March 24, 2014

Ducks dominate waterbirds in R2

Ducks still dominate waterbirds in Region 2.

Based on the results of this year’s annual Asian Waterbird Census (AWC) conducted on January 11-26 by the Protected Areas and Wildlife Division (PAWD), around 8,000 heads of Philippine Ducks were recorded in Basao Lake, Penablanca, Cagayan; and Malasi Lake in Cabagan and Sta. Catalina Small Water Impounding Project in Quirino; both in Isabela. This was followed by Wandering Whistling Ducks with 2,000 population found at Malasi Lake. Tufted Ducks ranked third with 315 counted at Usol Small Water Impounding Project in Jones, Isabela Monterey Lake in Cauayan City and Malasi Lake.

Little Egrets dominate the herons and egrets while most of the shorebirds and waders are Common Sandpipers. Other waterfowl species recorded was Spotted Wood Kingfisher. The census also recorded terrestrial species particularly Philippine Bulbul, Blue-headed Bee Eater, Swiflet and White-eared Brown Dove.

According to Forester Mina L. Labuguen, PAWD officer-in-charge, 14 wetland sites were visited by the counters. She added that these are the same sites visited last year for the census.

The AWC is an annual event that takes place during the second and third weeks of January. It was initiated in 1987 in the Indian subcontinent and has expanded its coverage to 26 countries of South Asia, East Asia, Pacific and Russia Far East.

The census is aimed at monitoring changes in waterbird numbers and distribution by regular and standardized counts of representative wetlands, thus, providing the basis for estimates of waterbird populations. It also intends to improve knowledge of little-known species and wetland sites as well as increase awareness of the importance of waterbirds and their wetland habitats at local, national and international levels.

The other objectives of AWC are: identifying and monitoring (networks of) sites that are important for waterbirds in general and, more specifically, identifying and monitoring sites that qualify as Wetlands of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; and providing information on the conservation status of waterbird species for use by international agreements.

Last year, Philippine Ducks had the highest population with 7,929 heads followed by Little Egrets, 341; and Kentist Plovers, 150. # (VDB)


 Region 2 reactivates envi law enforcement group

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have agreed to include in their enforcement activities other environmental laws whenever requested by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

This agreement was made after DENR Cagayan Valley Chief Atty. Antonio A. Abawag solicited the assistance of these law enforcement agencies in the apprehension of illegal transport of mineral products during the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (RAILTF) meeting held earlier at the DENR Regional Office in Tuguegarao City.

Director Abawag said the DENR will expand the deputation of ENR Officers to the members of the Task Force. They will be required to participate in the law enforcement training before their deputation.

The meeting resulted in the draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) reactivating the operationalization of the RAILTF. The MOA redefines the roles and obligations of the member agencies and the engagement of the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard.

The MOA will provide quick response to verified reports of environmental violations within the region. It will also improve environmental law enforcement from deterrence, investigation, arrest and searches to prosecution.

The RAILTF was created in accordance with Resolution No. 2011-003 of the National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force which defined the roles of the local government units and other law enforcement agencies.

The Task Force is mandated to take the lead in the anti-illegal logging campaign. It may call upon the support of any department, bureau and office to assist in the discharge of its functions, such as but not limited to the provision of administrative and technical assistance, logistical support and detail of personnel.

During the meeting, Atty. Abawag ordered the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers to closely coordinate with the battalion and unit commanders of the Philippine Army and the PNP in conducting anti-illegal logging operations. #CCC



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