#OPLAN SAVE BORACAY MISSION: A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF DENR 4A CALABARZON REGION AND CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

 

 

 

#OPLAN SAVE BORACAY MISSION: A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT OF DENR 4A CALABARZON REGION AND CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

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PENRO Isidro Mercado as he points out the areas of assignment of Team 2-DENR CALABARZON Region and CAR.

        The battle cry of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through its commander Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is to save and restore Boracay Island in six months. Thus, Secretary Cimatu ordered the deployment of DENR personnel from six regions to help with the mission, including the DENR 4A CALABARZON Region.
        DENR 4A CALABARZON Region is teamed up with DENR CAR, headed by its Regional Director, Sofio B. Quintana and Ralph Pablo, respectively. The team from CALABARZON Region is composed of the following personnel, to wit: PENRO Isidro Mercado, LMO III Allan Willard Estillore and For. Joseph Dacasin; while for the CAR, personnel deployed were ARD Augusto Lagon, Joseph Dilem, Davis Siao, Onofre Daguio, Dancio Martines, Dominador Martin and Bryan Samuel.


        The team was tasked to conduct coordination with the LGUs, serve show cause orders, inspect violations of establishments if there is any, ensure that forest/timberland and wetlands were not destructed due to construction of establishments/structures, and prepare observation and recommendation.
Meanwhile, PENRO Isidro Mercado presented the initial report of the team to Sec. Roy A. Cimatu during the meeting on February 26, 2018. The team recommended the demolition of structures established within the areas of wetlands and 25+5 meter easements from the shoreline such as commercial establishments, stalls, and signages. This also includes informal settlers who inhabited within the wetlands.
         Further, PENRO Mercado briefed the second batch of personnel. He discussed the status of their activity and the areas of assignment of the team.
For the second week of the mission, DENR CALABARZON deployed Atty. Dominic Bermudez, Acting Chief of the Legal Division, Dr. Joseph Palomar from the Conservation and Development Division and Ms. Melinda Gapas-Gordo, In-Charge of the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section, to continue the tasks of the first batch of personnel deployed for the mission.
        The future of the Island and the country is on the hands of each and everyone. Every Filipino has the responsibility to act, to care and to ensure the conservation and protection of the environment and natural resources not just for the present but especially for the future generations.

 

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Dr. Francis Magbanua, President of the Philippine Society for Freshwater Science (PSFS) stated their support regarding the declaration of the Tawilis as an endangered species and supports the ordinance issued by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) to implement the closed season of Taal Lake during March to April, including the implementation of a proper mesh size and establishment of sanctuaries.
 
Dr. Magbanua also emphasized the need for enforcement in the area. He reminded that not only it is a job for the DENR and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), but also for the Local Government Units and other stakeholders. He also called for the need for continuous monitoring of the Tawilis and the lake to see if the implementation is successful.
 
During the Tawilis Summit held on February 19, with the theme: “4TS: Talakayan Tungkol sa Tawilis at Taal”, the stakeholders of Taal Volcano Protected Landscape gathered at the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. The whole day event targeted to inform the public about the rationale and other related researches about the Sardinella Tawilis and Taal Lake. The summit provided the venue for stakeholders to discuss the current status and future management prescriptions to conserve the Tawilis population. Tawilis is the only freshwater sardine and can only be found in Taal Lake. According to a study of Reproductive Biology of the Tawilis done by Associate Professor Alicia Pagulayan, “Sardinella Tawilis breeds the whole year round with peak spawning activities from December to March and a less pronounced spawning during the months of July to October”.
 
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