CENRO Siocon personnel and staff, led by CENR Officer Rey A. Jalandoni, welcomed OIC, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations – Western Mindanao and concurrent FMB Director Forester Arleigh Adorable on Monday, February 5, 2024, as he participated in the Monday convocation.
ASEC Adorable reflected on his tenure in the office, expressing appreciation for the opportunity to witness new faces and a new generation of passionate CENRO Siocon employees. He congratulated CENR Officer Rey A. Jalandoni and the CENRO personnel for their recognition as the TOP 5 EAGLE Awardee. ASEC Adorable also provided updates on climate change issues and shared the department's future plans to address them. Additionally, he presented the department's Programs, Projects, and activities, emphasizing the prudent utilization of government funds. In his closing statement, he urged everyone to continue and enhance the ongoing initiatives for the future of our environment.
CENR Officer Rey Jalandoni expressed gratitude to ASEC Adorable for his visit and participation in the Monday flag-raising ceremony. Jalandoni highlighted ASEC Adorable's past achievements at the office, citing his pivotal role in neutralizing the illegal logging issue through leading Anti-Illegal Operations. Jalandoni hopes Adorable's presence will inspire the new generation of employees in the office.
Furthermore, section chiefs shared updates on the office's accomplishments as of January 2024, expressing appreciation for ASEC Adorable's visit as a source of inspiration and motivation for all employees.
CENRO Manukan, led by CENR Officer George E. Laolao, marked World Wetlands Day on February 2, 2024, with environmental activities in Barangay Siparok, Jose Dalman, Zamboanga del Norte.
Various activities took place in Barangay Siparok, including a coastal cleanup involving CENRO Manukan Personnel and Staff, MLGU, BLGU, and local residents. The cleanup resulted in 150 individuals gathering 35 sacks of waste, weighing 300 kilograms, over a distance of 1.5 kilometers. Additionally, a tree-growing initiative involved planting 200 Bitoon (Barringtonia asiatica) beach forest seedlings to support reforestation and environmental sustainability. Trash bins were also distributed in the same barangay for their solid waste management program.
CENRO George E. Laolao also took the opportunity to share valuable insights into the historical significance of World Wetlands Day and emphasized the urgent need for coastal cleanup. The event aimed not only to raise awareness but also to encourage active participation in the protection and preservation of vital marine ecosystems, particularly those crucial for marine turtle nesting sites.
Lastly, in collaboration with Barangay Dohinob Barangay Officials, CENRO George E. Laolao released 106 olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings at the Dohinob Marine Turtle Hatchery and Rescue Center. This act serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility in safeguarding the delicate balance of marine ecosystems.
The collective effort of the community and CENRO Manukan not only contributed to a cleaner and healthier environment but also demonstrated a strong commitment to environmental stewardship. Their efforts on World Wetlands Day highlight their determination to protect wetland ecosystems for the well-being of present and future generations.
PENRO Zamboanga del Norte, led by PENR Officer Cidur S. Julsadjiri, along with Manukan CENR Office under CENR Officer George E. Laolao, and in the presence of BLGU and local residents of Barangay Dohinob in the Municipality of Pres. M. A. Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte, witnessed the successful release of a young Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) back into the sea.
The release followed a report from a concerned citizen in Brgy. Disud, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte, who observed the presence of the wildlife along the coastal zone of the same Barangay. The Wildlife Rescue Team of CENRO Manukan promptly responded, leading to the successful retrieval of the turtle on January 31, 2024.
After a physical examination by Hatchery Technician Temosticles Yaco, the turtle, identified as a female juvenile Hawksbill, measuring 31 cm in width, 35.5 cm in length, and weighing 3.5 kilograms, was found to be in good condition. Hence, it was released immediately into its natural habitat. Before the release, the turtle was tagged on its left and right arms with identification numbers PH 1210A and PH 1209A, respectively.
The Hawksbill Turtle is classified as a "critically endangered species" under DENR Administrative Order No. 09, series of 2019, known as the Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna. The success of the release emphasizes the importance of proactive conservation measures for the protection of endangered species.
CENRO Manukan reminds the public that this threatened wildlife is protected under Republic Act 9147, or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act,” prohibiting activities such as collecting, hunting, injuring, killing, destroying, handling, or possessing wildlife without proper permits or licenses.
Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur - The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Ramon Magsaysay, under the leadership of CENR Officer Dionisio B. Rago, actively participated in the observance of National Zero Waste Month by holding a Love-drive activity to selected mothers of Barangay Poblacion in Ramon Magsaysay, Zamboanga del Sur. The event took place at the barangay’s covered court on January 30, 2024.
During the Love-drive activity, 36 parents eagerly availed themselves of thrift products, including used and unused items such as women's, men's, and children's apparel, shoes/sandals, bags, and couch covers. These items were sourced from the decluttered possessions of CENRO-RM employees. Additionally, some fortunate participants won raffle prizes, including a brand-new tumbler, lunch box, blanket, and toys, adding excitement to the occasion.
In line with the celebration, 49 youngsters aged 2 to 10 years old enjoyed a soft meal (arrozcaldo) and received surprise gifts as a token of appreciation for actively participating in parlor games and other fun activities organized by the CENRO team.
CENR Officer Dionisio B. Rago conveyed the event's objectives and highlighted its significance in promoting responsible waste management. He urged parents to instill proper garbage disposal practices in their children, emphasizing that discipline begins at home. CENRO Rago also addressed the department's priority programs, specifically focusing on RA 9003, also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which remains a pressing issue for the entire nation.
In preparation for the event, a clean-up drive was initiated a day before at the office's established nursery area, showcasing the commitment of CENRO-RM towards environmental stewardship.
PENRO Zamboanga del Norte held a 3-Day Re-Orientation Seminar/Workshop on Land Administration and Disposition, Land Survey, and Land Administration and Management System for LMIs, LMOs and Deputization of public land inspectors under CENRO Piñan at ZN Convention and Exhibition Centre Plenary Hall, Dipolog City, ZDN on January 29-32, 2024.
The seminar workshop, attended by Land Management Inspectors, Land Management Officers, Geodetic Engineers, Records Officers, RPS Chiefs and GIS Focals of PENRO Zamboanga del Norte and its four CENROs, focused on reaching a unified, synchronized, and correct implementation of the land administration and disposition in the province, consistent with the existing laws, rules and regulations.
DENR IX OIC-Regional Executive Director Arturo E. Fadriquela in his message, read by OIC-PENR Officer Cidur S. Julsadjiri, extended his great appreciation to the event specifically in appraising the frontline personnel on land administration and disposition.
“As you embark on this learning journey, reflect on the responsibility each of you bear, not only for the benefit of the Department, or in the accomplishment of targets, but your responsibility and accountability to our clients” RED Fadriquela said.
In his opening statement, OIC- PENRO Cidur S. Julsadjiri lauded this initiative, highlighting the commitment and collective effort in understanding and addressing the challenges and opportunities inherent in this critical field, emphasizing the two identified critical roles of the LMIs and LMOs in land administration and disposition.
“Your critical functions are first, to ensure the identification of the rightful applicants or claimants and second, protect the interest of the government in the conservation and protection especially in timberland and protected areas. The sole target of this event is to appraise and equip you with the proper knowledge and investigative skills in the course of exercising your functions and mandates” PENRO Cidur Julsadjiri added.
Further, he also expressed his immense gratitude to the Provincial Governor of Zamboanga del Norte, Hon. Rosalina G. Jalosjos for her invaluable support to PENRO ZDN's seminar workshop and for providing the resources needed especially for the venue, free of charge.
The re-orientation seminar on its first day covered topics on Land Survey, Verification Process of Survey Returns, Land Administration and Management System (LAMS), CA 141 & DAO 2016-30, DAO 2016-31, Foreshore Lease Application, and Land Disposition. The actual workshop took place on its second day while on the last day, is the briefing of the Deputization of Land Inspectors under CENRO Piñan.
Present to share their knowledge and insights were SMD Chief Engr. Ramon Azcarraga, Engr. Jobelle Mogate, Engr. Miguela Villarubia, TSD Chief Atty. Erwin W. Cabilin, Atty. Gil Mae N. Huelar-Din, DMO II Alvin Gorit, and LMO III Edwin Ortezuela.
In attendance also to the event were Chief Administrative Sarah I. Zayas, CENRO- Piñan Adelaida R. Borja, CENRO- Manukan George E. Laolao, CENRO- Siocon Rey A. Jalandoni and Incharge, CENRO- Liloy Antonio Z. Yanos.
The re-orientation further ensures the efficient implementation and ongoing improvement of the Land Administration and Management System, Land Disposition and Land Survey as well as the competency, compliance, and professional development of the frontline personnel of PENRO Zamboanga del Norte.