By: Eric Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo thanked the ABS-CBN and the concerned citizen from a remote barangay in Butuan City who found and took care of a weak juvenile Brahminy Kite locally known as “Banog” at an inland lagoon and turned it over to the DENR authorities for proper safekeeping.
Although he declined to be interviewed, the concerned citizen told the DENR that he found the struggling raptor at the side of the lagoon in Bonbon which appeared to be weak and limping.
“I thought the Banog was injured so I took it and immediately informed the ABS-CBN news team about what I have found” the finder said. The ABS-CBN news team had immediately informed the DENR.
According to Jewel Padullon, a staff of the DENR -13 Enforcement Division, the young Brahminy Kite was found to be in good condition although the finder was worried about the kind of food that should be fed to the raptor. “It was foraging for food and probably overshot its landing ground and soaked its wings into the lagoon when the citizen found it” she said.
Ms. Padullon said the Brahminy Kite was taken to the DENR Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte where it will be properly fed and cared for at least six months before releasing it to the forest.
Director Tamayo has ordered the staff of the DENR-13 Enforcement Division to look for a suitable site where it can release the Brahminy Kite back to the forest. He also appealed to the people to protect the forest which serves as the habitat of the different wildlife including the Philippine Eagle. “We can no longer find these raptors if we destroy their habitat” Director Tamayo said.
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Excellencies, we sign the Paris Agreement today, Earth Day, with faith and hope in the 196 parties to the UNFCCC that adopted the agreement.
The Philippines, a highly vulnerable developing nation, with one of the most ambitious targets, has already taken steps to pursue national actions to address climate change through its intended nationally determined contribution or INDC.
Despite financial limitations, the Philippines has already demonstrated its commitment to meeting its pledge with the implementation of the National Climate Action Plan and the integration of climate change in national and local development plans and budgets. It will continue to cascade climate change mitigation and adaptation actions to sub-national levels and to invest in climate- resilient local economies, consistent with post–2015 international frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and most especially, this Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
To secure a sustainable future, the Philippines is pursuing value-adding strategies to ensure the provision of ecosystem services and green growth to address pollution and environmental degradation. To this end, a greenhouse gas inventory management and reporting system is being developed to create a transparent, accurate and comparable baseline of emissions.
It has also submitted recently its Instrument of Accession to the DOHA Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.
As a highly vulnerable country, the Philippines has committed early to contributing its fair share to the global action consistent with the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s Manila-Paris Declaration which calls for a mitigation goal of below 1.5 degrees Celsius and full decarbonization and 100% renewable energy production by 2050.
Too much is at stake. Developed countries therefore need to do more in terms of dramatically raising their NDC ambition compatible with the 1.5-degrees Celsius threshold, as well as raising funding contribution to the climate action plans of vulnerable countries, which require adequate, predictable and sustainable financing. The Philippines also urges developed and developing countries alike to take urgent pre-2020 action.
Finally, to echo Philippine President Benigno Aquino, the Philippine contribution to the global problem that is climate change is admittedly a drop in the well. But like the droplets in the ocean, the concerted efforts of all parties can surely mitigate the impacts of climate change. Therefore the Philippines strongly urges all countries to build upon the momentum from Paris and work together toward full implementation of this Agreement.
Thank you and Mabuhay!
By: Eric Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY – Areas developed and planted to mangroves and beach forest by the DENR personnel under the National Greening Program (NGP) have reached 4,452 hectares since 2011 to date.
Surigao del Norte reported that 55 percent of the total target area have been planted in 1,989 hectares coastline with bacauan mangrove species and 447.6 hectares of beach forest. Surigao del Sur reported that some 1,544 hectares of beach coast were planted with mangrove propagules.
There were only 5 percent or 220 hectares of mangroves developed and planted in Dinagat and 215 hectares in Agusan del Norte.
“We are focusing our efforts for the meantime on mangrove propagules planting considering the long months of dry-spell that hit the country since October 2015” DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo said.
The personnel of the PENR Office of Agusan del Norte and CENR Office of Nasipit including the DENR Regional offices went to the different planting sites along the beaches to plant mangrove propagules in celebration of the 46th Earth Day with the theme “Let us plant trees”.
CENR officer Norman Asugan of CENRO Nasipit, Agusan del Norte said more than 3,000 mangrove propagules have been planted by the DENR personnel during the Earth Day celebration, spread in different sites of the western coast of the province with a combined area of 10 hectares.
DENR-13 plants 10-hectare mangrove propagules at Agusan del Norte western coast to celebrate Earth Day
By Herzon F. Gallego
BUTUAN CITY –Some 10 hectares of sandy shores along the beach coast of the Western section of Agusan del Norte, have been set aside by the DENR 13 through the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office ( CENRO Nasipit) for the planting of mangrove and beach forest in celebration of the Earth Day on April 22, 2016. Afterwards, the personnel will conduct a beach clean-up .
In other parts of the region, the PENR and CENR officers have likewise instructed to celebrate Earth Day in line with the theme.
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonie M. Tamayo said the 46th Year of Earth Day Celebration has a theme of “ Let’s Get Planting . Step Up and Deliver , #GreenEnvironmentGawingForever .
The theme speaks of increasing the efforts of every individual in planting trees which are considered more important to be put in our priorities considering the global climate change being aggravated by global warming brought about by increase concentration of carbon dioxide at the Ozone layer. “ We must all contribute our share to cushion the impact of the climate change in our lives” Director Tamayo said.
The DENR which is at the forefront of the greening program is very much focused on the planting of mangroves and beach forest at the shorelines particularly the coastal areas along Agusan del Norte and Surigao del Sur.
“ We have been squeezing every inch of space available to plant mangrove propagules meantime that everyone is awaiting for the rain season which we expect in July” Director Tamayo.
He said that by that time, when the dry and parched soils are soaked with rain waters, the DENR will shift its efforts to planting tree seedlings of different species produced at the DENR Mindanao Seed Center in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.
The average weekly production of the Mechanized Tree Seedling Center is about 300,000 seedlings at the moment but this figure is expected to increase once the other equipment and apparatus are available before the end of the year.
According to Forester Nilda Ebron, head of the National Greening Program Operation Center
there are about 3,126,668 seedling that have been produced through the mechanize tree seedling center.
“These seedlings are being distributed now to the different PENRO and CENRO offices in Caraga Region for planting “ Ebron said. For this year ( 2016) the DENR-13 has a target goal of 38,122 hectares.
During the Earth Day Celebration the DENR personnel and other government and non-government agencies , the Philippine National Police, civil society, and the church will join hands in the mangrove and beach forest planting in different locations.
PENRO Agusan del Norte personnel led by PENRO Pat Olivera will plant tree seedlings in Barangay Pinamanculan, the Environment Management Bureau personnel headed by Director Wilson L. Trajeco at Barangay Lumbocan in Butuan City, CENRO Nasipit in Barangay Abilan, Buenavista, and Narwhall in Nasipit and the Regional Office personnel at Carmen all in Agusan del Norte..
MeanwhileIn New York City, as the world celebrated Earth Day, the DENR Secretary Ramon JP Paje joins the 200 other foreign countries in the world for the signing of the Paris Agreement , the landmark United Nations Climate Change accord negotiated by the world leaders last December 2015.
Secretary Paje who represent President Aquino will deliver the Philippine Statement at the UN Headquarters which signifies the Philippines’ commitment to curbing Carbon Dioxide and other Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions.
In his remarks before he enplaned to New York City, Secretary Paje said “ As one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, the Philippines is firm on its stand on limiting the greenhouse gas emissions. “
“ We are committed to enjoin the participation of more sectors in the decision-making process so that together, we can all scale up our efforts in reducing emissions, building resilience and decreasing vulnerability to climate change impacts.” Secretary Paje said.
- DENR Exec thanks concerned citizen, ABS-CBN for saving a Banog
- PH SIGNS THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT
- DENR-13 develops 4,452 hectares mangrove plantation under NGP
- DENR-13 plants 10-hectare mangrove propagules at Agusan del Norte western coast to celebrate Earth Day
- 69 DENR-13 Forest Rangers undergo training on forest and bio-diversity protection system
- DENR Caraga initiates mangrove tree planting for IDF
- DENR urges people to participate in the Earth Hour, 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday
- DENR Caraga awards Champions of Climate Change Advocacy
- DENR Caraga hosts the 1st Environmental Youth Forum
- DENR 13 Regional Director Tamayo led WPP Monitoring
- DENR 13 updates land records
- PhilCCAP sets product launching on March
- 14-feet-long Python captured at the DENR compound
- PENRO ADN bags first prize for MBFDP poster presentation
- DENR Caraga supports information dissemination campaign for West Philippine Sea Issue