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DENR Caraga top officials headed by Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo attend the 2nd Command Conference for DENR Mindanao Cluster on May 27, 2021 via zoom meeting application.

The conference was called upon by Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Mindanao and Legislative Affairs, Joan A. Lagunda in preparation for the upcoming Virtual DENR Management Conference on May 31 to June 1, 2021.

The activity aims to consolidate the region's status of accomplishments based on the agreements during the First Mindanao Command Conference last January 2021; compile financial accomplishment/status as of May 15; and identify the issues and concerns of the five (5) regions.

RED Tamayo was chosen as one of the Best DENR Officials during the conference. It was selected based on the criteria which include visual presentation, mastery, delivery, content, and time management.

Also present during the event are OIC-ARD for Technical Services Atty. Claudio A. Nistal Jr., OIC-ARD for Management Services Maritess M. Ocampo, and the Planning and Management Division Chief Antonietta A. Jurado.

DENR Caraga headed by Regional Executive Director (RED) Nonito M. Tamayo conducts the 5th batch of Basic Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Course Seminar on May 24-28, 31 and June 1, 2021 at the DENR Regional Learning Center, Ambago, Butuan City.

The activity is in line with Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s directive to continually strengthen the public service in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic. The learning activity is designed to effectively direct and advocate the department’s priority programs, projects, and activities.

“I want all personnel to attend this seminar so that everybody will be given the chance to really participate and harness their talents,” RED Tamayo said as he gave his message to the participants. He added, “For the next seven (7) days medyo pilay ang office natin because you are all here, pero okay lang yan kasi we expect that you'll gain more after this.”

Twenty-six (26) personnel attended the activity that aims to demonstrate technical competencies to support and enforce ENR laws. The activity shall equip employees with knowledge on ENR laws, accountability in public service, service excellence, the government’s visions and aspirations, protocols, and personality development.

The ENR Basic Course is the second track of the ENR Academy among the four (4) other courses which includes Frontline, Supervisory, Managerial and Executive. It is a 7-day learning and development program with community engagement for employees holding positions with salary grades 11-15.

Also present during the opening ceremony was OIC, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Maritess M. Ocampo.

Proper health protocols were observed during the activity.

DENR Caraga Regional Executive Director Nonito M. Tamayo led the Groundbreaking
Ceremony for the establishment of Butuan West Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)
Monitoring, Information, and Assistance Center in Brgy. Masao, Butuan City on May 17,

The groundbreaking marked the start of DENR Caraga’s intensified efforts to bring its
services closer to the communities amid the pandemic.

Last April 26, 2021, the Butuan West Monitoring Station was accidentally burned to ashes
when a fire occurred in the area. Instead of building a new station using confiscated forest
products, it will be one of the first DENR Assistance Centers to use a container van as an

The Information and Assistance Center aims to be an extension/satellite office of the DENR
in providing the basic services of the department; serve as a monitoring station on DENR
concerns; and serve as temporary quarters for field personnel doing foot patrol, inventory,
validation, and survey work. The agency will ensure that personnel assigned in the center are
knowledgeable of all the plans and programs of the department so that clients/customers
coming to the station will know beforehand all the requirements in any transaction before
going to the CENR Office.

Present in the ceremony were Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Atty.
Claudio A. Nistal Jr., PENR Officer of Agusan del Norte Achilles Anthony C. Ebron; CENR
Officer of Nasipit Joseph Leo E. Oconer; Enforcement Division Chief Modesto U. Lagumbay
Jr; Brgy. Kagawad Evangeline Ighot; and selected personnel from CENRO Nasipit and the
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A rescued Philippine hawk-eagle (𝘕𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘦𝘵𝘶𝘴 𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘳𝘪) was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XIII by Philsaga Mining Corporation (PMC) on May 14, 2021, at PMC Office in Bayugan 3, Rosario, Agusan del Sur.

The Philippine hawk-eagle, categorized as an endangered species under DENR Administrative Order No. 2019-09 or the “Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories”, was rescued by a concerned citizen from Sitio Maghilot, Bunawan Brook, Agusan del Sur.  He handed over the juvenile male raptor to the head security of PMC on May 13, 2021. After the head of security reported the incident to PMC President Atty. Raul C. Villanueva, the latter, immediately called DENR Caraga Regional Executive Director (RED) Nonito M. Tamayo for the turn-over of the bird since it is unlawful to possess any wildlife without a permit.

The DENR XIII team headed by RED Tamayo and Bunawan Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Jerome H. Albia visited the PMC office the next day, May 14, 2021, for the turn-over of the raptor.

At first, they believed that it was a Philippine eagle.  After confirming with the DENR technical personnel who made the species identification, it turned out that the bird is a Philippine hawk-eagle or locally called “lawin.”

Upon initial assessment and observation by the Butuan City Veterinarian, Dr. Edgardo D. Talle, the bird has no signs of injury and is considered to be in good condition.

Further, Dr. Talle advised that the raptor needs acclimatization since it is tamed or “imprinted” based on its behavior.

After the veterinary check-up, the DENR technical staff safely delivered the bird of prey to the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte, for further observation, health assessment, and “acclimatization”, before it will be released back to the wild.  These are part of the procedure to give the raptor a greater chance of survival after the release.

RED Tamayo expressed his gratitude to PMC President Atty. Villanueva for saving the raptor and turning it over to DENR Caraga.

The DENR team also advised the PMC management to directly contact the CENRO of Bunawan in Agusan del Sur if there will be similar cases of rescue or turn-over of wildlife within the company’s vicinity in the future, considering that the area is within the jurisdiction of the CENRO.

The protection of wild animals such as the hawk-eagles is essential for preserving biodiversity and a healthy and balanced ecosystem.

Enhanced biodiversity conservation is among the top ten priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.##


BUTUAN CITY -- To ensure the effective management of the protected areas (PAs) and monitoring of the status of these areas in the region, DENR Caraga Regional Executive Director (RED) Nonito M. Tamayo hosted the first PA conference for CY 2021 held at Balanghai Hotel and Convention Center, Butuan City, today, May 12, 2021.

During the conference, the Protected Area Superintendents (PASus) of the protected areas within the region presented the updated profiles of the PAs under their supervision and the status of their compliance to the timeline under the Republic Act 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act of 1992. They also brought out some issues affecting the accomplishment of their targets.

“I urge the PENROs and CENROs, especially the PASus, to give priority to these deliverables and activities required under the ENIPAS Act and its IRR to realize our targets and have these areas be legitimated by way of legislation. The areas have potential impacts in terms of our forest estates, same of course for the other equally important benefits that our communities can derive from these areas,” RED Tamayo said as he gave his marching orders after the presentations of the PASus.

He also emphasized the importance of protecting the PAs.  “Biodiversity is very important that is why we are putting a lot of premium when it comes to protection of PAs”, Tamayo said.

The PA Conference also served as venue to share experiences, strategies, and best practices in PA management among the PAs in the region.

Caraga region has sixteen (16) PAs, of which three (3) are legislated, one (1) proclaimed, and twelve (12) initial components covering a total area of 575,304.32 hectares. The PAs have greatly contributed to the biological diversity and richness of natural resources within the region and are under the protection of RA 11038.

Present during the activity were Asst. Regional Director for Technical Services Atty. Claudio A. Nistal, Jr., Protected Area Superintendents (PASus), concerned PENROs and CENROs, and the members of the Regional Protected Area Technical Working Group. Personnel from the Protected Area, Biodiversity and Ecotourism Section of the Conservation and Development Division served as the secretariat of the conference.

Proper health protocols were observed during the activity.##