MA. ANTONIA YULO-LOYZAGA
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𝐊𝐎𝐑𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐃𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘, 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) South Cotabato of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 12 through Biologists, Aljohn Jay Saavedra and Kier Mitchel Pitogo, (former staff of PENRO-South Cotabato), led the comprehensive study and publication of the bird fauna in Mt Melibengoy, Municipality of Tboli, South Cotabato.
The research study was published in the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology of the Association of Systematic Biologists of the Philippines (ASBP), entitled “Avian fauna of Mount Melibengoy, Southern Mindanao, Philippines: Conservation implications on a partially protected key biodiversity area under threat". The study revealed that 130 bird species were accounted in Mt. Melibengoy as a result of field surveys and collation of related data, where these numbers may possibly increase as more research studies and biodiversity surveys will be conducted.
In addition, the research data also shows other remarkable findings such as the rarely observed Mindanao lorikeet, the endangered South Philippine hawk-eagle, the range-restricted Tboli sunbird, and other notable species in the area.
This brings the total bird species to count in the Mt Busa Key Biodiversity Area (KBA 196), which encompasses Mt Melibengoy, to approximately 165, including the iconic Philippine Eagle (𝘉𝘪𝘳𝘥 𝘖𝘣𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘶𝘴𝘢 𝘔𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯 𝘙𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦, 𝘚𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘪 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦, 𝘗𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘴) (𝘚𝘦𝘯𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘰𝘴, 𝘦𝘵 𝘢𝘭., 2020).
The study emphasizes Mt. Melibengoy's significance as a potential last refuge for Mindanao lorikeet populations in the country, a species facing extirpation from most mountains in Mindanao.
Furthermore, the paper advocates for the declaration of the remaining unprotected forests in Melibengoy and Malibato mountains as a Wildlife Critical Habitat and, eventually, a Protected Area. The said publication aligns with the ongoing efforts of DENR-PENRO South Cotabato to incorporate the unprotected portions of KBA 196 into the Philippine National Integrated Protected Areas System, under Republic Act No. 11038. This collaborative effort underscores the commitment to biodiversity conservation and aligns with broader national conservation initiatives.### (photos from Forest Jarvis/reports by AJ Saavedra Biologist PAMO-AVPL -PENRO South Cotabato | 𝐑𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐆𝐊
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𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐂𝐈𝐄𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐎𝐑𝐂𝐇𝐈𝐃 𝐃𝐈𝐒𝐂𝐎𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐄𝐃 𝐈𝐍 𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐀𝐇 𝐕𝐀𝐋𝐋𝐄𝐘 𝐏𝐑𝐎𝐓𝐄𝐂𝐓𝐄𝐃 𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐒𝐂𝐀𝐏𝐄
KORONADAL CITY, November 23, 2023 — In a significant stride for biodiversity research, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-South Cotabato, led by Biologist Aljohn Jay L. Saavedra and former biologist Kier Mitchel E. Pitogo, has unveiled the discovery and description of a new orchid species—𝘗𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘢. The breakthrough occurred in the mossy forest, situated at an elevation above 1500 meters within the Mt. Busa Key Biodiversity Area.
Standing at 50 cm, the 𝘗𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘢 stands out with its distinctively bell-shaped or campanulate, crystal-white flowers. The initial sighting took place during the Biodiversity Monitoring System (BMS) conducted in the Allah Valley Protected Landscape (AVPL) back in 2021.
It is the first orchid species described from the Mt Busa Key Biodiversity Area, highlighting the importance of continued field biodiversity surveys in the biologically underexplored forests of southern Mindanao. Preliminary classification by the authors designates the new species as "Near Threatened," aligning with the criteria established by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), given the limited empirical field data available.
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𝟕,𝟎𝟎𝟎 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐛𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐠𝐨: 𝐀 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐂𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐠𝐧
𝐊𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲 — A total of 7,000 seedlings were planted by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) South Cotabato, Protected Area Management Office of Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (PAMO-MMPL), together with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) General Santos City on Saturday, September 30 in support of the PagbaBAGo: "A Million Learners and Trees Campaign" at Purok 8, Kinilis, Polomolok, South Cotabato.
During the event, indigenous trees were planted, with PENRO providing most of the seedlings used for the activity.
Said initiative was initiated by the Office of the Vice President (OVP) and Department of Education (DepEd) and was actively participated by personnel from PENRO South Cotabato, PAMO-MMPL, and CENRO-GENSAN, along with various participants from DepEd, Local Government Units, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Red Cross, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, and other key stakeholders.
In his message, PENRO Radzak B. Sinarimbo emphasized the importance of environmental protection and responsible management of our remaining natural resources. He underscored the vital role of tree-planting activities in conserving the environment for future generations.
Meanwhile, Regina Rosa Tecson, OVP-Manager of the Davao Satellite Office, also shared that VP Sara Duterte's six-year advocacy campaign aims to promote the value of basic education and raise awareness of environmental consciousness among learners.
This collaborative effort demonstrates the commitment of the DENR, along with the esteemed partners, to wholeheartedly support the "PagbaBAGo: A Million Learners and Trees Campaign” of the OVP and Department of Education. (With report and photos from PENRO South Cotabato NGP Coordinator 𝐋𝐞𝐢-𝐀𝐧𝐧 𝐌. 𝐀𝐜𝐮ñ𝐚) | 𝐑𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐆𝐏