Photo Releases

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda (middle), padlocks the entrance of the open dumpsite disguised as materials recovery facility (MRF) at Brgy. San Nicolas, Sta. Ana, Pampanga on Feb. 5 during an operation he personally conducted together with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) central and regional offices, the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group, and Sta. Ana Municipal Police. Antiporda stressed that open dumpsite degrades the environment and poses serious health hazards to community living near the waste site. The closed-down facility was owned and operated by the local government of Sta. Ana, and had been issued with a notice of violation in 2018. The municipality, however, continued running the dumpsite without correcting their violations. Also in photo (L-R): are Solid Waste Management Section Chief Andresito Cabalar of EMB-Region 3 and Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service (SCIS) Director Hiro V. Masuda. ###

. The #LearnSmart School-In-A-Bag package, a portable digital classroom designed to facilitate learning basic knowledge about the Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWS) in remote areas without electricity and using mobile technology, were donated to the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s Caves, Wetlands and other Ecosystems Division (CAWED) Chief Marlynn Mendoza (4th from left) by PLDT-Smart headed by Chaye Cabal-Revilla, former PLDT-Smart Chief Sustainability Officer (5th from left). The learning packages were donated during the World Wetlands Day 2021 celebration held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City on January 29, and in line with the memorandum of agreement of BMB with PLDT-Smart for the Caimpugan peatland conservation project in AMWS signed in 2020. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns and National Solid Waste Management Commission Alternate Chair Benny D. Antiporda (left) and Ecological Waste (EcoWaste) Coalition Philippines Board Secretary Ramon San Pascual (right) sign the Joint Commitment for a Sustainable Ecological Solid Waste Management during the celebration of the 20th year of the enactment of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 on Jan. 26 at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. The commitment aims to strengthen the collaboration of the government and civil society organizations for an “all-out war” against open dumpsites in the country and to promote ecologically-sound alternative solutions to protect public health and the environment. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones (2nd from left) and Manila Bay Coordinating Office Deputy Executive Director Jacob F. Meimban, Jr. (right) discuss with Commission on Audit Supervising Auditor for DENR Marites Odtojan (2nd from right) the progress of the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay. The DENR group led the ocular along the baywalk on January 15 from the beach nourishment project to the outfalls in Padre Faura, Remedios, and Estero San Antonio de Abad (inset), the sewage treatment plant and the trash booms installed in the bay. Also present at the inspection were Metro Manila Development Authority Flood Control Engineer Alex Mohammad (left), representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways-National Capital Region and partner agencies.###

Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny Antiporda (seated center) shares a light moment with the managers of sanitary landfills (SL) during their 3rd meeting at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. The SL managers agreed to organize themselves to facilitate collaboration with the DENR and the National Solid Waste Management Commission to put an end to the country’s garbage problem. Others in photo are (clockwise from left seated): Taysan (Batangas) Solid Waste Management, Inc. General Manager Liany D. Mercado; WasteCon, Inc. Operations Manager Edwin Alea; Urdaneta Waste Management, Inc., General Manager Mark Anthony Agsalud; Pilotage Trading and Construction, Inc., President Dan Miranda; PhilEco Vice Chairman Edmond G. Sese; Iwabesu Corporation Solid Waste Processing Facility Project Chief Operating Officer Rene Santillan; SB Hain Enterprises Project Manager Zaldy Nebres; Metro Clark Waste Management Corporation VP for Administration and General Services Victor Hontiveros; IPM Group of Companies Senior Vice President Atty. Dwight M. Ramos, and IPM Holdings, Inc. Senior Vice President Emy Aguinaldo. ###