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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DENR- I spearheads International Coastal Clean-up 2018 in Region- I

DENR- I spearheads International Coastal Clean-up 2018 in Region- I

 

CABA, LA UNION – International Coastal Clean-up (ICC)  is the largest volunteer effort for our ocean’s health. Held annually every third of September, people around the world gather on beaches, coasts, rivers, waterways and underwater dive sites to remove trash and record information on the debris collected. Results will aid in better waste management policies, plans, product packaging designs and in rousing consciousness among people. This year’s ICC theme in the Philippines is, “ Tayo ang Solusyon sa Polusyon.” The 2018 ICC activities resemble the continuation of this year’s “ Environment Month Celebration” with the theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution,” the global awareness to reduce plastic wastes most particularly in our oceans.

In Ilocos Region , the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I), spearheaded the clean- a- shore activities simultaneously held last September 22, 2018 in line with the observance of the International Clean- up embodied in the Presidential Proclamation No. 470. DENR- I key officials and personnel led the coastal clean- up activities in various coastal municipalities in the province of La Union. Each division of DENR- I office were assigned in the following respective areas; Office of the Regional Director, Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO) and Legal Division- (Brgy. Wenceslao, Caba), Conservation and Development Division (CDD)- (Brgy. Taberna, Bauang), National Greening Program (NGP) and Finance Division (Brgy. Paratong 3 and 4, Bangar), Licensing, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD), Survey Planning and Management Division (SMD) (Paratong Norte, Bangar), Enforcement Division, Administrative Division, Planning and Management Division (PMD) (Brgy. Samara, Aringay).

Personnel from various government line agencies, youth from the academe, local government units, coastal communities and volunteer groups from the province of La Union likewise, joined the coastal activities. Assigned participants in the event recorded the collected trashes and recorded/ consolidated in the ICC Ocean Trash Data Form.

Let us unite to beautify our beaches, coasts, and waterways, let us do our part to help save Mother Earth and be a part of the solution for our ocean’s health. ( G. Garcia- RPAO )

Photo Releases

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

Photo shows DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) leads the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Re- Development Old CENRO Bangui Bldg. together with DENR-I key officials led by RD Reynulfo A. Juan and Bangui Mayor Fidel Cimatu, Jr.

Discussion of subject matters during the Youth Meeting at EMB, DENR Compound last August 15, 2018.

Actual technical visit at assigned schools in Odiongan, Romblon

Regional Youth Desk Officer Zenaida L. Paday-os during the lecture proper on climate change to the students of Mayhan National High School

DENR- I spearheads International Coastal Clean-up 2018 in Region- I

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