By: Herzon F. Gallego
Butuan City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 13 (Caraga Region) is celebrating the Environment Month on June with the Theme “Combat Biodiversity Loss. Beat Climate Change!” with lots of activities focusing on increasing awareness of the people about biodiversity loss.
On the first day of June at 5 am, the employees carrying placards with environmental messages from the DENR regional office, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Agusan del Norte led by PENRO Paterno Olivera, and the CENR Office of Nasipit led by CENRO Norman Asugan will hold a three-kilometer fun-walk in four separate directions in Butuan City and will converge at the Guingona Plaza where a brief program ceremony will be held which will include covenant signing expressing the signatories’ full support and participation in the preservation and protection of the biodiversity. Dozens of fruit seedlings will also be given to interested individuals.
In the afternoon of the same day shortly after lunch, a poster-making contest will be conducted at the DENR Covered Court, Regional Office in Barangay Ambago, where at least 30 young students, including persons with disability (PWD), indigenous people (IP) and senior citizens have registered their entries. The top three winning posters shall receive prizes of P 10, 000 (1st), P7, 000 (2nd) and P5, 000 (3rd).
The DENR shall also celebrate the Eagle Week from June 6-12, 2016 with emphasis on preserving the Philippine Eagle and its habitat. A full-blast information campaign shall be conducted region-wide to be led by the Protected Area and Biodiversity Conservation Office under Assistant Regional Director Roberto A. Oliveros. A 15-minute documentary film showing shall be conducted in some schools where enrolment programs are going-on to create awareness to the students.
On June 6 which is the World Environment Day, the Office of the Regional Director through the Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) will hold a press conference with Regional Directors Nonito M. Tamayo of DENR-13, Engr. Wilson Trajico of Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Engr. Alilo Ensomo Jr. of the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB). The said Directors shall be at the helm to promote the program of the DENR respectively. Afterwards, a Salida Festival will also be held where each office shall present a video-production drama with casts from their personnel. The 5 to 20 minutes video presentation will focus on the theme of the environment month celebration “Combat Biodiversity Loss. Beat Climate Change! #GreenEnvironmentGawingForever” The winner will get a cash prize of P 20,000.
One June 10, which is the 29th DENR Anniversary; there are several partners and environmental heroes who shall be given recognition for their continued support in promoting the programs of the DENR. The Search for Mr & Miss Kalikasan shall be conducted in the evening in a ceremony to be hosted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.
But the highlight of the environment month celebration will be on June 25 which is declared as the “Arbor Day”. Hundreds of participants will walk to the planting site to be led by several associations of local mountain bikers in a designated tree-planting site in Nasipit, Agusan del Norte. Among the biker’s club members who signified their intention to participate are the MTBXU headed by Allan S. Taruk, BARS headed by Atty. James L. Bringas, and the PNP Bikers Club.
On June 28-30, the DENR employees will hold their Sports Fest within Butuan City. The awarding of champions in the sports fest shall be held at the DENR Covered Court at 6 pm after the Just Duet singing competition.
Butuan City—DENR-13 Regional Director Nonito M. Tamayo echoed the urgent call of Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim on the need to rehabilitate our seas to secure its ability to produce sufficient food supply for the current and future generations.
“The people particularly those living along the coastal community shall stop disposing garbage in the seas to prevent further damage to coral reefs and marine life” Director Tamayo said.
“If we lose them, we will lose our supply of food and other needs," Director Lim said. “We need to preserve and restore healthy and productive oceans with rich marine biodiversity”, she added.
The DENR officials issued the call as the nation celebrates the Month of the Ocean (MOO) this May, with the theme "Biodiversity for Food SeaCUREity" that emphasizes the importance of marine biodiversity to food security.
Lim said our marine resources are under severe threat from habitat loss, climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, and overexploitation in commercial fisheries.
“We need to inform the public on the relevance of biodiversity in sustaining people and livelihoods,” Lim said.
She reminded the people to care for the ecosystem’s diversity that includes the forests, mangroves, seagrass beds, coral reefs, and mud flats. “They have their own vital functions and roles in the development of marine-based livelihood, agriculture, and fisheries sectors”, she said.
The country will also join the rest of the world in celebrating the International Day for Biodiversity (IDBD) under the theme "Mainstreaming Biodiversity: Sustaining People and their Livelihoods” on May 22.
The Philippines is the 5th among the only 17 megadiverse countries in the world declared by Conservation International in 1998. Its terrestrial and marine ecosystems are habitats for different birds, sea creatures, plants, and other animals. (RPAO 13 News Release)
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!
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