DENR Bicol files raps vs coastal residents for sea turtle slaughter

DENR files for initial investigation anti-wildlife protection charges at the Camarines Sur Provincial Prosecution Office against Edmar Diaz, and others for the deliberate slaughter of a leatherback turtle in Bgy. Magtang, Tinambac, Camarines Sur. The act violates Sec. 27 paragraph (a) of Republic Act No. 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act which prohibits the killing and destroying of wildlife species.

In an affidavit, a resident of said barangay declared that on October 19, 2013 he saw the accused persons pulling a rope tied to the neck of a sea turtle coming out of the water. The turtle was seen to be moving when the accused carried it near the shore. A video footage of the incident was taken by another resident using his own mobile phone.

In an investigation conducted by DENR Camarines Sur personnel, the Brgy. Chair Gina Bernarte admitted having learned from a text message of a sea turtle entangled in a fish net. She said they touched the eye of the turtle and found the mouth filled with sand in an effort to determine whether or not the turtle was alive. When they returned it to the sea they claimed it no longer moved, hence they concluded it was dead. She was later informed that six persons, the accused included, slaughtered it.

In the complaint-affidavit of DENR CENRO Goa executed by Vivencio Cabanayan Jr., cited the circumstances leading to the slaughter of the turtle indicated that he has reasons to believe the persons violated RA 9147. The leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, is an endangered species under DAO 2004-15, hence, covered by RA 9147.

Press Release: October 31, 2013



The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Albay headed by Forester Imelda D. Baltazar conducted its People’s Day today, January 24, 2020 at the Bagumbayan Central School, Washington, Legazpi City.

Some two hundred (200) Grade 6 pupils were present for the presentation of the Responsible Mining and Geohazard Awareness by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V given by Information Officer Kristine May C. Baldeo, the Solid Waste Management by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V given by Engr. Christine N. Bañares and Philippine Biodiversity presented by Joana Marie A. Portugal.

“We are grateful to the DENR for conducting this IEC in our school to keep our students informed about environmental protection,” said the Bagumbayan Central School Principal Ms. Mary Christine N. Agarin.

The activity sparked with the appearance of “Greeny” – the DENR V Mascot, “Mina”, MGB V's mascot and “Veron” from the EMB V which added to the pupils’ fun and excitement during the activity.

The People’s Day is part of the Information, Education Campaign (IEC) conducted by the DENR to communities and schools alike, which aims to increase and strengthen environmental awareness and protection. *DJNJaylo


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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, along with its line bureaus, the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V kickstarted the year with the launching of its mascots on January 6, 2020 at the DENR V Gymnasium.

At least 18 endangered Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) turtles, locally known as “Mukoy”, were released to the shores of Barangay Sibago, Donsol, Sorsogon by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Sorsogon, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Donsol, Sorsogon, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Large Marine Vertebrates (LAMAVE) on January 13, 2020.

Outgoing OIC, PENRO of Sorsogon Ma. Fe P. Reganit turned-over her duties and responsibilities to OIC, PENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio. Consequently, outgoing San Jacinto CENR Officer Herleo O. Pavericio turned-over his duties and responsibilities to Supervising Ecosystem Management Specialist (SVEMS) Basil S. Camba.


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