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In celebration of Philippine Bamboo Day 2021 with the theme “Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan”, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) IX regional office together with its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Siocon and Imelda conducted a simultaneous Bamboo planting activity on September 17, 2021.
 
The DENR IX regional office team held their bamboo planting in Barangay Baclay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur. It was participated by 65 personnel headed by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services and In-Charge, Office of the Regional Executive Director Ronald Gadot planting approximately 216 bamboo culms in area.
 
CENRO Siocon personnel teamed up with personnel from Philippine National Police (PNP) Municipal Police Station of Siocon, and planted a total of 200 bamboo culms at Lituban Riverbank, Barangay Lituban, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.
 
CENRO Imelda, on the other hand, planted 100 bamboo culms in Barangay Canaan and Barangay Lower Baluran, Municipality of Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay.
 
A total of 516 bamboo culms were planted in multiple areas in Zamboanga Peninsula.
 
Planting bamboo is a great way to reduce carbon footprint and help ease global warming as it releases 35% more oxygen compared to an equivalent mass of trees and it is excellent in absorbing greenhouse gases.
 
Bamboo has a significant economic use and it is an excellent wood substitute. It is now being considered as “Green Gold” because of its variability in the global market along with its renewable resources.
 
DENR IX will continue to promote the importance of bamboo and its products to stakeholders in the pursuit to develop sustainable bamboo plantations.
 
Precautionary measures were observed during the activity in consideration to health protocol set by the local IATF.
 
Zamboanga del Norte… The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Liloy released 28 Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) turtle hatchlings at the bay area of Barangay Banigan, Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte on September 5, 2021.
 
Mr. Rey Prospero, a resident of the said barangay, informed the CENR Office of Liloy on the presence of turtle hatchlings in the bay area. A CENRO team immediately responded for the proper handling and safe release of the hatchlings.
 
CENRO Liloy also put up signages of Republic Act 9147 or the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” in the area to generate information, ensure the protection and safeguard the nesting sites in the area.
 
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the Olive Ridley turtle as Vulnerable due to multiple treats to its population facing a high risk of extinction in the near future.
 
DENR IX highly encourages everyone to report any wildlife recovered in your area to the nearest CENRO, you may also call our hotline at 0948-147-1250 or message our official Facebook page DENR Zamboanga Peninsula.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX inks partnership with the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc for the establishment of a wood gallery in the DENR IX Regional Office in Pagadian City during a virtual signing ceremony held on September 2, 2021.
 
SFFI President Tom Valdez said that he is looking forward to this initiative with the DENR IX, especially since that this will be the first wood gallery that will be established in DENR regional field offices nationwide. This will feature various wood samples of tree species especially those that are endemic to the region and/or threatened species.
 
On the other hand, DENR IX Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, who conceptualized the initiative, said that the establishment of the wood gallery will pursue the goal of raising awareness on our endemic and threatened species here in Zamboanga. "Not only will we increase public appreciation, we can also leverage this initiative in encouraging the passing of policies and legislation -- both national and local -- that would provide for the protection and conservation of our forests and tree species."
 
Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte - Personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX through its Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Zamboanga del Norte rescued and released a Philippine Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio pulverulentus) in the wetland area of Barangay Sinaman last August 19, 2021.
 
The waterbird was sighted walking alone in the front yard of Mr. Victor J. Laput near the Dipolog Public Cemetery at Barangay Estaka. Mr. Laput thought it was one of his neighbors’ chickens as they often visit his yard early in the morning. However, as he looked closely, he saw that its features are uncommon to domesticated poultries. He decided to turn it over to personnel of ZDN PENR Office for proper care.
 
Initial assessment made by PLO III Renerio Acama, OIC-Chief Monitoring and Enforcement Section of PENRO-ZDN and EMS I Nesse Cyringe Pagaran on the Purple Swamphen and revealed that it was in good condition and suitable for immediate release back into its natural habitat.
 
DENR is cautioning the public not to handle or touch migratory wetland birds with their barehands as these wildlife might be carriers of contagious diseases such as bird flu.
 
A Philippine Purple Swamphen inhabits marshy, vegetated freshwater bodies such as swamps, rivers, and lakes and commonly walks in pairs or small groups. It is listed by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as least of concern but should be fully protected and public awareness of the species and its status should be raised.
Photos by PENRO ZDN
The process in empowering upland beneficiaries continue as the Community of Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur assisted two (2) National Greening Program - Peoples Organizations in their Pre-Registration Seminar on Cooperativism conducted by the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) IX last August 11, 2021.
 
The officers and members of San Isidro Farmers Association and Singclot Farmers Association attended the one (1) day seminar at San Isidro Barangay Hall, San Miguel to signify their intention to become cooperatives.
 
Guipos CENR Officer Mario Reyes said, in a message delivered by CBFM Coordinator Grace Bolaño, that this seminar is the first step that the POs need in order for their association to be registered as cooperatives.
"Being registered as a cooperative will grant them more opportunities and privileges in terms of economic development," CENRO Reyes said.
 
Cooperative Development Specialist II Rosylie S. Balungcas of CDA IX conducted the seminar and assured everybody that their office is ready to provide technical assistance and guide these associations in becoming a success someday.