The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Liloy, Monitoring and Enforcement personnel in collaboration with Philippine National Police (PNP) of Tampilisan Municipal Police Station confiscates last Wednesday 143 pieces Mayapis lumber in Barangay Tilubog, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte.
The CENRO Liloy team found the forest products abandoned while they were conducting their surveillance in the said barangay. The apprehended lumber is estimated to have a value of php 45, 906.67 equivalent to 1,147.6 board feet.
The confiscation is due to violation of Section 78 of Presidential Decree 705 (Forestry Code of the Philippines) as amended by Republic Act No. 7161.
The lumber are now deposited at DENR sub-station in Barangay Gatas, Kalawit, Zamboanga del Norte for investigation.
Personnel from Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENRO) together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Piñan released a Yellow-Headed Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus cumingi) at Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Sur on April 7, 2021.
The reptile was the result of a turn-over to CENRO Piñan by Mr. Christian Ian Empeynado, a staff of the Philippine Ports Authority. Accordingly, he found the wildlife roaming around the port area.
Upon assessment of the PENRO and CENRO team, the reptile was found to be healthy and in good condition. It has a length of 113cm, width of 11cm and weighs about 3kg.
Yellow-Headed Water Monitor Lizard also known as Cuming’s Monitor Lizard is endemic to Mindanao, usually found in mangroves, fishponds, rice fields and other cultivated areas along watercourses.
According to DAO 2019 – 09 Yellow-Headed Water Lizard is listed as other threatened species due to the decline of its population mainly because of animal trade and local consumption.
In celebration of the International Day of Forest with the theme: “Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Well-Being” and World Water Day with the theme: “Valuing Water”, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Piñan headed by Dr. Adelaida R. Borja conducted a Paralegal Orientation on Forestry and Environmental Laws, Rules and Regulations for members of the Anti-illegal Logging Task Group (AILTG) at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Zamboanga del Norte Conference room, Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City on March 25, 2021.
The activity was attended by representatives from the Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine Coast Guard and Philippine Ports Authority in Zamboanga del Norte.
Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, in her message, expressed her gratitude to the AILTG members for their support to the initiatives of the department in implementing Forestry and Environmental Rules and Regulations.
The resource speakers for the orientation includes Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services For. Ronald D. Gadot, Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section Chief For. Brendelyn Madarang and Deputy CENRO For. Romeo C. Tala.
This activity aims to strengthen the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Group by equipping them with the knowledge on ENR laws, rules and regulation and increasing their efficiency on enforcing the law.
Upper Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte… Personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Liloy Monitoring and Enforcement Section in collaboration with the Philippine National Police (PNP) of Gutalac Municipal Police Station apprehends 97 pieces of abandoned Guijo lumber at Upper Gutalac, Zamboanga del Norte in the evening of March 4, 2021.
The forest product has an equivalent volume of 586 board feet and an estimated value of 35,160.00 php. The apprehension came after CENRO Liloy received a tip from an anonymous informant which led the CENRO Liloy and PNP Gutalac team in conducting a night surveillance in the area.
The apprehended items are now deposited at DENR-IX, A3, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte compound for safekeeping and for further investigation. Photo courtesy of CENRO Liloy.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region IX celebrates National Women’s Month with the theme: "Women Can Make a Change Amidst Climate Crisis and Covid 19” and in line with the office’s health and wellness program conducts a series of activities on March 9, 2021 at its Regional Office in Balintawak, Pagadian City.
During the opening program, Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez emphasized the importance of health and wellness in order to efficiently serve others. She said that “Health and wellness is vital so we can take care of ourselves, as we take care of others”.
Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Dante A. Oporto, in his inspirational message said that “health is not just being disease free; health is when every cell in your body is bouncing with life”. He added that in order to be truly healthy a person’s mind, body, emotions, energy should be in tune with each other and a person will feel wholesome within himself.
The highlight of the event was the turn-over of medical apparatus consisting of Sphygmomanometer, Stethoscope, Glucometer and Wheelchair to each Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Zamboanga Peninsula.
The turn-over was headed by RED Rodriguez and ARD Management Services Dante A. Oporto and received by representatives from the field offices.
A blood pressure and blood glucose level check were also conducted to about 250 personnel. They also had a lecture on lifestyle disease and a trigger point massage therapy session was also made available for those who were interested.
The event was culminated by the re-launching of the weekly Zumba dance session which was first launched last 2019 to help maintain the physical fitness of DENR IX personnel.