In collaboration with the Philippine Red Cross Zamboanga del Sur - Pagadian City Chapter, the Rotary Club of Pagadian and JCI Yllana, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX participated in a mass bloodletting drive dubbed Agos sa Ag8sto at DENR IX Office, Balintawak Pagadian City.
DENR IX RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez urge employees to take part of the activity and save lives.
August 14, 2020 -- The Protected Area Management Board of Mount Timolan Protected Landscape celebrated the 20th Proclamation Anniversary of the protected area with a program and tree-planting activity in Lake Maragang Rainforest Park with the theme, “Dalawang Dekadang Pangangalaga ng Inang Kalikasan: Ang bukal ng buhay at Likas na Yaman”.
DENR IX Regional Executive Director and Chair of the MTPL PAMB Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez said that like all other legislated Protected Areas (PAs) under RA 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018, Mount Timolan PL will be establishing and staffing the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) as well as the construction of its office building.
The PAMO is created specifically for the conservation, protection, management and development of E-NIPAS protected areas. This would also create employment opportunities for Filipinos nationwide.
RED Rodriguez added that various activities being conducted in Mount Timolan PL such as biodiversity monitoring, eco-tourism, etc. complement the legal status of the MTPL as a legislated protected area under RA 11038.
To help ensure the safety of tourists, Tigbao Mayor, Hon. Eleazar C. Carcallas and Mr. Abdon Sugabo, Jr., who represented Zamboanga del Sur Governor Victor J. Yu, both expressed their commitment in looking for funds for the continuation of concrete motor lane from the barangay road in Limas, Tigbao to the ecotourism site in Lake Maragang.
Other activities during the celebration include biodiversity conservation lectures and the conduct of a MTPL PAMB Meeting.
On August 14, 2000, Presidential Proclamation No. 354 declared Mount Timolan situated in the municipalities of Lapuyan, Guipos, San Miguel and Tigbao in Zamboanga del Sur as Mount Timolan Protected Landscape pursuant to RA 7586 or the NIPAS Act of 1992.
The COVID 19 pandemic being experienced by our country has given a new focus in conservation efforts as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region IX, Zamboanga Peninsula notes an increase in wildlife rescue and releases from different parts of the region during this period of lockdowns and house quarantines.
Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez said that her office has noted an increase number of wildlife rescue, retrieval and releases as compared to last year. Most of these occurred during the start of the pandemic in March up to June of this year.
Director Rodriguez said that wildlife rescue and retrievals were made possible through the help of concerned citizens who contact the office utilizing text messages in DENR-IX Hotlines, phone calls, Facebook Messages, electronic mails, or simply visiting any field offices to report on the presence of stranded, captured or injured wildlife in their community.
“Majority of our rescue efforts were successful due to the fact that people in the community would call us to report on the presence of wildlife or simply turning it over to us as they do not know what to do with it or simply because they know that there is a law for the protection of wildlife,” Rodriguez said.
Even though communities are under lockdown due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) or under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), DENR maintains a skeleton workforce to act as quick response team to deal with the enforcement of environmental laws which includes wildlife rescue and retrievals.
Based on records from the Protected Areas Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section of the Conservation and Development Division, from January to June of this year, a total of 60 individuals consisting of terrestial mammals, birds, reptiles and marine turtles were rescued/retrieved and were confined at the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Baclay, Tukuran and at temporary wildlife holding centers maintained by the different DENR field offices as compared to only 23 individuals from July to December of last year. These animals are undergoing medical treatment for injuries sustained, medical tests for presence of diseases and rehabilitation until such time they are fit and healthy to be released back in the wild.
The office also recorded 12 mortalities or death of rescued wildlife from January to June of this year as against 2 mortalities recorded from July to December of last year due to the fact that the injuries sustained by the animals were so extensive and, despite medical treatment, they still succumbed to their wounds.
From January to June of this year, a total of 55 animals were released back to the wild as compared to 23 animals released from July to December of last year. The number increases as the office also recorded a total of 942 marine turtle hatchlings released composed of 837 Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) and 105 Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
One of the highlights of wildlife releases back to the wild was a juvenile Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) named Siocon who was rescued in Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte in April of this year and released after a month in Baliguian, of the said province.
Director Rodriguez said Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act is the national law that governs the protection of the country’s wildlife resources and their habitats for sustainability. This law prescribes fines and imprisonment for acts against wildlife such as killing, inflicting injury, destruction of their habitat, illegal trade, collecting or possession, hunting, maltreatment and illegal transport.
DENR 9 has intensified its efforts in monitoring wildlife trafficking considering that Zamboanga Peninsula could either be a source or transit area for illegal wildlife. Airports, seaports and strategic checkpoints are manned by its personnel and deputized wildlife enforcement officers to monitor and check transport of wildlife.
“Our country is a mega-diverse country in terms of wildlife resources and there is a need to protect it from poachers and destroyers of nature. With the help of our citizenry, we can achieve this noble purpose, “ Rodriguez said.
She added that the COVID 19 pandemic has provided an opportunity for people to notice the existence of wildlife in their area and it has added a different perspective in their understanding on the value of life, whether people or animals, and that each of us has the right to exist in this planet. Photos Courtesy of DENR 9
Zamboanga City Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ariel C. Barrientos leads personnel from the Biodiversity Conservation Unit last July 24 in releasing a rescued female Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) at the Great and Little Santa Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape (GLSCIPLS), Zamboanga City.
The juvenile Green Sea Turtle which weighs 9.11 kilograms with a curved carapace length of 45 cm and width of 43 cm was rescued by a certain Melvin Pusta a resident of the coastal village of Mulu-Muluan, Mercedes.
Mr. Pusta immediately brought the marine turtle to CENRO ZC for their appropriate action.
Upon thorough examination, it was determined that the turtle had no external injuries and was very active.
Thus, CENRO Barrientos immediately released it at the GLSIPLS which is a declared protected area under the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) in the city.
Green Sea Turtles are listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as it faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future.
Most threats faced by Green Sea Turtles include overharvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being caught in fishing gears and loss of nesting beach sites.Photos Courtesy of CENRO ZC
Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur. . . .Ninety (90) Olive Ridley Turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) hatchlings were released at the shores of Barangay Alindahaw, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur yesterday July 06, 2020 by the active efforts of personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Ramon Magsaysay.
This noble effort was realized when two bantay dagat personnel discovered the hatchlings while on a routinary foot patrol along the shoreline of said barangay.
In order to protect the hatchlings from stray animals, they collected the turtles and gave it to the fish warden who immediately called CENRO RM for assistance.
Responding CENRO personnel recovered 90 turtle hatchlings and immediately released them back to the sea.