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Report restaurant’s selling tawilis – DENR

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Tawilis

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Calabarzon reminds the public that the closed fishing season for tawilis remains in effect until April 30.

Thus, the agency urges the public to report restaurants or establishments selling the endangered freshwater sardine endemic to the Philippines.

Sardinella tawilis is the only freshwater species of Sardinella and is found exclusively in the waters of Taal Lake in Batangas.

READ: Fishing ban eyed to save the Philippines’ endangered ‘tawilis’

This is to allow the fish to breed as it is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to its red list of endangered species.

Tawilis, commonly known as Bombon sardine, is facing major threats such as “overexploitation, pollution and competition or predation with introduced fishes, resulting in continuing declines in habitat quality and number of mature individuals,” according to the IUCN.

The Philippine Society for Freshwater Science (PSFS) expressed support for the implementation of the closed fishing season for the endangered freshwater sardine set by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) from March to April.

READ: Scientists Support the Closed Season for Tawilis from March to April

The group also supports the implementation of a proper mesh size and establishment of sanctuaries within the Taal Lake. – Marje Pelayo

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DENR calls on gov’t, business sector to address problem of plastic pollution

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, July 4th, 2019

DPWH personnel collect plastic waste from polluted esteros | Courtesy: DENR

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has urged the government and business sectors to work together in addressing plastic pollution in the country.

Assistant Secretary and Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon said lessening the use of plastics can help prevent marine creatures from ingesting plastic.

“We urge everyone to join the pledge for our environment; a pledge that will institutionalize our collective and collaborative action towards addressing the issue of marine debris,” he said.

Meanwhile, the DENR eyes on rehabilitating Baguio City’s Balili River, which coliform level is even worse than that of the Manila Bay.—AAC

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LIST: 11 Chinese, Korean businesses in Boracay ordered closed

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Aerial shot of Boracay establishments

Several business establishments owned by foreign nationals on Boracay island have been ordered closed by the government.

In a list released on Tuesday, eleven restaurants and other businesses mostly owned by Chinese and Korean nationals were shut down for lack of necessary permits to operate.

Establishments ordered for closure are listed below:

1. Bella’s Bar and Restaurant

2. Great Wall Inn and Restaurant

3. Old Captain Cuisine

4. Ken Minimart

5. Ken St.

6. Island Staff Restaurant

7. Coco Spa

8. Kim Ji Man

9. W Hostel Boracay Dragon

10. VIP Souvernir Shop

11. YH World Network Services, Inc.

The list was released by the Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group following a crackdown and inspection of businesses with names and signage written in foreign characters from May 7 to May 9, 2019.

Out of the 49 establishments inspected, the 11 stores listed were found without mayor’s permit while 14 were unable to complete requirements in putting up a business as stated in a local ordinance.

Closure order for these establishments has been issued by the Office of the Municipal Mayor following a recommendation by the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

Authorities said these establishments will not be allowed to operate until they are found to be compliant with the local ordinance articulating the process that must be followed when opening a business in the world-renowned island. (with details from Vincent Arboleda)

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Philippine Eagle pair to fly to Singapore for conservation

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

File photo: Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) | Courtesy: Harrybalais from Creative Commons

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be sending a pair of Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) to Singapore in a move to save the species from extinction.

“We’ll do that to preserve the Philippine Eagle which is very near extinction already,” Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said on Wednesday (April 24) during DENR’s 2019 celebration of the annual Earth Day.

Cimatu said the loan agreement will protect the species from possible outbreak of disease in the future which could wipe out or significantly affect their population.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) included the Philippine Eagle in its endangered list of wildlife as there are some 180 to 500 mature eagles remaining in the country.

The Philippine Eagle’s decreasing population, according to the IUCN, is attributed to habitat destruction, diseases, hunting and climate change.

Considered the largest eagle species in the world, the Philippine Eagle as a top predator is responsible for regulating population of smaller animals
such rodents, bats, and snakes that may pose danger to humans and crops .

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) already warned about the Philippine Eagle’s decreasing population.

DENR Undersecretary Jonas Leones said Singapore has wildlife experts who can look after the eagles.

The loaning of the Philippine Eagle is in line with the 2019 Earth Day theme “Protect our species”. — Marje Pelayo

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