Photo Releases

The Clean and Green office of Barangay Magallanes conducted a cleanup drive on a portion of Maricaban Creek in Makati City on Friday, 07 August 2020.

Ms. Editha Martinez, the coordinator of Barangay Magallanes Clean and Green office, initiated the activity that led to the recovery of an estimated 15 kilos of waste from the creek. Maricaban Creek is part of the Paranaque River System. It is a meandering waterway that passes through several barangays of Taguig City, Makati City, and Pasay City before merging with Estero Tripa de Gallina.

Estero Tripa de Gallina, on the other hand, travels down south and exits to Manila Bay via Paranaque River. Trash that is left uncollected in the upstream and midstream portions of the river system ends up in Manila Bay, contributing to water pollution.

DENR is heading efforts to clean and revive the Manila Bay and is calling on all sectors, particularly the local government to help in the on-going Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program by maintaining the rivers and esteros in their respective areas of jurisdiction trash-free.

(Pictures courtesy of Ms. Editha Martinez)

DENR National Capital Region, through its South Field Office (SFO), retrieved a Marbled Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus marmoratus) from BF Homes in Paranaque City on Friday, 07 August 2020.

The reptile, known more commonly as Philippine water monitor lizard or "bayawak" in the vernacular, was captured by a resident in front of their garage. He immediately sought the help of the authorities for its safe retrieval and transfer to the Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City.

This type of lizard, considered the second largest in the world, is endemic to the Philippines. It is listed as “vulnerable” under DENR Administrative Order No. 2004-15, along with three other monitor lizards, i.e., Varanus olivaceous, Varanus Salvator cumingi, and Varanus salvator nuchalis.

Section 28 of Republic Act No. 9147 or Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001 penalizes the killing or destroying “vulnerable” wildlife species with imprisonment of 2 to 4 years and/or a fine of PhP30,000.00 to PhP300,000.00. Inflicting injury to vulnerable species on the other hand is meted out with a penalty of 1 to 2 years imprisonment and/or a fine of PhP20,000.00 to PhP200,000.00.

(Thanks to Mr. Emerson Y. Sy, wildlife researcher, for the identification of the reptile).

DENR National Capital Region through its South Field Office conducted a webinar on Climate Change for its Estero Rangers on Thursday, 6 August 2020.

Estero Rangers from barangays Putatan, Bayanan, Alabang, and Cupang in Muntinlupa City participated in the learning event aimed at familiarizing them on the causes and impacts of climate change. The webinar highlighted their role as Estero Rangers in helping mitigate and adapt to climate change as they perform their duties in the cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

DENR National Capital Region Assistant Regional Directors, Al O. Orolfo for Management Services and Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. for Technical Services conducted an ocular inspection of National Greening Program (NGP) sites inside the La Mesa Watershed area in Quezon City early Thursday morning, 6 August 2020. They were accompanied by Foresters Aida Esguerra, Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief and concurrent East Field Office (EFO) Chief Environmental Officer, and Ruel Gallibu.

The NGP is a convergence initiative of the DENR, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Agrarian Reform, with the DENR as the lead agency. In general, it is aimed at rehabilitating all unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands in the country.

DENR National Capital Region established NGP sites at the La Mesa Watershed area to help protect and improve its holding capacity as one of the main sources of potable water for Metro Manila and enhance urban biodiversity. DENR in partnership with different private and civil society organizations has planted indigenous and native tree species inside the 2,659-hectare proclaimed water reservation area.

DENR National Capital Region, through its East Field Office (EFO) retrieved a Great Eared Nightjar (Eurostopodus macrotis) at Barangay Silangan in Quezon City on Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

The retrieval was made possible through a forwarded message sent by Mr. Carlito Bayron, Jr. on 4 August 2020. The owl appeared to be weak and exhausted was surrendered by a resident who captured and kept it for several days.

The EFO team endorsed the rescued wildlife to the Enforcement Division (ED) for temporary custody before its release back to the wild.  The Great Eared Nightjar is the largest and most conspicuous of the Philippine nightjars. It has pronounced ear tufts and inhabits forests, forest edges, and fields and plains with some tree cover. Currently, the conservation status of this kind of bird is listed as "least concern" in both the DENR and IUCN wildlife database