DENR XII and PAMB-SBPS celebrate 1st Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Week and its 24th Founding Anniversary

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01:00 PM, March 01, 2020 (Sunday) - the DENR XII and members of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), in coordination with partner LGUs, NGOs, and other protected area stakeholders began the very first celebration of SBPS Week. This week-long activity lasted from March 01-05, 2020, filled with various events that promote recognition and awareness of SBPS as a protected area, and enjoined all protected area stakeholders to take part in the celebrations.

As a precursor to the week-long event, divers from all over the Philippines were invited to participate in the SBPS Week Dive Safari and Underwater Photography Competition from February 27-29, 2020. divesiteDive Sites were chosen from the coral reefs of Maitum, Kiamba, and Maasim, Sarangani Province, and with each day of the event, the Dive Safari moved from one Municipality to the next, eventually culminating at the Closing Ceremony on the evening of February 28, 2020, and was attended by Sarangani Tourism Council Chairperson Michelle Solon.

On the afternoon of March 01, mall-goers were greeted by the various exhibits showcasing the natural resources of SBPSmallgoers and interactive games put together by the joint efforts of DENR XII, LGU-Saranganitourism gameEnvironmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) and USAID Project Protect Wildlife. These exhibits were officially opened to the public through a ribbon cutting ceremony facilitated by PENRO Sarangani Renato C. Domingo and ARD for Technical Services Ma. Socorro Lanto. Alongside these interactive displays, a Mass Dance Competition was held at Veranza Mall on that same afternoon, wherein three (3) dance groups dazzled mall-goers with their performances as they danced to the beat of the SBPS Hymn: Look ng Sarangani.

During March 02, Monday afternoon, the various aquaculture operators of SBPS were invited to attend an environmental forum and lecture facilitated by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XII and DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) XII. This forum served as an avenue to remind aquaculture operators to practice good aquaculture practices and environmental compliance if they are to sustainably utilize the resources of SBPS. This Environmental Forum was the first of a three-part series lectures conducted from March 02-04, 2020, with the lectures on March 03-04, 2020 primarily focused on students and the academe. These two lectures emphasized the resources and history of SBPS, with the ECPC facilitating the lecture on March 03 entitled "Giants of the Sea", and the DENR leading the lecture on the next day, with their topic being Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape.

To complement these lectures, the very first SBPS Law Enforcement Group (SBPSLEG) Summit enforncement summitwas held on March 03-04, 2020 at Venue 88, General Santos City. For Day One of the Summit, an Executive Session was held to discuss the Management Zones of SBPS and identify the gaps and issues hampering enforcement efforts, as supplied by the Coastal Barangay Captains of SBPS, LGU ENROs and Agriculturists, and relevant National Government Agencies (NGAs) who have enforcement jurisdiction in SBPS.

These identified issues in turn, were presented in a Legislative Forum held on the second day of the Forum, wherein legislators from the eight (8) LGUs of SBPS were invited to help address the issues and gaps identified during the Executive Session. Alongside the Session, the SBPS Protected Area Management Plan (PAMP) and Enforcement Protocol was turned over by Protect Wildlife Chief-of-Party Rebecca Paz to the DENR XII and PAMB-SBPS through the SBPS Technical Working Group through CENRO Kiamba Dr. Ali Hadjinasser and DENR XII RED Dr. Sabdullah C. Abubacar. The Summit ended with the LGUs and Enforcement NGAs affirming their support in the operations of the SBPSLEG to enforce ENR and Protected area laws for the conservation of SBPS.

At Thursday morning, March 05, 2020, all sixty-eight (68) coastal barangays and 7 Coastal Municipal/City LGUs of SBPS, as well as LGU-Sarangani Province, NGAs, NGOs/POs, private industries, local communities, and other protected area stakeholders worked hand-in-hand at the Simultaneous Baywide Cleanup of the whole SBPS, stretching from Glan, Sarangani Province to Maitum, Sarangani Province. Beyond the shoreline, cleanup teams utilized scoop nets to collect floating plastic debris in the middle of the bay. sbps candidatesBy late afternoon, twelve (12) female candidates from all over SBPS vied for the title of the Ambassadress of SBPS. Beyond beauty, grace, and poise, the candidates must also showcase their advocacy and project which they intend to implement to help in the promotion and conservation of SBPS.

March 05 was declared as the yearly celebration of SBPS Day by the PAMB-SBPS, in honor of its historical proclamation as protected seascape on March 05, 1996 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 756. Now at its 24th Anniversary ever since its founding, the DENR XII and PAMB-SBPS look forward to bigger and more inclusive come 2021.




CENRO-Kiamba join in the celebration World Wildlife Day with massive information drive


KIAMBA, Sarangani (March 5) – To increase awareness on the importance of wildlife protection and sustaining it, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO Kiamba) join the celebration of World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2020 Tuesday.

With the theme “Sustaining Life on Earth,” the celebration aims to highlight and promote the preservation of endangered species.

CENRO Kiamba is supporting the efforts of the local government officials of Sarangani Province to protect the habitat of wildlife in areas within the range of Mt. Busa.

Forester Jerric Labor, head of CENRO Kiamba conservation and development section, led the conduct of an Information and Education Campaign (IEC) campaign to increase awareness among the locals. It was held in Sitio Kapanal, Barangay Gasi, Kiamba, Sarangani Province and attended by local officials and residents.

“To respond to challenges in protecting our natural resources, we are one with you in ensuring that the 44,000 hectares forests is protected,” Forester Labor told local officials. “It is our responsibility to protect our endangered species because it plays vital roles to have a balance ecosystem,” he added.

Endangered bird species play key roles in protecting the forest, that is why they too must be protected.  Birds carry plant seeds from other areas and bring it to Mt. Busa, encouraging a natural way of tree planting.

Local residents informed environment officials that they regularly spotted “Sarangani Pride,” the Philippine Eagle that resides in the forests of Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum, Sarangani Province.

They added that wild boars and other wild animals also thrived in the forests of Barangay Gasi. “I hope these will not end up in our tables as viand” Labor said, referring to the threat of local wildlife being targeted for food.

CENRO Hadjinasser reminded residents that the law prohibits the cutting of trees, especially those naturally grown. He explained that privately-planted trees may only be cut with clearance from DENR.

Environment officials have recognized the role played by one of its partners, the residents of Sitio Kapanal, Barangay Gasi, Kiamba who are members of Kapanal Tribal Multi-purpose Association under the Community Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA). The group is active in the DENR’s National Greening Program (NGP).

DENR strongly believes that the active participation of local residents is one of the keys in protecting and sustaining endangered wildlife species and its habitats in Sarangani province. (Aileen D. Tenio/ Photos by Meralie O. Oringin)

DENR, LGU Maitum to establish Dakeol Forest as critical habitat

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The Dakeol Forest (top) and Dakeol Falls (left) of Barangay Batian, Maitum, Sarangani Province. (Photo  by Michael Soldavillo)

MAITUM, Sarangani Province (Feb. 27, 2020)— The Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Kiamba, Sarangani and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Maitum have identified some 3,000 hectares of forest lands to be declared as “critical habitat” to ensure safety of several species in Barangay Batian, Maitum, sarangani Province.

Mountains in Barangay Batian, also known as “Dakeol Forest,” is home to several species like red lauan, wild orchids, ferns, insects, bats, birds, monkeys and the nesting site of “Sarangani Pride,” a Philippine eagle rescued in the same village last 2017. 

On February 27, DENR officials met with the stakeholders to ask their full commitment in the implementation of the proposal. Topics on ENR and Wildlife Laws were presented to the stakeholders to increase their awareness on environmental protection and to act responsibly.

“We are privileged to have these rich natural resources in our locality,” Nixon V. Lomboy, deputy CENR Officer of Kiamba, said.

Some of the stakeholders expressed their concern on the possible allocation of allowance for volunteer forest guards. They stated that the community’s source of income came from livelihood projects like such as piggeries, sugarcane farming, and upland rice farming.

“Establishing Dakeol Forest as a critical habitat is for your benefit.” said Elizabeth Ramos, Chairperson of Maitum Advocates for Sustainable Environment (MASE) to the IP representatives of Barangay Batian.

“We are partners in the protection of Dakeol,” she added. She assured the group that additional livelihood programs shall be provided to address their basic needs.

DENR personnel will proceed to flora and fauna profiling as the second phase of the establishment of Dakeol Forest as critical habitat in the coming months. 

The inclusion of Dakeol Forest in the list of critical habitat areas shall take effect by 2021 through a DENR Administrative Order. (by Aileen D. Tenio- Information Officer Designate- CENRO Kiamba)


Press Conference and Media Guesting Activity of SBPS Week 2020

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The DENR XII, in collaboration with the Protected Area Management Board of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PAMB-SBPS), successfully conducted a Press Conference and Media Guesting on the afternoon of February 18, 2020 at Veranza Mall, General Santos City.

The Press Conference Activity is part of the activities planned for the very first celebration of SBPS Week and the commemoration of SBPS' 24th Anniversary ever since its historical Proclamation as Protected Seascape on March 05, 1996 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 756. In support of this, the SBPS Protected Area Management Board En Banc passed PAMB-SBPS Resolution No. 2019-013, declaring the 5th Day of March as the yearly celebration of SBPS Day.

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The main panelists during the press conference were the PAMB members represented by the Governor of Sarangani Hon. Steve Solon, City Mayor of Gensan, Hon. Ronnel Rivera, Municipal Mayor Vic Paul Salarda of Alabel and DENR XII CDD Chief Dr. Rosalinda Cortez, representing PAMB-SBPS Chairman and DENR XII Regional Executive Director Dr. Sabdullah C. Abubacar. They were accompanied by the PAMB Technical Working Committee Members Regional Director Engr. Omar Saikol of EMB 12, Chairperson Michelle Solon of the Sarangani Provincial Tourism Council, Director Cornelio M. Ramirez, Jr of LGU-Sarangani Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), City ENRO Allan Marcilla of General Santos City, DENR PENRO Sarangani Renato Domingo, CENRO Kiamba Dr. Ali Hadjinasser, CENRO General Santos City Ma. Elvira Lumayag and Joy C. Ologuin, the designated Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) of SBPS.

Mayor Ronnel Rivera in his opening message affirmed that General Santos City is impacted with heavy population especially in the coastal areas and acknowledged that it is one of the point sources of pollution to SBPS. In response, he added that “We have in line legislation and infrastructure projects that can mitigate pollution and minimize activities in the Bay. With the support of National Agencies, we can do a lot for Sarangani Bay. We are in solidarity with the people behind this Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape Celebration."

With regards to environmental law enforcement, Governor Steve Solon stated that "We are really trying to protect Sarangani Bay. 

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Sometimes, we cannot do so perfectly, but what is important, is that every year, we should be improving... We need help from everyone. We have to work together." Mayor Vic Paul Salarda supported this notion, saying that "We are calling out to the public and Filipino people. We have to start discipline within ourselves, especially when it comes to our garbage. This is a good venue for us to help one another. One littered candy wrapper from one person might seem small, but just imagine how many think the same way. We have to change that."

Dr. Rosalinda Cortez stated that the event was history, as it was the first event celebrating the founding anniversary of SBPS that call upon all its stakeholders to join the celebrations. PASu Ologuin presented the major activities planned for SBPS Week and requested the media to assist the PAMB in disseminating these events to the public to encourage their participation to the SBPS Week Celebrations. These activities include the following: 

Tourism Council Chairperson Michelle Solon uttered that the event was to support the assets of SBPS, which was the very root of the local tourism industry. In her closing statement, she emphasized that “All these people right here are doing everything they can, touching lives of all generations, to already think about their garbage and wastes. If everybody holds hands together, doing this promotion on Sarangani Bay and what the environment is about, I thank the media because you are our voice. It is through you that people will get inspired, as many avenues as we can, so that we can continue to save this planet, save our Sarangani Bay, so we still have another generation who can enjoy it as much as we have.”



img 20200203 085111MENRO Alabel Engr. Allan Rivera, PASu-SBPS Joy Ologuin, Assistant PASu-SBPS Elmer Oliveros, Barangay Ladol Chairperson Hon. Abdon Blanco, Alabel Muncipal Mayor Vic Paul M. Salarda, and PENRO Sarangani Renato Domingo. (from right to left)

ALABEL, SARANGANI PROVINCE - The SBPS Protected Area Management Board (PAMB), through PENRO Renato Domingo and Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Joy C. Ologuin, awarded a Plaque of Recognition to Alabel Municipal Mayor Hon. Vic Paul M. Salarda and Barangay Ladol Chairperson Hon. Abdon Blanco during the Flag Ceremony held at the Municipal Hall Compound of Alabel, Sarangani Province on the morning of February 03, 2020.

Last November 20-21, 2019, the Local Government of Unit of Alabel, in collaboration with the Barangay Council of Ladol conducted a big-time clearing of their easement areas. Whilst they have done so to be compliant with the SONA Directive of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to clear the public roads and easement areas of illegal structures, by clearing the easement area, they have also assisted the SBPS Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) and the DENR in implementing Section 24 of the NIPAS Act, as amended, which states that "Structures found within the forty (40)-meter easement shall be demolished unless proven necessary to protect the shoreline and mitigate habitat destruction."

Even before the conduct of the clearing, the LGU Alabel and BLGU Ladol had already conducted prior consultations with the affected communities, informing them of legal bases behind the activity. It is important to note however, that the local government only demolished the structures whose inhabitants had relocation areas. Those without clear relocation shall be allowed to reside in the easement area until such time that LGU Alabel can secure a relocation site.

After the awarding, the PAMO-SBPS turned over one (1) megaphone and five (5) handheld radios to the Bantay Dagat of Ladol, Sarangani Province, in compliance to the Work and Financial Plan of the PAMB-SBPS for C.Y. 2019, which allocated a budget of roughly PHP 33,000.00 to support the  Enforcement Operations of the Coastal Barangays of SBPS. PENRO Sarangani Renato C. Domingo thanked Mayor Salarda for his administration's continued support to the DENR and PAMB-SBPS, and concluded by enjoining LGU Alabel to join the celebration of Environment Month on June 2020.

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GLAN, SARANGANI PROVINCE – On October 06, 2019 (Sunday) at 12:30 in the morning, a fishing vessel aground in the coral reef of Sitio Calumpang, Brgy. Big Margus, Glan, Sarangani Province as reported by Kagawad Mcray M. Labarete. The fishing boat was identified “FB RR CS20-DUM6182’, color white with blue stripe and pink, and owned and managed by Rell & Renn Fishing.

The Office of the Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) received a text message reporting the grounded ship from Brgy. Captain Jumar Jandoc at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon on October 07, 2019. The text message identified the boat captains as Mr. Gelbert Ronolo and Mr. Ronny Paghubasan. The Philippine Coast Guard, CENRO Glan, and LGU Glan were quickly notified of the incident. The PASu dive team was then dispatched to verify and investigate the incident. The grounded ship was no longer on the site as the vessel was tugged early in the morning. However, due to big waves and strong currents on that afternoon, the investigation was done the morning of the following day.reef damage

The grounding area was approximated using a transect line, and a Rapid Underwater Resource Assessment was conducted. The damaged area was approximately 137 square meters, and had an excellent (~60%) hard coral cover, comprised mostly of massive slow-growing corals. Rell & Renn admitted to being the responsible party, and were willing to pay the fines imposed by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS). (Photo: GJBCabinta; NSAdal)



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PANOORIN: ULAT KALIKASAN | MARINE MAMMAL MONITORING. Namataan kamakailan sa Sarangani Bay ng mga marine expert ang daan-daang bilang ng mga dolphin at balyena habang isinasagawa ang isang Marine Mammal Monitoring Activity sa baybayin. (MMMaulana)







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The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO)-Glan headed by CENRO Abdul D. Cariga and Association of Barangay Captains ABC Pres.Chairman Rommel Retuya of Malugon Sarangani, together with some People's Organizations visited this Saturday, July 20 an established 2012 rubber plantation for an urban greening campaign.(KBBenpolok) Photos by: CENR Officer Abdul D.Cariga

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June 6, 2019

In line with the celebrations of the 21st Philippine Eagle Week and Philippine Environment Month 2019, the DENR XII formally inaugurated the three-day Philippine Eagle Exhibit on Tuesday, June 4 at the Robinson's Place, General Santos City.

The said activity aims to heighten the awareness of the public on the importance of healthy environment in the activities and existence of one of the country's national symbol.

The launching was graced by DENR XII RED Nilo B. Tamoria, ARD for Management Services Datu Tungko M. Saikol, Conservation and Development Division Chief Dr. Ali P. Hadjinasser, Sarangani PENR Officer Mama G. Samaon, City ENR Officer Vsliente Lastimoso other DENR officials and employees, partner local government units and line agencies and other stakeholders. (MMMaulana) | Some photos by: KBBenpolok

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Pawikan Hatchling Released In Alabel, Sarangani Province


ALABEL, SARANGANI PROVINCE – May 09, 2019.  Thirty-seven Hawksbill turtle hatchlings were released at Barangay Ladol, Alabel, Sarangani Province on Thursday morning.

The hotline numbers of the Office of the Protected Area Superintendent – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PASu-SBPS) received a report from Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC) Dr. Roy Mejorada regarding pawikan hatchlings in Brgy. Ladol, Alabel, Sarangani Province. In response, the Office of the PASu-SBPS immediately contacted MENRO Alabel Admin Aide Jaycee Tolentino, MENRO Allan Rivera and deployed PAMO Staff Ruel P. Burlas to the site.  

The report originated from Bantay Dagat and Fish Warden Chairman Rodrigo Panes, who then relayed the information to Mr. Tolentino and the ECPC The Office of PASu-SBPS received information from Mr. Tolentino to find Barangay Health Workers named Francisco Bibat and Alfredo Escultura. These two Barangay Health Workers watched over the pawikan eggs until they hatched and the pawikan hatchlings were ready for release.

pawikanThe turtle hatchlings were identified as the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), a critically endangered species. With the supervision of MENRO Alabel and the Office of the PASu-SBPS, the 37 newly-hatched sea turtles or “pawikan” were released last Thursday at approximately 10:19 AM in Brgy. Ladol, Alabel, Sarangani Province. (by: Nadzla Adal, Ruel Burlas)



3 Dead Marine Turtles and Dugong Sightings Reported in Sarangani Bay


SARANGANI PROVINCE – May 03, 2019. The hotline numbers of the Office of the Protected Area Superintendent – Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (PASu-SBPS) received pawikan stranding reports from the Environmental Conservation and Protection Center (ECPC), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) XII, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Despite the scattered locations of the reported strandings, these reports were validated on-site through the coordinated efforts of the DENR, PASu-SBPS, LGUs, ECPC, and BFAR, and confirmed that all three (3) reported pawikans were dead.

The first report arrived at 8:00 in the morning through a text message, whose contents read of a stranded marine turtle or “pawikan” in Brgy. Suli, Kiamba, Sarangani Province. turtle1The stranding was reported by ECPC in-house veterinarian and environmentalist Dr. Roy O. Merjorada. Accordingly, the Office of the PASu-SBPS immediately contacted the DENR Field Office of CENRO Kiamba to dispatch the proper personnel and validate the stranding. The PASu-SBPS Office also informed the MENRO Kiamba and Suli Brgy. Captain Melanie Balanag of the incident. Field validation revealed that the stranded turtle was a dead Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), with an open wound in the base of its left fore flipper. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, the Olive Ridley Turtle is a Vulnerable Species with a decreasing population trend worldwide.

The second report was sent via Facebook messages from BFAR XII Personnel to PASu-SBPS Staff Quennie Lyn C. Arellano and Wilhelm Heinrich V. Cabe, which informed of three (3) dugongs sightings in Kingford Beach, Brgy. Tambler, General Santos City. Beach-goers who were bathing in Kingford Beach saw the Dugongs (Dugong dugon), and reported them to BFAR XII. Heeding the report, the PASu-SBPS Office contacted LGU-Gensan ENRO Staff Katherine Lopez Bitco and ECPC Dr. Mejorada. BFAR XII Charmaine Escleto instructed their colleagues, who were among the Beach-goers, to take photos of the dugongs for documentation. LGU-Gensan Katherine Lopez Bitco also arrived at Kingford Beach to validate the sightings. The IUCN Red List classifies Dugongs as a Vulnerable Species, and their habitats are limited to shallow coastal waters home to their preferrred food: Seagrass.

The third report came via text message at 3:00 in the afternoon: turtle2a turtle washed ashore in Queen Tuna Park, Brgy. Dadiangas South, General Santos City. The stranding was reported by DENR CENRO Glan personnel Hesed Jebs Carisma, and was confirmed through another correspondence addressed to PASu-SBPS Staff Gary John Cabinta. In response, the Office of the PASu-SBPS contacted the ECPC and LGU-Gensan Katherine Bitco. Field validation by ECPC Personnel revealed that the stranded turtle was a decomposed female Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) that had a missing right fore flipper and spilled intestines. The IUCN Red List classifies the Green Sea Turtle as an endangered species, with a decreasing global population. Considering the turtle’s rotting condition, the PASu-SBPS Office, ECPC, and LGU-Gensan agreed to take morphometric measurements of the dead turtle before burying it.

The fourth report arrived by text message from CENRO Glan Jebs Carismaturtle3 at 3:59 in the afternoon, and announced another turtle stranding in Zone 5, Brgy. Bula, General Santos City. The PASu-SBPS Office took action by dispatching its own personnel to the area, and reported the incident to ECPC, LGU-Gensan, and BFAR XII. BFAR XII Charmaine Escleto relayed that the DENR CENRO Gensan had also sent personnel on-site to document the stranding. The on-site investigation revealed that the stranded specimen was most likely a male Olive Ridley Turtle. The cause for uncertainty was due to the turtle’s highly emaciated condition, and its carapace/shell was heavily covered with algae.

The foregoing events proved that the implementation of a PASu-SBPS Hotline will mean better chances for marine megafauna sightings and strandings to be reported not only by government agencies, but more importantly, local citizens and stakeholders. (by: Nadzla Adal, SBPS Megafauna Response Team, 2019)






PENRO Sarangani Personnel gathered at Queen Tuna Park, General Santos City early morning of January 18, 2019 to join the clean-up drive initiated by the Environment Management Bureau (EMB), Region 12 Officea2 in celebration of the 19th year anniversary of the Ecological Waste Management Act with the theme “Expanding Partnership in Ecological Solid Waste Management through Alternative Technologies”.

                Several groups coming from the Academe, NGA’s, LGU’s (City and Barangay) and different communities within General Santos City participated the activity.dji 0048

               Bags of garbage and waste were gathered which were piled in a central point for the city dump truck to pick up for disposal.a6

                The Celebration come up with multi-sectoral effort working together for a common cause which was to promote cleanliness and proper waste  disposal particularly in the vicinity of Queen Tuna Park wherein improper waste disposal is rampant. (Jayza Mae Esteban, Photo: Gary John Cabinta)






The ever-increasing ocean trash – plastic waste in particular – has produced nothing less than a global crisis for ocean waters, marine wildlife and habitat, human health and safety, wasted resources and lost revenues for many nations. cc186Fortunately, this is one environmental issue that can be addressed by tackling trash at the source before it has a chance to reach the water and by changing the behaviors that allow trash into the water in the first place. International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) provides the opportunity to make a difference in a global movement by getting rid of trash/debris from our shorelines, rivers, lakes and waterways; raising environmental awareness; and providing information which will guide and influence governments, corporations and industries in developing smart solutions to the marine pollution problem. 

In the Republic of the Philippines, Presidential cc184Proclamation No. 470 series of 2003 declares the third Sunday of September of each year as the International Coastal Clean-Up Day.cc189 This 33rd year’s theme is “Tayo ang Solusyon sa Polusyon”. Through the initiatives of Local Government Units of Maasim and Alabel, Sarangani Province, the awareness and empowerment of the people to take active role in preservation and cleaning up of the oceancc187 could be achieved and lead to better -informed policy decisions and improved solid waste management programs. The activity also involved the volunteers to not only to pick up trash but also to count every item collected and record in a standardized data card. This action makes the ICC unique, aside from the simultaneous and coordinated global execution, as there is emphasis on organized scientific data collection. According to the non-government organization named Ocean Conservancy, cc183volunteers record not just what objects they find but also their material composition. The new information will be instrumental in helping determine the effects that specific materials are having on ocean habitats. By understanding the items collected in greater detail, scientists and ocean advocates will be able to identify the best remedies and advocate for solutions that will lead to a healthier ocean.

The National Government Agencies – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), cc182Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), with the Local Government Units of Alabel and Maasim, Alabel National Science High School, and private sectors- Conrado and Ladislawa Alcantara Foundations Inc. (CLAFI), participated in the International Coastal Clean Up Celebration last September 19 and 21, 2018 at the areas along the vicinity of Sarangani Protected Seascape. The celebration also involved Mangrove Planting Activity to rehabilitate and enhance the rainforest of the sea, and Scubasurero activity that involved the volunteer divers from different offices within the Region 12.(Quennie Lyn Arellano, Photo from Gary John Cabinta)





Management Planning for Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape


Environmental degradation and habitat destruction throughout the Philippines are not only harming wildlife but also undermining people’s livelihoods and creating social instability. The U.S. government, through the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID), partnered today with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to launch a new biodiversity conservation project that will help protect and manage the Philippines’ diverse habitats and species. The Protect Wildlife program in the Philippines works towards biodiversity conservation, enhancement of ecosystem services and improvement of peoples’ well-being. The program approach is supported by four pillars, namely landscapes and seascapes, situational crime prevention, inclusiveness, and public-private partnerships. This partnership with multi-pronged programs identified the provinces of Sarangani and South Cotabato, which host some of the most biodiverse yet vulnerable natural habitats and species in southern Mindanao. The Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) is one of the identified areas that need Integrated Management Approach.

Facilitated by the Protect Wildlife with the assistance of DENR-PASu, an Orientation on Management Planning for Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape was conducted at Ellis Suites, General Santos City last July 11-13, 2018. This aimed to strengthen the partnership among the members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) which are from the National Government Agencies, Local Governments Units, Academe and Civil Society Organizations. The workshop gave emphasis on the 4 aspects – IEC, Research, Enforcement, and Land use/Zoning. The outputs will then be used in the preparation of 5-year Strategic Management Plan for SBPS.



CENRO Glan and PNP Glan Discovered Illegally Cut Lumbers


GLAN, SARANGANI - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) XII through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Glanglan illegal 2 and Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday, April 13, 2018 jointly discovered illegally cut lumbers with an aggregate volume of 3,213.03 board feet concealed in a shrubby area near Glan River at Barangay Calpidong, Glan, Sarangani. Concerned authorities unveiled that the community’s high level of vigilance against illegal activities such as timber poaching prompted the discovery. (WGVergara/MMMaulana) #TayoAngKalikasan



World Water Day


KIAMBA, SARANGANI (March 23, 2018) - The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kiamba celebrates World Water Day on March 22, 2018. world water kiambaHighlighting the celebration is the bamboo planting activity at Barangay Tual and coastal clean-up operation in Barangay Poblacion in Kiamba, Sarangani. The success of the event was attributed to the active participation of the LGU Kiamba officials and employees, Kiamba Municipal Police and KDH Tricycle Drivers Association. This year’s theme is “Nature for Water”. (MMAdam with reports from MCPerales; photos:IKAdam)



Grassfire Incidence at the Area of Alcantara Ranch


MALUNGON, SARANGANI - Occurence of Grassfire at the are of Alcantara Ranch (Expired FLGA No. 543) located at Sitio Proper, Barangay Datal Tampal, Malungon, Sarangani Province monitored by CENRO RXII-4B, Glan, Sarangani Province.

The Fire incidence happened February 22, 2018 at around 10:00 o'clock in the morning and was reported through text by Barangay Officials who discovered the occurence of fire.

extreme heat and the dominate of Cogon in the area contributed to the rapid spreading of fire affecting 2.18 hectares.

CENRO Glan Fire Brigate Team was able to suppressed the fire with their fire fighting tools.  No NGP projects were affected damage reported in the vicinities. (FT II Lemuel B. Frias, Garex Christian C. Al-ag, Wenie S. Fantin, Marven Timon)


Awarding of Special Patents to School Sites in Sarangani

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ALABEL, SARANGANI - DENR PENRO Sarangani in partnership with the Land Registration Administration (LRA) and the Provincial Government of Sarangani highlighted the Opening Program of the 2018 Munato Festival Celebration by awarding seven (7) Special Patents to some School Sites in the Province on November 28, 2017.

The Special Patents awarded covers five (5) School Sites in the Municipality of Maitum and two (2) from Glan, Sarangani. The Titles issued to School Sites were the product of the concerted efforts of DENR PENRO Sarangani and the Department of Education Sarangani Division.

Hon. Governor Steve Chongbian Solon, PENRO Mama G. Samaon, LRA representative and some members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Sarangani handed-in the first batch of issued Special Patents to concerned School Administrators with some top DepEd Sarangani Officials witnessing.




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KIAMBA, SARANGANI PROVINCE, November 27, 2017. (DENR)  The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) – Kiamba, Sarangani Province thru the leadership of Forester Calil A. Bantuas seized illegally cut/gathered/collected 103 pieces of Lauan sawn lumber.

On November 24, 2017 at around 8:25 o’clock in the evening, the elements of  PNP Kiamba Municipal Police led by PCI Rey Balagtas Salgado intercepted and apprehended one (1) unit Bongo truck loaded with sawn lumber without legal documents at  the barangay road of Datu-Dani, Kiamba, Sarangani Province.

The conveyance was driven by Mr. Aladin Badal together with Mohammad Gulinta and Haben Caunsa. Allegedly, the said forest products were came from mountainous area of Barangay Gasi, Kiamba, Sarangani Province.

The regulation and enforcement services of CENRO Kiamba led by Forester Jerric B. Labor conducted an inspection, verification and scaling on the apprehended sawn lumber and found out that a total of 103 pieces of Lauan lumber of assorted sizes with an estimated volume of 913 board feet or equivalent to 2.15 cubic meters and with an estimated market value of P27, 390.00 at P30.00 per board feet.

On November 27, 2017, a case was filed by CENR Officer Calil A. Bantuas at the office of the Provincial Prosecutor Alabel, Saranagni for violation of Section 77, P.D. No. 705 as amended against to the perpetrators.

Presently the said forest products and conveyance is impounded at Kiamba Municipal Police Station for safekeeping.

Cutting, Gathering and/or Collecting Timber, or Other Forest Products without License / permit or legal documents is a violation of PD 705 as amended. The said act is likewise a violation of Executive order No. 23 Series of 2011. (MC Perales/CENRO Kiamba-Photo by: AVEvangelio)




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Engr. Allan Rivera, the Municipal ENR Officer of Alabel, Sarangani and the Forest Extension Officers of Provincial ENR Office, Alabel Sarangani conducted an information drive consistent to the celebration of Climate Change Consciousness Week with a theme of “Linking Science, Policy and Practice for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience” held at multipurpose gymnasium of Barangay Pag-asa, Alabel, Saragani on November 17, 2017.

The attendance when the activity was conducted is more or less 125 participants covering Grade 8, 9 and 10 students and the teaching force of Pag-asa Integrated High School and the topics imparted were all about flood and landslide including the mitigating measures if said calamity will happened accompanied by film showing to let the participants appreciate and have a better understanding about the topic.



Rescued Chinese Sparrowhawk (Accipiter soloenis) with telemeter attached to its body.

Malandag, Sarangani - At around 10:00 o’clock in the morning of October 24, 2017 (Tuesday), Mr. Francis Felisida a farm owner in the area and a resident of Gen. Santos City spotted the bird plummeted from above and observed that it is having difficulty flying back, fearing that it may become a prey to other animals, he captured the bird and brought it home. In the morning of October 25, 2017 (Wednesday) he surrendered it to City Environmental and Natural Resources Office Gen. Santos City (City ENRO) staff Rainier Tampus who then contacted Mr. Felix D. Robles Jr. who then went to City ENR Office with PASu Tech. Staff Gary John Cabinta to investigate.sparrowhawk2

The raptor was then brought to the Quarantine Office of Gen. Santos City to be check by the veterinarian. The veterinarian then advised that the bird should be quarantined first to observe its condition prior to releasing. The bird has a tag on its leg and a telemeter attached to its body. The tag indicates that its origin is in Taiwan.

Data was then gathered shown in the table below.
Leg band
Intact w/ tracking no. 2-00182 RRGT Taiwan
Total Length
36 cm
Wing length
56 cm
190 grams

In the morning of October 26, 2017 (Thursday) the bird manages to escaped while the caretaker opens its cage to feed it.   




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GLAN, SARANGANI - On Oct. 17, 2017 at around 5:00 o’clock in the morning Ms. Rowena Escobar spotted the dead Dugong (Dugong dugon) near their house. She then alerted the Punong Barangay Joselito Escobar who then send his constituents to the area and contacted BFAR 12 who then alerted the Office of the Protected Area Superintendent. PASu Technical Staffs Gary John Cabinta and Aries Siaotong and BFAR 12 Staff Jesrel Pantaleon then went to the area to investigate.    

Upon reaching the area, the dead Dugong (Dugong dugon) was already half buried, ordered by the Punong Barangay Joselito Escobar because the carcass was already in its early decomposition stage and the foul odor may cause health issues to the residents living near the area. The burial site was marked to recover the bones for future use and study.

The dead animal has no external abrasions and estimated to be dead 2-3 days before it was stranded in the area. Necropsy was not done because there was no personal present during that time to determine the cause of death.


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Stranded Juvenile Dugong (Dugong dugon) with wound below the right eye

MALAPATAN, SARANGANI (October 19, 2017) - At around 7:00 o’clock in the morning Mr. Ray Jabasana spotted the dead juvenile Dugong (Dugong dugon) floating in the mangrove area in Purok 1, Brgy. Sapu Padidu, Malapatan. He then alerted BFAR Staff Jo-ann Paglinawan, who then contacted SWPR Team of SBPS. PASu Technical Staff Gary John Cabinta, BFAR 12 Staff Jesrel Pantaleon and Marie Ann Finalla, PENRO Staffs Michelle Polistico and Mackoi Padayhag, and ECPC Staffs Merry Khrisse Kamad and Michael John Hijara responded to the area to the area to investigate.

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SWPR Team taking important data on the animal.

Upon reaching the area, the dead Dugong (Dugong dugon) was still fresh about a few hours dead. Mr. Jabasana said that there were strong waves that night, maybe the animal was disoriented and drowned. It was also suspected the it was the calf of the stranded female Dugong in Brgy. Nacolil, Glan which is a few kilometers away. The team then get important data and observations on the animal show in the table below.

Dugong Data
Parallel Scars
Scars during transport
Other Markings
Fresh wound in the lower right eye (undermined)
Body Length
Tail Fluke Width
Tail Fluke Length
Fluke Notch Depth
46cm width 5cm depth
Anus to Tail Fluke Notch Length
Genital to Anus Distance
Posterior Flipper Length
Flipper Width

The dead animal was then brought to Gen. Santos City Fish Port for storage and necropsy and possible taxidermy is scheduled next week.


Youth Group Undergoes Environmental Education

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Glan, Sarangani, August 24 (DENR) -- A youth group in Glan, Sarangani Province hosted a symposium to discuss climate change issues in an event to celebrate the Linggo ng Kabataan. The Glan You Move Association, a youth organization based in Glan, invited DENR to discuss in a symposium, basic information on global warming and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The event was participated in by young people representing the 31 barangays of Glan. Maria Elvira Lumayag of DENR CENRO- Glan, that headed the group of discussants, said that she is a strong supporter of youth power and women empowerment and believes that the youth will definitely bring a change to make the world a better place to live in. In closing, she congratulated Glan You Move Association, and Vice- Mayor Vivien Yap, for leading and honing the youth for a better Glan. (Wenie G. Vergara)


DENR Involves Community On Law Enforcement

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Glan, Sarangani, August 22 (DENR) -- The DENR CENRO- Glan recently meet with the 23 leaders of civil society organizations (CSOs) during the focused group discussion event for the recipients of the Enhanced National Greening Program of Malungon, Malapatan and Glan, of Sarangani Province, to tackle issues on timber poaching and protection of the remaining forest in their respective communities. The CSOs were encouraged to participate in the campaign against prohibited acts of harvesting timber and the utilization of other forest resources as well as any acts that cause destruction of forest resources. The leaders were taught of the policies and acts that are considered unlawful. They were also tapped in the reporting of violations thru fastest means for the DENR to respond on time. No less than the CENR Officer, Maria Elvira Lumayag, had personally discussed with the community leaders. (Wenie G. Vergara)





MAITUM, SARANGANI - Two primates commonly known as Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) was turned-over by Toto Boone, a resident of Barangay Wali, Maitum, Sarangani Province to the personnel of DENR CENRO Kiamba on August 13, 2017  at around 10:30 in the morning. He found this Tarsier while preparing his area to be planted with banana. On August 14, 2017, these creatures were brought to DENR office for further inspection and observe hence it was found out  that the wildlife were adult male and female and measures ranging from 9cm to 10 cm in length, physically in good condition and  was immediately released back to its natural habitat on the same day by  For. Arnel V. Evangelio CENRO Kiamba personnel at Barangay Wali, Maitum,Sarangani Province. (MCPerales-CENRO Kiamba-Photo by: AVEvangelio)



Marine Mammal Survey in Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS)

The Marine Mammal Survey was a joint monitoring activity of Protected Area Superintendent Office, BFAR 12, City ENR Office of Gen. Santos City and PENRO-LGU of Sarangani Province last August 15-18, 2017.

The survey team onboard the BFAR 12 speed boat survey the extent of Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape (SBPS) from Gen. Santos City Fish Port to Alabel and Malapatan, Sarangani Province on the first day and Glan, Sarangani Province on the second day. On the third and fourth day the team surveyed Maasim, Kiamba and Maitum areas of Sarangani Province. DSLR Camera and binoculars was use during the survey and GPS was used to tag the areas where the marine mammals was spotted.

Two (2) species of dolphins were spotted, Risso’s Dolphins (Grampus griseus) and Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris) during the first 2 days of the survey.             

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Pod of Spinner Dolphins (Stenella longirostris)
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Pod of Risso’s Dolphins (Grampus grieus)


 Philippine Flying Lemur Rescued

MAITUM, Sarangani (August 11, 2017) - Regie Batiller (not in the picture), a resident of Barangay Mabay, rescued this Philippine Flying Lemur or locally known as "kagwang" kagat Sitio Kitae, Barangay Tuanadatu on August 8. The female Philippine Flying Lemur had two bullet wounds in her legs and given first aid treatment by injecting multi vitamins and spraying antibiotics on her swollen wounds conducted by Toto Delcano of the Office of Municipal Agriculturist.  The lemur will be referred to the Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources Office for further examination and observation before releasing her back to her natural habitat. (John James I. Doctor/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)


Public- Private Partnership for Mangrove Rehabilitation Seen

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Glan, Sarangani, July 29 (DENR) -- The DENR CENRO- Glan sees an opportunity to have M Lhullier, a financial institution, a partner in mangrove rehabilitation projects in Sarangani Bay.

This was conceptualized after M Lhuillier sponsors mangrove planting activity in Glan Padidu, Glan with the DENR, Bureau of Fire Protection, PNP- Maritime Group, Sultan Kudarat State University and Glan Padidu Sea and Land Organization, a local peoples organization here.

M Lhuillier Regional Manager, Joffrey Paquit, proposes to adopt a site for mangrove

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rehabilitation project in partnership with DENR and the community under its corporate social responsibility program. Paquit explained that they will support projects that will create learnings to the community.

The mangrove planting activity was earlier proposed by M Lhuillier Glan Branch Manager Jake Gotubat together with the BFP. During the event, DENR CENRO Glan conducted a brief discussion on the importance of mangrove forest and climate change issues and facilitated the planting with the assistance of the community organization. (Wenie G. Vergara)



MAITUM, SARANGANI – from left to right (Meriam Talib, A certain pupil, Akas Talib, Kgd. Tahir A. Dambong, residence of Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani and Edgar Q. Calderon Park Maintenance Foreman-CENRO Kiamba) witnessed the official released of thirty two (32) Olive Ridley Pawikan hatchlings on July 24, 2017 at around 3:27 PM in the coastal shore of Sitio Takal, Brgy. Pinol, Maitum, Sarangani Province. (MCPerales-CENRO Kiamba, Photo by: EQCalderon)



CENRO KIAMBA Apprehends Illegally Cut Lumber

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MAITUM, SARANGANI, July 20, 2017. (DENR)  The Department of Environment and Natural Resources thru the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office - Kiamba apprehends illegally cut lumber at Barangay Pangi Maitum, Sarangani Province.

 Green Brigade/Forest Protection Officer (FPO) Nathaniel Abalos and Melchor Barina apprehended an illegally cut lumber at around 12:05 AM on July 20, 2017 at Barangay Pangi, Maitum Sarangani Province. It was loaded in a motorcycle with side car bearing plate number 8155 TM driven by Rommel Tawal and a helper named Boning Andong, both residence of Brgy. Wali, Maitum, Sarangani Province. The FPO immediately called the Maitum Municipal Police for assistance.

The enforcement section of CENRO Kiamba conducted identification and scaling on the said lumber on July 20, 2016. It found out that the total volume of lumber is equivalent to 80 board feet or 0.18 cubic meter more or less identified as Latel (Malugai) and having an estimated market value of Php 1,600.00

On July 24, 2017, a case was formally filed against the culprits in violation to PD 705 as amended at the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor located at Alabel, Sarangani Province.

The said lumber and motorcycle were presently impounded at Maitum Municipal Police Station placed under the custody of PSI  Rodel G. Javison for safekeeping.

Cutting, gathering and transporting of illegal forest product is a violation of section 77of PD 705 as amended and renumbered. The said act is likewise a violation of Executive order No. 23 Series of 2011. (MC Perales/CENRO Kiamba-Photo by: Nathaniel Abalos)



Sixty-Nine (69) Olive Ridley Turtles Released

The released of sixty-nine (69) Olive Ridley Turtles headed at Brgy. Maribulan, Alabel, Sarangani Province last July 13, 2017.  The activity was initiated by the Deputy Fish Warden of Alabel Sarangani.  The turtles were released at around 5:02 PM.  Most of the turtles were vigorous as they crawl on the shore towards the sea.  Although the weaker hatchlings were slow, all of them were able to make it to the sea.  The people that witnessed the activity are hoping that most, if not all, the turtles will be able to survive and reach maturity and eventually come back to lay their own eggs.  The releasing of hatchlings was witnessed by the representatives from the LGU and MENRO of Alabel, LGU-PENRO of Sarangani, CLAFI, DSWD, DENR-PENRO Alabel, Office of the PASu, and the locals of the barangay.



Stranded Melon-Headed Whale

On the afternoon of July 02, 2017 at around 4 o’clock some beach goers have spotted a stranded dolphin in the coast of Brgy. Tuyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province and immediately informed the Punong Barangay of Tuyan Hon. Mohamad Amer Harid who instructed the Barangay Tanods to send the dolphin back to the deeper portion of the bay however, the dolphin keep coming back to shore.

On the next day, Hon. Harid informed the ECPC, BFAR 12, PENRO-LGU and the office of PASu who proceeded to the area to rescue the animal. The dolphin was identified to be a male Melon-Headed Whale (Peponocephala electra).

Rescue efforts were done by the partner agencies to save the dolphin. After several attempts of sending it back to the deeper part of the bay, the dolphin died at around 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon of July 03, 2017. The remains were brought to the Office of BFAR 12 in Fish Port Gen. Santos City for necropsy and to gather information on the dead creature.


Vigilance Against Crime Rising in Malungon

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Malungon, Sarangani, June 14, 2017 - Law Enforcement Team from DENR- CENRO Glan discovers newly sawn Narra lumber in  Barangay Kinabalan, a remote barangay of Malungon in Sarangani after a confidential tipster alarmed the DENR of the incident.vigilance against crime4

At around 12 midnight of July 8, the tipster informed the DENR of the case that immediately dispatched a team of forest rangers to the location about 3 kilometers from the Barangay site. The team, with the assistance of the barangay and municipal representatives, found no one on site except the 75 pieces of lumber of various dimensions that were deserted by the poachers. The DENR is currently conducting in-depth investigation based on the information of the tipster to resolve the case and prevent similar incident to happen in the future.

Cutting of trees without DENR permit is liable for violation of Section 68 of PD 705, as amended, and Section 77 of Republic Act 7161 . Executive Order No. 26, Series of 2011 also prohibits cutting of timber in natural and residual forest. Narra as a premium species is also strictly regulated. 

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After a preempted Narra poaching In Barangay Kinabalan of Malungon in Sarangani Province due to the report of a confidential informant to the DENR, another incident of timber poaching in Barangay Alkikan of the same town was reported by a concern citizen.

The law enforcement team of DENR- CENRO Glan responded to the report and found abandoned pieces of newly sawn lumber and 7 logs of young Lauan trees inside a residual forest of said barangay. The case is currently being investigated based on the information of the tipster to build a case and to prevent similar incident in the future.

The site is one of the patrol areas of LAWIN Team, under the LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System of the DENR that integrated a science-based assessment, user-friendly and the use of innovative technology on the monitoring the status of the forest. Through a mobile application called Cybertracker, members of the community living near a protected area can report forest conditions. The system may have inspired the people of Malungon to be vigilant against environmental crimes. (Wenie G. Vergara, Rogelio Lego, Nicolas Tangaro and Dante Dichoso/DENR – Glan, Sarangani)


Illegal Charcoal Intercepted

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Alabel, Sarangani Province, 1 June 2017 – Sacks of charcoal were deposited at the Sarangani Police Provincial Office, Kawas, Alabel, Sarangani after a certain Jeffry Cobita, driver of a private vehicle loaded with 39 sacks of wood charcoal was apprehended in a PNP checkpoint at Maribulan, Alabel, Sarangani, early morning on May 31, 2017 after failing to show transport document.

In the report of PCI Roy Yasay of the Sarangani Provincial Public Safety Company, PNP, SPO2 Pilardo Marquez, intercepted the vehicle, a red Toyota Liteace bearing plate number LDP 335, loaded with sacks of charcoal, during a routine checkpoint, searched the vehicle and found the illegal cargo.

Under existing law, wood charcoal as a by-product of timber or forest product, utilization and transportation of the same should be accompanied with necessary permits. Charcoal- making can cause rapid depletion of forest cover if unregulated. Under the law, one can only cut timber planted in titled or private land and should secure permit from the nearest Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The case is currently investigated by the DENR under the supervision of CENR Officer Elvira Lumayag. (Wenie G. Vergara and Lemuel Frias/DENR – Glan, Sarangani)



CENRO Kiamba Conduct Coastal Clean-Up

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MAASIM, SARANGANI – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kiamba, Sarangani led by Forester Calil A. Bantuas had conducted coastal clean-up activity at the shoreline of Barangay Lumasal, Maasim, Sarangani Province on May 31, 2017 in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Maasim thru Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) led by Alejandra G. Sison in celebration to Month of the Ocean 2017 with the theme “Tayo at ang Karagatan”. One of the highlights of the activity was the releasing of two hundred forty (240) newly hatched sea turtles identified as Olive Ridley species at the coastal water of Sitio Lobo, Barangay Lumasal, Maasim, Sarangani Province. (MCPerales-CENRO Kiamba)


Wildlife Traffickers Busted

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Glan, Sarangani Province, 9 May 2017 – Three suspected traffickers of 58 exotic birds were apprehended in a joint operation of the Philippine National Police, Glan Municipal Police Office; Field Station Detachment of the Philippine Coast Guard; Naval Intelligence Security Group of the Philippine Navy and the DENR, in front of Glan overland terminal, around 9:00 PM, Sunday, May 7, 2017. The operation is an offshoot of a verified intelligence report.

When intercepted, the birds were placed and congested in two cages and loaded in a van accompanied by certain Norberto Dacillo Guiveces, of Barangay San Isidro, General Santos City; Edgar Suarez Batiao of Tagum City; and Jess Lomocso Donor with address at Tibungco, Davao City. The report disclosed that the birds were transshipped from a fishing bjoat to a van at Malabinuang, Davao Occidental. The birds were not accompanied by any document which is a violation of Republic Act 9147 (Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act).

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Further verification reveals that the birds were Tanimbar corella (Cacatua goffiniana) also known as Goffin's cockatoo or Goffin's corella, a species of cockatoo endemic to forests of Yamdena, Larat and Selaru, all islands in the Tanimbar Islands archipelago in Indonesia. The species is included in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species. (Wenie G. Vergara and Niñolito Langomez /DENR – Glan, Sarangani)


Agriculture Officials Meet NGP Beneficiaries

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Malungon, Sarangani Province, 28 March 2017 – Agriculture officials visited one of the sites of the National Greening Program implemented by DENR with the Upper Lumabat Small Farmers Procedures Cooperative in Malungon.  The site were planted with Cacao which is a promising high value crop that can be developed as an industry by the Department of Agriculture which is also an implementing agency of the National Greening Program under Executive Order 26. Sitting in the front row (from right) are Undersecretary Evelyn Laviña, High Value Crops and Rural Credit of the Department of Agriculture, Executive Director Mel Montenegro  of Agricultural Credit Policy Council (ACPC) and Jocelyn Misterio of the Agricultural Program Coordinating Office of Sarangani and General Santos. The event was also attended by Ricky Remulta, Forest Extension Officer of the DENR. (Wenie G. Vergara and Ricky Remulta /DENR – Glan, Sarangani)


LAWIN Team Preempts Poaching

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Glan, Sarangani Province, 9 February2017 – A LAWIN Team compose of personnel from DENR CENRO Glan, Sarangani Province recently found pile of lumber abandoned along the foot of Mount Matutum in Barangay Datal Batong, Malungon during a routine patrol. The poachers may have noticed the presence of the patrolling personnel and fled from the site to avoid apprehension. Initial investigation reveals that the lumber were taken from a felled Red Nato tree, a large timber species native in the Philippines listed as vulnerable species by the National List of Threatened Philippine Plants and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

The LAWIN Team is under the LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System that integrated a science-based assessment, user-friendly and the use of innovative technology on the monitoring the status of the forest. Through a mobile application called Cybertracker, members of the community living near a protected area can report forest conditions. With a simple touch on the screen, users can contribute to the monitoring of protected areas. Patrollers can also track threats such as illegal logging, kaingin, and construction of establishment in a protected area like Mount Matutum Protected Landscape.

With the assistance of the local PNP and the Provincial Government of Sarangani that had provided the vehicle during the operation, the 176 pieces of lumber with volume of 1,295 board feet were brought to the DENR while the case is being investigated. (Wenie G. Vergara and Dante Dichoso/DENR – Glan, Sarangani)


One Green Sea Turtle Released

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A green sea Turtle was released at coastal water of Sitio Lubo, Barangay Lumasal, Maasim Sarangani Province on February 08, 2017 at around 8:00AM.  It was rescued on Tuesday (February 07, 2017) around 6:00 AM by some of the local fishermen when the flippers tangled to the fishing net and immediately reported the incident to Edelbrando Paras, caretaker of Pawikan Hatchery.

Team from CENRO Kiamba led by Park Maintenance Foreman Edgar Calderon conducted inspection of the Turtle and it was found out as male and measures 63 cm in length and width of the carapace and having no injuries. A tagged was put at the right flippers of the marine turtle.

The releasing was witnessed by the local communities, CENRO Kiamba staff, Pawikan Hatchery Caretaker.

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) is listed as endangered species by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES). Transporting and trading of endangered wildlife species is punishable under R.A. 9147 or “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001." (MCPERALES - IO DESIGNATE)



Illegally Cut Lumber Apprehended

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KIAMBA, SARANGANI - A joint operation of the members of Taskforce Kalikasan “Sulong Sarangani” on the apprehension of illegally cut lumber at barangay Katubao, Kiamba, Sarangani.

 A joint operation of the members of the Taskforce Kalikasan “Sulong Sarangani” composed of personnel’s from Bravo Coy, 27IB, PA led by 1LT Jason B. Ramos, and RPSB 12, 3RD MC led by PSI Abdulsallam Mamalinta and PNP Kiamba led by SPO4 Wilfredo G. Galon (team leader) intercepted a one jeep bearing temporary plate number 122610 loaded with illegally cut lumber at the boundary of barangay Katubao, Kiamba and barangay Lumasal, Maasim, Sarangani on January 20, 2017 at around 8:40 in the evening.

The lumber are composed of Yakal, Lauan and Malugai with the volume of 684 board feet or 1.61 cubic meters more or less and having estimated market value of P16,640.00. The said jeep and lumber is presently impounded at PNP Kiamba Municipal Police Station.

 The driver of the jeep is identified as Rocky Kondobio Ras, a resident of Lomuyon, Kiamba and one helper identified as Alex Tampuan Ganawan a resident of barangay katubao, Kiamba, Sarangani.

On January 21, 2017, Personnel’s from CENRO Kiamba, Bravo Coy, 27IB, PA led by  2LT Christopher Bañez (Team Leader), RPSB 12, 3RD MC led by Geraldo Guevarra (Team Leader) and PNP Kiamba led by SPO4 Wilfredo G. Galon (Team Leader) conducted an on-site verification on the information pertaining to illegally cut lumber at Sitio Talumbong, Katubao, Kiamba, Sarangani at around 10:35 in the morning.illegal cut lumber012317a.jpg

The team found abandoned illegally cut lumber composed of Yakal, Bagtikan and Loktob of different sizes and immediately hauled and impounded at CENRO Kiamba office. It has an estimated volume of 769 board feet or 1.81 cubic meters more or less and having an estimated market value of P17, 955.00

Hon. Governor Steve C. Solon is the chairman of Taskforce Kalikasan “Sulong Sarangani” with Co-chairman Regional Director Datu Tungko M. Saikol of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region XII.

Cutting, gathering and transporting of illegal forest product is a violation of section 77 of PD 705 as amended and renumbered. The said act is likewise a violation of Executive order No. 23 Series of 2011. (Michael C. Perales/IO Designate – CENRO Kiamba)


Students Plant Mangroves in Sarangani Bay

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Glan, Sarangani Province, 28 January 2017 – 111 students from STI General Santos City and 44 students from Saint Alexus College of Koronadal City recently planted mangroves in a mangrove forest in Glan Padidu, Glan, Sarangani Province. The undertaking is in consonance with the forthcoming World Wetland Day celebrated every 2nd day of February. Prior to planting, the students have undergone a brief lecture with the DENR personnel about the role of mangrove forests as a form of wetland that serve as natural safeguard against disasters. students plant mangroves2The importance of mangrove forest to climate change mitigation and adaptation was also discussed extensively. Mangrove rehabilitation and management was also tackled during the lecture. (Top) The students hold their seedlings taken from the DENR 12 Central Mangrove nursery and   (above) planted them at the vacant spots in the nearby mangrove forest.  (Wenie G. Vergara and Niñolito Langomez/DENR – Glan, Sarangani)




Migratory Waterfowl Seen in Glan, Sarangani

migratory waterfowl

Glan, Sarangani Province, 12 January 2017 – Personnel of DENR CENRO Glan recently conducted census of waterfowl in consonance with the 2017 International Waterfowl Census/ Asian Waterfowl Census. (Top) Whimbrels were spotted in Glan Padidu, Glan, Sarangani. The whimbrel is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. It is one of the most widespread of the curlews, migratory waterfowl2breeding across much of subarctic North America, Europe and Asia as far south as Scotland. (Right) Some little egrets (Egretta garzetta) were spotted along ponds in Sitio Pagang, Barangay Baliton, municipality of Glan during a bird survey. Little egret (Egretta garzetta) is a species of small heron in the family Ardeidae. The genus name comes from the Provençal French Aigrette, "egret", a diminutive of Aigron," heron". The species epithet garzetta is from the Italian name for this bird, garzetta or sgarzetta. It is a white bird with a slender black beak, long black legs and, in the western race, yellow feet. As an aquatic bird, it feeds in shallow water and on land, consuming a variety of small creatures Its breeding distribution is in wetlands in warm temperate to tropical parts of Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. In warmer locations, most birds are permanent residents; northern populations, including many European birds, migrate to Africa and southern Asia to over-winter there. Another species spotted are Black- winged Stilt. Found in West Europe and the Mediterranean region to Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, South and Southeast Asia; localized breeder in East Asia (e.g. Taiwan) but more widespread during winter; has become a regular migrant to the Marianas and Saipan and sometimes is seen on other islands in western Micronesia (e.g. Koror, Ngeriungs Islet and Peleliu of Palau) since the late 20th-century. Northwestern populations migrate south to Africa in winter. (Wenie G. Vergara,Nelson Ycon and Paul John Cadorna/DENR – Glan, Sarangani)




Philippine Eagle Rescued

philippine eagleMAITUM, SARANGANI, January 4 (DENR) - The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Kiamba, Sarangani and Local Government Unit (LGU) of Maitum rescued one Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) at barangay Batian, Maitum Sarangani.

Park maintenance Foreman Edgar Q.  Calderon of CENRO Kiamba and Ms. Elizabeth Ramos and other representatives from LGU Maitum went to barangay Batian to rescue and recover the said Philippine Eagle at barangay  Batian last  January 3, 2017.

According to Mr. Calderon “the eagle was found by a certain Gibson Badal last January 2, 2017 at around 9:00 o’clock in the morning on his farm area and he noticed that the raptor was weak and not in a good condition”.

 On January 3 2017, at around 8:00 o’clock in the evening, a team from Philippine Eagle Foundation leaded by Jayson Ibanez (Director for Research and Conservation) arrived at CENRO Kiamba Office to conduct general check up of the raptor and found out that the said Eagle was severely dehydrated and overly thin and later travelled to Davao City for further examination.

At around 2:00 o’clock in the morning, January 4, 2017, the team arrived at Isaac T. Robillo Memorial Hospital for the x-ray of the raptor and turned out that it has an embedded pellet on the body particularly on the left groined. It was also examine by the veterinarian of Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) and found out that it has no entry wounds, the veterinarian gives some fluids to the raptor to address the dehydration and shots of vitamins and antibiotics.

 “We’re optimistic na okay yung bird in general, ok yung health niya and then if its cleared by our veterinarian for release, ibabalik natin siya doon sa kanyang territory” Director Ibanez said.

“ We’re quite excited about this because this would become the entry point, it would became the start of a systematic Philippine Eagle conservation program within Maitum philippine eagle1and also across the mountain range Mount Busa, this is really something exciting, the Philippine Eagle Foundation, we’ve discovered pairs before but because of lack of resources hindi rin naka install ng isang strong conservation program, we’re very excited hopefully this would be right opportunity to do with, to the local government units, with the DENR and the indigenous communities” he added.

The rescued Philippine eagle was given an initial name as “Maitum”

The Philippine Eagle also known as the monkey eating eagle or great Philippines eagle, endemic to the forest in the Philippines and listed as critically endangered and protected under R.A. 9147 also known as “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection act of 2001”. MCPerales/IO Designate – Photos By: EQCalderon.