The Philippines has always been a hotspot of typhoons, earthquakes, and even flooding. It is therefore essential for its citizens to learn to manage the situation during tough times. Early in 2023, an environmental disaster has confronted the country that once more tested the strength of Filipinos in resourcefulness and synergy. 

While the word ‘frontliners’ is commonly attributed to doctors, policemen, and even food delivery personnel, it is equally important to recognize 'environmental frontliners'. On September 19, 2022, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recognized the agency's environmental stewards who persevered in protecting the environment despite challenges in their line of duty. 

Other than human lives, there’s another victim of the 2017 Marawi siege—the environment. Thus, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), while leading the Land Resource Management Sub-Committee of Task Force Bangon Marawi, spearheaded the “Environmental Peacebuilding” program to bring back the beauty of the environment in Marawi City. 

In 2021, the southern part of the Philippines was struck by super typhoon Odette (Rai) which cost the lives and livelihoods of many Filipinos. One of the hard-hit provinces is Dinagat Islands - a hidden paradise in the northeastern part of Mindanao. Despite the devastation, the Dinagatnons stand firm and bravely face their plight with the goal to build back better. 

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After shutting down all open dumpsites and one illegally operating sanitary landfill, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is not done yet.

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