DENR vows to strengthen public compliance to solid waste management law

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje today vowed to strengthen its partnership with local government units and civic society in an effort to generate greater public compliance with Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act to address environmental problems in Metro Manila.

“The DENR will level up its partnership with other government agencies and other well-meaning civic groups to get people really undertake waste segregation and other measures to reduce the garbage, particularly in Metro Manila,” Paje said.

According to Paje, household waste remains a big environmental concern of the government.  “In the analysis of the country’s environmental problems, it always boils down to garbage as the main contributor.  From flooding to dengue, from polluted rivers and creeks to mountains of trash, from unnecessary death of fishes that accidentally swallowed plastic bags in the seas to global warming, garbage is the common denominator.”

Thus, in the effort to improve the environmental quality of the metropolis, he and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, with support from local government units, have vowed to toughen the enforcement of the solid waste management law, particularly the segregation of household waste and collection.

“This way,” Paje continued, “we will not only reduce the volume of wastes thrown in landfills but also those that are indiscriminately dumped in esteros and other waterways.”

Relative to this, the DENR chief said his agency has already linked up with 11 local government units in the National Capital Region for the establishment of an ecological solid waste management system in subdivisions and condominiums.

The project, according to Paje, will initially target some 4,717 homeowners associations that have earlier been identified by the LGUs.

“Subdivisions and condominiums are very critical in our advocacy for solid waste management because the residents here are already organized and they are governed by their respective homeowners associations.  Getting them to practice waste segregation and composting will hopefully not be as difficult as they will feel immediate benefits in terms of a cleaner and greener surrounding,” Paje said, noting that residents in subdivisions and condos contend themselves with container gardening, using compost they make out of  their biodegradable waste.    

Among the LGUs that have signed a memorandum of agreement with the DENR on said effort include Caloocan, Quezon, Pasay, Taguig, Pateros, Marikina, Mandaluyong, Malabon, Valenzuela, Manila and Paranaque.

Aside from solid waste management, the LGUs are also undertaking clean up of esteros and other waterways within their respective political jurisdictions, in support of the “Adopt-an-Estero” program of the DENR.  

“We initiated the “Adopt-an-Estero” program because we want the private sector to prioritize environmental protection in their corporate social responsibility.  We are heartened by the initial report that LGUs are now into it as well, not only for environment sake but more so to address their perennial problems on flooding and the season-related illnesses of their constituents,” he said.

Studies show that Metro Manila residents generate a total of 8,700 tons of garbage every day.  This represents 25 percent of the country’s daily solid waste generation of about 35,000 tons.


 


 

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

DENR employees to plant 9,000 seedlings in Mount Samat

Officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City will plant today (August 13) a total of 9,000 narra seedlings on a denuded forestland at the foot of Mount Samat in Bagac, Bataan.

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said the activity in Bagac is second in a series of tree planting activities lined up by the department for its employees pursuant to Executive Order No. 26 directing the implementation of a National Greening Program.

Prior to this, a different group of DENR officials and employees planted some 2,000 seedlings of narra and kupang at the Ipo watershed in Brgy. San Mateo in Norzagaray, Bulacan.  They were joined in the green exercise by representatives from other government agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, the Metropolitan Waterways and Sewerage System and its concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad, the Philippine Army and the local government unit of Norzagaray.

Paje stressed that under the NGP, planting sites and species of tree seedlings are chosen on whether there are tenured communities in the area that will take care of the plantations, as well as  based on the species’ viability in the area to be rehabilitated especially in terms of endemism. 

“We want to stress that the objective of this tree planting under the NGP is to grow and not for show. For this reason, we are involving communities within or near planting sites as they will be responsible for taking care of the planted seedlings until they grow to maturity,” Paje said.

The area to be planted by the DENR employees covers some 18 hectares, a part of the 150-hectare upland area in the municipality of Bagac found to be in dire need of rehabilitation.

Paje said a people’s organization called “Association of Mountain Farmers of Sitio Kinainisan” (AMFSK), comprising of 30 households in the said barangay, has committed to take care of the newly planted seedlings.  AMFSK is a holder of a 25-year Community-Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA) issued by the DENR, and covers some 315 hectares. 

Paje also said that prior to planting, the employees are under instruction not to destroy the black polyurethane bags that hold the seedlings for reuse as part of DENR’s cost-cutting measures in the program.

Under EO 26, all government employees and students are required to plant 10 seedlings a year.  On the part of the private sector, Paje said that companies are also encouraged to undertake similar activities, and to coordinate with any DENR office nearest them for the identification of planting sites and for technical assistance.

He reiterated his call on all Filipinos to take advantage of the predominantly wet climatic condition in the country as this would greatly increase the survivability of newly-planted seedlings.

 


 


 

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje rallied last week his field officials to ensure the success of the National Greening Program, saying the program has full support of the President.

    “There is no reason to fail considering that President Aquino has amply given all the support this program (NGP) needs to succeed,” Paje told the regional executive directors (REDs),  regional technical directors, and the provincial and community environment and natural resources officers (PENROs, CENROs) attending the 2-day National Convention of Field Officers held May 31-June 1, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.

    Paje also challenged the field officials “to give their best shot” as their performance in implementing the NGP will be “highly taken into consideration’ in the evaluation of officials for promotions.
 
“Those who will be performing will be rewarded. Wala pong biro yan,” Paje said, stressing that the field officers will be evaluated fairly based on a purely-merit system “without regard for personal ties or past associations” he has made through over 20 years at the DENR where he started his career as a casual forester.

Paje said the NGP-driven performance-based incentive scheme will first zero in on the PENRO and CENRO positions, with an instruction to DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis to reserve the vacant PENRO and CENRO posts as rewards for NGP’s top performers especially those that are on an acting capacity. 

“If you are a CENRO, you will automatically become a PENRO.  Those who are not yet full-pledged CENRO (with temporary appointment), we will make you full-pledged CENROs. Performance lamang, wala nang iba,”  Paje stressed. 

Of the 168 CENRO plantilla positions, 47 have yet to be filled;  while 25 remain vacant in the 73 PENRO  plantilla posts.

The incentive scheme forms part of Paje’s overall program to strengthen DENR’s performance-based promotion system to beef up the national leadership’s efforts in professionalizing the  Philippine bureaucracy.

But Paje was quick to clarify that the quality of their performance will be determined by the survival of the seedling declared in their performance and not merely on the number of seedling planted.

“Remember, the NGP is a national priority program of President Aquino, and this is not for show but for grow. Gone are the days when tree planting activities were just to set world records or just for photo opportunities,” Paje noted.

At the same time, Paje asked “doubting Thomases” to be forthcoming this early with their hesitation to go all out to meet their targets to allow for management to act appropriately in their particular case.

“We will make sure that everybody performs. Kung sino sa inyo ang tingin ay hindi kayang ipatupad ang programang ito, sabihin na ninyo ngayon,” Paje said.

The performance-based incentive will be based on the field officials’ scorecard in the  yearly targets given them and will be validated with the use of state-of-the art technology such as satellite mapping and internet-based technology through NGP’s website at the www.ngp.denr.gov.ph

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