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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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DENR Secretary Gina Lopez lectures the mayors and multi-stakeholders about the success stories of community-based initiatives by people’s organization who generate income from ecotourism and as result of protecting environment. Municipal Mayors present during the visit of Sec. Lopez on January 26, 2017 at SDSSU Cantilan Campus were Mayor Philip A. Pichay of Cantilan, Mayor Jane V. Plaza of Carmen, and Mayor Salvacion S. Azarcon of Lanuza. (Photo by Bernard Q. Requina/ PENRO-Surigao del Sur)
COUNTING WATERBIRDS. SVEMS Eddie G. Duhaylungsod (center) observes the inhabiting waterbirds at Pamanlinan River, Sitio San Juan, Pamanlinan, Bislig city on January 21, 2017 using high-end telescope. Counting waterbirds is the annual activity conducted in line with Asian Waterbird Census and pursuant to DENR- Regional Special Order No. 2017-012. (Photo by FR Joselito A. Vega)
High-end spotting scope captures Intermediate Egrets, the most dominant waterbird species with a total of 6,300 counts during the Asian Waterbird Census at Pamanlinan River, Sitio San Juan, Pamanlinan, Bislig City on January 21, 2017. (Photo by Eddie G. Duhaylungsod)
PENRO Surigao del Sur personnel raise their “energy sign” hands after a nipa propagules planting in TAGINDECO NGP site located at an inlet of Tago, Surigao del Sur on February 03, 2017. The planting activity is in line with the celebration of World Wetlands Day. (Photo by NGP/ PENRO-Surigao del Sur)
DENR Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez leads the Green Economy Model (GEM) Biochar Community Enterprise Project launching held at Ecopark, Barangay Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte on April 18, 2017. Along with Secretary Lopez are DENR Caraga RD Charlie Fabre, Satur Ocampo, DENR Usec. Marlou D. Mendoza, other DENR key officials, national media practioners, and other stakeholders. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
DENR Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez signs a memorandum of agreement with LGU Cantilan Mayor Philip A. Pichay in support to Green Economy Model (GEM) Biochar Community Enterprise Project held at Ecopark, Barangay Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte on April 18, 2017. DENR Caraga RD Charlie E. Fabre, Asec. Michelle Angelica D. Go, media practioners, community partners and other DENR officials witness the signing. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
Surigao del Sur PENR Officer Jose Flavio V. Concha signs the Participating Member Households (PMH) Agreement for Biochar Project with the PMH representatives of Carascal and Cantilan, Surigao del Sur held at Ecopark, Barangay Hayanggabon, Claver, Surigao del Norte on April 18, 2017. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
DENR – PENRO Surigao del Sur personnel pose after the coastal clean-up drive and dalaw-turo on May 12, 2017 at Mabua beach, Tandag City. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
Student-youth of Surigao del Sur State University (SDSSU) who undergo on the job training in DENR-PENRO Surigao del Sur participate the tree planting activity held at Tago estuary in line with the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 19, 2017. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
PENR Officer Jose Flavio V. Concha leads the DENR-PENRO Surigao del Sur personnel initiate the bakauan propagules planting at Lactudan, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur on June 9, 2017 in line with the celebration of Coral Triangle Day and as part of the Environment Month activity. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
PENR Officer Jose Flavio V. Concha (2nd from right) graces the awarding of the raw residential patents to Carmen residence on May 24, 2017 held at Carmen Municipal Gymnasium. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
Some DENR-PENRO personnel promotes environment month celebration by connecting themselves with the mangrove areas in Lactudan, Cagwait town on June 09, 2017.
DENR-PENRO officials demonstrate their bonding together during DENR family day in celebrating the 30th DENR anniversary on June 09, 2017. (Photo by Johny S. Natad).
Employees of the Peoples Bank of Caraga, Inc. and PENRO team-up during the Arbor Day tree planting activity on June 22, 2017 at Barangay San Jose, Tandag City.
DENR Caraga OIC Regional Director Charlie E. Fabre graces during the DENR Caraga Sportsfest 2017 culmination program held at Tandag City Gymnasium on June 29, 2017. (Photo by Johny S. Natad)
Some 176 participants from different agencies are gathered on July 19, 2017 for the tree planting activity at the Ihawan Spring Watershed, Awasian, Tandag City in observance with the National Disaster Resilience Month 2017.
CENRO Cantilan personnel during the actual hands-on demonstration on First Aid and Life Support Training conducted at the CENRO Conference Hall, Cantilan, S.D.S on July 26, 2017.
DENR-PENRO Surigao del Sur along with PENRO-LGU, Cagwait LGU , and Philippine Coastguard team up during the International Coastal Clean-up 2017 held at Cagwait Beach, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur on September 15, 2017.
The DENR-PENRO Surigao del Sur personnel renew their oath of office during the mass oathtaking and renewal of oath reciting the Panunumpa ng Lingkod Bayan on September 19, 2017 as part of the 117th PCSA program of activity.
The geographic information system (GIS) focal persons Rommel C. Quiñones (1st from left) and Allan P. Ferraz (center) present the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone during the Monday Convocation on October 23, 2017.
Members and representatives of the organized Joint Provincial TWG for the Provincial Foreshore Development and Management Plan of Surigao del Sur gather during an orientation on November 23, 2017 at Shacene Pension House & Restaurant, Tandag City. (Photo by Rolito J. Lavesoris, Jr.).
Intermediate Egret dominate the Pamanlinan River at Sitio San Juan, Pamanlinan, Bislig City during the Asian Waterbird Census on January 12, 2018. (Photo by FR Queeny Rose B. Delbo)
New assigned CENR Officers of Bislig, Lianga, and Cantilan pay courtesy visit to Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel On November 13, 2018. The new CENR officers are assigned pursuant to DENR Special Order No. 2018-872 dated October 16, 2018. In photo (from left to right): Bislig CENR Officer Victor B. Sabornido, Lianga CENR Officer Cliff C. Abrahan, PENRO Surigao Sur Management Services Division Chief Adelfo R. Luengas, Jr., Tandag City Mayor Alexander Pimentel, PENRO Surigao Sur Technical Services Division Chief Federico A. Senoc, Jr., and Cantilan CENR Officer Ruel E. Efren.
CENRO Bislig Data Manager/Focal Person FR Gina Bruzon (center) receives Certificate of Recognition "for its exemplary performance in the implementation of the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System for CY 2018". In photo from left: DENR-13 Chief Enforcement Division Forester Modesto U. Lagumbay, Regional Executive Director Felix S. Alicer, B+WISER Regional Technical Coordinator Ms. Lyziel B. Ampo and Lawin Data Manager of SIPLAS Ed Vincent Empron.
Philippine Duck, one of the species found during the Annual Asian Waterbird Census at Pamanlinan River, Sitio San Juan, Pamanlinan, Bislig City on January 15-16, 2019. (Photo by Eddie G. Duhaylungsod)
Little Egret, one of the species found during the Annual Asian Waterbird Census at Pamanlinan River, Sitio San Juan, Pamanlinan, Bislig City on January 15-16, 2019. (Photo by Eddie G. Duhaylungsod)

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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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