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DENR National Capital Region through its North Field Office (NFO), retrieved two reticulated pythons (Malayopython reticulatus) in Barangay Catmon, Malabon City, and Barangay 167 Llano, Caloocan City on August 13 and 14, 2020.

The snakes were captured by residents of said places and turned-over to their barangay who, in turn, coordinated with the NFO for their safe retrieval.

Reticulated pythons are native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia and are considered one of the longest snakes in the world. It lives in rain forests, woodlands, grasslands, rivers and nearby streams, and lakes. Its conservation status is currently listed as Least Concern by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) because of its wide distribution.

The snakes were both turned over to the Wildlife Rescue Center (WRC) of the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) in Quezon City for rehabilitation and possible release back in the wild.

A team of workers from Barangay San Antonio in Makati City conducted a cleanup in Calatagan Creek and were able to remove an estimated 15 sacks of solid waste that has accumulated on its banks on Friday, 14 August 2020.

Calatagan Creek is part of a drainage network that ran across several barangays of Makati City, including the exclusive villages of Forbes Park, Bel-Air, Urdaneta, and San Antonio. It is connected to Estero Tripa de Gallina and flows out to Manila Bay via the Pasig River or Paranaque River, depending on the prevailing tides. Trash that is thrown in the waterway and left uncollected will reach Manila Bay and contribute to water pollution.

DENR is currently leading efforts to clean, rehabilitate and preserve the Manila Bay—and is calling on all stakeholders, especially barangays along waterways, to participate in the responsibility of maintaining a trash-free esteros under their administrative jurisdictions.

DENR National Capital Region, through its West Field Office (WFO) conducted a webinar on Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Laws for barangay officials on Friday, 14 August 2020.

The webinar was divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session dealt with the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines (Presidential Decree No. 705, as amended), Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 (Republic Act No. 9147), and Climate Change Act of 2009 (Republic Act No. 9729). The afternoon session, meanwhile, focused on the State of Manila Bay, Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (Republic Act No. 9275), and Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 (Republic Act No. 9003).

Officials and representatives of barangays along the waterways participated in the online learning event aimed at orienting them on their role in the implementation of ENR laws at their level. Sangguniang Kabataan officials likewise participated in the event.

WFO is one of the four Field Offices of DENR National Capital Region established under Department Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-02. It has administrative jurisdiction over the cities of Manila, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Pasay. The offce is closely coordinating efforts to clean, rehabilitate and preserve the rivers, esteros, and other waterways with the local government and other private and civil society organizations within their area of jurisdiction, in keeping with the ridge-to-reef approach that DENR has adopted in for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

DENR National Capital Region, through its North Field Office (NFO) issued Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), uniforms, and IDs to Estero Rangers assigned to waterways of Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela area on Thursday, 13 August 2020.

The regional office issued the PPEs because the organization is mainly concerned with the health and safety of Estero Rangers while doing their assigned fieldwork in respective communities of Metro Manila.

Aside from their uniforms and IDs, Estero Rangers were also provided with two (2) pieces of reusable face masks and protective hats. Aside from that, they will also receive gloves, face shields, and jumpsuits.

Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan said that while the services provided by the Estero Rangers are essential, it does not mean that they can go about as they please. “It is important that we follow protocols, to ensure that the health of Estero Rangers is not compromised while on duty.”

In addition to the provision of PPEs, Director Caancan has also ordered all field offices to advise and strictly monitor compliance of Estero Rangers with the DENR-NCR Crisis Management Manual for COVID-19 and the minimum public health standards prescribed by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

DENR National Capital Region will deploy Estero Rangers in CAMANAVA area to regularly conduct cleanups in their assigned rivers or esteros and to assist in the conduct of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaigns in their community on proper solid waste management and other environmental laws.

The Pasig River Coordinating and Management Office (PRCMO) workers conduct a cleanup of Estero dela Reina in City of Manila on Wednesday, 12 August 2020.

The group was able to accumulate trash in a portion of Estero dela Reina. Estero dela Reina is one of the tributaries of Pasig River, cutting through the highly populated districts of Binondo, Sta. Cruz, and Tondo in Manila. The water from the estero flows directly out to either Pasig River or Estero de Vitas which depends on the tide level and water current of the Manila Bay. Trash that is thrown on the waterway gets trapped midstream and accumulates in time when left uncollected.

PRCMO headed by Assistant Secretary Joan A. Lagunda, D.M., is an office under the DENR and it is in charge of coordinating efforts on the cleanup and rehabilitation of Pasig River.