DENR STEPS UP IN PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

DENR STEPS UP IN PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with the Green Convergence (GC) organized the 2nd Philippine Environment Summit, with the theme “Mainstreaming Innovations for Sustainable Development” held last February 20-22, 2018 at the Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City

Around one thousand (1000) partakers came from the academe – educators and students alike, environmental NGOs, from other sectors – church, business, media, and government – national and local. It was a clear demonstration of greening together, growing better, as envisioned by the convener of the event, Green Convergence for Safe Food, Healthy Environment, and Sustainable Economy.

 

An Inter-religious invocation and the San Diego Sinulog Dance Troupe started the day. They were followed by the opening remarks and keynote address from the representatives of the two convenor organizations – Dr. Angelina Galang, President of Green Convergence and Honorable Secretary Roy Cimatu of the DENR.

 

Dr. Angelina Galang asked all to work together to achieve the triple bottom line: social justice, economic progress, and ecological integrity. And called on the students to allow their youthful optimism to carry forward these aims on a personal basis by enhancing their awareness and understanding of the environmental impacts of their personal choices. In conclusion, Dr. Galang alerted everyone to actively participate in developing resolutions that will help mainstream innovations to be presented during the Summit.

 

Hon. Sec. Cimatu shared successful projects of DENR in nine (9) environmental areas, namely: solid waste management, ecotourism, national greening program, water quality, geo-hazard assessment and mapping forest protection, coastal and marine conservation, biodiversity conservation and air quality. He also shared updates on the BORACAY rehabilitation projects and expressed our department’s commitment to support and implement the administration’s target of Boracay clean-up in six (6) months.

 

Beyond the enforcement of environmental laws, we also need the direct and mass participation of the citizenry in accelerating reforestation, in coastal cleanups, in conserving energy, and in popularizing lifestyles that will enable us to reduce our carbon footprint and enhance our resilience,” Sec. Cimatu said.

 

The environment summit aims to mainstream innovations and program to promote sustainable development for the environment. It calls the government and every Filipino to unite to build a strong network for the environment’s conservation and protection.

 

Sen. Grace Poe talks on the right of every Filipino to live in a safe environment and the initiatives of the Senate in promoting a balance ecology during the last day of the summit.

 

“Importante na ipaglaban natin ang karapatan ng bawat mamayan,” Sen. Poe said.

            Green convergence was convened as a multi-sectoral, non-stock, non-profit civic organization for environmental concerns organized to promote synergy of networks, non-organizations, and individuals, in the interest of building a critical mass of citizens that understand the inter-connectedness of issues of food, environment, and sustainable economy. Green convergence also believes that education as the most effective means for confronting the challenges of the future, thus, education shapes tomorrow’s world. (RPAO)

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Tayo Ang Kalikasan Movement: Eyed to END environmental abuse

Tayo Ang Kalikasan Movement: Eyed to END environmental abuse

Laoag, Ilocos Norte – The launching of the Tayo Ang Kalikasan was on a festive mood as 1,500 various stakeholders of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) showed their support to the agency’s information branding and social mobilization campaign.

In his Keynote Message, Sec. Roy A. Cimatu sounded quite disappointed on how the culture and attitude of the people towards treating the environment had awfully changed.  “Look at what is happening in Metro Manila, people nowadays throw their garbage in our rivers which I’m sure is not their usual practice when they were still in their provinces.” The former AFP Chief also underscored the improper utilization of the environment where he cited as an example the status of Boracay which is now brought to a closure due to the negligence of people and the slack enforcement of policies and regulations.

Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan however, expressed his gratitude to the turn out of the event as he articulated that this is a convergence of great minds and efforts in order to solve the problem of mankind in our own little ways.

On a similar tone, John Michael Fariñas the City Administrator of Laoag City who represented City Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, indicated that the efforts of the government in Boracay is a wake-up call to everyone, that we (Tayo) should start veering from the old notion and should act in one spirit towards working in the protection of our environment.

In like manner, Ilocos Norte Board Member Mariano “Nonong” Marcos II, expressed his confidence in the leadership of Sec. 

Cimatu in accelerating the efforts in preserving and protecting the environment.  Stating that the leadership networks of the DENR will shape the country’s roadmap towards inculcating “care for the environment” in the hearts of every Filipino, instead of just making them aware of the need to protect the environment.

As the brainchild of the Tayo Ang Kalikasan Movement, Chief of Staff, USec. Rodolfo Garcia, illustrated that TAK is “Forging partnerships. Building a movement.”  That the way to do it is, “Sama-samang Pagkilos.  Ikaw, Ako, Tayo, Tayo Ang Kalikasan.”

Highlights of the event include: Awarding of Financial Assistance to CBFM POs in Region 1 and the Distribution of Land Titles to residential and special patentees, signing of the pledge of commitment and the press briefing with Chief of Staff Usec. Rodolfo Garcia, DENR Spokesperson Usec. Jonas Leones and Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan.

DENR Officialdom was in full force, with the Under Secretaries Atty. Ernesto Adobo, Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, Atty. Jonas Leones, USec. Joselin Marcus Fragada Jr., Assistant Secretary Bresilda M. Gervacio, Assistant Secretary Nonita Caguioa, RD Gil Aromin of Region 2, RD Paquito T. Moreno, Jr. of Region 3, RD Ralph Pablo of Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and RD Jacqueline Caancaan of National Capital Region (NCR).

The launching was participated in by IPs, academe, LGUs, patent awardees and People’s Organizations of the Community-Based Forest Management from Regions 1,2,3 CAR and NCR who brought in their products for the exhibit. 

TAK was anchored on the Program for Environment and Natural Resource for Reforestation, Rehabilitation, and Development (PRRD) of the Duterte Administration.

Photo Releases

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

The Officials on the Presidential Table (L-R) LMB Dir. Atty. Emelyne Talabis, BM Francisco “Kit” Ortega Jr., EMB1 RD Ma. Victoria Abrera, DENR1 RD Reynulfo A. Juan, ASec. Marcial Amaro, Jr., DENR ARD-TS Gwendolyn Bambalan and MGB1 RD Carlos Tayag.

DENR Assistant Secretary Marcial C. Amaro Jr. enjoins the participants to identify activities that will put a stop on destructive activities along the coastlines of Ilocos Region.

Pangasinan 2nd District Representative Leopoldo N. Bataoil manifested his support to the undertaking

RD Reynulfo A. Juan as he encouraged everyone to be part of the solution to the glaring environmental concern.

BM Kit Ortega highlights on educating the youth on the value of environmental protection

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu with USec. Jonas Leones (left photo) offered a fruit bearing seedling to the gradeschool pupils of Barit Elementary School as a gesture of commitment that the youth will play vital role in protecting the environment from exploitation. Right Photo shows Sec. Cimatu signs on the Pledge of Commitment Wall. #TayoAngKalikasan

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