Photo Releases

Taken during the Geohazard Assessment for the Environmentally-Critical and Tourism-Oriented Areas in the Municipality of Sergio Osmena Sr., Zamboanga del Norte.
 
It takes a long time period for the fluvial processes to slice through these thick hard rocks forming a canyon. The mere sound of water gushes and nature itself echoes along this high-walled path.
 
The development and recognition of this area as a #geotourism site could bring a good economic impression to the municipality as well as environmental protection, particularly for this area.
 
📷 DENR-MGB IX Geohazard & Engineering Geology Section.
The Provincial Environment and Natural Reaources Office (PENRO) of Zamboanga del Sur conducts an information campaign to promote environmental protection and proper waste management to indigenous peoples leaders at the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) Office, Pagadian City last April 29, 2021.
 
This is in support to the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Consultation on “Buklog” of the Subanen organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCAA) – Institute of Living Tradition (ILT) and Dumendingan Arts Guild, Inc. (DAGI).
 
Buklog is an elaborate thanksgiving ritual system of the Subanen, an indigenous people in the southern Philippines. ... The rituals ensure harmony among family, clan and community members, as well as among the human, natural and spiritual worlds.
 
Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Mario Ronulo of Mt. Timolan Protected Landscape gave a lecture on biodiversity conservation and elaborated the details/complexities on biological diversity. He also explained the salient features of Republic Act No. 9147, also known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.
 
Designated Information Officer Noraisa S. Guadalquiver also expounded on the important provisions of RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
 
Around fifteen (15) participants who were Timuays (ancestral leaders of the Subanen tribe), and some representatives of the LGUs, attended the activity. The former were enlightened of their rights specifically in catching/collecting wildlife resources to be utilized in their traditional practices.
 
A special forum/dialogue was most requested on the harmonization of the Indigenous People’s Rights Act (IPRA) of 1997 and ENR laws, which may be arranged by the NCAA as soon as possible before the IPs will do their Buklog for their guidance.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX led by its Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) in coordination with its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Liloy celebrated the Month of the Planet Earth with the theme: “Doing Our Fair Share to Restore the Earth” and Earth day 2021 by conducting a mangrove growing activity and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign on April 20 and 21 in Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte.
 
The DENR IX team jump-started the event with a mangrove growing activity in Villa C. Sudiacal, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte which was participated by representatives from the SK Federation of Liloy and BJMP IX Liloy District Jail.
CENR Officer Dionisio D. Rago gave a brief orientation and explained the importance of mangroves. He said that, it is imperative that we take care of our mangroves as it is our first line of defense when it comes to storm surges and floods especially for our coastal communities.
 
A total of 200 Bacauan seedlings were planted by the team in the area.
 
Afterwards, an IEC campaign was conducted with the SK Federation of Liloy in which they were educated on various topic relating to protecting and conserving our environment and natural resources.
 
The day ended with a covenant signing between DENR IX and the SK Federation of Liloy which aims to forge a partnership between the two parties for the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources.
 
On the second day, an IEC campaign was conducted with selected PWDs and senior citizens of Liloy wherein they were educated on more ways they can help in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources. Aside from the IEC campaign, the PWDs and senior citizens were also given a free manicure, pedicure and haircut.
 
Resource speakers for the two-day IEC campaign include Mines and Geosciences Bureau IX (MGB) Senior Geologist Mr. Ollyn Rey T. Balignot who talked about Geological Hazards such as landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis. Environment Management Bureau IX (EMB) Environment Monitoring Officer Mr. Manuel Su discussed about Solid Waste Management, CENRO Liloy Information Officer Glenda Combista on Biodiversity Conservation, DENR IX Information Officer II Ms. Winnielyn Abayon-Cariazo presented Climate Change and Single-Use Plastic and DENR IX Communication Development Officer I and Tayo Ang Kalikasan Alternate Focal Person Ms. Ilmeh Marie D. Enriquez lectured on the message behind the DENR tagline “Tayo Ang Kalikasan”.
 
SK Chairperson of Tiguma, Pagadian City Mr. Crisjohn S. Viray was also invited as guest speaker for the SK Federation as he shared best practices in managing solid waste.
 
Aside from the celebration of Month of the Planet Earth and Earth Day 2021, this event also aims to promote an inclusive approach in environmental conservation to the PWD and Senior Citizen sector.
Personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region IX together with community residents and other stakeholders join the rest of the world in " doing our fair share to restore our Earth" by mangrove propagule growing and doing a clean up activity at the coastal barangay of Combo, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur on April 22.
 
A total of 500 Bacauan propagules were planted in the mangrove area of Combo and was participated by personnel from the regional office, Environment Management Bureau (EMB) IX, PENRO Zamboanga del Sur, CENRO Ramon Magsaysay, Philippine Army Combo Detachment, barangay officials and residents.
 
A brief orientation on the proper planting of mangrove propagules was provided by Forester Rodel Arabes of CENRO RM.
 
Afterwards, the personnel conducted a clean-up activity along the shoreline of Barangay Combo. During the clean-up activity, they collected 15 sacks equivalent to 150 kilograms of plastic bottles, candy wrappers, cellophane bags, disposable diapers, clothes, and broken fishnets.
 
Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 each year around the world to generate awareness and put into actions efforts to help conserve and protect the environment.
The newly-elected officers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Employees Union (DENREU) - PENRO Zamboanga del Sur Chapter took their oath of office last April 13, 2021.
 
The oath was administered by PENR Officer Ben M. Acana in the DENR PENRO ZDS Office, V. Sagun St., Gatas Dist., Pagadian City. The spirit of democracy was evident as the election was made thru the ballot system wherein DENREU IX members were able to cast their votes last March 16, 2021.
 
The officers of the DENREU-PENRO ZDS working unit for CY 2021-2023 are the following: President – SVEMS Pacifico D. Cabrido, Jr.; Vice-Pres. for External Affairs – DMO II Rodolfo A. Martin; Vice-Pres. for Internal Affairs – Forester II Gildo M. Tangalin; Secretary – PO II Noraisa S. Guadalquiver; Treasurer – Accountant III Wina Glyn S. Alima; Auditor – PO III Ma. Socorro Jessica A. Casipong; and PIO – FR Edilberto C. Obenza, Jr.
 
Mr. Pacifico D. Cabrido, Jr., who is on his second term as president, vowed to become the voice for the rank-and-file employees, and to ensure that their welfare is given utmost priority.
Photos by PENRO ZDS