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This is in line with the joint project of DENR IX and DA IX dubbed Alay Gulay, where DENR IX has volunteered its nurseries to grow vegetable seedlings for distribution to partner LGUs and other beneficiaries.

The project aims to augment the food supply in the region during this COVID19 pandemic by promoting FAITH or “food available in the home.”

TINUYOP, Leon B. Postigo, ZN – More than sixteen (16) thousand seedlings of forest trees and vegetables were distributed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture IX today, June 18, to farmers and residents of Barangay Tinuyop, Leon B. Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte.

Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Ronald D. Gadot in his message said the vegetable seedlings distribution's aim was to meet Food Available In The Home (FAITH) while the forest trees will offer watershed protection and prevent soil erosion.

Tinuyop Barangay Chairman Junie Dela Cruz was grateful to the initiative of the two agencies in helping their constituents in this time of crisis.

Of the 16 thousand seedlings, 7, 671 were forest trees composed of Bakan, Lumbayao and Mangium to be planted at their respective farms and 8,400 were variety of vegetables for backyard farming.

The vegetable seedlings were produced at DENR IX's Mechanized and Modernized Forest Nursery (MMFN) in Baclay, Tukuran with the technical assistance of DA IX while the forest seedlings were propagated by the same nursery.

It can be recalled that Barangay Tinuyop was one of the recipients of the Bayanihan Outreach Program last February 13, 2020 of the End Local Communist Armed Conflict-Task Force (ELCAC-TF) in the Municipality of Leon B. Postigo which was participated by CENRO Liloy headed by CENR Officer Dionisio B. Rago.

Leon Postigo was also the site for the conduct of the Serbisyo Caravan spearheaded by the Mindanao Communication Network (MINDACOMNET) Region IX chapter last year wherein government agencies converged to provide information and other social services to its constituents.

Photos Courtesy of CENRO Liloy

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources Employees Union (DENREU) Region IX Chapter donated fourteen (14) units thermal scanners to different DENR IX offices. These equipment will be used to scan temperatures of personnel and clients.

Meanwhile, four (4) sacks of rice were given to regional personnel (Zamboanga City residents) who are quarantined at the regional office.

These donations being provided by DENREU IX are intended to provide relief to personnel during this COVID 19 crisis.

For the second time this year a Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius Syrichta) has been rescued and released in Zamboanga del Norte.

Ms. Cheenee Cagbabanua, a resident of Barangay San Pedro, Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte, rescued a Philippine Tarsier locally known as “Basing” when she saw that children were playing with the wildlife. She immediately reported it to the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Piñan.

CENRO Piñan Quick Response Team (QRT) responded right away and upon assessment the tarsier was identified as female, had a measurement of 8.5 cm in length, it’s tail is 14 cm and limbs is 5.2 cm long. It was immediately released at Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape, in Talisay, Dapitan City.

It can be remembered that last April a mother-infant Philippine Tarsier was released by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region IX (DENR IX) thru its CENRO Manukan in Zamboanga del Norte.

In 2008 the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List Assessment classified the Philippine Tasier as Near Threatened species due to the significant decline of its population. One of the factor to its decline is the lost of its habitat due to deforestation.

Furthermore, DENR IX reminds everyone that possession of wildlife without a permit is punishable under Republic Act 9147 otherwise known as the " Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act"

Photos courtesy of CENRO Piñan

Under the Adopt-A-Neighbor/Family Project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) region 9, the regional staff and personnel distributes 160 food packs today April 21 to the poorest of the poor families residing within the community where its regional office is located in Pagadian City and to its security guards, utility workers, some contractuals/job orders and stranded personnel.

Each food pack consist of 3 kilos rice, 2 pcs safeguard bath soap, 2 packs 25 grams coffee, 1/2 kilo sugar, 1 bar (4pvs),detergent soap, 6 cans beef loaf, 3 pcs instant noodles,
3 pcs pancit canton noodles and 1 whole dressed chicken.

A total of Php 87,350.00 were raised thru the voluntary donation from the regional office staff and personnel to buy the said relief goods.

The relief packages were repacked by the regional personnel and were subsequently distributed with the assistance of the officials from Barangay Balintawak headed by its Barangay Chairman Antonio Rendon.

This project was initiated to extend assistance to those who are in need and ease a bit their burden during this time when the whole world is affected by the pandemic COVID 19 virus.