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A Quick Response Team(QRT) from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Manukan apprehends illegal lumber flitches being transported at Barangay Palaranan, Manukan in the late evening of February 18, 2023.
The QRT personnel headed by OIC Deputy CENRO Eugene S. Celi, upon the instruction and clearance of CENRO George E. Laolao, intercepted One (1) Suzuki Multicab loaded with fourteen (14) pieces of Molave flitches.
The successful apprehension of the illegal forest products came after CENRO Manukan received an information around 5’oclock in the afternoon February 18, 2023 from the Regional Office thru a concerned citizen regarding the illegal cutting/harvesting of Molave Trees at said barangay.
The CENRO Quick Response Team was dispatched to conduct surveillance in the area and make necessary preparation in the conduct of apprehension. Around 11:30 in the evening of the same date, the team were able to intercept a Suzuki Multicab loaded with Molave flitches covered with plastic transporting without the proper legal documents along the road of Palaranan. The Team was able to apprehend fourteen (14) pieces flitches of Molave species (Vitex parviflora) with an equivalent volume of one-hundred sixty-eight (168) board feet or 0.396 cubic meters. The said forest products including one (1) transport vehicle were immediately brought to Manukan Municipal Police Station for initial verification and temporary safe keeping. Follow-up investigation to ascertain the responsible person/owner of the apprehended undocumented forest products and conveyance are still on-going.
DENR-CENRO Manukan reminded the public that cutting, gathering and/or collecting timber, or other forest products without license/permit is illegal and punishable by Law pursuant to Section 77 of Presidential Decree (PD) 705 as amended, otherwise known as the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.
Photos Courtesy of CENRO Manukan
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO)- Zamboanga del Norte headed by the Chief Administrative Officer Sarah Zayas, conducts Mangrove Propagule Planting on February 17, 2023 along the mangrove areas of San Pedro, Dapitan City.
At 6 in the morning, a total of 38 selected PENRO personnel, together with the Barangay Officials of San Pedro, simultaneously planted around 300 propagules (Rhizophora mucronata) which shall eventually serve as a natural defense against coastal erosion and flooding caused by extreme weather events.
This activity highlights the importance of protecting our wetland areas through restoration and replanting efforts in protecting and preserving nearby coastlines.
Through collaborative efforts, everyone can make a better change and healthier environment for the present and future generations.
The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office based in Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte joined the tree growing activity spearheaded by the Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council (PAFC) at the coastal area of Barangay San Antonio, Manukan of Zamboanga del Norte on February 16.
The Municipal Agriculture, Fishery Council members from different municipalities of Zamboanga del Norte and other stakeholders joined the efforts of PAFC in promoting coastal conservation and sustainability through a tree growing activity along the coastal area of Zamboanga del Norte.
A total of fifty-four (54) council members-planters participated in the said activity and planted 250 seedlings of Bitaog, Balok-balok and Narra species.
Beach Forest plays an important role in coastal ecosystem as it prevents coastal erosion, protects the local residents from the effects of strong winds and storms otherwise known as Greenbelts. In addition, restoration of beach areas improves wildlife habitat connectivity and supports biodiversity conservation.
LILOY, ZDN – 94 Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) marine turtle hatchlings were released back into the sea by the personnel of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) based in Liloy on February 10 at Barangay Patawag in this municipality.
The information of the hatchlings has reached the office after a certain Josie Retubali, a Bantay-Dagat in the said barangay have relayed it to DMO IV Heracleo M. Calasang Jr. who then instructed the team to conduct an ocular inspection on the site.
During actual field verification and inspection, Mr. Richard Sordilla, a resident of the said barangay and also a Bantay-Dagat, disclosed that the hatchlings were observed in the evening of February 8.
The release was witnessed by SvECOMS/Deputy CENRO Antonio Z. Yanos, DMO IV Heracleo M. Calasang Jr., FT I Merlou A. Rebuyas and FR Hardie E. Hamoy.
Olive Ridley is considered to be one of the three marine turtle species that are common nesters in the coastal areas within the jurisdiction of CENRO Liloy and is listed “vulnerable” according to International Union of the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).