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Bislig City, Surigao del Sur (01 February 2019). A total of 9,534 waterbirds from the 24 species of waterbirds and other wetland-dependent birds were counted during the recent Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) conducted at Pamanlinan River, Sitio San Juan, Pamanlinan, this city.

Intermediate Egret with 4,592 was the most dominant waterbird species during the census. Other birds species identified were Philippine Duck, Wandering Whistling Duck, Green Shank, White-Collared Kingfisher, Barn Swallow, Yellow Bittern, Common Sandpiper, Oriole, Swiftlets, Purple Heron, Ruddy Turnstone, Whimbrel, Javan Pond Heron, Red Shank, Cinnamon Bittern, Eastern Reef Egret, White-Eared Brown Dove, Starling,Little Heron, Brahminy Kite, Intermediate Egret, Great Egret and Little Egret. For this year’s Census, there was a discernible increased of counted birds of 1,875 birds since last 2018, the Team was able to census 7,659 birds.

Team from DENR-Regional Office XIII, PENRO-Surigao del Sur, CENRO-Bislig, BLGU-Bislig City and BLGU-Pamanlinan jointly conducted the AWC and identification on January 15-16, 2019 between 6:00-8:00 o’clock in the morning and 4:00- 6:00 o’clock in the afternoon using the Team’s naked eyes, binoculars and spotting scope as part of the AWC – Southeast Asia and International Waterbird Census (IWC) this year.

The Asian Waterbird Count (AWC) is an annual event and takes place once a year, during the second and third weeks of January. Specifically, for AWC 2019 counts are from Tuesday 15th to Wednesday 16th January, covering two (2) days.

AWC was initiated in 1987 which covers South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and Australasia. The nine member countries under the AWC- Southeast Asia composed of Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam, and Philippines are annually conducted the AWC as segment of IWC.

Said census aims to provide the basis for estimates of waterbird population; monitor changes in waterbird numbers and distribution by regular, standardized counts of representative wetlands; improve knowledge of little-known waterbird species and wetland sites;  identify and monitor sites that are important for waterbirds in general and, more specifically, identifying and monitoring sites that qualify as Wetlands of International Importance (WII) under the Ramsar Convention and the Flyway Site Network under EAAFP; provide information on the conservation status of waterbird species, for use by international agreements; increase awareness of the importance of waterbirds and their wetland habitats at local, national and international level and; Build and strengthen national networks of enthusiastic volunteers and facilitate their training.

International Waterbird Census (IWC) commenced in January 1967, a site-based counting program for monitoring waterbird numbers as an indicator for status of wetland sites and population of waterbird species, recognized as an indispensable source of information for policies to protect and manage wetlands and the waterbirds. (Eddie Duhaylungsod/ PENRO-SDS).


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Provincial Multi-Sectoral Forest Protection Committee (PMFPC) 3rd Quarter Meeting. Members of the PMFPC convene on its regular meeting on September 26, 2019 held at DENR-PENRO Conference Room, Telaje, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur to present partner agencies updates in the implementation of forestry laws affecting forest management and development in Surigao del Sur. The meeting is presided by Surigao del Sur Provincial Administrator Pedro M. Trinidad, Jr. (seating 3rd from left) as the PMFPC Chairman with OIC, PENR Officer Achilles Anthony C. Ebron (seating 2nd from left) as co-chairman. Also on the photo are the Management Services Division Chief Adelfo R. Luengas, Jr. (seating 1st from left), Technical Services Division OIC Chief Federico A. Senoc, Jr. (seating 4th left) together with representative from member-government agencies. (Photo by Michelle Ann B. Pajarillaga/DENR-PENRO Surigao del Sur.)
ICC at Tago coast with CENRO Lianga. CENRO Lianga conducts coastal cleanup at Barangay Purisima, Tago, Surigao del Sur on September 20, 2019 by 207 participants coming from various groups who collected 98 sacks with an estimated of 686 kg. of various solid waste gathered within 621 meters coast. (Photo file CENRO Lianga)
TOP-STAR GENERALS MET ON HISTORIC ENVIRONMENTAL CONVERGENCE. Former Philippine Arm Forces Generals join forces with their current capacity to strengthen the Convergence for Sustainable Watersheds with towns of Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, and Lanuza (CarCanMadCarLan) on August 20, 2019 at Cantilan Bank Training Center, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur. Photo seating from left: Cantilan Bank Chairman Lt. Gen. William K. Hotchkiss III (Ret.), DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, and DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu. Standing from left: Cantilan Bank President Brig. Gen. Charles Y. Hotchkiss (Ret.) and Gen. Hernando Delfin Carmelo A. Iriberri (Ret). (Photo from
Ceremonial Turnover of Responsibility. Outgoing Surigao del Sur OIC PENR Officer Jose Flavio V. Concha (left) turns over the key of responsibility to the newly designated in-charge of DENR-PENRO Surigao del Sur Achilles Anthony C. Ebron (right) during the turnover ceremony last July 08, 2019 at DENR-PENRO Conference Hall, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur. DENR Caraga Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer (center) facilitates the official turnover ceremony. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
Zealous Sea Turtle. Pawikan hatchlings are excited as they crawl to meet the sea during the releasing at the seashore of Barangay Antipolo, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur on September 02, 2019
Cleanup Challenge. CENR Officer Ruel E. Efren delivers his challenge to the people of Cantilan, Surigao del Sur during the #CleanRiverlution #SaveCantilanRiver activity relative to the Caraga Simultaneous River Cleanup on February 08, 2019. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)

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        Executive Order (EO) No. 26 series  of  2011 declares the implementation  of  the National  Greening Program  and mandates  the DENR to be the  lead  agency in the afforestation/reforestation of 1.5  million  hectares of land of  public  domain and  plant some 1.5  billion  trees for a period of six years. All government entities, private sectors and People’s Organization including students are encourage to participate in the program.



       The Mangrove and Beach Forest  Development Project (MBFDP) is  intended  to develop and rehabilitate  mangrove and  beach forest in disaster-  affected areas as a  means to improve  and enhance the natural  defenses and  resilience of the country’s  coastlines  and its environs vis-à-vis the  impacts of climate change. Following a systematic approach, site validation covers activities to confirm the geographical location (GPS points) of planting sites that were initially identified and mapped (shapefiles) by the CENROs/PENROs based on agreed targets.

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