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DENR 6 conducts activities for World Wetlands Day 2019

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04 Feb 2019 activities for world wetlands day

 

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.

DENR VI celebrates World Wetlands Day

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World Wetlands Day February  2019

In celebration of the World Wetlands Day on February 02, 2019, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) VI will conduct a Bird Watching Activity in Brgy. Tubigan, Zarraga. This is to foster love of birds and fowls which depend on the existence of wetlands for their survival.Through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD), a lecturette on the importance of wetlands will be conducted.

An environmenal photo exhibit will also be installed for the students of Zarraga National High School, showcasing climate change and importance of wetlands. A poster-making and slogan-making contests among students will be conducted on the same day.

This year’s theme: “We are not powerless against climate change. Stop Draining Wetlands”, is anchored on the importance of wetlands to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

These activities aim to increase the awareness and knowledge of the community in wetlands. The Department wants to impart this knowledge especially among the youth that wetlands play a vital role in providing homes for countless species of animals and plants and sustain our environment and people with its ecosystems services such as water, food, medicines and many others.

Wetlands are areas where the environment and the associated plant and animal life are controlled by water, like areas of marsh, fen, peat land or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt.

This ecosystem plays a critical part in our natural environment for protecting our shores from wave action, reduce impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and improve water quality. Wetlands also provide habitat for animals and plants and many contain a wide diversity of life, supporting plants and animals that are found nowhere else.

Nowadays, wetlands are at risk. Human activities like wetlands conversion to commercial, residential, aquaculture and other uses; uncontrolled groundwater extraction, pollution, contamination and poor drainage threaten wetlands while sea level rise, drought, earthquakes, typhoons and soil erosion are the natural threats to wetlands.

To prevent the loss of our wetlands, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is making the necessary actions for reclaiming, protecting and preserving the health of our existing wetlands.

CENRO Cadiz turns-over tour guiding tools to SIETAAS and MIRRA

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30 Jan 2019 Guiding Tools

 

 

                  The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Cadiz City recently turned-over to Bantay Dagat teams of Suyac Island Eco-Park Tourist Attendant Association (SIETAAS) and Molocaboc Island Reef Rangers Association (MIRRA) various tools for their use in support to their sustainable and biodiversity-friendly livelihood anchored on eco-tourism.

                  SIETAAS and MIRRA are both beneficiaries of the Sagay Marine Reserve, a protected area in Negros Occidental.

                 As part of their livelihood, both SIETAAS and MIRRA are engaged in giving eco-tours, guided water sports and other tour guiding activities within the Reserve. Thus, CENRO Cadiz’ provision of tools such as snorkeling gears, rash guards, flippers, flashlights, megaphones and even lapels for use during the tour are a big help to both associations.

                  The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) followed after the turn-over of the tour guiding tools, held at the office of Sagay City Mayor Alfredo Marañon, III. Also present to witness the event are Vice Mayor Narciso S. Javelosa, Jr., PENR Officer Edgardo M. Rostata and CENR Officer Rally L. Cagayanan.

      “The various tour guiding tools will greatly help the beneficiaries in their livelihood and to make them better tour guides,” said Edgardo M. Rostata, DENR 6–PENR Officer of Negros Occidental.

     The event was also in line with the Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program (CMEMP) which aims to comprehensively manage, address and effectively reduce the drivers and threats of degradation of the coastal and marine ecosystems.

       CMEMP also aims to achieve and promote sustainability of ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations. Part of the components of the program is the Biodiversity-Friendly Enterprise (BDFE) which aims to promote the sustainable use of coastal and marine biological resources and at the same time, create wealth and equitable sharing of benefits to the community through the People’s Organization (POs) and/or Local Government Units’ (LGUs) Multi-Purpose Cooperative by providing micro, small and medium enterprises.

        Partnership meeting regarding the Himoga-an River Rehabilitation was also held after the tools were formally given to officers of the association. /DENR 6-PENRO-Negros Occidental

Endangered Green Sea Turtle back to sea safely

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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

Ceremonial Tree Planting for Urban Greening

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30 Jan 2019 Urban Greening

In support to the refosrestation efforts of the national government, Congressman Jerry P. Treñas of the lone District of Iloilo City led the ceremonial tree planting at Brgy. PHHC Block 22, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, recently. The activity is part of the Urban Greening under the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) supported by the Congressional Initiatives of Congressman Tras in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6.

Assorted seedlings of fruit-bearing trees were planted such as camias, nangka, atis and macopa.

“Dapat naton halungan ang gintanom naton kay makabulig gid ina sa mga pumuluyo ilabi na gid ang fruit bearing trees, ” said Congressman Trenas.

Urban Greening or Urban Forestry is in accordance with the updated 2016-2018 Master Plan for Forestry Development. It was designed to raise the quality of environment of the people in urban areas. Moreover, the greening activity seeks to reduce air pollution and balance air temperature in the city area. /DENR-CENRO-Guimbal