WHALE SHARK

WHALE SHARK

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Known to local tourists as butanding, this so-called “gentle giant” will take center stage as the Philippine delegation led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) pushes for the crafting of a concerted action to ensure its protection in range countries, including its inclusion in the CMS Appendix I while maintaining its status in Appendix II, during the 12th Meeting of Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species slated for October 23-28, 2017 in Manila. Photo courtesy of Mr. Alessadro Ponso of Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE). ### 







 

PH HOSTING OF INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CONFERENCE

PH HOSTING OF INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CONFERENCE

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In behalf of the Philippine government, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu signs the agreement with the UNEP/CMS (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species) Secretariat for  the hosting of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the CMS (CMSCOP12) on October 23-28, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center, as well as the High Level Meeting of environment leaders to be held preceding the COP on Oct. 22.  The Philippine delegation led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has proposed a number of resolutions including the uplisting of five migratory species in the CMS appendices for further protection, such as the Whale shark, Christmas Island frigatebird, Black noddy, Yellow bunting and the White-spotted wedgefish. Also in photo is DENR Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo, Jr., chair of the organizing committee for the CMSCOP12. ### 







 

FREE AGAIN

FREE AGAIN

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu looks at the photo of the Philippine eagle released at the Aurora Memorial National Park in Dingalan, Aurora shortly after his confirmation by the Commission on Appointments. Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim explains that the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was turned over to BMB’s Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City from the local DENR office in Dingalan, Aurora in June last year. The bird was quarantined until February this year before returning it to Aurora for acclimitization and eventual release on Tuesday. #### 








 

CIMATU GETS CA NOD

CIMATU GETS CA NOD

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Environment hief Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) poses with officers and members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) of the 17th Congress led by Senate President and CA Chair Sen. Aquilino L. Pimentel III (6th from right) and CA Vice Chair and San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo B. Zamora (4th from left) after the confirmation of his ad interim appointment as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday. Cimatu will sit as the 21st Secretary of the DENR. Others in photo are (from left): Cebu Rep. Benhur L. Salimbangon, Cavite Rep. Abraham N. Tolentino, Chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and Sen. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao. From right: Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, Sen. Juan Edgardo M. Angara, Valenzuela Rep. Wes Gatchalian, Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan II, and Sen. Vicente C. Sotto III. ### 








 

HOT FLITCHES INVENTORY

HOT FLITCHES INVENTORY

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Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) undertake an inventory of undocumented forest products seized from a warehouse in Novaliches, Quezon City by combined forces of DENR-NCR Enforcement Division and the National Bureau of Investigation’s Environmental Crime Division.  Armed with a search warrant from a Quezon City Regional Trial Court, the government enforcers raided the warehouse last week and seized some P30 million worth of forest products mostly of premium species like narra, lauan, dao and kamagong.  Charges are being readied against the warehouse owner for violating the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines and Executive Order No. 23 which prohibits the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests of the country. ### 








 

E-VEHICLES CHARGING STATION

E-VEHICLES CHARGING STATION

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones (3rd from right) leads the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of  a quick battery charging station for the electric and hybrid cars donated by Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. (MMPC) to the DENR in July.  Joining him in the ceremony held at the DENR grounds in Quezon City are (from left):  Meralco Area Manager Michael Antonio,  Electric Vehicles Association of the Philippines Chairman Ferdinand Raquel Santos, Mitsubishi First Vice President for Corporate Planning Group Yosuke Nishi, Trade DTI Undersecretary for Management Services Rowel S. Barba,  Mitsubishi President and CEO Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, MSERV VP and Head of Core Business Group Cecile Marvilla, and Meralco Head of Corporate Business Group Victor Risma IV. ### 








 

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP 2017

INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP 2017

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Lawyer Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, undersecretary for climate change service of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) expresses appreciation and gratitude for the massive support extended by volunteer groups in coastal clean-up activities being organized annually by the DENR and the Ocean Conservancy at the Freedom Island at the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Eco-tourism Area (LPPCHEA) in observance of the International Coastal Clean-Up on Saturday, September 16.  Teh shared that the DENR is currently working on the enhancement of the operational plan for Manila Bay Coastal Strategy – a project which addresses the environmental issues facing Manila Bay, Laguna Lake, and the Pasig River. ### 








 

‘SAMA-SAMA PARA SA KARAGATAN’

‘SAMA-SAMA PARA SA KARAGATAN’

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In consonance with this year’s theme of the International Coastal Clean-Up in the Philippines, over 2,000 volunteers representing 40 organizations, including government agencies, schools and private institutions, turned up for the annual event to gather all sorts of garbage that litter the coastal shores of the Freedom Islands in the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourims Area (LPPCHEA) on Saturday (Sept. 16, 2017).  According to the DENR, which is co-organizer of the clean up activity, information on the collected marine debris will be collated and entered into a database by the Ocean Conservancy, for possible input in the crafting  of policies relating to the protection of the country’s water bodies. ### 








 

PHASEDOWN OF HYDROFLUOROCARBONS

PHASEDOWN OF HYDROFLUOROCARBONS

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In behalf of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, DENR Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Ret. Gen. Rodolfo C. Garcia appeals to the refrigeration and airconditioning sector to support the gradual phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs, which are powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.  Garcia made the appeal during the presscon held Thursday at the DENR in Quezon City to update media on the country’s compliance to the Montreal Protocol, including its amendment – the Kigali Amendment adopted in Rwanda last year, and the annual observance of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer held every September 16.  This year’s celebration also marks the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, with theme:  Caring for all Life under the Sun. With Garcia are Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Atty. Jonas R. Leones (right) and Environment Management Bureau Director Metodio U. Turbella (left). ### 








 

GIZ-PAME ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

GIZ-PAME ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT

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In behalf of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, OIC Undersecretary for Legal, Legislative Affairs and Anti-Corruption lawyer Maria Paz G. Luna (right) receives from Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Theresa Mundita Lim (center) and GIZ- Protected Area Management Enhancement (PAME) Principal Advisor Berthold Schirm (left) the PAME Project Accomplishment Report. The turnover was held during the National Learning Exchange on PAME held Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, in Ortigas Center, Quezon City. ### 





 

MANGROVE RESEARCH

MANGROVE RESEARCH

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu tours the exhibit of various research initiatives on mangroves by mangrove practitioners, scientists, and academicians in the ASEAN region.  The exhibit in on display at the Conrad Manila Hotel in Pasay City throughout the duration of the 2nd ASEAN Mangrove Congress, which Cimatu keynoted highlighting the need for ASEAN-wide  hosted by the DENR’s Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB).  In photo with Secretary Cimatu is ERDB Director Henry A. Adornado. ###