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The COVID 19 pandemic has affected the lives of our countrymen and government agencies are exerting efforts to mitigate its impact particularly on the environment and food security.

This is one of the efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region IX as they initiate the distribution of several thousands of forest trees and vegetable seedlings in partnership with the Department of Agriculture Region IX recently to upland farmers, barangay residents, government employees and local government units.

A total of 7,200 vegetables seedlings were provided to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) IX yesterday June 25 by DENR IX at their office in Lenienza, Pagadian City.

DENR IX Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez turned over the vegetable seedlings to BJMP IX Regional Director Jail Senior Superintendent Johnson M. Calub in a simple ceremony dubbed as Alay Gulay at their office.

The event was witnessed by Dr. Darwin Lloyd Sulay of the Department of Agriculture IX who is the official representative of Regional Executive Director Rad Donn Cedeño.

Director Rodriguez said that this project dubbed as Alay Gulay aims to encourage backyard gardening in order to augment the food supply in the region during this COVID19 pandemic.

"By planting in their backyard, we can always assure that Food is Available In The Home (FAITH)", she added.

"Backyard gardening and consuming local vegetables can have a huge effect not only for one's health but also to the environment in terms of lessening an individual's carbon footprint", the lady director said.

Director Rodriguez explained further that planting indigenous trees can help mitigate the impacts of climate change by absorbing carbon in the atmosphere and in return providing us with oxygen. It can also enrich biodiversity in terms of increasing native flora species in their community.

Director Calub expressed his thanks and lauded the efforts of DENR and DA for this project as it is already a big help against hunger during this time of the COVID 19 pandemic.

It can be recalled that DENR IX's Modernized and Mechanical Forest Nursery in Baclay, Tukuran passed the inspection and assessment of its suitability and readiness conducted by DA IX and has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the said agency on the use of the nurseries as area of propagation for high-valued agricultural crops which will be subsequently distributed to partners and identified beneficiaries in the region.

Earlier, DENR IX and DA IX jointly distributed 7,000 vegetable seedlings in Tigbao, ZDS; 16,000 indigenous forest trees and 8,400 vegetable seedlings to National Greening Program (NGP) benficiaries of Tinuyop, Leon Postigo, ZDN; and 3,000 vegetable seedlings to DENR IX personnel.

Meanwhile, the Municipality of Kumalarang, Zamboanga del Sur headed by Mayor Ruel G. Molina recieved on June 24 from DENR IX Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez 7,350 indigenous forest trees seedlings (Bakan and Lumbayao) and 7,200 vegetable seedlings (Upo, Pechay, Water Melon, Kangkong and Talong).

Mayor Molina said that he will be distributing the forest trees and vegetable seedlings to his constituents in the different barangays within his municipality for planting.

Photos courtesy of RPAO IX

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX distributed more than 7,000 assorted vegetable seedlings to 50 beneficiaries in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur today, June 15, 2020.

The turnover ceremony, which was conducted in Barangay Maragang Freedom Stage, is part of ‘Alay Gulay’ a joint effort of the DENR IX and the Department of Agriculture IX that aims to augment food supply in the region due to the restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vegetable seedlings distributed were eggplant, pechay, tomatoes, kangkong, string beans, upo and squash.

“We hope that [the beneficiaries] will be able to grow and nurture the vegetable seedlings and produce their own food in their backyard,” said DENR 9 Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez.

The 50 family beneficiaries are also beneficiaries of one of DENR’s priority program, the Expanded National Greening Program (ENGP).

RED Rodriguez added that although the initial plan was to distribute ready-to-eat produce, it was decided that seedlings be distributed instead to encourage communities to plant, do backyard gardening and produce organic nutritious food.

It can be recalled that DENR IX's Modernized and Mechanical Forest Nursery in Baclay, Tukuran passed the inspection and assessment of its suitability and readiness conducted by DA IX and has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the said agency on the use of the nurseries as area of propagation for high-valued agricultural crops which will be subsequently distributed to partners and identified beneficiaries in the region.

Tigbao Mayor Eleazar C. Carcallas lauded the efforts of the DENR IX and DA IX and is hopeful for the success of backyard gardening in his municipality.

Also present during the distribution were representatives of DA IX, LGU Tigbao, PENRO Zamboanga del Sur and CENRO Guipos.

The DENR 9 nursery in Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur is now a production area for agricultural products during the Enhanced Community Quarantine after it passed the inspection and assessment of its suitability and readiness by the Department of Agriculture 9 headed by its Regional Executive Director, Rad Donn Cedeño last April 17.

DENR 9 RED Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez has offered the facility in order to augment food supply in the region due to the ECQ in response to the CoVID-19 health crisis.

The nursery’s seed production area will also be allocated for agricultural crops as an initial of 50K worth of assorted vegetable seedlings will be raised for distribution to identified beneficiaries and LGUs in the region.

According to RED Rodriguez, seedlings and not ready-to-cook veggies will be distributed to encourage households to grow food in their own backyard. For those who don’t have large areas for planting, container gardening is recommended.

DA 9 is set to conduct an orientation on Monday, April 20, to DENR 9 field personnel in the MMFN and clonal nursery and to lend some equipment for use in the production of high value agri crops.

Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte - A rescued Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX thru its Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte earlier today, April 16.

The Eagle was rescued at Barangay Bulacan, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte by Barangay Chairman Romeo G. Dumencil together with Mr. Nito Bigog.

According to the report, the eagle was discovered trapped in the grassland of the barangay by Bigog. He immediately rescued it and reported the find to his Barangay Chairman Dumencil who accompanied him to CENRO Siocon despite the fact that the municipality is under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).

Upon initial assessment and observation by the Eagle Watch Team of CENRO Siocon, the bird has no signs of injury and considered to be in good condition. It weighed around 3.5 kg. It is now placed in an innovated cage for further observation and health assessment before its release back to the wild.

DENR IX Regional Executive Director (RED) Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez expressed her gratitude to Barangay Chairman Romeo G. Dumencil and Mr. Nito Bigog for rescuing the Philippine Eagle and turning it over to CENRO Siocon. She added that the Department is appreciative of their effort and in giving their time in rescuing the bird despite being busy in attending to their constituents in this time of the pandemic COVID-19 crisis.

RED Rodriguez also reminded that we are still under threat for the Avian Influenza or Bird Flu and cautioned the public not to approach, handle, capture or kill wild birds particularly migratory birds as they are known carriers of the disease.

The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has listed the Philippine Eagles as Critically Endangered having only an estimated 400 pairs in the wild.

Despite being under ECQ due to COVID-19, DENR IX continues to conduct intensified information, education, and communication (IEC) campaign to combat the violation of Republic Act No. 9147 otherwise known as “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act” and other illegal environmental activities under its area of jurisdiction. (Photo Credit: CENRO Siocon, ZDN)

 

The 6th Municipal Circuit Trial Court of Labason-Gutalac-Kalawit sentenced six (6) fishermen to an imprisonment of a maximum of two years and minimum of one year over compressor fishing within Murcielagos Island Protected Landscape and Seascape (MIPLS) in Labason, Zamboanga del Norte.
Compressor fishing is a violation against Section 18, paragraph e of the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act or R.A. No. 11038, “read the court order”. Among the prohibited acts within the protected area are the use of any fishing and harvesting gear and practices that destroy coral reefs, seagrass beds, or other marine life and their associated habitats.
Coral reefs are some of the most biodiverse systems in the world. Aside from providing habitats and shelter for many marine organisms, they also protect coastlines from the damaging effects of wave action and tropical storms.
Five of the accused were ordered to be detained at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte pending the approval of their application for probation. On the other hand, the cash bail bond of one of the accused shall remain valid and effective pending the approval of his application for probation.
DENR 9 Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez lauded the efforts of the CENR Officer of Liloy and the MIPLS Protected Area Superintendent in effectively enforcing the E-NIPAS Act in MIPLS with the apprehension and conviction of the illegal fishers.
Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, during the DENR New Year’s Call in Central Office last January 3, has ordered the Biodiversity Management Bureau [and the field implementers nationwide] to hit the ground running in the implementation of the E-NIPAS Act. It can be recalled that the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the E-NIPAS Act was signed by the DENR Secretary in May 2019.
Covering a total area of 100.40 hectares, MIPLS is composed of two islands, Bayangan and Baliudyong, and is surrounded by about 250 hectares of coral reefs in fair to good condition.