I1 La Union residents turn over Serpent Eagle to DENR

La Union residents turn over Serpent Eagle to DENR


SAN JUAN, La Union – Concerned Residents of barangay Sto. Domingo turned over a weak Serpent Eagle to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on August 29, 2016. This was after it crashed through the window of Ronnel Salonga who was having lunch with his family.   

According to Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Marilyn Racoma, the case of the rescued serpent eagle was reported to DENR Secretary Gina Lopez by San Juan Councilor Miguel Magsaysay after it was called to him by the concerned residents. It was then referred to DENR-1 Regional Director Paquito T. Moreno who deployed staff to attend to the said serpent eagle.

According on their observations, Ms. Racoma said that the eagle was probably hunting for food. It was very hungry that its crop was flat and empty. After they have rescued the eagle, they fed it with meat and is now slowly recovering.  She said that they are just waiting for its certification of its release. As of now, the eagle is already back on its normal strength.

Ms. Racoma also stressed that it is somehow unusual for the serpent eagle to fly around the area in Sto. Domingo since the eagle is a forest dependent animal. But according to their analysis, maybe the eagle was flying in the mountains of San Gabriel which is near the agricultural land of Sto. Domingo. 

The Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holospilus) is an eagle found in the major islands of the Philippines. This species is usually found in forest clearings, open woodlands and sometimes in cultivated lands with scattered trees. It is endemic to the Philippines. The species is found on most part of the major islands, except for Palawan.


DENR RD Reynulfo A. Juan in Region 1

DENR RD Reynulfo A. Juan in Region 1


San Fernando City, La Union – “Sincerity, Integrity, Efficiency and Fast Service,” these are the values that the New DENR Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan wants to instill to the employees of his new turf, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Ilocos Region.  Region 1 is composed of 4 Provinces namely: La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte.

In his message during the Monday Convocation, he gave emphasis to the importance of these values.  RD Juan stated that every employee should serve the people with these values because the Filipinos deserve no less than the best service from the government. 

Reminding everyone his acceptance message during the Turn-over Rites last Friday (January 19, 2018), he committed to introduce reforms in the organization to ensure that targets are accomplished well and on time and all employees are part of the effort in achieving the targets and goals of the organization.  Another reform he wish to introduce is the Open-door Policy, where he urged employees not to be wary and feel free to talk to him because he wants to know what the employees are up to.

He started his work officially last Saturday (January 20, 2018) where he had a briefing with the Technical and Management Services in order to apprise him with the status of the programs and projects of DENR congruent to the 10-point agenda of Sec. Roy A. Cimatu.  He also took time in meeting his staff (Office of the Regional Director). This week will be a busy week as well for the Regional Chief as he will be heading to the provinces to inspect the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices in the entire region.  Way to go Region 1 under the leadership of RD Juan. (RPAO)

Photo Releases

WALK FOR JUANA – In line with the celebration  of Women’s Month, DENR-1 personnel including the  Environmental Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and PENRO La Union employees actively participated during the inter-agency activities conducted by the Regional Advocates for Gender Equality (RAGE I) on March 16, 2016 at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University Mid-La Union Campus. The activities include a funwalk, cheering completion, and parlor games.

KAPIHAN SA ILOCOS – DENR-1 Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Gwendolyn C. Bambalan discusses environmental programs, projects and events on March 9, 2016 during a press conference at the Philippine Information Agency, San Fernando City La Union. Also featured in the said media activity were Kids to Forest Young Earth Ambassadors James Darylle Rey and Cesar Ariola, Jr. Rey and Ariola shared their stories on how they initiated change in their family, peers, school and community towards caring for the environment. The Kapihan sa Ilocos, held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month is a one-hour live program aired over three radio stations in the La Union and Dagupan.

National Youth Council, Commissioner-at-large Paul Anthony M. Pangilinan delivers his piece on the importance of cooperation and active participation of the different agencies.

CONVERGENCE AND COLLABORATIVE EFFORT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR THE PEOPLE:  (from left to right) Mangatarem Mayor Balong Ventenilla, Pangasinan Governor Amado “Pogi” I. Espino, III, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary  Regina Paz L. Lopez, Natural Resources Development Council President-Designate Sylvia Ordonez,  DENR -1 Regional Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. CESO III, >>> Read More >>>

Former Mayor and now consultant Eddie Guillen (l) of Piddig shows to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and Region 1 Director Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. the map of the Lammin Coffee Plantation during the cabinet secretary’s visit here on June 2, 2017.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu visited his hometown in Ilocos Norte recently and made a side trip to Piddig, where he met with local officials to gain more insights on the ongoing development of the town’s model project under the national convergence initiative on coffee farming.

A Serpent Eagle was recently rescued from the Eco-Trail of Holcim Phils. Located in Quirino, Bacnotan, La Union last July 21, 2017.  The said eagle was allegedly trapped at a cage which Holcim provided to feed some 20 species of migratory birds gliding within the area.  It was found that the said eagle could not make its way out from the cage, reason for the workers to save the struggling eagle from being trapped.  Spilornis Cheela is the scientific name of the Crested Serpent Eagle which was named “Kailian,” coined from the local term of “Kababayan or Kabayan.”  Holding “Kailian” during the ceremonial release on July 25, 2017 are Bacnotan Mayor Francis Fontanilla (on blue collared shirt) and Holcim Plant Manager Eraño Santos.  Looking on are DENR1 representatives, Wildlife Handler Joe Nullar, Enforcement Division Chief Atty. Arlene Buduhan and Cora Pugal of the Wildlife Conservation Division.  DENR1-RePAO

DENR Chief Sec. Roy A. Cimatu as he turns-over the DENR1 Flag of Leadership to Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan while RD Paquito T. Moreno looks on (R)

New DENR 1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan delivers his acceptance speech during the Turn-over Ceremony

New DENR 1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan’s smile shows a sincere commitment in upholding the DENR mandate

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