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In preparation for the Forest Fire Prevention Month, a training on Forest Fire Management was conducted last February 26-28, 2019 at Villa del Prado, Sariaya, Quezon. The three-day training included lectures about fire protection, detection, and suppression, a clean-up activity along the coastline of Villa del Prado, an overview of Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System, a workshop on Geo-Tagging and Cyber-tracking, and an actual field practicum on Lawin Geo-Tagging and Forest Fire Management.

The training was conducted to enhance the awareness, knowledge, and skills on fire protection and management. The said activity was attended by personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Department of Environment of Natural Resources (DENR).

Forester Marx Pranada from BFP disclosed that one of the main goals of the training is to “capacitate the partnership and to empower the BFP so that the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between BFP and DENR could be implemented more than expected”.

The purpose of the MOA between the two agencies, according to For. Pranada, is to have a partnership between BFP and DENR “to provide arson investigation towards Kaingeros, charcoal makers, poachers, etc.”

According to Forester Eligio Soliman, fire protection also includes social concerns. It affects the group of people who do kaingin, charcoal, and poaching as a way of living. For. Soliman said that one way to help with the fire problem is to let them live through the means that they know but offer help so that it will be safe for both the people and the forest.

In relation with the LAWIN application, Pranada said that the application can be a good tool but it is “very tedious” unlike their existing application which is the Global Forest Fire Watch.

The New Building of DENR CALABARZON, the “Dicot”, was inaugurated last January 25, 2019. The new building can be found near Mayapa Exit, Mayaba-Canlubang Cadre Road, Brgy, Mayapa, Calamba City.  The said event was attended by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, along with the Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, and Directors of other attached agencies.

An exhibit presenting the Tayo ang Kalikasan campaign, Protected Areas, and Community-Based Forest Management showcasing the natural produce and sustainable products of the provinces in the Region was also opened for the public. A tree planting was also done by Secretary Cimatu in the vicinity of the building.

DENR CALABARZON OIC, Regional Executive Director, Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna, called the new building the “Dicot” which is short for Dicotyledon. According to RED Luna the Dicotyledon is “the first two leaves of a newly sprouted flowering plant. It is the inspiration for the shape of the building and it is a constant reminder of our duty to protect and propagate life”.

Meanwhile, Cimatu compared the shape of the Dicot building, which looks like an infinity sign from above, to the unity of the agency. Cimatu also reminded the audience the importance of the implementation of extensive cleanup of the Manila Bay coastline which stretches across the province of Cavite, Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Pampanga.

The DENR is urging the public to help and support the agency to its initiative to fight the problem on solid wastes and ENR related cases. For citizens who would like to report or share their concerns, you may contact DENR at 09456215007 / 09083340224 or message DENR CALABARZON Facebook page at DENR4AOfficial. ###

Only 38% of wastes generated in Calabarzon can be accommodated in its 35 Sanitary Landfills.  This was disclosed yesterday in a report from the Environmental Management Bureau Calabarzon.

These landfills only have a total capacity of 2,193 tons of waste per day. Based on data submitted by the local governments, the Bureau determined that the Region produces 5,695 tons of waste per day with a per capita waste generation ranging from 190 grams per person per day to 390 grams per person per day. Highest per capita is Cavite and Laguna and the lowest is Quezon and this range is lower than per capita volumes in metropolitan areas and mass tourism places like Boracay.

LGUs appealed that 100% efficiency in waste collection could not be attained due to constraints in the number of operating dump trucks and manpower.  Collection services are typically centered around poblacion areas.

Tipping fees in these landfills range from Php 7,000 to Php 15,000 per truck of wastes. The law requires that only residual wastes shall be disposed in SLFs. Stricter household monitoring of segregation will lessen these costs by up to half, while failure to implement the law can result in a recommendation for filing of charges with the Ombudsman.

EMB clarified that they have no mandate to put up infrastructures like SLF and the primary duty for waste management remains in the the LGUs. Thus, they recommended exploring the possibility of putting up a disposal facility per province thru linkage with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).  Landfills are no less public works than roads and bridges.

“Pag umapaw na po ang palanggana, hahagilapin ba muna ang mop o papatayin muna ang tubig?” asks Regional Executive Director Ipat Luna.  “Wala na pong pagpigaan ng mop, ibang paraan na ang dapat hanapin pag 60% na ang problema”, she adds.  DENR Calabarzon calls on Local Governments to expand their solutions by finding economic uses for what is normally thrown away.  Many LGUs now can derive economic value from their waste, we only need to increase demand.  DENR is  calling on all public infrastructure to consider the testing and use of these bricks that remove waste out of the waste stream.

Coordination with the private sector is continuous for a holistic approach to waste reduction in the Region.###

An international organization recently listed Sardinella tawilis as endangered. The IUCN is the International Union for Conservation of Nature based in Gland, Switzerland ( ). It is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it and counts governments, private institutions including NGOs and individuals as members.  It maintains a Red List that contains the conservation status of species.

Tawilis used to be under the status ""data deficient" which only meant no one had assessed it yet.

The 2018 listing is based on an assessment by Santos, M., Munroe, T.A., Di Dario, F., Hata, H., Torres, F. & Quilang, J.P. The justification of this team for the listing "are major threats to fish diversity and this species due to overexploitation, pollution and competition and/or predation with introduced fishes, resulting in continuing declines in habitat quality and number of mature individuals."

Listing as references numerous Philippine researchers including Aypa, Mercene-Mutia, Villanueva from BFAR focused on research on the species, as well as Mamaril, Joson-Pagulayan and Papa from the academe, the assessment further justified that "catches of this species have declined significantly since at least 1998, and it is estimated that harvest has declined by about 49% over the past 10 years (more than three generation lengths). Fishing effort using illegal gears which target this species in the lake is increasing, but at this time the rate of increase has not been quantified specifically, so it is inferred that the population has declined by at least 50% over the past 10 years, which qualifies it for Endangered."

Philippine government policy does not officially and automatically use the IUCN redlist.  The reliance of both BFAR and DENR would have to be definitive rules such as Fisheries Administrative Orders or Department Administrative Orders respectively classifying a species as endangered for the wildlife laws to apply.  The penalties for catching endangered species is up to 12 years imprisonment if officially listed.

On January 29, 2019 the DENR CALABARZON Regional and Provincial offices and Regional Office of BFAR will be discussing the listing to decide policy recommendations.  The agencies' options are either to issue department orders following the listing and prohibit catch or determining that catch is within capacity and the measures placed are sufficient to address the concern. DENR CALABARZON and TVPL Protected Area Management Board commits to conduct an intensive monitoring of the S. tawilis population side-by-side with the listed threats as well as the water quality of the lake. 

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Kamakailan ay nagbalak magpabagsak ang Okada Manila ng 130,000 lobo sa kanilang lugar upang markahan ang pagpapalit ng taon. Kabi-kabilang reklamo ang isinulat ng netizens ilang araw bago ang okasyon. Dahil dito, kinansela ng Okada ang pagpapabagsak ng lobo dahil na rin sa payo ng DENR (Nasa link na ito ang Opisyal na Pahayag ng Biodiversity Management Bureau). 

Samantala, tila nakasanayan na ng mga punerarya na ipamaalam ang mga pamilya sa kanilang namayapang kamag-anak sa pamamagitan ng mga lobong pinakakawalan sa himpapawid.  Winawari yatang ang lobo ay aabot sa langit na sana’y siyang kinahinatnan ng mahal sa buhay. Ang katunayan po ay nalagpak din naman sa lupa at nagiging dagdag kalat lamang.  Hindi kaya't ang ibig sabihin noon ay sa purgatoryo ninyo ipinadala ang mensahe?

Siguraduhin pong aabot ang mensahe sa mahal sa buhay at hindi sa purgatoryo.  At tandaan ang awitin, paumanhin sa nagsulat, Sa libing ng lolo, nagpalipad ng lobo, pinalipad sa langit, di ko na nakita, BASURA na pala, Sayang ang pera kong ibinili ng lobo, Sa bulong na lang sana, umabot pa ng langit.

Sa rehiyon ng CALABARZON, nais naming hikayatin ang mga Pamahalaang Lokal na ituring na littering ang pagpapakawala ng lobo dahil doon na rin naman ito patutungo.

Kaya't nagbibigay na kami ng babala sa mga punerarya at ibang party o event organizers, na magpapakawala ng lobo, pag may nagpadala sa amin ng reklamo ukol sa inyo, gaya ng pagbaha ng reklamo sa Cove Manila Balloon Drop sa Okada Manila, maari po kaming mag-file ng kaso ng paglabag sa RA 9003 (kopya ng RA 9003).

Para sa inyong mga reklamo, maaari ninyo kaming i-text sa +639456215007/ +639083340224, i-email sa This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. o padalhan ng litrato/mensahe sa #ZeroWaste #DENRCalabarzon #TayoAngKalikasan