Photo Releases

Personnel from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resource Office (PENRO) of Zamboanga del Norte participate in the Hug a Tree Campaign 🌳
 
The Tree Hugging campaign aims to promote social/health benefits that we derive from nurturing trees/forest, and raise awareness on the importance of the tree hugging movement, this can also be an alternative way in celebrating Valentine’s day by showing the love and care for the environment through tree hugging.
 
So, what are you waiting for? Hug a tree now!
 
“Wetlands Action for People and Nature”, is the theme for this year’s World Wetlands Day. This highlights the importance of concerted actions in conserving and ensuring the sustainable use of wetlands for human beings, the environment, and all living creature that depends on wetlands.
 
In observance of this year’s World Wetlands Day, The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX together with its Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Zamboanga del Sur and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Guipos, held a one-day “Symposium of Wetland Conservation and Sustainable Use” in Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur on February 2, 2022. Simultaneously a mangrove propagule planting and clean-up activity was also conducted by the Community Environment and Natural Resources office (CENRO) of Ramon Magsaysay in Combo, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.
 
The symposium on wetland conservation and sustainable use was attended by around 60 selected barangay representatives from the Municipality of Dinas. Lectures on the importance of wetlands, fresh water ecosystem, caves, and protected areas establishment and management were discussed to the participants, in order for them to get a deeper understanding on the impacts and benefits of the natural resources around them.
 
The DENR IX team also conducted a bird watching activity in Barangays Sambulawan, Pisaan, Benuatan, and Songayan, Dinas, Zamboanga del Sur.
 
Meanwhile, the CENRO RM team planted an estimated 130 Bacauan (Rhizophora mucronata) propagules together with the leaders and residents of Barangay Combo. They also collected around 5 sacks of bio-gradable and non-biodegradable waste during the clean-up activity, which were sorted for proper disposal.
 
Zamboanga del Norte… Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Siocon and Piñan conducted a simultaneous Mangrove propagule planting on February 2, 2022 in observance of World Wetlands Day with the theme “Wetlands Action for People and Nature”.
 
CENRO Siocon held their activity at the mangrove area of Barangay Bucana, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte. This location was strategically chosen as it is considered as a tsunami and storm surge prone area. The location has also been identified as wetland site for annual waterbird census. Approximately 700 propagules were planted by CENRO Siocon personnel and the Barangay tanods of the said Barangay.
 
Before the planting activity, a short Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaign was conducted to explain to the attendees the important functions of mangroves in their community.
 
On the other hand, CENRO Piñan personnel together with the Maritime Police, Philippine Coast Guard Dapitan City and Barangay Local Government Unit (BLGU) of Libay planted an estimated 600 mangrove propagules in Barangay Libay, Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte. Aside from the propagule planting, a coastal clean-up activity was also conducted by CENRO Piñan in Barangay Sawang, Sibutad, Zamboanga del Norte.
 
As we observe this year's World Wetlands Day with the theme "Wetlands Action for People and Nature", let us appreciate our very own Lake Maragang at Mt. Timolan Protected Landscape in Zamboanga del Sur.
 
Lake Maragang is a heart-shaped crater lake, it has a total land area of 2,689.542 hectares with Lowland forest covering 80% of the landscape and the remaining areas consisting of secondary grassland. It is also home to various species such as the Philippine hawk eagle, jungle fowls, Asian palm civet cat, Philippine sailfin lizard, Philippine tree squirrel, Philippine duck and many more.
 
Please take time to appreciate the beauty in nature and promote awareness for its protection and
conservation.
 
One hundred twenty (120) Olive Ridley Turtle Hatchlings were released by personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Manukan together with the Philippine National Police of Pres. Manuel A. Roxas at the coastal area of Brgy. Dohinob, Roxas, Zamboanga del Norte on January 26, 2022.
 
A local resident from the said Barangay discovered the nesting of marine turtles and reported the sighting to the hatchery technician in the Marine Turtle Hatchery and Rescue Center under CENRO Manukan. The turtle eggs were immediately translocated to the Marine Turtle Hatchery and Rescue Center last November 2, 2021 by personnel from CENRO Manukan, due to the primary nesting site being submerged in sea water and vulnerable to predators. After two months,120 eggs hatched out of 134 eggs that were translocated to the hatchery and were immediately released back to the sea.
 
The Marine Turtle Hatchery was purposely established to ensure high hatching rate of marine turtle eggs.
 
Olive Ridley turtles are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) since there has been a significant decrease in its population due to marine pollution and
other factors which affects the turtle's natural habitat.