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SCUBAsurero EMS I Hernan Merillo during the underwater clean-up

Calauag, QUEZON — To maintain and protect the coastal and marine ecosystem, the CENRO Calauag "SCUBAsureros” spearheaded a dive cleanup within Balagbag Sanctuary Point in Calauag Bay, simultaneous with the cleanup activities participated by the coastal community along the shores of Brgy. Sto. Angel, June 25. 

In almost three hours travel from Calauag Port, the SCUBAsureros and personnel from the Conservation and Development Section of CENRO Calauag and PENRO Quezon reached the coast of Brgy. Sto. Angel through contract boats.

SCUBAsurero diving team plunged to the pelagic marine ecosystem of Balagbag Reef and Fish Sanctuary, 16-meter-deep, to conduct the removal of the underwater debris as headed by the Chief, CDS of PENRO Quezon, Josephine Barrion.

 Since “SCUBAsurero Program” is a synchronized cleanup, a team composed of CENRO Calauag personnel together with the Sanggunian Kabataan and Barangay Tanod of Brgy. Sto. Angel, had also undertaken cleanup activity along the coastal areas of the barangay.

Plastic sachets and bottles, rugged clothes, and used nets were collected during the cleanup.

Brgy. Chairperson Thelma Sevial assured support that they will continue to conduct regular cleanup along the coastal areas of Sto. Angel.

Moreover, upon observation and removal of underwater debris, only few plastic sachets and bottles were collected. Coral reefs and other marine life are found to be in good condition.

According to SCUBAsurero of PENRO Quezon, EMS I Hernan Merillo, licensed diver, and former personnel of CENRO Calauag; “The community of Brgy. Sto. Angel are mostly dependent on marine resources. Hence, we (DENR) highly encourage the community of Sto. Angel and other coastal communities to partake in solid waste management activities led by LGUs and other volunteers. This is to reduce the drivers of degradation and threats in the coastal and marine resources —to achieve and promote sustainability of the ecosystem services, food security and climate change resiliency for the benefit of the present and future generations.” ###

Calauag, QUEZON — In celebration of the 157th year of Philippine Forestry Service and Philippine Arbor Day on the 22nd and 25th of the month respectively, the CENRO Calauag traveled the waters to conduct a tree planting activity in the mangrove area of Brgy. Sto. Angel, Calauag, Quezon on June 25.

By the virtue of Proclamation No. 643, signed in 2004, amending the Proclamation No. 396 which declares every 25th of June as “Philippine Arbor Day”, this year conveys the theme, "Forest, Health and Wellness: The Role of Forestry and Forest Management in Promoting and Sustaining Health and Wellness".

Despite the present national health emergency brought by the CoViD-19 pandemic, the CENRO Calauag managed to design a tree planting activity in the commemoration of this two of the most significant environmental events of the DENR – with maintained on-going health protocols and safety measures such as wearing of face masks and observing physical/social distancing.

The activity was simultaneously conducted with Community Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Campaign, Coastal Clean-up, and removal of underwater debris as part of the “SCUBAsurero” program of the Office, conducted by the personnel from PENRO Quezon and CENRO Calauag.

A total of 295 propagules of various mangrove species, such as: Bakauan Babae (Rhizophora mucronata), Bakauan Lalaki (Rhizophora apiculata) and Bakauan Bato (Rhizophora stylosa) were planted in an open inland mangrove area by 16 participants from Barangay LGU & Sangguniang Kabataan and CENRO Calauag personnel. ###

Alam niyo ba na ang salitang "ARBOR" ay mula sa salitang Latin na nangangahulugang PUNO.

Ngayong araw, Hunyo 25 ay ipinagdiriwang ang "Arbor Day" sa Pilipinas na nabigyang diin sa bisa ng Proklamasyon Bilang 643 kung saan inatasan ang lahat ng mga ahensya ng gobyerno, kabilang ang mga korporasyong pag-aari ng pamahalaan at kontrolado, pribadong sektor, paaralan, pangkat ng sibilyang lipunan at mamamayan na maging aktibo sa pakikilahok sa lahat ng aktibidad patungkol sa pagtatanim ng puno upang maitaguyod ang isang malusog na ekosistema.

Noong 2012, nilagdaan ng dating Pangulo Benigno Aquino III ang REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10176 o "Arbor Day Act of 2012″, na muling nagpatatag sa Arbor Day bilang isang taunang kaganapan para sa mga lokal na yunit ng gobyerno, na nagdeklara ng araw ng pagtatanim ng puno bilang isang holiday sa pagtatrabaho sa publiko. Sa ilalim ng batas na ito, binigyang diin na ang lahat ng mga mamamayan ng Pilipinas na may edad na labing-dalawa at pataas ay kinakailangan na magtanim ng kahit isang puno bawat taon.

Bilang pakikiisa sa selebrasyon, sa pangunguna ng butihing CENRO Victor Mercado, ang bawat empleyado ng CENRO Sta. Cruz ay binigyan ng punla ng mga namumungang kahoy tulad ng Santol, Duhat, at Guyabano upang maitanim ang mga ito sa kani-kanilang mga bakuran. Ito ang isa sa mga paraan na naisip ng tanggapan ng CENRO Sta Cruz upang maisagawa ang tree planting activity na may ibayong pag iingat dahil pa rin sa banta ng pandemya COVID19.

Ika nga, “ang pagpapahalaga sa ating kalikasan ay magsisimula sa ating mga sarili”.

“May Magagawa Tayo, Tayo Ang Kalikasan” ###

CENR Officer Lupo T. Telan (second from right), with Fr. Sonny Quesada, Forester III Ronaldo V. Rozaldo, Kagawad Ernesto Ponce (l-r) during the tree planting activity

 

In line with the celebration of the Philippine Environment Month this June, 2020 with the theme “Protect Nature, Sustain Our Future”, CENRO REAL personnel composed of 25 males and 34 males conducted tree planting activity in preparation for the establishment of an arboretum.

The said activity was conducted at Barangay Maragondon Real, Quezon on June 18, 2020. It was spearheaded by CENR Officer Lupo T. Telan and Forester III Ronaldo V. Rozaldo, Chief of the Enforcement and Monitoring Section.

A total of one thousand (1,500) seedlings of Narra, Dangula and Kamagong were planted in the proposed arboretum site. The area, with a total of 275 hectares is a CY 2013 National Greening Program (NGP) site with 190 hectares of indigenous species & 85 hectares of bamboo species.

In its opening remarks during the program, CENR Officer Telan emphasized that this endeavor is an important environmental activity that will be remembered as one of the contributions initiated by CENRO REAL in protecting and conserving our biodiversity.  The activity operates without funding and hopes to gain support in the future. 

 An arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are planted and cultivated. It is important because it will provide scientific and socio-economic benefits to all. Arboretum will be a venue to educate the public in conservation efforts to save endangered trees and wildlife. In the future, it will be a place for the public to visit, to educate and to enjoy.

In this time of pandemic, with researches pointing to humans as the culprit in the occurrence of viruses such as COVID-19, we should go back to nature. We must take the first step in protecting it by planting more trees. Establishment of an arboretum is one of the milestone solutions in protecting and sustaining our nature. ###

In celebration of National Arbor Day 2020 with the themed " Celebrating the 2020 National Arbor Day to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic: Healing Mother Earth through Sustainable Forest Management". 

The Society of Filipino Forester Inc. (SFFI) CALABARZON Regional CHAPTER of DENR Region IVA,  conducted a mangrove tree planting and coastal clean up in Bon-Bon Islet at Brgy.Talisay Calatagan Batangas this day, June 25,2020. 

Moreover, ARD- MS/ SFFI CALABARZON Chapter President- Forester Nelson Gorospe, ARD-TS/ Forester Alfredo Palencia,Incoming OIC CENRO of Calaca- Forester Isagani Amatorio and Selected Personnel/foresters from DENR Regional Office, PENRO Batangas and CENRO Calaca participated on the said event. 

During the said activity, an IEC Lecture about brief history of Arbor Day, importance of tree planting and different mangrove tree species present on the said mangrove area was discussed by outgoing OIC- CENRO Calaca Januel Peras. 

"Sa pagtatanim ng puno dapat committed sa isip,salita at sa gawa" ARD TS/Forester Palencia said during his closing remarks. He also challenge every foresters present to influence others to plant more trees, as foresters aim for the sustainability of our natural resources. 

Lastly, 500 propagules of “ Kalapinay” (Avicennia marina), “Bakawang Lalaki” (Rhizophora apiculata),”Bakawang Bato” (r. stylosa) and “Bakawang Babae” (r. mucronata) were planted within the 2014 NGP site and 6 sacks of trash were also collected. ###