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Being proactive in the enforcement of environmental laws and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples were the key messages emphasized by Enforcement for Mindanao and Indigenous Peoples Concerns Undersecretary Conrado E. Laza to all DENR IX personnel during his visit to regional, provincial and community offices in Zamboanga Peninsula last week.
 
USEC Laza said that being proactive in the enforcement of environmental laws is the key in fulfilling the mission and mandate of the department in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources.
 
" We are for the prevention of environmental crimes. What good will it serve to confiscate illegal forest products or catch violators when the tree has already been cut. We are for the zero illegal cutting of trees , " USEC Laza said.
He added that there is a need to utilize intelligence work, constant patrolling and information campaigns among communities in order to help prevent environmental crimes.
 
USEC Laza also reminded personnel to help promote the rights of indigenous peoples in the region and work closely with NCIP.
 
Lastly, he lauded the accomplishments of DENR IX in terms of environmental law enforcement and urged them to keep up with the good work in upholding the mandate of the department.
 
USEC Laza visited the DENR offices in ZamPen to check on enforcement operations, familiarize and be abreast with situations and to help resolve issues and concerns.
Upland farmers beneficiaries in Calula, RT Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay Province expresses their elation upon receiving yesterday 1.19 Million worth of farm equipment from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)in Region IX.
 
Calula Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) Association President Samuel Lastimado expressed his happiness during the simple turn-over ceremony as the equipment composed of a whole set of rubber creeping machine will provide a great support in the semi- processing of rubber which is their main source of livelihood.
 
"Daku kaayong tabang ang pagdawat namu kaning rubber creeping machine kay makakuha na mi ug maayong presyo para sa amuang mga produkto na goma" (The rubber creeping machine is a big help for us as this will add value to our harvested rubber), Lastimado said.
 
He added that the machine has the capacity to process around 1 ton of rubber daily and will be made available to all of his members in the association.
 
Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez in her message advised the association to work together and continue to sustain their livelihood and eradicate poverty in the uplands.
 
RT Lim Hon.Vice Mayor Michael Piodema said that this rubber livelihood project will really help the people in Barangay Calula to lift up their financial stability. He expressed his optimism that the association will manage it wisely and become a role model for other upland communities to follow.
 
Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Ronald D. Gadot said that people should cooperate and have that spirit of livelihood where there is full of life and energy.
 
" Let this small assistance grow until you will achieve progress under thespirit of sharing and collaboration", ARD Gadot added.
 
Also present during the occasion were PENRO Edgardo Montojo, CENRO Diomedes Pablo, PENRO TS Chief Michael dela Cruz, Deputy CENRO Rey Quaresma, RSCIG Chief Roservirico Tan, HEA Mariane Tapales, CBFM Chief Josephine Tangalin, PCO Nonito Napigkit, barangay officials, officers and members of the association.
 
Calula CBFM Association is a peoples organization who are beneficiaries of the National Greening Program (NGP) and Community-Based Forest Management Program wherein they were able to establish a total of 215 hectares of rubber plantation since 2011.
he Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX in partnership with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) IX and in collaboration with Pagadian Religious Good Shepherd Mission Incorporated celebrates National Women’s Month with the theme: “Women Can Make Change Amidst Climate Crisis and Covid-19", International Day of Forests (IDF) with the theme: "Forest Restoration- A Path to Recovery and Well Being" and World Water Day ( WWD) with the theme "Valuing Water" by conducting a tree growing activity and information drive at Balay Kalinaw and Balay Paglaum, Manga, Pagadian City on March 15, 2021.
 
Dr. Carl Dean Litigio Chairperson of the Religious Good Shepherd Mission Partners Incorporated presented the rationale of the Balay Kalinaw Project and encouraged everyone to join in their "Adopt a Tree Program" at the Balay Kalinaw Native Trees Arboretum and Ecosystem Restoration Project. He said that planting indigenous or native trees can improve the soil quality and can increase the water retention of the soil as well as provide shelter and food for different wildlife.
 
DENR IX Regional Executive Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez in her message said that successful collaborative partnership with different private and public organizations and agencies are all that we need to achieve a more sustainable and greener environment. People's advocacy in collaboration, involvement and participation in the community are more important to achieve our goals.
 
After the brief opening program, a tree growing activity was conducted by DENR IX, BJMP IX and the congregation personnel wherein 100 indigenous seedlings were planted.
 
An Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign was also conducted to women and children of Balay Paglaum. Topics discussed include the importance of conserving and protecting our forest, solid waste management, Wildlife Resource Conservation and Protection Act or R.A.9147 as well as actual presentation of some rescued wildlife.
 
Moreover, JSInsp. Zsarynha Gay Singson gave a talk on the rights and privileges of women and abused children under Republic Act 9710 or Magna Carta of Women.
 
These activities are efforts of the department to highlight the importance of forest restoration, promoting public awareness on the value of water, solid waste management and wildlife conservation.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region IX marks the celebration of World Wildlife Day as it conducts the releasing of previously rescued wildlife, tree growing activity and unveils the landmark logo of Mount Timolan Protected Landscape (MTPL), a declared protected area and ecotourism destination, in Barangay Limas, Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur.
 
The occasion was graced with the presence of RED Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, Department of Tourism (DOT) IX Assistant Secretary and concurrent Regional Director Myra Paz Valderosa Abubakar, Tigbao Mayor Eleazar C. Carcallas, Zamboanga del Sur Tourism Officer Atty. Ma. Kristina Jihan Bana, other municipal tourism officers, PASu Mario Ronulo, regional and provincial DENR personnel, MTPL Eco-tour Guides, MTPL Motorbikes Drivers/Operators and residents.
 
Released back to the wild was a pair of Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus) and a Pinsker's hawk-eagle (Nisaetus pinskeri). These wildlife were previously rescued by the office and rehabilated at the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Baclay, Tukuran, Zamboanga del Sur.
 
The MTPL Logo was a winning design during an online contest and symbolizes the unity of the stakeholders, the pristine beauty of Lake Maragang and the richness of biodiversity in the area.
 
With the theme "Forest and Livelihood: Sustaining People and Planet" , RED Rodriguez expounds on the role of the protected area as a prime ecotourism destination in the province and how it was able to provide livelihood to people in the local community.
 
" There is a symbiotic relationship between people and forest here in this community for as long as the people will ensure its protection, it will also help alleviate poverty and continue to make MTPL a prime destination for tourists", she said.
ASEC Abubakar lauded the beauty of Mount Timolan and Lake Maragang and the efforts of the different stakeholders in its conservation making it a prime ecotourism destination of Zamboanga del Sur.
 
" MTPL is very beautiful and the effort in coming here is truly worth it. What you have is a blessing from God and I hope you will continue to protect what has been given to you", she said.
 
ASEC Abubakar also mentioned that MTPL ranks 2nd top of the top 10 ecotourism destination in Zamboanga Peninsula from 2016 to 2019 on ecotourism adventure based on visitor arrival reports submitted to her office.
Mayor Carcallas, on the other hand, assured DENR and DOT that their community will continue to work hand in hand to protect and conserve the rich biodiversity of MTPL.
 
World Wildlife Day is celebrated every March 3 as proclaimed by the United Nation General Assembly to raise awareness for the world's wild animals and plants.
Zamboanga del Sur… A female Green Sea turtle discovered trapped last week inside a fish pen died shortly after it was rescued in Barangay Kabatan, Vincenzo Sagun, Zamboanga del Sur.
 
In a necropsy examination conducted by personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Guipos and Bureau of Fish and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) the turtle was found to have ingested plastic straw and nylon which is suspected to be its cause of death.
 
The wildlife was first seen trapped inside the fish pen by Mr. Alberto Gratol, a local fisherman in the said barangay, who reported it to CENRO Guipos and BFAR.
 
The team immediately conducted a rescue operation to save the turtle. However, the wildlife was found weak and was also covered in barnacles around its plastron, flippers, carapace and neck. It died shortly after the rescue operation.
After the necropsy, the turtle was immediately buried to avoid contamination.
 
This is just one of many incidents of marine species dying due to ingestion of plastic wastes. In a report made by United Nations (UN) during the 2016 UN Biodiversity Conference it was found that marine species affected by marine wastes has increased from 633 species to 817 since 2012, it is also noted that most of these wastes are made from plastics.
 
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region IX urges and reminds everyone to help on the conservation and protection of our environment and natural resources. The department continues its Information Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign efforts in order to spread more awareness and knowledge on solid waste management and the harmful effects of marine litter to organisms in our oceans.
 
If you have any reports or concern on any related matter you may send us a message on our official facebook page at DENR Zamboanga Peninsula or call us at 0948-147-1250.