WETLANDS FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

WETLANDS FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

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Ms. Joy M. Navarro (left) of the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s Caves, Wetlands and Other Ecosystems Division, leads the roundtable discussion on the Philippine-authored Ramsar Resolution on Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction or the Ramsar Resolution XII.13. Adopted on the 12th Conference of Parties in 2015, the Resolution highlights the importance of wetlands in preventing extreme weather events such as storm surge and typhoons. ### 






 

 

DISMANTLING OF FISH PENS IN LAGUNA LAKE

DISMANTLING OF FISH PENS IN LAGUNA LAKE

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Joint forces of the government led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) have started the massive dismantling of fish pens in Laguna Lake in compliance with Pres. Duterte’s directive to clear the lake of illegal structures and to allow small fishermen to gain access to traditional fishing grounds.  Inset photo shows LLDA General Manager Joey Medina and DENR-National Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force chief Arturo Valdez (left and right, respectively) supervising the clearing operations as workers take down kilometers of fine-mesh nets and heavy-duty poles of bamboo and anahaw enclosing a huge fish pen in Binangonan, Rizal.  Also in photo are personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard tasked to provide security to the operation. ###






 

 

BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITY

BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITY

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With the growing threat of climate change, the Duterte government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is putting premium on building climate resilient communities throughout the country.  Photo shows DENR chief Gina Lopez, assisted by DENR-Region 8 Director Leonardo Sibbaluca, preparing to plant a mangrove seedling in Brgy Anibong, Tacloban City, part of the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove and Beach Forest Rehabilitation Project launched in 2014, after super typhoon Yolanda devastated the area in Nov. 2013.  Lopez visited the place in November last year to attend the Cabinet meeting presided by Pres. Duterte  in Tacloban City. ### 






 

 

MANGROVE RESTORATION

MANGROVE RESTORATION

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Following her attendance to the climate change forum in Marrakech, Greece, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (in dark glasses) announced the massive planting of mangroves under the Enhanced National Greening Program, recalling how a couple, Cerilo and Ester del Rosario, had been saved from the storm surge brought about by super typhoon Yolanda by clinging to mangrove stands in front of their house in Brgy. Rawis, Anibong, Tacloban City. Right photo shows Lopez pointing to a bag which Ester had left hanging from the mangrove tree she clung to until the storm subsided.  ### 






 

 

ADDRESSING ASH SPILL IN LIMAY, BATAAN

ADDRESSING ASH SPILL IN LIMAY, BATAAN

17 01 03 Addressing ash spill in Limay Bataan webEnvironment Secretary Gina Lopez listens as San Miguel Corporation (SMC) President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang explains that the alleged coal ash residue spewed by the San Miguel Global Power Plant (SMGPP) in Limay, Bataan was actually a limestone powder, which they cannot transfer to a holding facility for lack of a transport permit.  In response, Lopez agreed to facilitate the processing of the transport permit for the stockpile once the company has submitted all the requirements. ### 








 

 

 

DENR CHIEF WELCOMES US EMBASSY OFFICIALS

DENR CHIEF WELCOMES US EMBASSY OFFICIALS

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (right) welcomes officials from the United States Embassy Lynne B. Gadkowski, Deputy Counselor for Economic Affairs and Richard A. Bakewell of the Economic Section during a courtesy call on Tuesday at the DENR office in Quezon City. Lopez invited the embassy officials to work with the DENR in its programs, particularly forestry and entrepreneurship, through the area development approach in its 29 identified priority sites. Also in photo is DENR OIC Undersecretary for Field Operations Philip G. Camara (left). ### 






 

 

PATENT DISTRIBUTION IN OTON, ILOILO

PATENT DISTRIBUTION IN OTON, ILOILO

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Newly appointed DENR Undersecretary Noel Felongco (2nd from left) leads the distribution of land patents in Oton town, Iloilo, under the agency’s Handog Titulo Program.  A total of 4,042 land patents were distributed throughout Western Visayas by the DENR last year.  Joining Felongco in the event are Oton Vice Mayor Vicente Flores (left), DENR-Region 6 Director Jim O Sampulna (3rd from left) and CENR Officer Salvador C. Manglinong, Jr. (extreme right) of CENRO Guimbal./DENR 6








 

 

 

LIMAY RESIDENTS APPEAL TO LOPEZ

LIMAY RESIDENTS APPEAL TO LOPEZ

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Residents of Barangay Lamao in Limay, Bataan appeal to DENR Secretary Gina Lopez to investigate the alleged ash residue from the Petron Bataan Refinery and the San Miguel Global Power Plant (SMGPP) that has caused health problems to their community and affected the livelihood of the farmers and fishermen in the area. Lopez said it has issued a ‘Show- Cause’ Order to Petron and has given it seven days to respond to the residents’ complaint. She assured them that she will not allow anyone in the town to suffer because of the plants’ operation. Lopez will issue a transport permit to SMGPP to haul the residue, which has been identified as lime powder, to its cement plant for processing into gypsum. ### 






 

 

ENGAGING SUCs ON TEV OF MINING PROJECTS

 

ENGAGING SUCs ON TEV OF MINING PROJECTS

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Department of Environment  and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez (right) leads a group of key officials of state universities and colleges (SUCs) in a cheering exercise, signifying collaboration to undertake scientific studies on the impact of mining operations in the country using the Total Economic Valuation or TEV framework. The initial meeting, held Thursday (Dec. 15) at the DENR - OSEC Conference Room in Quezon City had the assignment of each SUC to a particular mining site for the study. ### 











 

 

 

DENR - U.P. COLLABORATION

 DENR - U.P. COLLABORATION

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez (center) leads the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with University of the Philippines (U.P.) Chancellor Michael L. Tan (2nd from right) for the creation of models of integrated area development at the 25-hectare Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) and U.P. Diliman campus, both located in Quezon City.  Also present during the agreement signing held Friday at the DENR office in Quezon City are (from left):  DENR Underscretary for Legal Affairs Atty. Maria Paz Luna, National Anti Environmental Crime Task Force chief Arturo Valdez and U.P. Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Nestor T. Castro. ###  









 

 

 

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

 

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

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In support of healthy lifestyle being advocated by Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, Natural Resources Development Corporation president-designate Sylvia OrdoƱez (right, standing) takes time to share a healthy diet plan for park attendants, wildlife enforcement officers and other employees of the Biodiversity Management Bureau, a staff agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The 5-hour seminar integrated lectures on the concepts and benefits of healthy eating and cooking demo. ###