DENR 10 CONDUCTS ANNUAL ASIAN WATERFOWL CENSUS IN NORTHERN MINDANAO

To monitor the number of migratory bird that pass through the coastal and wetland areas in Northern Mindanao, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 conducted the Annual Waterfowl Census (AWC) in the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

The conduct of the annual waterfowl census will determine the areas frequently visited by migratory birds, its condition as well as the status of coastal and wetland areas which is affected by land conversion, natural calamities and other human activities.

During the 2017 AWC assessment, a total of 1,988 migratory birds of 31 species were identified in ten wetland areas in northern Mindanao that include Pulangi Wetland (NAPOCOR Dam) in Bukidnon; Alubijid Wetland, El Salvador Wetland, Magsaysay Wetland, Opol Wetland, Pangasihan Wetland all from Misamis Oriental; Bonifacio Wetland, Sinacaban Wetland in Misamis Occidental; and Matampay Bukana Wetland and Mukas Karomatan Wetland in Lanao del Norte.  

For 2018 AWC assessment, according to Donato Bojo, a staff from the Protected Areas Management, Biodiversity Conservation Section, DENR field personnel has yet to finalize their reports and as per initial observation, there are possibilities that a decrease in numbers of migratory birds will be observed this year, he added.

Bojo stressed out that the decrease of migratory bird population will be due to external factors observed during the actual counting to include high water level in some fishponds, other sites were converted to commercial areas and the unpredictable weather conditions due to climate change.  

The annual Waterfowl Census is conducted by the DENR simultaneously with other countries along the Austral-Asian bird migration flyway, to provide information on the global status of wetlands. Wetlands, which include lakes, rivers, marshes, mudflats, mangrove swamps, etc., play a vital role in human existence. (RPAO PR No. 01-05-2018)

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DENR 10 CELEBRATES WORLD WILDLIFE DAY

To spearhead the campaign in educating the youth on the importance of wildlife, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) through its Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMBCS) conducted a symposium on March 2, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The symposium was attended by selected students of Macabalan National High School. The activity is in observance of the World Wildlife Day which is celebrated globally every March 3, the day when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was adopted in 1973. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Big cats: predators under threat.”

This year’s celebration focused on big cats – Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Jaguars as well as their smaller cousins such as Cheetahs, Snow Leopards and Pumas, who are facing many different threats, most of which are caused by human activities. According to SeeTheWild Organization, roughly 80 percent of the 40 wild cat species are shrinking and sixteen of them are considered vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.

In his lecture, Ranoray Love A. Noro, Chief of PAMBCS reiterates that wildlife is important for their roles in preserving the balance of nature in the ecosystem where they belong. He also presented the threats to wildlife which includes illegal trade and habitat destruction.

The students also learned about Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001, an act providing for the conservation and protection of wildlife resources and their habitats. They also had a chance to visit the Regional Rescue Center inside the DENR 10 compound where they encountered real wild animals like the Philippine Hawk Eagle, the Python and the Cobra.

Noro gave emphasis on teaching the youth the importance of conserving and preserving biodiversity, including wildlife, because the youth will be next in line in the stewardship of our mother Earth. Ana Mae Sumalinog (RPAO MR No. 03-57-2018)

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Forester Antonietto C. Añora (left) accepts the Certificate of Recognition for and in behalf of the Holcim Resources and Development Corporation (HRDC) from DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (center) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau 10 Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto (right) during the DENR 10’s Monday Convocation program on April 10 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

Engr. Roel L. Piloton (left) accepts the Certificate of Recognition for and in behalf of the Republic Cement Iligan, Inc. (RCI, Inc.) from DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (center) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau 10 Regional Director Rex S. Monsanto (right) during the DENR 10’s Monday Convocation program on April 10 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (right) leads the oath taking of nine newly hired and promoted DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office personnel from Camiguin on April 10 at the DENR 10 regional office in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

KICK-OFF ACTIVITY OF WOMEN'S MONTH. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Region 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable welcomes the participants to the Kick-Off Activity (more...)

WOMEN’S MONTH. Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (2nd from left) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) awards the Certificate of Appreciation to Dr. Simer E. Belacho (4th from left) for being the resource person in a lecture on Sexual and Reproductive Health during the Monday Convocation of DENR 10 on March 19, 2018 in Cagayan de Oro City. (more...)

YOUTH CAMP. DENR 10 Regional Director Arleigh J. Adorable (right) congratulates the youths (left) from Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte and other localities in Cagayan de Oro City for grabbing the chance to participate in the annual Environmental Youth Camp (more...)

MARINE PROTECTED AREA MARKERS. To promote coral reef conservation and as part of the celebration of the International Year of the Reef, the DENR 10 represented by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. (3rd from right) recently distributed Marine Protected Area markers (more...)

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