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
Annual Asian waterbird census held
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-CAR participated in the recent conduct of Asian waterbird census through consecutive bird watch at Magat-Maris Dam in Alfonso Lista, Ifugao and at Talaca, Tabuk, Kalinga ON January 12-13 and January 17-18, respectively.
Ecosystems Management Specialist II Linda Claire Pawid said the waterbird census primarily aims to “monitor the existence of various waterbird species especially the endangered ones”.
This year, an estimate of 20,000 egrets were observed in Kalinga while they were about 4,000 egrets; 2,000 ducks and more than 400 herons observed in Ifugao.
The waterbirds which passed the region were mostly from China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Australia.
According to Senior Ecosystems Management Specialist Trinivic Silang, November to February is the season of migratory birds wherein the month of January is the peak.
The results of the census are eyed to serve as basis for waterbird population and the changes in waterbird area distribution.
In the Cordilleras, the DENR-CAR was joined by the local government units of Alfonso Lista and Tabuk; officials from barangay Namnama; Department of Tourism-CAR; Philippine National Police-Alfonso Lista; National Irrigation Authority; National Power Corporation; SN Aboitiz; Kalinga State University; Ifugao State University-Alfonso Lista Campus; Benguet State University; Baguio-Benguet Wildbird Photographers Club; Wildlife Enforcement Officers of Alfonso Lista.
Prior to the bird count and monitoring, the participants had an orientation about the activity. The orientation was conducted not only for the participants to know how the waterbird census is done but for them to have increased awareness and knowledge about waterbird species, wetlands and their importance at the local, national and international level.
The Asian waterbird census is an annual activity conducted across Asia and Australasia wherein government agencies, local government units and organizations dedicated to wildlife visit wetlands in their areas and count waterbirds.
The activity is part of the global waterbird programme called the International Waterbird Census led by Wetlands International.
Apart from the Asian waterbird census, the DENR-CAR also participated in the International Black-faced Spoonbill census on January 1-4. The objective was to monitor sightings of the endangered species. Unfortunately, such was not observed in the region. |GJNF