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Photo of the apprehended items, courtesy of PENRO Rizal

Photo of the apprehended items, courtesy of PENRO Rizal

Calamba City, Laguna – Department and Environment and Natural Resources CALABARZON through its Rizal Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office has apprehended more than  350 board feet of lumber, 104 sacks of charcoal, and 5 units of illegal logging equipment, with an estimated value of Php 102,370.00.

The apprehended forest products and equipment found within a protected area, were proclaimed as abandoned and are currently in the custody of PENRO Rizal for safekeeping. There will be an Administrative Confiscation Proceeding headed by PENRO Rizal for appropriate storage and disposal of apprehended items. 

DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales has earlier called on the PENROs and CENROs to strictly monitor the Protected Areas in their jurisdiction especially during the ECQ. The Regional Office through Enforcement Division, has also regularly monitored the field operations and responded to all complaints posted through social media.

According to For. Oliver Viado, Chief of Enforcement Division, “the PENROs and CENROs were on red alert during the ECQ. They have set up skeletal force and immediate mobilization of the respective quick response teams.” 

Anyone who will be caught cutting and transporting forest products without the necessary permits will be charged for violation of Section 77 of R.A. 7161, formerly Section 68, PD 705 (Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines), as amended. The use of unregistered chainsaws will also be charged for violation of R.A. 9175, known as the Chain Saw Act of 2002.

DENR CALABARZON is urging the public to report Environment and Natural Resources-related cases, especially illegal logging operations via hotline 8888,  sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email to r4a@denr.gov.ph or send photos, videos and other information via https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/  ###

Calamba City, Laguna – Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu in a statement said, “with the increased sightings of wild animals occurring in the CALABARZON Region, it is important that we remind the public to leave them alone, unless they are sick, orphaned or injured as we have wildlife experts who can take care of them”. He further highlighted that it is important that these wildlilife be left alone, unless injured or orphaned.

Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales has directed the PENROs and CENROs in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, to strictly monitor the Protected Areas in their jurisdictions. He also acknowledged the LGUs and the communities for their cooperation in protecting the wildlife in their areas. 

Since March 16, the whole island of Luzon has been declared under the Enhanced Community Quarantine. Since then, citizens have been uploading various bird photos on social media.  In Catanauan, Quezon, Mr. Herbert Hutamares, got a glimpse of a couple of Chestnut munia, Asia Glossy Starling, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Lowland White Eye, Olive-backed Sunbird, Yellow Vented Vulvul, White-collared Kingfisher among others. “As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to put city after city under lockdown, birds have been frequently seen flying and heard chirping and singing from the trees in Catanauan, Quezon”, Hutamares said.

According to the Chief of Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division, Engineer Olivia Bejo, “Wildlife plays an important role in balancing the environment. Wildlife provides a stability to different natural processes of nature.”

In cases of injured, orphaned or turned over wildlife, these will be under the custody of DENR CALABARZON and will be placed in the Wildlife Rescue Center in Calauan, Laguna. They will then be on queue, following a release program.

Photo 2. An orphaned Besra Sparrowhawk turned over to PENRO RizalPhoto 2. An orphaned Besra Sparrowhawk turned over to PENRO Rizal

Anyone who will be caught with possession of any wildlife species without necessary permits will be charged for violation of Republic Act no. 9147. This RA is otherwise known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. 

DENR CALABARZON is urging the public to report Environment and Natural Resources-related, especially illegal trading operations via hotline 8888,  sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send us photos, videos and other information via https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/  ###

To respond to the challenges of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine, DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales assures the public that the Region continues to simplify systems for securing data while observing the skeleton workforce and other health and safety measures. The Region is providing access to services, by enabling submission of requests online.

A recent initiative by the Surveys and Mapping Division allows online requests for Survey Records from clienteles. The Survey Records are documents required for titling, as survey reference, tax declaration and other land transactions. Clienteles receive responses within 3 days, and as soon as the ECQ is lifted, the clienteles may secure the certified true copy.

According to Engineer Edgar Barraca, Chief of the Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD), they also accept online submission of digital copies of Survey Returns (SR). The submissions include the requirements for the processing of documents for titled property, complex subdivision, untitled cadastral survey, original survey, and resurvey of untitled property.

DENR CALABARZON will continue to improve its online services so that the public will have access to services while on MECQ. For SMD-related inquiries, you may send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . ###

Catanauan, Quezon, April 30, 2020 – Despite the outbreak of Corona Virus 2019 Pandemic that we are facing this year, still, there is an important work that is both economically and ecologically-friendly that can be done to contribute to our society – it is through gardening.

Under work from home status, personnel of Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-CENRO) Catanauan, Quezon employees joins the challenge to establish front yard and backyard vegetable gardens using compost and recycled materials such as plastic containers, old tires, bamboo, coconut shell, plastic bags, bottles and etc. 

The activity is in line with the memorandum of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Alfredo C. Palencia dated April 14, 2020, entitled “Gulayan Project Challenge” in Quezon Province from April 15-30, 2020. It aims to help address the crisis on food production due to operational limitations and health risks brought by COVID-19. 

“It is the least that our personnel can do to help our community, but if we all join the challenge, it will have a huge impact on our society” CENRO Joselito D. Barros said in an interview. 

Today, DENR-CENRO Catanauan, Quezon employees will continue to grow crops while our country is still in a state of crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Gulayan Project Challenge makes each employee creative in making their gardens. The neighbors and others who can see the gardens that are made by unique ideas of each employee will surely inspire them to do the same.

Gardening can be a major contribution to the community and its environment because it provides an alternative source of food to each employee and it is climate-resilient.

Planting is not only for addressing food shortage but also for our nature and for our future. ###