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In line with the celebration of the International Women’s Day (IWD) and National Women’s Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources IX through the Regional Focal Person for Gender and Development under the Health and Wellness Program, conducted a series of activities at the Regional Office ground on March 8.

Early in the morning, a blood pressure and blood glucose level check were administered to about 250 personnel followed by a Thanksgiving Mass; Blessing of fitness equipment, RED’s office, and the DENR 9 hostel officiated by Rev. Fr. Carding Pintac.

During the event, limited edition GAD shirts were distributed to employees as a keepsake of the celebration. After which, personnel took selfies and group shots with their closest colleagues using the selfie frame set in the office lobby as an avenue for them to have fun and show camaraderie.

The event was culminated by a Zumba dance exercise to affirm the agency’s support on the importance of physical health of employees in order to efficiently serve others.

With IWD 2023 theme #EmbraceEquity, DENR 9 promotes empowerment for both men and women with different viewpoints to pursue equal opportunities and develop their skills and capabilities in the workplace.







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Consistent with the department’s goal in ensuring clientele satisfaction through the delivery of effective and efficient services, DENR IX together with all the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) under Zamboanga Peninsula has officially received its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2015 certificate from SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc. for Public Administration covering the Conservation, Management, Development and Proper Use of the Country’s Environment and Natural Resources. The certificate no. SCP000467Q-EO was issued on October 18, 2022.

To achieve the said certification, DENR 9 with its PENROs and CENROs underwent a rigorous review process by SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc., an independent, third-party auditor on April 1-12, 2022.

SOCOTEC Certification Philippines, Inc. recognized the department’s adherence to the certification requirements set forth in the framework of ISO 9001 standard.

Furthermore, ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System is the world’s most popular quality management standard for companies and organizations.




March 3 is proclaimed World Wildlife Day – the day to celebrate and raise awareness on the contribution of the world’s flora and fauna to meet all our needs, from food, to fuel, medicines, infrastructure, and clothing, among others. People around the globe greatly rely on wildlife and biodiversity-based resources for their livelihoods and economic opportunities.

Personnel from the DENR IX regional office in collaboration with CENRO Pinan together with the residents of Barangays Milad in Polanco and Taguilon in Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte celebrated World Wildlife Day 2023 thru the conduct of an IEC campaign and release of wildlife on March 2-3, 2023 attended and participated in by members of the special sectors (women, PWDs, senior citizens, Youth, etc.) of the said Barangays.

This year's theme: “Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation”, underscores the importance of working together to protect and conserve the world's wildlife and their habitats. It is appropriate that we recognize the interdependence of people and wildlife and act collaboratively to address the challenges faced by our planet's biodiversity, thus, an Information, Education, and Communication campaign was conducted focusing on the discussion about Biodiversity Conservation, the campaign on No to Single-Use Plastics and Tayo ang Kalikasan branding. Also, DENR collaterals such as bush hats, and foldable fans were raffled off to participants during the open forum.

The six (6) Brahminy Kites, one (1) Serpent Eagle, and three (3) Herons were once rescued and retrieved in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte. Said species were rehabilitated in the DENR IX Regional Wildlife Rescue Center (RWRC) in Baclay, Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur with the constant medical assistance of Dr. Anita J. Chua from the Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Veterinary Office.

After a thorough evaluation of their physical fitness to ensure their capability to survive, the release of this wildlife was witnessed by Barangay Captain Leonilo Zulueta of Milad, MENRO Mark Louie Carpo of Polanco, Barangay Captain Elmer B. Yungco of Taguilon, CDS Chief For. Adrian A. Galan of CENRO Piñan, RWRC Caretaker EMS II Nowe B. Rodriguez, PAMBCS Chief For. Brendelyn Madarang, and Dr. Anita J. Chua from the Zamboanga Del Sur Provincial Veterinary Office.

Let us all do our part in unleashing hope for the conservation and protection of wildlife and their habitats for the future of the generations to come!






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A Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) was rescued and turned over to PENRO Zamboanga del Sur last March 2, 2023.

Mr. Avelino Balano, a resident of Purok Makiangayon, Cogongan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur, who sighted the wildlife near his home, delivered the tarsier personally in a big box and turned the same over to PASu Mario B. Ronulo.

The wildlife was determined to be healthy and in good condition by the PENRO ZDS Retrieval and Rescue Team. It was then released back to the wild by Park Rangers the next day in Lake Maragang, Mt. Timolan Protected Landscape, Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur. It immediately fled to its new habitat.

The DENR encourages the public to immediately report any sighting of wildlife through the DENR hotline: 09481471250.

Please be reminded that killing and destroying, trading, collecting, hunting or possessing, maltreating and/or inflicting other injuries of wildlife is punishable under Republic Act 9147 of the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act with six years and one day to 12 years imprisonment and a fine ranging from P100,000 to P1 million.




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In harmony with the triumphs and achievements of women all over the world, CENRO SIOCON women personnel actively joined in the celebration of International Women’s Day spearheaded by the Local Government Unit of Siocon with this year's theme "We for Gender Equality and Inclusive Society".

The said celebration kicked off with a parade around the town followed by a program where the Barangay Women's Association showcased their talents and a raffle draw awaited every Juana.

This observance embraces the essence of empowered women in the society consistent with Proclamation No. 227 s. 1988, the annual conduct of the Women's Month Celebration.