As part of the machinery that makes things happen in our environment and natural resources, we in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources particularly in these parts of the country have to do our mandate. We belong to a very critical department.
We have been given the mandate to fulfill. Together with our clienteles, the people, on us lies our country’s environmental fate—the air that we breath, the water that sustains ourselves and the plants and animals, our land, our forests, our minerals. We have a say into all facets of man’s daily existence on this fragile earth. We have to perform and perform well our mandate for us and for our fellow countrymen.
The contents of this website therefore are the data and facts obtaining in this, our beautiful Cordillera region. The statistics contained herein came from our latest data bases, some of which were sourced from other government agencies and other instrumentalities.
Our aim of making this web site was not only to accomplish our set targets and inform the people about the environment and natural resources’ situationer but we have to make sure that we are doing things for the benefit not only of the people but most especially the environment. Thus making sure that life continues on this, our Mother Earth.
We continued to look for ways and means to pursue our mandate. Along the way, we came upon and initiated some innovations. We have responded to what the people and the environment need. We have initiated projects that we see will make life a little better in the future. From our field personnel to our regional managers, the support staff and our technical people, all did their parts wholeheartedly. We could say that we have done our share! We did our assigned tasks and we did it competently.
At the end of the day, we hope that our data could be understood well and be of use by the browser in whatever purpose it maybe.
We are not stopping from there though, we continue to network with other agencies, non-government organizations, local government units, our leaders and the people themselves into looking for ways and means to improve our environmental situation and to continue to promote the objectives of sustainable development.
With God’s grace and the continuing belief and support of our leaders in our abilities to implement programs and projects for the betterment of our environment, we shall continue to give our best, to serve and to perform to the Cordilleras and the Filipino nation!
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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