By Eric Gallego
DENR 13 Caraga Regional Director Nonie M. Tamayo said today that the Filipino people must refrain from throwing plastic wastes in the seas and oceans to protect the coral reefs and preserve the fish.
“ We can fully enjoy life with healthy oceans and environment” he said.
He said the plastic wastes thrown into the seas indiscriminately by individuals are considered harmful on all the living things living on the oceans . “It severely affect the coral reefs where fish feed and thrive so that we can have food on our table” Director Tamayo said.
“ We need to protect the oceans” he added.
The UNESCA Greenpeace ASEAN Center for Biodiversity said about 40 percent of the coral reefs in the 86,205 square kilometers span of ocean in the Southeast Asia have been lost due to destructions caused by the humans including the throwing of plastic wastes materials.
He said it is alarming to note that plastics remain a top contributor to the pollution of oceans. These plastics are more than just an eyesore. They caused anumals to get entangled or trapped. Worse these marine pollutants kills marine species.
He said it takes about 1,000 years for plastics to breakdown in water. ( ERIC GALLEGO)
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonie M. Tamayo on Thursday made a strong appeal to the public and the indigenous people living at the high places in Caraga Region to ensure the safeguard and preservation of the Philippine Eagle and other critically endangered species of birds .
“ We must allow the Philippine eagles to multiply their kinds in the forest wilderness and protect them from being harmed by people through game hunting” Director Tamayo said. He said that based on reports reaching the DENR , there are Philippine Eagles sighted in some high places with dense forest in the region.
“ I reiterate my appeal to the people to protect and preserve the Philippine Eagles” Director Tamayo said. The DENR official made the appeal in the aftermath of the death of Pamana, a 3-year old female Philippine Eagle after it was shot possibly by game hunters at Mt. Hamiguitan Range in San Isidro, Davao Oriental on August 10. Pamana’s remains were in a stage of decomposition when found near a creek below the thick forest.
The Philippine eagle is one of the world’s largest birds of prey and is larger than the American bald eagle. It was declared an endangered species in 1965. The Philippine eagle locally known as “ haribon” is endemic to the Philippines known to inhabit the forest in Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.
The Philippine eagle is protected under Republic Act No. 9147 of the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act. The law provides a penalty of imprisonment of between six to 12 years or a fine of between P 100,000 and P 1 million for the killing of critically endangered species.
It is estimated that there are only about 400 adult pairs remain in the country’s forests where timber poaching activities and slash and burn farming ( kaingin) threaten their survival. (EFG)
Butuan City- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga Region has developed and planted at least 1,303 hectares with trees at the Taguibo Watershed over the past 10 years since 2004 which is a clear manifestation that the agency is consistently doing its part in reforestation program in the area.
DENR 13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo showed this report at the recent First Butuan Water Rights Summit held in Butuan City to correct false impression that the agency has done nothing in the development of the 4,367 hectares Taguibo Watershed area, the source of water supply of the city residents.
“The DENR was fully involved in the development of the watershed since 2004 when the agency had embarked on a tree planting activity first in an eleven-hectare area,” he said.
Since then, he said the agency particularly the Provincial Environment Office employees has tapped other government and non-government agencies and organization to join the reforestation projects. In 2006 the DENR planted tree seedlings on a 15-hectare land at the watershed. Over the next four years until 2010, the DENR conducted enrichment planting and reforestation of 50 hectares. It has also mobilized and engaged the members of the AKTFAI, an organization of lumads farmers living within the watershed in the reforestation and development of 192 hectares in 2009 to 2010.
Director Tamayo said that with the full implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP), a total of 825 hectares were rehabilitated and planted with indigenous species and fruit trees by several IP organization in the area.
In February 2012, the DENR had released P1,208,400 to the Anticala-Kabulay Tree Farmers Association Inc. (AKTFAI), Anticala Tribal Community Multi-Purpose Cooperative (ATRICMPCO), and San Antonio Integrated Farmers Multi-Purposes Cooperative (SAIFMULCO) for the reforestation of 76 hectares .
In 2014, the DENR under the NGP has again release P 9,294,250 for the members of the Anticala Watershed Farmers Association (AWFA), the beneficiaries of the Butuan City Water District, the AKTFAI, the ATRICMPCO, and the Anticala Tribal Council of Elders and Leaders Association (ATRICELA) for the development and reforestation of 565 hectares planted with fruit trees and indigenous species.
This year, the DENR under the NGP has allocated P8,428,558.25 to the IPs under CADT 135 to develop and plant tree seedlings in 184 hectares ancestral land.
Director Tamayo said the DENR and its 1,300 strong employees are committed to protect and preserve the natural resources at the Taguibo Watershed but the whole community nevertheless, must share efforts in the sustainable development and rehabilitation of the area.
Butuan City – Some leaders of people’s organizations engaged in the National Greening Program (NGP) and the Community-Based Forest Management Agreement holders in Surigao del Sur have asked the officials of the DENR-13 to list them in the Bantay Gubat program to strengthen the government’s anti-illegal logging campaign in their respective area.
The PO leaders have disclosed one of their concerns at a forum-workshop initiated by the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) headed by Forester Maritess M. Ocampo under the Technical Services of the DENR-13 in coordination with the PENR office, Surigao del Sur on July 24, 2015 held at the Goat Together Conference Center in Butuan City. The other concerns involve new learning on financial management and scientific applications about high survival rate of planted seedlings.
Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo who presided over the questions and answers forum said the POs are interested to join the recruitment of forest guards through the “bantay gubat” program to prevent illegal logging activities in their respective jurisdiction in Surigao del Sur.
Director Tamayo also asked the PO leaders to submit a list of their nominees who will undergo a seminar about forestry laws and regulations before they can be deputized forest officers. (EFG)
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