Endangered Green Sea Turtle back to sea safely

31 Jan 2019 Endangered Green Sea Turtle


After a six-month rehabilitation, a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) was released back to its habitat through the efforts of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in close coordination with the Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Unit Staff of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Guimbal, Iloilo. Fully recovered and in good health, the turtle was released along the beach area in Tigbauan, Iloilo, just recently.

July of last year, the turtle was rescued and tagged with number PH1068K by DENR-CENRO Sara staff.

According to SEAFDEC, the turtle was ready for release by CENRO Sara but the turtle did not respond to the water and was being washed away by the waves back to the shore. Later on, CENRO Sara decided to turn-over the turtle to SEAFDEC for rehabilitation. This marine turtle has a carapace length of 69.0 cm and carapace width of 62.0 cm.

The Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) is one of the seven species of turtles that can be found in the Philippines and considered today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as one of the endangered species among marine life.

Loss of habitat, marine pollution, and other human activities posed major threats to the existence of marine turtles.

The DENR is continuously reminding the people to rescue and save the endangered species if they see it in bad condition. Those concerned can report the incident to DENR to have an immediate action. The Department also strengthens its campaign in protecting and conserving marine animals and their habitat. / DENR 6-CENROGuimbal


DENR 6 conducts activities for World Wetlands Day 2019


In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 through its Conservation and Development Division (CDD) conducted a Bird Watching Activity in Barangay Tubigan, Zarraga, Iloilo last February 02, 2019.

The DENR CDD prepared the needed equipment including binoculars and telescopes for the students of Zarraga National High School to closely spot the birds. The students enjoyed the environment and were amazed seeing hosts of different species of migratory birds hovering and wading along the area.

Migratory birds sighted in the area were Black winged-stilt, Egrets, Heron and Moorhen.

After the Bird Watching Activity, the CDD team conducted a lecturette on climate change and the importance of wetlands. It was followed by a Poster and Slogan Making contest among students to showcase their creativity and skills. Also, an Environmental Photo exhibit was installed by the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) for the students, showcasing climate change and birds found in wetlands.

“Wetlands and Climate Chang’ is the theme of the World Wetlands Day 2019. The theme demonstrate the important of wetlands  to mitigate the impacts of climate change and have a sustainable environment. It also has a sub-theme which states: “We are not powerless against climate change. Stop Draining Wetlands.

The activities aim to teach the youth to protect and appreciate wetlands in our ecosystem as they play a critical part in our natural environment for protecting our shores, reducing of floods, absorbing pollutants, improving water quality and serving as habitat for animals.

The Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla Jr. was happy to note that the birds seen in Brgy. Tubigan signify that there are abundant food and a comfortable climate for the migratory birds. Moreover, the DENR is hoping to continuously maintain our wetlands ecosystem for its valuable contribution in fighting the effects of climate change.

Scaling-up of coastal and marine ecosystem and clean water project are anchored on the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

Photo Releases

From left: PENR Officer Edgardo M. Rostata; Mayor Alfredo Marañon, III; Vice Mayor Narciso S. Javelosa, Jr.; and CENR Officer Rally Cagayanan signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) during the turn-over of the tour guiding equipment given to Suyac Island Eco-Park Tourist Attendant Association (SIETAAS) and Molocaboc Island Reef Rangers Association (MIRRA) as beneficiaries of Sagay Marine Reserve./DENR 6–PENRO Negros Occidental.(More...)

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu taking a photo of the clustered STP designed by the Guangdong Xindayu Environmental Technology Co.during his latest ocular inspection in Boracay Island (left). DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. shows the tarpaulin which contain(More...)

DENR Secretary Roy. A Cimatu together with Regional Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. of DENR 6 conducts on-site inspection on the status of the on-going Malandog River Rehabilitation and Management project in Hamtic, Antique. / DENR(More...)

The DENR region 6 warmly welcomes the new Regional Executive Director in the person of Francisco E. Milla, Jr., formerly assigned as National Task Force - Boracay’s Ground Commander.

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