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DENR National Capital Region has partnered with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the development of a prototype water hyacinth harvester equipment to address the issue of water hyacinths plaguing the waterways of Metro Manila.

In line with this, Assistant Regional Director for Special Concerns, Martin Jose V. Despi, met with representatives from the Metal Industry Research and Development Center (MIRDC) of DOST in Taguig City to discuss the details of the project on Tuesday, 16 November 2021.

Assistant Director Despi and the DOST team also conducted a multi-day ocular inspection of the target waterways for the deployment of the prototype harvester. They were accompanied by representatives from the Manila Bay Site Coordinating Office (MBSCMO) and four Field Offices of DENR National Capital Region.

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is an invasive aquatic plant that grows and spreads fast. Some studies say that water hyacinths can grow up to 5 meters per day and double populations in two weeks. When they do, these plants tend to cover large parts of open waters, slowing down the movement of water and trapping other floating debris in the process. This increases the risk of siltation and flooding apart from polluting rivers. Water hyacinths also pose a danger to public health as they create a microhabitat suitable for the breeding of many vectors of human diseases.

Once the design is approved, the prototype will be immediately constructed and deployed according to DENR NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan. The prototype harvester, she says, will be a great help for the Field Offices in their regular conduct of cleanups and removal of water hyacinths in rivers and esteros.

Director Caancan also called on Metro Manila residents to help with the effort by refraining from throwing trash in waterways. “Trash thrown into our rivers become entangled with water hyacinths, making it doubly difficult to remove them”, she said.

“We ask every caring Metro Manilans to please practice proper waste management at home and to focus more on reducing the amount of trash that we generate”, she appealed. The cleanup of esteros and rivers of Metro Manila is part of the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

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DENR National Capital Region, through its South Field Office (SFO), removed a total of 420 sacks of water hyacinths from Pateros River in a cleanup held on Friday, 5 November 2021.

SFO personnel were joined by 39 Estero Rangers in the activity which covered parts of the river traversing Barangays Aguho and San Pedro in Pateros.

Pateros River is a small waterway that cuts through the cities of Taguig, Makati, and the Municipality of Pateros. It connects the Pasig River and Laguna Lake via the Napindan Channel and is part of the Muntinlupa-Parañaque-Las Piñas-Zapote (MUNTIPARLASPIZAP) River System, one of the 3 major river systems of Metro Manila.

The recent influx and rapid proliferation of water hyacinths in the rivers of Metro Manila have blocked the flow of water to Manila Bay. It also trapped solid wastes in the river, potentially transforming its waters into a haven for pests and other disease-causing animals.

DENR National Capital Region is leading efforts to remove water hyacinths and clean the waterways of the region in support of the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay. In line with these efforts, DENR National Capital Region is calling on residents of Metro Manila to practice proper waste management at home and support the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.

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DENR National Capital Region, through its Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and West Field Office (WFO), planted thirty-eight Nipa Palm (Nypa fruticans) on the coast of BASECO in Port Area, Manila on Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Nipa, also called Sasa or Pawid in other parts of Luzon, is a type of palm found mostly in tidal streams in brackish swamps and muddy banks throughout the Philippines. It is considered one of the most important economic Philippine crops as it has many uses. For one, the leaves are commonly used for thatching while leaflets, on the other hand, are used for making hats, baskets, mats, raincoats, wrappings for suman, a native delicacy. The midribs are used for making brooms; the petioles for fuel; and its sap is used for making vinegar (sukang sasa) or alcoholic drink.

Nipa palm is also used in controlling erosion along coastal mudflats and in phytoremediation.

DENR National Capital Region is rehabilitating the BASECO beach and lagoon area in support of the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation.

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DENR National Capital Region, through its South Field Office (SFO), retrieved a juvenile Philippine Scops Owl in Barangay Pilar, Las Piñas City last week.

A concerned citizen, called for the assistance of the SFO to retrieve the young owl after her husband saw it at the back of their house in Barangay Pilar, Las Piñas City. The SFO then immediately assembled a team to retrieve the owl and bring it to the Wildlife Rescue Center at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City for temporary custody and care and possible release back in the wild in the future.

There are 17 known species of owls found in the Philippines. Of these, 9 are endemic or unique to the country. This includes the Philippine Scops Owls (Otus megalotis).

The Philippine Scops Owl is listed as a species of “least concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) despite its decreasing number in the wild. Just the same, its well-being is an important public concern because of the role they play in maintaining ecological balance.

Philippine wildlife, moreover, is protected under Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Conservation and Protection of 2001. Hunting, harming, possession, and trading, and/or selling of wildlife species is prohibited and punishable under Secs. 27 and 28 of the law.

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“Alert and safe”, these were the words of instructions of the DENR National Capital Region management as the regional office partook in the conduct of the 4th Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on Thursday, 11 November 2021, at the National Ecology Center (NEC) compound in Quezon City.

The regional office, led by members of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee (OHSC), conducted the drill to prepare its officials and employees in case of earthquake and other emergencies, even while being observant of existing public health protocols.

Equipped with bullhorns and sirens, members of the OHSC sounded the alarms simulating the onset of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and instructed officials and employees to perform the duck, cover, and hold procedure.

The NSED is a quarterly simultaneous drill conducted by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).