DENR-CAR Joins PSA in Celebrating National Statistics Month
In observance of the 27th National Statistics Month and by virtue of DENR Special Order 425 series of 2016, DENR-CAR participated in a Tree-Tending Activity within the Busol Watershed Area on October 14, 2016.
Together with some representatives from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and other participating agencies that include the BFP, DOST, DepEd, DSWD, NEDA, PROCOR, CDA, CSC BGH-Baguio, DILG-LGMED, DBM, NCIP, BLGF, DILG, NTC, DBM, HLURB, BSP, TESDA, PDEA and PNP, some DENR-CAR employees led in the proper tending of trees in the area as part of the protection and sustainable development of the watershed that benefits the greater area of Baguio and La Trinidad.
Prior to the actual tree tending activity, For. Victor Gorinto of CENRO Baguio delivered a small talk on the relevance of such activity in ensuring the survival of saplings in the area that would assure the watershed value of the Busol Watershed for generations to come.
For. Gorinto thereupon gave a demonstration of the removal of other competing vegetation around the sapling and the formation of a mulch to restore moisture for the sapling’s survival.
Engr. Francis G. Basali, Chief of the Planning and Management Division of DENR-CAR welcomed the event as the DENR’s expression of partnership with the PSA in realizing the importance of statistics in tracking the nation’s progress.
Furthermore, Engr. Basali explained that while it was fitting to do a tree-planting activity to commemorate the importance of the occasion, it was unwise to do so during this time of the year as the saplings would be overwhelmed by typhoons.
Prior to this activity, the DENR-CAR has also participated in some of the month-long activities of the PSA like the KAPIHAN, an encounter with the local media; a Zumba workout session and an Eco-walk.|AJTuraray
2017 Asian Waterbird Census Conducted at Alfonso Lista
The 2017 Asian Waterbird Census and the International Black Faced Spoonbill Census (IBSC) was done at Maris and Magat Dams spillways, Namillangan and Sto Domingo, Alfonso Lista, Ifugao on January 13, 2017. The activity was to count, monitor and capture different species of waterbirds dwelling in the reservoirs. It was also to spot and take photo of new specie called the Black Faced Spoonbill that is said to have migrated to the dams as its new habitat.
The Census was participated by the different offices, schools and organizations led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attended by representatives of the different PENROs and CENROs of DENR-CAR, in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of A. Lista, Ifugao as the Municipality host, the National Power Corporation (NPC) Isabela, SN Aboitiz, National Irrigators Association (NIA), Ifugao State University (IFSU) and Benguet State University (BSU) represented by some Instructors and students, Wildlife Enforcement Officer (WEO) CENRO A. Lista designated and members of the Wildlife Photographers Association (WPA) Baguio city as lead photo captures of the different kinds of waterbirds.
The participants from the different PENRO and CENRO offices arrived on the 11th day of January 2017 and had an orientation at the CENRO A. Lista, Namillangan A. Lista, Ifugao on January 12, 2017 in the morning regarding the details of the activity and had another orientation in the afternoon of the same date with all the participants from the different Institutions and Organizations at the SB Office, Municipal Hall, A. Lista, Ifugao to further explain the essence and flow of the activity. It was decided that it should consist of Two (2) schedules of counting; the 1st schedule was at 5:00 PM (sunset) of January 12, 2107 right after the orientation and the 2nd was at 6:00 AM (sunrise) on January 13, 2017 with two (2) teams per schedule having two (2) locations, one at Maris and the other one at Magat Dam simultaneously.
The two teams with different locations had spotted, counted and captured various species of birds such as Heron, Egret and the Philippine Duck. Details of the sighting of the Black Faced Spoonbill, other species and the official count of the species mentioned were said to be consolidated and to be published/reported by members of DENR-CAR Biodiversity Division, Baguio City.
After the conduct of the Census, the participants took the opportunity to enjoy some of the amenities of the proposed Eco- Tourism Park of the Municipality of A. Lista, these include sight-seeing, boating and the 1000 steps hiking. They all departed in the afternoon of January 13, 2017. |C. A. Lista, PBalao