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DENR-CENRO Ayungon joins the tree planting activity of the 94th Infantry (Mandirigma) Battalion, 3ID, PA in Linao, Tayasan, Negros Oriental last February 16, 2021.

The activity was participated by Conservation and Development Section Chief, For. Larry S. Mari, officers of the Phil. Army, Enlisted Personnel and Brgy. Officials of Brgy. Tambo, Ayungon, Negros Oriental.

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The activity was conducted in line with the celebration of their Battalion Anniversary wherein they had planted more or less 300 seedlings.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 through the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) initiated a two-day tree growing activity at Barangay Gaas, Balamban, Cebu, and Brgy Kabangkalan, Tuburan, Cebu respectively on February 3 and 4, 2021.

On 3 February, PRO7 Chief PBGEN Ronnie Montejo was joined in the tree planting activity with DENR7 Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. together with the concerned Local Government Units, Amigo Cops, employees from the Central Cebu Protected Landscape, and PENRO Cebu led by Jose Cleo Cary Colis.

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The PRO 7 remains steadfast to its core value of Makakalikasan (environment-friendly) centered on respect for private/public properties and protection and conservation of the environment to maintain ecological balance. The tree growing activity showcased the importance of promoting environmental conservation in Central Visayas. And also acknowledges the importance of cooperation in order to achieve the goals of the PNP Chief's initiative and also supports DENR in achieving the objectives of its respective mandates.

RED Melicor in his message expressed his gratitude to PRO7 for making this commendable movement, “DENR is always grateful for the partnership especially in protecting and conserving the environment through this tree planting activity which will be our statement of advocacy.”

A total of 300 fruit-bearing plants were planted in Brgy Gaas and 150 timber species were planted in Brgy Kabangkalan, Tuburan led by PCOL Aladdin Collado was attended and supported by the Chiefs of the Local Government Unit of Tuburan, Cebu Mayor Danilo Diamante, and Vice Mayor Aljun Diamante. The same tree planting activity is done in the provinces of Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor.

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In a short message, PRO 7 Gen Ronnie Montejo said, “may this movement through PNP advocacy serve as an instrument of change, along with other citizens with the same vision of making the Philippines a better place to live.”

All tree growing activities were capped off with a Pledge of Commitment on which the heads of offices affix their signatures to show their heartfelt commitment which states that they faithfully commit to their hearts to plant more trees and participate in various activities that help protect, maintain, and give back to the environment on which we all rely on for survival.

The Local Chief Executives of the Second District of Negros Oriental together with congressman Manuel Sagarbarria are gathered today at Bethel Hotel in Dumaguete City for a Capacity Development on Environmental Laws and LGU’s Compliance to RA 9003.

DENR-EMB7, through the leadership of RED Paquito D. Melicor Jr., and RD Lormelyn E. Claudio, organized the said activity to provide technical assistance to LGUs in Negros Oriental in their compliance to the mandates of the DENR.

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DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns, Benny D. Antiporda, also graced the activity via video conferencing and left a message to the mayors saying DENR is doing its best to help the LGUs in maintaining good environment in their areas.

“With your cooperation, expect the best from us. We will help you.”, said Antiporda. The same activity will be held tomorrow and on Saturday for the third and first districts of Negros Oriental, respectively.

Zero Waste Month: Be responsible of the waste we generate

Proclamation No. 760, dated May 5, 2014, the then President Benigno Aquino III declared January of every year as Zero Waste Month, which aims to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use.

Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor, Jr. urged our local government units (LGUs) to pass resolutions for a sustainable and comprehensive waste management policies and support practices that would reduce waste to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act and also the Clean Air Act. We really appreciate and recognized the efforts of some LGUs in crafting and enforcing local ordinance banning the use of single use plastics/observance of plastic holidays.

As we celebrate the Zero Waste Month this January, let us be mindful of the waste we create. Be responsible. Reduce, reuse, recycle and refuse single use plastics.

Plastic has an extremely long-term impact on the environment. The production of fossil fuels, as well as the petrochemical industry in general, creates a lot of carbon dioxide, so reducing our dependence on plastic means reducing carbon emissions. Producing plastic also contributes to climate change. It takes up to 500 years to decompose plastic bags.

Never leave your home without a tote bag, a reusable water bottle, and a coffee travel mug, your own food containers for takeout and carry your own straw made from bamboo, glass or stainless steel when going out for a drink.

RED Melicor also requested for the manufacturers to establish a buy back mechanism and collection center or drop box to help protect the environment. Irresponsible disposal of discarded plastic waste always ends in our waterways and into the ocean that makes more harm to our ecosystem.

All our decision count, during this pandemic let us all do our bits to flatten the curve before things become critical. If every single person, do their share managed to contribute a little rather than only a few hundred successfully leading a radical zero-waste life. People change if they feel you understand them and if you give them the chance to change gradually. This might buy us time to find more technical solution for our waste management problem. Gradually changing your lifestyle to become more sustainable was also the overarching theme of this month’s Bouncing Back from the Pandemic to a greener and healthier environment”, he added. ###

LOOK: One (1) Night Heron and Four (4) reticulated pythons turned over to DENR Central Visayas.

DENR-7 Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Biologist Reginaldo G. Bueno retrieved One (1) Rufous Night Heron or nycticorax caledonicus that was rescued and turned-over by Ms. Cherry Piquero-Ballescas, author, a resident of Canangcaan, Mandaue City after reporting about the said wildlife.

The Rufous Night-Heron is a stocky rufous and white heron with a black crown and white head plumes when breeding. It is also a nocturnal bird, feeding primarily at night and in the morning and evening. It is partially migratory, depending on the persistence of suitable feeding and nesting conditions, some populations are sedentary, others nomadic, moving around response to rainfall and flooding events to take advantage of newly opened foraging conditions according to the IUCN-SCC Heron Specialist Group.

More wildlife were also rescued by the City Disaster Reduction Risk Management Office (CDRRMO) led by Mr. Ramil V. Ayuman, four (4) reticulated phytons (Malayopython reticulate) were retrieved from different barangays in Cebu City and turned-over to the Regional Office, DENR-7 on December 03, 2020.

Reticulated python is a species of snake in the family Pythonidae. The species is native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. It is the world’s longest snake and listed as least concern on the IUCN Red list because of its wide distribution. The reticulated python get its name for the “reticulated” or netlike pattern on its back. This pattern is an impressive camouflage that allowed these snakes to hide from their prey.

The rescued wildlife species were now sheltered in the Regional Wildlife Rescue Center for safekeeping and monitoring for its health or injury before releasing it back to the wilds.