DENR @31 “Ikaw, Ako Tayo ang Kalikasan”

DENR @31 “Ikaw, Ako Tayo ang Kalikasan”


Quezon City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources celebrated its 31st year of existence at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, Ampitheater with this year’s theme, “DENR @31: Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan”.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who graced the anniversary celebration and is proud to see the employees who are working hard to support his administration in the protection of the country’s natural wealth.

In his message, PRRD encouraged the employees to work harder in the execution of its mandate. He congratulated the leadership of Sec. Roy A. Cimatu for doing a commendable job in protecting the environment citing the Boracay rehabilitation to bring back its glory as the jewel of the world. The Chief Executive took his sweet time in making his encounter with the DENR employees on a light mode as he teased Sec. Cimatu his experience with the Secretary when he was still the Local Government Executive of Davao City and Sec. Cimatu as part of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and they were big bike buddies.

Secretary Roy A. Cimatu was a picture of a happy and contented leader seeing his subordinates who have exerted all efforts and are doing the best that they can in the protection and conservation of the environment. In his message, Sec. Cimatu, he sincerely thanked the men and women of the agency diligently working for the cause of the environment.

Sec. Cimatu took pride in sharing that the DENR completed its 30th year on a high note, by exceeding most of the agency’s targets in 2017. He also underscored the “proposed policy reinventing mining that will spread the benefits for the people without compromising the environment and natural resources of the country.”

The DENR employees cheered their respective representative in the 2018 DENR Milenyal ng Kalikasan. Participants to this contest include: DENR Central Office, MGB Central Office, NAMRIA, FMB, Regions 3, NCR, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA where the contender from National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) won the contest.

Recognizing that all of the achievements of the agency will not be realized, Sec. Cimatu likewise acknowledged the support coming from the Legislative Branch of the government in helping DENR fulfill its mandate in preserving and protecting our environment. Specifically naming Sen Loren Legarda and Congresswoman Josephine Sato who have been supportive in the efforts of the department in the conservation and management of the protected areas through crafting of significant bills for the country’s vast natural resources.


DENR to help Rebuild Marawi

Prior to the Chief Executive’s arrival, a Deed of Donation signing also transpired wherein DENR donates P43.5M worth of confiscated lumber to help in the rehabilitation of the battle-scarred Marawi City. This is translated to 871,453 board feet of confiscated illegally cut wood. The Task Force Bangon Marawi is chaired by Sec. Eduardo del Rosario. These confiscated forest products were seized in the DENR’s anti-illegal logging operations in the Zamboanga Peninsula, SOCSARGEN and Caraga regions. These forest products may be used to repair school buildings, build school furniture and other rehabilitation efforts solely for Marawi City. This effort will help in the agency’s pursuit in addressing the extreme degradation of the country’s forests.


Land Titles awarded to 75 Metro Manila Residents

On its anniversary, DENR also awarded a total of 75 land titles to residents of Metro Manila through the “Handog Titulo” program of the department. It was President Rodrigo Roa Duterte who handed over the title to the beneficiaries from the municipality of Pateros, cities of Taguig, Makati, Paranaque and Valenzuela.

This is a manifestation that the government will continue to promote social justice and poverty alleviation by way of efficiently processing and distribution of the patents. It is a vehicle to propel progress and development.

Region 1’s delegation headed by RD Reynulfo A. Juan with the Division / Section Chiefs, PENROs and CENROs and staff along with the Bureau Directors Ma. Victoria Abrera and Engr. Carlos A. Tayag of EMB and MGB respectively greeted Sec. Cimatu as the anniversary celebration coincided with his 72nd birthday.

Some officials who witnessed the DENR anniversary also include DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, Congressmen Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte and Vincent “Bingbong” Crisologo of Quezon City, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, Former DENR Secretaries Gina Lopez, Heherson Alvarez, and Horacio Ramos. (RAS)


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)

Photo Releases

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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