ONE ASEAN FOR URBAN RESILIENCY

ONE ASEAN FOR URBAN RESILIENCY

ONE ASEAN FOR URBAN RESILIENCY web

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Jonas R. Leones (4th from right) joins hands with key speakers during the opening of the 3-day Forum on Urban Resiliency to Climate Change and Disaster –Risk Reduction Management Strategies held Tuesday in Laoag City.  Part of a series of fora conducted in consonance with the Philippine hosting of ASEAN 50, the event gathered scientific and policy experts to share experiences and information, and discuss plans in achieving sustainable urbanization in the ASEAN region through resilient urban areas. In photo are (left to right): University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Professors Dr. Felino Lansigan and Dr. Juan Pulhin; DENR-ERDB Director Henry Adornado; Philippine permanent representative to the ASEAN Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso; Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos,  overall coordinator for the forum Dr. Simplicia Pasicolan; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia research manager Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak; Chulalongkorn University Thailand’s Senior Adviser Dr. Bharat Dahiya; and Institute for Global Environmental Strategy Policy Researcher Ran Yagasa. ### 





 

RESPONSIBLE MINING AWARD

RESPONSIBLE MINING AWARD

12.7 Responsible Mining Award web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from left) appreciates the responsible mining award conferred on Oceanagold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) during the 1st ASEAN Mineral Awards (AMA) held Nov. 30 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, saying the award was an “achievement” in the local mining sector.  Representatives of OGPI led by its Chair Dr. Jose P. Leviste, Jr. (3rd from right) presented its award for Best Practices in Sustainable Mineral Development for Mineral Processing Category for its Didipio Gold-Copper Mine in Nueva Vizcaya to Cimatu during a courtesy call on Tuesday at the DENR office in Quezon City. The AMA was established to recognize the best practices of mining firms in the ASEAN region that contribute to responsible mining. Others in photo are (from left): OGPI Country Director Bradley Norman, Community Manager Nericel Langres and Metallurgical Superintendent Hilbert Cardenas. ### 





 

AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN MINING

AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN MINING

12.6 Award for Best Practices in Mining Nickel Asia web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) congratulates Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Gerard H. Brimo (2nd from left) when he presented to the DENR chief the company’s award for Best Practices in Sustainable Mineral Development during a courtesy call at the DENR office in Quezon City. The award was conferred on NAC’s subsidiary Rio Tuba Nickel Corp. (RTNC) in Palawan during the 1st Mineral Awards (AMA) held on November 30 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Others in photo are NAC officials (from left to right) Engr. Augusto C. Villaluna, Vice President for Operations and Jose B. Anievas, Chief Operating Officer, and RTNC resident mine manager Philipp Ines. ### 





 

FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF MUNICIPAL WASTE

FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF MUNICIPAL WASTE

17 11 22 For better management of municipal waste web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (standing) leads the awarding of the shredding equipment to various local government units (LGUs) in the Bicol region during his recent visit to the regional office of the Environmental Management Bureau in Legazpi City.  In his message, Cimatu reiterated his commitment to the full implementation of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, even as he expressed his continuing support to LGUs, such as provision of  shredders and technical assistance “to strengthen their compliance with the solid waste management law.” Also in photo are (from left):  DENR Region 5 Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez, Manito, Albay Mayor Joshua Mari Daep, Oas, Albay Mayor Domingo Escoto, and EMB Region 5 Director Eva Ocfemia.  ### 






 

SMART AIR QUALITY MONITOR

SMART AIR QUALITY MONITOR

17 11 21 Smart air quality monitor web

Engr. Jerry Capulong (left), chief of the Air Quality Management Section of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) receives, in behalf of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, the state-of-the-art equipment or sensor powered by AirVisual application from Unioil President Kenneth Pundanera (right) during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR and Unioil for the installation of additional AQM stations in Metro Manila. The sensor, described as the world’s smartest air quality monitor, can measure levels of particulate matter (PM) 2.5, carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity. Data recorded from the stations will be transmitted real time to the web and later to the EMB central server. ### 





 

SEEDING OF LAKE BUHI

SEEDING OF LAKE BUHI

17 11 20 Seeding of Lake Buhi web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (wearing black jacket), together with Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Eva Ocfemia (to Cimatu’s left) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer Nestor Franz Fortuno, releases some 6,000 individuals of sinarapan (Mistichthys luzonensis), the world’s smallest commercial edible fish endemic to Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur, for repopulation. Cimatu has instructed the regional office to initiate development activities to encourage tourists to visit Lake Buhi. ### 






 

FREE VEHICLE EMISSION TEST

FREE VEHICLE EMISSION TEST

17 11 18 Free emission test web

As part of the observance of November as Clean Air Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB), in cooperation with Clean Air Philippines Movement, Incorporated (CAPMI) and the Private Emission Testing Center Owners Association (PETCOA), has conducted on Friday a free vehicle emission testing activity dubbed National Check Your Car Day at the EMB grounds in Quezon City.  Of the 32 jeepneys submitted for free emission test, only 13 units or 41% passed the standard for diesel-fed vehicles. ### 






 

DRONES TO MONITOR AIR POLLUTION

DRONES TO MONITOR AIR POLLUTION

17 11 17 Drones to monitor air pollution web

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in partnership with the Clean Air Philippines Movement, Inc. (CAPMI), has launched the Clean Air Patrol program in the Environmental Management Bureau grounds in Quezon City in celebration of the 2017 National Clean Air Month this November. The program will use unmanned aircrafts commonly known as drones to help enforce the Clean Air Act of 1999 or Republic Act 8749 particularly on stationary (industrial factories) and area (construction activities) sources of air pollution. The use and operation of the drones are voluntary on the part of CAPMI and at no cost to the DENR. ### 






 

IFMA CONTRACTS UNDER REVIEW

IFMA CONTRACTS UNDER REVIEW

17 11 16 IFMA contracts under review web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (extreme left) assures local officials of Sultan Kudarat to look into the integrated forest management agreements (IFMAs) which they alleged to have been awarded and consolidated illegally favoring certain private companies by the previous administration.  Sultan Kudarat Gov. Suharto T. Mangudadatu (to Cimatu’s right) together with Lebak Mayor Dionesio Besana (3rd from left), Kalamansig Mayor Ronan Garcia (extreme right) and an indigenous group from the province, presented their complaints to Cimatu, as contained in a provincial board resolution and the list of awarded IFMAs, during a dialogue held at the DENR in Quezon City. ### 






 

STRENGTHENING LGU CAPACITY IN WASTE MANAGEMENT

STRENGTHENING LGU CAPACITY IN WASTE MANAGEMENT

17 11 13 Strengthening LGU capacity in waste management web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chief representative Susumu Ito (right) sign the Record of Discussions (R/D) for the project aimed at strengthening the capacity of local government units (LGUs) in solid waste management (SWM) focusing on latest technologies.  The signing, held Tuesday at the DENR office in Quezon City, signals the development of a detailed plan and implementation of the project in the cities of Quezon, Davao, and Cebu. ### 






 

ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCERS

ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCERS

17 11 13 Environmental enforcers web

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) leads the oath-taking of some 50 members of the Task Force DENR Enforcers Metro Manila (DEMM). The members were divided into four teams, each a composite of different bureau and legal officers of the DENR, assigned to four different areas in MM. Their main functions are to investigate complaints or reports of environmental law violations and recommend further actions to take such as issuance of cease and desist orders and filing of administrative or criminal charges. Cimatu said the task force would be piloted in Metro Manila and later replicated in other areas nationwide. ###