E- BUSES FOR BORACAY

E- BUSES FOR BORACAY

18.10.11 E buses for Boracay web


Boracay residents and guests will soon have a new kind of riding experience when Grab electric buses start to ply the island’s main road when it reopens on October 26. Grab will field eight of its 50 buses for free on opening day until December 2018. The buses are fully air-conditioned, equipped with CCTV and wi-fi.  The e-buses will pick up and drop off passengers only in designated bus stops. The buses are part of the partnership between the Department of Transportation and Grab to help reduce air pollution and lessen the carbon footprint of the world famous island destination. ### 




UNVEILING OF MARKER FOR BORACAY’S WETLAND 4

UNVEILING OF MARKER FOR BORACAY’S WETLAND 4

18.10.10 Unveiling the marker for Boracays Wetland4 web


Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from right) and Interior and Local Secretary Eduardo Año (3rd  from left) unveil the marker for Boracay’s Wetland No. 4. The DENR has partnered with Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. to convert the one-hectare lagoon into a "linear urban park" with a plaza and boardwalk with trees and plants endemic to Boracay to rebuild the land's biodiversity. Also in photo are representatives of Abotiz (left), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Aklan Gov. Florencio Miraflores (3rd  and 4th from right, respectively). ### 




ADOPTION OF BORACAY’S WETLAND 3

ADOPTION OF BORACAY’S WETLAND 3

18.10.09 Adoption of Boracays Wetland3 web


The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force led by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) with Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat (1st and 2nd from left) acknowledge the adoption of Wetlands No. 3 by San Miguel Corporation (SMC). SMC will develop the wetland by constructing a boardwalk using the floating deck system, an amphitheatre, and an observation deck. At the foot of the mountain, there will be a butterfly farm, vegetable garden and fruit bearing trees. The garden will be tended by the local Ati. ### 




SALUBUNGAN OF BORACAYNONS AND AKLANONS

SALUBUNGAN OF BORACAYNONS AND AKLANONS

18.10.08 Salubungan ng mga Boracaynon at Aklanon web


Boracaynons (right photo) welcome Aklanons (left photo) as the very first guests of Boracay Island on Day 1 of the island’s dry run on October 15. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay to both local and international tourists on April 26, 2018 upon the recommendation of the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, Tourism, and Interior and Local Government to pave the way for its rehabilitation.  During the opening ceremony for the 11-dry run held Monday, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who chairs the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force, has officially declared that Boracay is no longer a cesspool and its waters is now fit for swimming.### 




TRASH BINS FOR A CLEANER BORACAY

TRASH BINS FOR A CLEANER BORACAY

18.10.07 Trash bins for a cleaner Boracay web


Members of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force led by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from right) listen as Cebu Pacific Vice President for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog (extreme right) turns over trash bins to the Task Force for use in Boracay. The donation of trash bins aims to make that "Juan Effect" even with small acts of proper garbage disposal which will contribute to sustainable tourism. Others in photo are from left: Secretaries Arthur Tugade of DOTr, Mark Villar of DPWH, Eduardo Año of DILG and Berna Romulo-Puyat of DOT. ###  




PARTNERS IN BIODIVERSITY PROTECTION

PARTNERS IN BIODIVERSITY PROTECTION

18.10.08 Partners in biodiversity conservation web


Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu shakes hands with Michael Martillano of the Boracay Business Administration of Scuba Shops (BBASS) following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Aklan and BBASS for the protection of the biodiversity of Boracay Island. BBASS will, among others, assist the DENR in the conduct of a rapid marine biodiversity assessment, and organize/activate existing patrol groups to enforce the agreed policies on designated snorkeling and dive sites in Boracay Island. ### 




MEETING WITH TOUR OPERATORS

MEETING WITH TOUR OPERATORS

18.10.07 Meeting with tour operators web


DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (in suit and tie) answers queries from members of the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) on the rehabilitation of Boracay island. Antiporda stressed that hotel and establishment operations after the island’s opening on October 26 will be limited only to those accredited as compliant with environmental laws and other government regulations. He also expressed pride that “a much better Boracay” awaits tourists upon entry to the island. Joining Antiporda during the session are (from left to right): Chester Jay Alfaro, Marketing Director of Southwest Tours Boracay; Viveca Hutchison, President of Boracay Sandcastles; and Charo Logarta-Lagamon, Corporate Communications Director of Cebu Pacific Air. The session was part of the PHILTOA’s general membership meeting held on October 10, 2018 at the Seda Vertis North in Quezon City. ### 




A REASON FOR REHABILITATING BORACAY

A REASON FOR REHABILITATING BORACAY 

SRAC reason for the boracay rehab web
No words could describe the happiness written on the face of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as he watches  the children of the Ati tribe play with each other in Brgy. Balabag in Boracay island. The DENR chief, who also chairs the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force, has repeatedly said that the rehabilitation of the world-famous paradise island is for the enjoyment of future generations. The government has particularly included the island’s Ati indigenous group, considered as native Aklanons, as beneficiaries to its livelihood and ecotourism programs. ### 




NGP COFFEE TABLE BOOK LAUNCHED

NGP COFFEE TABLE BOOK LAUNCHED

18.10.04 NGP coffee table book launched webDepartment of  Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)  Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (middle)  presents  copies of the “National Greening Program (NGP) :  A Portrait of  Hope and Success”  to Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil   and Davao Oriental Rep. Corazon Nuñez-Malanyaon, in gratitude for their key roles in the congressional approval of NGP’s annual budget. Cimatu led the launching of the 255-page coffee table book which features over 250 stunning photographs, grouped in five thematic chapters, that chronicle tales of improved lives and empowered communities  through the program. On hand to assist Cimatu in the event are Forest Management Bureau Director Nonito Tamayo (left) and  Food and Agriculture Organization Country Representative  Jose Luis Fernandez (2nd from left).  The event was held October 3, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria in Mandaluyong City.  ### 





NGCP EXECS CALL ON DENR CHIEF

NGCP EXECS CALL ON DENR CHIEF

18.10.03 NGCP execs call on DENR chief webEnvironment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from left) listens as National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Chief Administrative Officer Bryan Andersen Y. Co expounds on NGCP’s role as transmission service provider during a courtesy call by NGCP’s top executives led by its President and CEO Anthony L. Almeda, (black suit, back to camera).  Cimatu took the opportunity to thank NGCP for its assistance in the re-establishment of power lines in Boracay island.  Other NGCP officials who joined in the courtesy call held Oct. 1, 2018 at the DENR office in Quezon City are : Right of Way Dept. chief Atty. Gordon Montojo (right), Environment Dept. chief Eric Diaz (2nd from right), and Exec. Consultant for Security (Ret.) Gen. Natalio Ecarma (3rd from right).  Also in photo is DENR’s Head Executive Assistant (Ret.) Gen. Mario Chan (left).  ### 





NEW STAFF DIRECTOR

NEW STAFF DIRECTOR

18.10.01 New Staff director web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu swears into office Director Amelita DJ Ortiz (left) as Staff Director in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs and Strategic Partnerships. Ortiz shall assist in the supervision of the daily administrative and operational activities of the Office, including supervision of the Legislative Liaison Office. Prior to her designation, Ortiz was DENR OIC Assistant Regional Director for the National Capital Region. ###