did not plant today just for compliance. We are doing this because we need to protect our future. We, most especially the youth, are the ones who will protect our Environment”, he added.
The host PO, Zone Six Small Fishermen Association is a BDFE-supported organization under CMEMP that manages the mangrove areas in Bula. They invite the general public to work with them in protecting, maintaining, and managing our coastal borders through a pleasant and educational experience aimed to contribute to the improvement of the mangrove forests. (FABLLAPITAN-TIANCHON -CENROGSC) | 𝐑𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐆𝐏

Koronadal City, South Cotabato - The Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of Allah Valley Protected Landscape (AVPL) held its mid-year assessment on July 10, at the Lazy Spot, Koronadal City to measure and evaluate the accomplishments and performance of the PAMO based on the CY 2023 Regular Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) Work and Financial Plans.
During the assessment, focal persons for major programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) presented the accomplishments for the first semester of 2023. The presentations showcased the significant progress made by the AVPL in implementing various conservation activities during the first half of the year and highlight the dedication and commitment of the PAMO in achieving the goals outlined in the Work and Financial Plans.
PENR Officer Radzak B. Sinarimbo expressed his satisfaction with the accomplishments presented and acknowledged the efforts of the PAMO personnel. “This assessment is essential to continuously improve and ensure the effective management of the Allah Valley Protected Landscape”, he stressed.
Following the presentations, an action planning session was conducted to strategize and establish a roadmap for the remaining targets for the year. This planning session aimed to ensure that the AVPL stays on track and efficiently utilizes its resources to achieve the set objectives.
The panel, comprising key officials from the PENRO South Cotabato, including PENRO Sinarimbo, PASu Leonisa C. Alfaro, the division chiefs of Management Services and Technical Services, and the Chief of the Conservation and Development Section, provided their inputs and recommendations to ensure the successful implementation of remaining activities outlined in the work plans of the PAMO AVPL.
The conducted action planning session generated a clear roadmap for the remaining targets, ensuring that the AVPL remains focused on its conservation goals and objectives. Outcomes of the said mid-year assessment will likewise serve as a valuable guide for the AVPL team as they move forward in accomplishing their targets for the year. (With report and photos from APASu AVPL Lei Ann Acuña) | RSCIGP

𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨 – The PNP Maritime Group, Regional Maritime Unit 12 of General Santos City turned over one (1) unit of Rusi motorcycle with top-down loaded with twenty-five (25) sacks of apprehended wood charcoal at CENRO General Santos City Office today, July 11.
The said conveyance full of minor forest products was apprehended along the Coastal Road of Barangay Buayan, General Santos City at around 3: 35 AM on the same date during their monitoring operations.
The perpetrators failed to provide necessary permits for the possession and transport of said forest products, which were discovered to have been sourced from the upland area of Barangay Tuyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province. This is in violation of Section 77 of Presidential Decree 705 as amended, and Section 6 of DENR Administrative Order No. 2022 – 05 (Rules and regulation of wood charcoal) which particularly requires a Wood Charcoal Transport Permit (WCTP) and/or Wood Charcoal Production Permit (WCCP), as the case may be. Consequently, CENRO General Santos City shall undertake the conduct of Administrative Adjudication Proceedings pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 1997 – 32 as regards the turned-over items.
Section 77 of PD 705 states that “Any person who shall cut, gather, collect, removed timber or other forest products from any forest land, or timber from alienable or disposable public land, or from private land, without any authority, or possess timber or other forest products without the legal documents as required under existing forest laws and regulations, shall be punished with the penalties imposed under Articles 309 and 310 of the Revised Penal Code”. (FABLLLAPITAN-TIANCHON -CENROGSC) | RSCIGP
𝑲𝒐𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒅𝒂𝒍 𝑪𝒊𝒕𝒚, 𝑺𝒐𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝑪𝒐𝒕𝒂𝒃𝒂𝒕𝒐 – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - 12 regional executive director (RED) and Sub-Protected Area Management Board (Sub-PAMB) Chairperson Atty. Felix S. Alicer approved the final list of qualified tenured migrants of Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) during the MANP 1st Quarter Sub-PAMB Meeting on March 17, at Kidapawan City Convention Center.
MANP Cotabato presented the final list of qualified tenured migrants after verification and modifications made relative to the re-demarcation of boundaries in the entire MANP area. The three (3) barangays covering the Mt. Apo Natural Park in Kidapawan City that qualified for the list were Brgy. Balabag with six hundred forty-three (643) qualified tenured migrants, Brgy. Perez with four hundred fourteen (414) qualified tenured migrants and Brgy. Ilomavis with three hundred fifty-three (353) qualified tenured migrants.
The final list was concurred by Kidapawan City Mayor Atty. Jose Paolo M. Evangelista prior to the approval of RED Alicer. This was witnessed in the presence of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer – Cotabato Renato C. Domingo, MANP Cotabato Deputy Protected Area Superintended (PASu) For. Shirley P. Uy, MANP OIC-PASu Dr. Archelito Mallari, and the PAMB members including the brgy. captains of the concerned barangays.
Aside from Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) concerns, the agenda during the meeting included proposals from the Local Government Unit (LGU) Kidapawan, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Davao del Sur, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - 12, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), and matters on Special Use Agreement in Protected Areas (SAPA) Application. Thirteen (13) PAMB Resolutions were endorsed and approved subject to the affirmation of the MANP-PAMB en banc. # (𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘵𝘰𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘗𝘌𝘕𝘙𝘖 𝘊𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘰, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘈𝘕𝘗 𝘊𝘰𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘵𝘰) | 𝘙𝘚𝘊𝘐𝘎𝘑
𝐀𝐋𝐀𝐁𝐄𝐋, 𝐒𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐧𝐢 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐞 – Around 5,000 people in various areas of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) have benefited from the activities initiated by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) during the SBPS People’s Day on March 8-9 in commemoration of the protected seascape’s 27th proclamation anniversary.
Atty. Felix S. Alicer, regional executive director of the DENR-12 and concurrent SBPS-PAMB chair, said the SBPS People’s Day is one way of giving back to the stakeholders to recognize their collective efforts in the protection and conservation of the SBPS. “We want to let them feel that we care for them and they are included in the management of SBPS,” he said.
Several activities were simultaneously facilitated by the local government units (LGUs) of General Santos City and six Sarangani municipalities such as the distributions of school supplies, groceries, and hygiene kits; feeding programs; parlor games; medical missions; short environmental lectures; film showing; raffle giveaways; free haircut, manicure and pedicure; free ice cream for all; and “Pista sa Nayon” which were availed and joined by local communities and other stakeholders.
Maria Elvira V. Lumayag, PENRO of Sarangani said “The SBPS People's Day is our way of appreciating the joint actions of the local communities, LGUs, and organizations in protecting and conserving the protected seascape. This celebration is a reminder of the importance of everyone’s participation in protecting and conserving our natural resources for our present and future generations.”
SBPS Protected Area Superintendent Joy C. Ologuin emphasized that the local communities play crucial roles to maintain the abundant resources of the bay. “We celebrate everybody's efforts through this People's Day. We rejoice the success of the conservation efforts and continually advocate environmental integrity,” she said.
The People’s Day is one of the activities lined-up for SBPS Week 2023 which started on March 5. This year’s celebration carries the theme “Love for Life.” (With reports and photos from DENR-PENRO Sarangani and PAMO-SBPS)