Photo Releases

Environmental lawyer and activist Atty. Antonio Oposa, Jr. (right) looks at paintings depicting Manila Bay during the Art for Manila Bay Rehabilitation Exhibit organized by the Dynamic Art Group and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at The Gallery of the Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City. In 1999, Oposa acted as counsel for concerned residents of Manila Bay joined by other respondents who sued the government for its failure to protect Manila Bay for the future generations of Filipinos. The suit led the Supreme Court to issue in 2008 the Writ of Continuing Mandamus to 12 government agencies, including the DENR, for the rehabilitation of Manila Bay and the restoration of its water quality to make it fit for swimming and other contact recreation. Joining Oposa is DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda. The exhibit runs until July 27, 2019.#

Artenthusiasts view the vibrant artworks of member-artists of the Dynamic Art Group portraying the beauty of Manila Bay and the government’s ongoing efforts to rehabilitate it. The exhibit, entitled “Art for Manila Bay Rehabilitation”, aims to “give a clearer picture of the current and possible future achievements” of the rehabilitation program, as well as to boost tourism and renew appreciation of the bay and its natural splendor. The exhibit at The Gallery of the Sky Tower, Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City, opened on June 18 and will run until July 27, 2019. Participating artists include Vic Bachoco, Esther Garcia, maxi Ramos, Jun Rocha, August Santiago, Fernando Sena, Fritz Silorio, Bing Siochi, Ely Tablizo, and Myk Velasco. #

Environment Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns and current Lions Club International (LCI) District 301-A2 incumbent First Vice Governor Benny D. Antiporda (extreme right) enjoys a light moment with the participants of the Environmental Orientation on solid waste management, biodiversity conservation and environmental laws, and the Educational Tour for PWDs and senior citizen (SCs) held at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Training Center in Quezon City on July 10, 2019. Among the participants of the two events were PWDs and SCs from the PWD Affairs Office of Quezon City, and Gabay ng mga May Kapansanan sa Malabon (GMKMI). The DENR and LCI through Antiporda plan to partner for more projects that would engage PWDs and SCs for the care of the environment and natural resources.#


Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) employees participate in the clean up drive along the 225-meter coastline of Barangay 275 Zone 25 in Parola, Tondo, Manila on July 6. Some1,500 sacks of solid wasteswere collectedfrom the area and loaded in the trash boatdonated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)OICAssistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau in concurrent capacity Ricardo Calderon (7th from left), Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director Sofio Quintana and ERDB Senior Science Research Specialist Dr. Carmelita Villamor (5th and 6th from left, respectively) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of the Research and Development Conference on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) held July 9, 2019 at Diamond Hotel Manila. The conference aims to come up with research-based solutions that would reduce the negative impact of IAS to local biodiversity and the environment. Also in photo are(left to right): ERDBForest Ecosystems Research Division chief FloritaSiapno, Dr. KavileVeettilSankaran of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (behind Siapno), AnzarKhuroo of the Invasive Species Specialist Group, Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Alien Species Network coordinator Dr. T.V. Sajeev,and the other members of the ERDB executive committee. ###