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The 6th Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Labason-Gutalac-Kalawit sentenced six (6) fishermen to an imprisonment of a maximum of two years and minimum of one year over compressor fishing within Murcielagos Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (MIPLS) in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.
Compressor fishing is a violation against Section 18, paragraph e of the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act or R.A. No. 11038, “read the court order”. Among the prohibited acts within the protected area are the use of any fishing and harvesting gear and practices that destroy coral reefs, seagrass beds, or other marine life and their associated habitats.
Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse systems in the world. Aside from providing habitats and shelter for many marine organisms, they also protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms.
Five of the accused were ordered to be detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte pending the approval of their application for probation. On the other hand, the cash bail bond of one of the accused shall remain valid and effective pending the approval of his application for probation.
DENR 9 Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez lauded the efforts of the CENR Officer of Liloy and the MIPLS Protected Area Superintendent in effectively enforcing the E-NIPAS Act in MIPLS with the apprehension and conviction of the illegal fishers.
Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, during the DENR New Year’s Call in Central Office last January 3, has ordered the Biodiversity Management Bureau [and the field implementers nationwide] to hit the ground running in the implementation of the E-NIPAS Act. It can be recalled that the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the E-NIPAS Act was signed by the DENR Secretary in May 2019.
Covering a total area of 100.40 hectares, MIPLS is composed of two islands, Bayangan and Baliudyong, and is surrounded by about 250 hectares of coral reefs in fair to good condition.

The 6th Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Labason-Gutalac-Kalawit sentenced six (6) fishermen to an imprisonment of a maximum of two years and minimum of one year over compressor fishing within Murcielagos Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (MIPLS) in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.
Compressor fishing is a violation against Section 18, paragraph e of the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act or R.A. No. 11038, “read the court order”. Among the prohibited acts within the protected area are the use of any fishing and harvesting gear and practices that destroy coral reefs, seagrass beds, or other marine life and their associated habitats.
Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse systems in the world. Aside from providing habitats and shelter for many marine organisms, they also protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms.
Five of the accused were ordered to be detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte pending the approval of their application for probation. On the other hand, the cash bail bond of one of the accused shall remain valid and effective pending the approval of his application for probation.
DENR 9 Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez lauded the efforts of the CENR Officer of Liloy and the MIPLS Protected Area Superintendent in effectively enforcing the E-NIPAS Act in MIPLS with the apprehension and conviction of the illegal fishers.
Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, during the DENR New Year’s Call in Central Office last January 3, has ordered the Biodiversity Management Bureau [and the field implementers nationwide] to hit the ground running in the implementation of the E-NIPAS Act. It can be recalled that the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the E-NIPAS Act was signed by the DENR Secretary in May 2019.
Covering a total area of 100.40 hectares, MIPLS is composed of two islands, Bayangan and Baliudyong, and is surrounded by about 250 hectares of coral reefs in fair to good condition.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 9, in coordination with the Registry of Deeds and different Local Government Units, was able to award 359 land titles to beneficiaries in different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula under its Handog Titulo Program for the month of September, this year in celebration of the Lands Anniversary.
The Handog Titulo Program is in line with the Agency’s mandate to administer, manage and dispose public lands in favor of qualified beneficiaries in accordance with R.A. No. 10093 or the Residential Free Patent Act of 2010. The Program aims to boost the distribution of land titles to combat poverty and foster progress and development.
There are a total of 5 CENROs who conducted the Handog Titulo Program, equaling to a sum of 359 land titles given to qualified beneficiaries in different parts of Zamboanga Peninsula.

In CENRO Zamboanga City, there are were 186 land titles awarded which consist of 90 Agricultural Patents and 96 Residential Patents. The awarding ceremony at Barangay Tolosa was graced by Vice Mayor Atty. Rommel Agan representing Mayor Ma. Isabel Climaco, Registery of Deeds Jayvee Baginda, PENRO Dante Oporto, CENRO Pilarito Montebon, City Assesor Erwin Bernardo, Tolosa Barangay Chairman Joseph Lazareno, beneficiaries and residents of the said barangay.

For CENRO Piňan in Zamboanga del Norte, a total of 120 land titles were given, 53 of which are from Barangay Tamion, 66 from Barangay Owaon and 1 special patent for Tamion Elementary School. The event was attended by Mr. Edwin Ortizuela representing RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, Deputy CENRO Romeo C. Tala representing CENRO Jose Mario E. Reyes, PENRO Salahuddin A. Kaing, Registry of Deeds Allan M. Carpio, Atty. Dug Christoper Mah representing Mayor Rosalina G. Jalosjos, beneficiaries and residents of Piňan.

In CENRO Kabasalan 50 land titles were granted to land owners from the municipalities of Tungawan, R.T. Lim, Ipil, Titay, and Naga.

Two land titles were given BY CENRO Ramon Magsaysay and 1 land title from CENRO Guipos during the National Government Agencies Day in celebration of the 67th Araw Ng Zamboanga del Sur last Sept. 14. Present in the event were ZDS Governor Victor Yu, PENRO Ben Acana, CENRO Adelaida Borja and CENRO Christopher Babaran.

DENR is encouraging those who still do not have land titles to visit their nearest CENROs to apply. The office provides free land survey services to qualified applicants.

In an effort to showcase the commitment of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 9 in adopting practices to ensure environmental sustainability, Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez signed Regional Memorandum Circular No. 001 dated August 23, 2019 prohibiting the entry, use and utilization of single-use plastics, Styrofoam and other environmentally degrading materials in all DENR 9 premises, programs, projects and activities.

Single-use plastics are commonly-used for packaging and include items intended to be used only once before thrown away.

A World Economic Forum study has predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. The study stated further that “each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean – which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.”

“As we strengthen our pursuit of instilling the value of environmental stewardship and the advocacy for sustainability through education and community mobilization, we in DENR 9 will set the example through the adoption of a more environment-friendly and sustainable lifestyle,” said RED Rodriguez.

The circular prohibits the entry, sale, use and utilization of single-use plastics such as Styrofoam, plastic bags, plastic cutlery, plastic plates, straws, plastic cups, and other similar products.

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The prohibition applies to all programs, projects and activities within and outside the DENR Regional Office and all offices under its supervision including the Environmental Management Bureau 9, Mines and Geosciences Bureau 9, PENROs, CENROs, PAMB/PaSU Offices, and the ERDB Research and Development Extension Center.

All DENR 9 employees and other workers on job order and contractual status, students under work immersion programs and external parties are required to abide by the prohibition. Moreover, clients and guests are also enjoined to abide by the prohibition upon entry to DENR 9 premises and participation in DENR 9 activities and events.

Violation of the circular shall be subject for disciplinary action and punishable by reprimand for the first offense, fines from P1000 – P2000 for the second, third and fourth offense, fine of P3000 and community service for the fifth offense, and suspension of one to thirty days for the sixth offense.

RED Rodriguez hopes that this action will serve as a catalyst for other government agencies, local government units, the academe, and other sectors of society to take positive action in addressing plastic pollution.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has announced the temporary suspension of all dragon boat race activities in Boracay in the wake of a deadly accident that claimed the lives of seven members of a local-based dragon boat group.

Cimatu, who chairs the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF), said that such activities are “postponed for the time being until emergency protocols are thoroughly scrutinized.”

“We are temporarily suspending all dragon boat race activities in Boracay, including practice and training, until we have assessed their practice protocols,” Cimatu said.

All agencies involved in emergency rescue and response are scheduled to meet on Monday, Sept. 30 to conduct a comprehensive assessment of protocols, logistics and resources, and to come up with recommendations to address gaps subject to the approval of the BIATF.

These agencies include the local government of Malay and its Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Philippine National Police Maritime Group, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Tourism, the local dragon boat associations and other water sports associations in the Philippines.

On Sept. 25, seven members of the Boracay Dragon Force died, while 14 others were injured when the boat they were rowing capsized off Boracay Island. The group was then training for an upcoming international competition in Taiwan.

Upon learning of the incident, Cimatu expressed his sympathy to the victims and their families, as he promised that emergency response programs will be strengthened in Boracay to prevent a similar incident in the future.

According to reports, the boat capsized after it was hit by large swells of waves originating from the sudden violent gusts of wind before the dragon boat racers reached the third bay of Tulubhan Beach in Barangay Manocmanoc.

Members of the team were not wearing life vests during that time, while one of the paddlers did not know how to swim, the reports added.

The local government of Malay, Aklan and partner agencies have extended their support to the bereaved families by offering them services, such as financial assistance, stress debriefing, cadaver management, and security. ###