The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte headed by Dr. Adelaida R. Borja reintroduced the critically endangered Staghorn Fern (Platycerium coronarium) to the wild at the Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape in Dapitan City on November 10, 2020.
The staghorn fern is the same plant voluntarily turned-over to this office last October 1, 2020 by Mr. Galileo Emparado Jr. and Ms. Fretzie Catalan both residents of Piñan, Zamboanga del Norte.
After caring for it for more than a month, it was reintroduced back to the wild wherein Protected Area personnel secured the plant to a molave tree 5 meters above the ground.
There it will thrive once again under the watchful eyes of PA personnel.
Staghorn Fern (Platycerium coronarium) is listed as Critically Endangered under DENR Administrative Order 2017-11 and possession, gathering or trading is strictly prohibited under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
The Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Area in Dapitan City is a declared protected area under RA 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (E-NIPAS) Act of 2018 as it harbors an ecologically rich collection of endemic biodiversity. Photos Courtesy of CENRO Pinan personnel