‘UGNAYAN’

‘UGNAYAN’

17 05 14 Ugnayan web


Artist Luis “Junyee” Yee, Jr. (left photo) explains his masterpiece, “Ugnayan” (right photo), an installation art made from big pieces of recycled hardwood pillars and metal, during the launching of Museum of Philippine Biodiversity at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Quezon City on May 22. With the artwork resembling a forest or a group of trees, Yee’s masterpiece aims to make the public see the unity and cooperation of 21 nations composing the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). ### 






 

 

GREENING CAMP FULLON

GREENING CAMP FULLON

17 05 13 Greening Camp Fullon WEB


Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu plants yet another tree seedling, this time a narra, to rise with the towering mahogany trees (background) which he planted 44 years ago. The trees now line the major road of Camp Leandro Fullon in SanJose, Antique where he was stationed  in the 70s as a junior officer with the rank of  1st Lieutenant   in the Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.  Cimatu’s stop-over at the camp site coincided with his visit to DENR-Region 6 office  last May 16, marking the first leg of his official  tour of duty as DENR chief. Also in photo is Environmental Management Bureau-Region VI Director Ruel de los Reyes and DENR-Region VI Director Jim Sampulna (1st & 2nd from left, respectively), with DENR Chief of Staff Mario Chan (right) ### 






 

 

HONORING AN ECO-VISIONARY

HONORING AN ECO-VISIONARY

17 05 10 Honoring an eco visionary web


Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) pays tribute to Ms. Luz Escalante-Sabas (inset) during the launching of her book  “Toward Zero Waste” held Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Bahay ng Alumni of the University of the Philippines in Quezon City.  Cimatu cited Sabas, whose advocacy work on solid waste management which she started in the 70’s, paved the way for the passage of Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.  Sabas is also a co-founder of the Zero Waste Recycling Movement of the Philippines which provides training to civic groups and local government units across the country on zero waste management. ### 







 

 

CIMATU’s PRIORITY THRUSTS FOR DENR

CIMATU’s PRIORITY THRUSTS FOR DENR

17 05 11 Cimatus priority thrusts for DENR web


For the first time following his assumption of DENR leadership, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu addresses the officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and its bureaus on Monday, May 15, 2017, during the agency’s flag-raising ceremony at the DENR grounds in Quezon City. Cimatu said he will prioritize the protection of the environment through full implementation of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Solid Waste Management Act.  He also vowed to fight illegal logging and called on mining contractors to strictly adhere to mining laws.  ### 







 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 101

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 101

17 05 09 Environmental protection 101 web


Newly-designated Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu listens attentively as outgoing Secretary Gina Lopez briefs him on her initiatives as then head of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  The briefing, which Cimatu later labeled as Environmental Protection 101, was held before the turnover rites at the DENR Social Hall and witnessed by officials, employees and guests. ### 








 

 

COMMAND CHANGE

COMMAND CHANGE

17 05 08 Command change web


Incoming Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) receives the transition report from outgoing Secretary Gina Lopez  during the change of command ceremony  held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the DENR Central Office  in Quezon City. A former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Ret. General Cimatu is the 16th Secretary of the DENR since its creation in 1987 by virtue of Executive Order 192 issued by then President Corazon Aquino. Also in photo is DENR Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Demetrio Ignacio  (right). ### 








 

 

CHANGING OF THE GUARDS IN DENR

CHANGING OF THE GUARDS IN DENR

17 05 06 Changing of the guards in DENR web


Newly-designated Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu receives from outgoing DENR Secretary Gina Lopez the DENR Flag during the simple turnover rites held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.  The turnover of DENR leadership was witnessed by officials and employees of the department, special guests of Cimatu and members of the media.    Also in photo are DENR officials namely: (from left) Assistant Secretaries Corazon Davis and Rommel Abesamis, and Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr. ### 








 

 

SOLIDARITY IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

SOLIDARITY IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

17 05 07 Solidarity in environmental protection web


Newly-designated Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (upper photo) calls for solidarity in protecting the environment as he vowed to protect the environment “in all its forms” and to promote the wise and proper use of the natural resources “for the public good.”  Lower photo shows officials and employees of DENR witnessing in earnest the transfer of DENR leadership from outgoing Secretary Gina Lopez, whose bid to get the approval of the Commission on Appointments failed.  The turnover ceremony was held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the DENR Social Hall.  ### 












 

 

RALLY VS. BIG MINES

RALLY VS. BIG MINES

17 04 05 Rally vs. big mines web


A group of concerned citizens stage a rally at the gate of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quezon City urging Environment Secretary Gina Lopez to close big mines.  ### 








 

 

ISANG DAANG OBRA PARA SA KALIKASAN

ISANG DAANG OBRA PARA SA KALIKASAN

isang daan obra web


Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (center) graces the opening of arts exhibit of Freedom Art Society led by Ms. Elizabeth Oropesa on Friday at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Lobby. ###v 








 

 

MORE INVESTMENTS TO BIODIVERSITY

MORE INVESTMENTS TO BIODIVERSITY

17 04 03 More investments to biodiversity web
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (left) sits down with editor-in-chief Chris Icban (right) of the Manila Bulletin in a roundtable discussion at the publication’s head office. Lopez discusses why investing in biodiversity is more profitable than in mining. She says that “genuine economic growth is when it results to social justice.” Therefore, her choices are based on “those which will benefit the people the most,” and envisions “engineering an economy where all people benefits” so as to uphold the value of social justice. ###