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A total of forty (40) birds sold near the Pagadian City Public Market were rescued through a joint operation between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 9 and the Philippine National Police (PNP) Maritime 9 on January 17, 2020.

The team was able to confiscate thirty-eight (38) heads of Java Sparrow, one (1) Scaly-breasted Munia and one (1) White-eared Brown-dove sold by two brothers aged 19 and 14, who are residents of Barangay Gubac, Pagadian City.

The Java Sparrow is classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature or IUCN.

DENR 9 Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez said that these wildlife are not supposed to be domesticated or kept as pets. “Mere possession of wildlife is a violation of RA 9147 otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act or the Philippine Wildlife Act,” added Rodriguez.

Trading of wildlife and collecting, hunting and possessing of wildlife, their by-products and derivatives are illegal acts under Chapter 4 of RA 9147.

As one of the violators is a minor, the two brothers were released after signing an agreement that formal charges will be filed should they repeat the same offense.

After a thorough physical assessment of the birds in the DENR 9 Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur, the birds were declared in good health and were subsequently released in Barangay Mahayahay, Pagadian City, where the offenders captured the said birds.

DENR 9 gains another new partner in the implementation of its environmental - related activities and programs in the region.

Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez welcomes the partnership of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Region 9 represented by BJMP Regional Director J/SSUPT Johnson M. Calub as they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) earlier today in Pagadian City.

The purpose of the MOU is to establish an encompassing collaboration between DENR and BJMP in the efforts of protecting, conserving and managing the region’s environment and natural resources.

RED Rodriguez in her message said that putting forward advocacy through the building of partnerships can boost the environmental efforts of the department. “This partnership with BJMP in region IX might be the first, but in central office there is already an existing partnership as they are very active in participating during clean-up activities in Manila Bay”, as she addressed the different BJMP officials present.

“We welcome and appreciate this partnership as I will instruct our field offices to include your group in all of their environmental related activities”, RED Rodriguez said.

The MOU signing ceremony was witnessed by CDD Chief Cidur S. Julsadjiri and ARD J/SSUPT Rufino M. Santiago.

Key officials of DENR 9 arrived at the Regional Office, Balintawak, Pagadian Ciy for the first ever Regional New Year’s call on Monday Jan. 13, 2020.

The event intends to be a guide for the agency in fulfilling their mandate and implementing their projects and programs for the year.

RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, was able to reiterate the New Year’s call message of Sec. Roy A. Cimatu to DENR 9 top officials. She urged everyone to work together as one DENR 9 team in achieving target programs and projects for 2020.

As part of the continuing development of DENR 9, Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez signed Special Order No. 2020-001 assigning/designating DENR 9 officials to their new posts effective January 6.
The movement of key personnel preceded the retirement of OIC-ARD for Management Services Tito L. Gadon in February this year.
Addressing the regional office personnel during the first Monday Convocation of the year, RED Rodriguez said, “We start the year with a clean slate. We had a good performance in 2019 as we are able to accomplish our targets. But in 2020, we will work together to perform better and deliver better services to the people.”
RED Rodriguez further emphasized the value collaboration and teamwork as the key in bringing DENR 9 to greater heights.


With the facilitation of DENR PENRO Zamboanga Sibugay, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) Signing for Timalang Cave Complex was conducted today, 30 September 2019 in Sibugay International Hotel, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The agreement was entered between DENR PENRO- Sibugay, represented by Dante A. Oporto and the Barangays of Mate (Titay) represented by Luzminda Sumalinog, Lumbia (Ipil) represented by Ariel De Guzman and Timalang (Ipil) represented by Emmanuel L. Dacuba as the primary stakeholders.

Witnesses to this MOA-signing include the Deputy CENRO (Kabasalan) Felipe H. Callorina, OIC Chief-Technical Services Division (PENRO) Michael F. Dela Cruz, and a representative from LGU- Titay, Mr. Jonard H. Pierra. The MOA signing is the adoption of the LGUs to the formulated Cave Management Plan for Timalang Cave Complex. (Anna Francheska Pingkian).

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