Philippine hawk eagle rescued in Catanduanes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2020   •   390

A Philippine hawk eagle was recently rescued and released in San Andres, Catanduanes, as reported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol.

A concerned citizen from Barangay Palta Big, Virac, Catanduanes found the hawk eagle after it was caught entangled in a net used in fencing domesticated chickens.

PHILIPPINE HAWK EAGLE RESCUED AND RELEASED IN CATANDUANESA Philippine Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus philippinensis) was…

Posted by DENR Bicol on Monday, September 28, 2020

The hawk eagle was turned over to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Catanduanes. Upon examination, the eagle measures 60 centimeters in length and weighs approximately 4.5 kilograms. Authorities released it to the wild after confirming it is in good condition.

The Philippine Hawk Eagle is categorized as vulnerable species under the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09. Authorities remind the public to immediately report and turnover any wildlife species without proper documents. AAC

DENR discovers four culverts draining untreated water directly into Manila Bay

Marje Pelayo   •   January 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A culvert or drainage pipe was discovered hidden behind boulders at station 640 along Manila Bay’s baywalk area on Roxas Boulevard was found to be discharging untreated wastewater directly into the bay.

Based on water analysis, fecal coliform count in the area was significantly high at 50 million most probable number per 100 milliliters.

After further inspection, three more alleged culverts along the baywalk were discovered. 

Pipes were found beside the Remedios drainage outfall across Aristocrat restaurant, Station 240 beside the Padre Faura outfall, and near the Estero San Antonio de Abad outfall.

“Ang lakas ng tubig. Bumubulwak (Water pressure was really strong),” said Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones.

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the immediate plugging of the illegal outfalls, the establishment of engineering interventions, and the strict enforcement of environmental laws in the bay.

“Noong tine-trace na namin yung existing pipes ng DPWH, ng MMDA at saka ng local government units, itong na-discover namin na illegal pipe wala doon sa records nila,” Leones noted.

(When we were tracing the origin of the existing pipes of the DPWH, the MMDA, and the local government units, none of these illegal pipes were in their records.)

“So the Secretary (Cimatu) has decided na i-seal na namin yung mga illegal pipes and mga culverts. And then let’s see kung saan lalabas yung mga tubig na yan na suppose to be doon lumalabas sa illegal pipes na na-identify na namin,” he added.

(So the Secretary has decided to seal those illegal pipes and culverts and then let’s see where the water would go out aside from the illegal pipes that we have identified.)

Leones said that before they traced the illegal pipes, the coliform level in Manila Bay has already improved from billions of micrograms per normal cubic meters to only thousands.

It just needs to be improved to 100mpn for it to be safe for swimming. -MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Hepe ng Bato, Catanduanes police, tinanggal sa pwesto dahil sa comment sa Paniqui killings

Robie de Guzman   •   December 22, 2020

Police Capt. Ariel Buraga

MANILA, Philippines – Inalis na sa pwesto ang hepe ng Bato Municipal Police Station sa Catanduanes kasunod ng komento nito sa social media kaugnay ng nangyaring pamamaril ng isang pulis sa mag-ina sa Paniqui, Tarlac noong Linggo.

Ayon kay Bato Mayor Juan Rodulfo, hiniling niyang maalis sa posisyon si Police Capt. Ariel Buraga dahil hindi niya maaaring palagpasin ang aniya’y iresponsable nitong mensahe na ipinaskil sa kanyang social media account.

“Para sa isang police na mag-post ka ng ganon at sumagot doon sa comments na ganon po na nagreact, marami po ang nagreact. So nagdecide po ako kaagad na magrequest ng another chief of police para po sa aming bayan,” ang wika ni Rodulfo.

Si Buraga ay pinalitan sa puwesto ni Police Lieutenant Fidel Romero Jr.

Ayon sa Catanduanes Provincial Police Office (CATPPO), iniimbestigahan na si Buraga dahil sa naging komento nito sa social media na tila sinisi pa ang inasal ng mga biktima na aniya’y kawalang-galang sa mga otoridad kaya nangyari ang pamamaril.

Umani ng negatibong reaksyon mula sa internet users ang post ni Buraga.

“Asahan pong pananagutin ng pamunuan ang anomang paglabag mula sa hanay ng kapulisan sa probinsya,” ang pahayag ni Police Major Edgar Clerigo, hepe ng CATPPO Police Community Affairs.

Tumanggi nang magbigay ng reaksyon si Buraga dahil sa nagpapatuloy na imbestigasyon sa kanya ngunit una na nitong sinabi na wala siyang masamang intension sa kanyang post sa social media.

“Pero hindi ko sinasabi o kinakampihan na tama yung ginawa ng pulis. Mali yung ginawa ng pulis doon sa pagpatay. Maling mali talaga doon,” ang wika ni Buraga.

“Ang pino-point out ko lang naman dito is yung sabi ko sana kahit may edad na yung isang tao ay dapat talaga magkaroon pa rin siya ng respeto sa ating mga kapulisan, kasi iyan na ngayon yung parang nawawala  na sa atin ngayon, yung pagrespeto natin sa ating mga kapulisan,” dagdag pa niya. RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dan Gersalia)

Wildlife conservation must continue amid pandemic —DENR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reiterated the need to continue wildlife conservation even amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

This was after a nesting sea turtle was sighted in Zambales province. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu also reported several sightings of nesting sea turtles were in other areas.

“Even if we are faced with a difficult situation brought about by the threats of the disease, we must continue to strive to protect and preserve our endangered pawikan,” he said.

He added that the sightings prove that the efforts of conserving wildlife was not in vain.

The DENR’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Olongapo City also received a report that sea turtles laying eggs were spotted at a beach resort in San Antonio town.

The DENR said they will monitor the situation of these nests to protect them from poachers and illegal wildlife traders.  AAC

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