Tayabas, Quezon - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON, through its Enforcement Division, conducted a two-day mid-year assessment, consultation on LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System implementation, and Cybercrime Training to further assess enforcement initiatives in the Region.
The LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System is an application that serves as a monitoring system for forest, biodiversity, and threat identification. It can also be used for the interventions and monitoring of the activities to address these threats.
For 2022, DENR CALABARZON has targeted a total of 7,290 km patrol distance for the whole Region, as of June 23, 2022, DENR CALABARZON field offices has already completed 4,756.77 km patrol distance, which is about 65% of the target.
During these patrolling activities, top three (3) threats observed are establishment of illegal infrastructure, solid waste management, and illegal logging activities. Other threats that were also reported included kaingin, mining and quarrying, and forest fires.
Moreover, 77 indicator species were also observed as of June 23. Philippine Hawk-Eagle, which was classified as endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, tops the most observed species in parts of Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon. Other observed species are Luzon Bleeding-heart Pigeon, Luzon Hornbill, Pink-bellied Imperial pigeon, Golden-crowned Flying Fox, Philippine Warty Pig, Northern Rufous Hornbill, and the Philippine Eagle.
For the incoming quarters, DENR CALABARZON will be focusing on ways to address the reported threats, as well as to review and update the patrol plan to further intensify threats and hotspot identification within the Region.
Further, a Cybercrime Training was also conducted to capacitate the Agency to the actions to be taken to address the increasing illegal ENR activities online, as well as to address the complaints being received by the Agency through its DENR 4A 8888 hotline.