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.

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DENR Sec Cimatu leads Ground Breaking Ceremonies in Bangui Ilocos Norte

DENR Sec Cimatu leads Ground Breaking Ceremonies in Bangui Ilocos Norte

 

 

Bangui, Ilocos Norte – Despite heavy downpour of rain triggered by typhoon “Inday”, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu made a drizzly working visit in his hometown Bangui, Ilocos Norte to lead the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Re- Development Old CENRO Bangui Building Office situated in Barangay Manayon, Bangui, Ilocos Norte last July 19, 2018. Secretary Cimatu was joined by DENR Region- I key officials led by Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB ) OIC, Regional Director Carlos A. Tayag, and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Regional Director Ma. Victoria Abrera.

The Secretary was warmly welcomed by DENR Ilocos Norte officials and personnel led by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Victor Dabalos, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Laoag City, Noemi Ruadap, OIC CENRO of Bangui Lina Ramoran together with the Secretary’s brother Bangui Municipal Mayor Fidel A. Cimatu, Jr. and Bangui local officials who joined the blessing and Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Old CENRO Bangui Building Office. The present new CENRO Bangui Office is located beside the old building and was constructed last February, 2013 during the term of then DENR Secretary Ramon Paje.

Before the ground breaking ceremonies, Secretary Cimatu had a hearty late lunch with DENR-I officials and cracked jokes with CENRO Bangui personnel and an informal meeting followed conveying the DENR’s important role in the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Strategies after a Cabinet Cluster Meeting in Malacanang. RD Juan, RD Tayag and RD Abrera likewise, presented a short but vital audio- visual on environmental issues and concerns in the region particularly siltation concerns as a result of quarrying in Bued River, Pangasinan and the shoreline near Holcim Cement Plant in La Union; prohibited constructions and titled lots along navigable or floatable waterways within riverbeds: the issuance of Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) on mineral processing plants without permits: destruction of seabed and among others. In connection with the environmental issues, the Secretary reminded DENR Ilocos Region officials to maximize appropriate penalties regarding environmental laws. He also briefly cited the DENR's accomplishments in the on- going rehabilitation of world famous Boracay Island which he is presently leading together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) after President Rodrigo Duterte gave a six- month period rehabilitation efforts to regain the natural and pristine beauty of the island.

In connection with Boracay rehabilitation, Cimatu discussed the plan of creating DENR Satellite Offices near beach resorts in the region and all over the country aimed to monitor sanitary conditions and environmental violations. Rampant environmental violations have been on- going for decades in coastal communities all over the Philippines and the creation of DENR satellite offices is so far the best solution to protect and conserve coastal environment and educate people residing along coastal areas.

The DENR Secretary’s fruitful working visit lasted until evening entertaining issues and concerns not only on DENR matters but also regarding local environmental issues. (G. Garcia – RPAO)

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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

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.

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