Photo Releases

Personnel from the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and Pasig River Coordinating and Management Office (PRCMO) posts a cease and desist notice (inset) at a department store-supermarket in Sta. Mesa, Manila on August 25, 2021 for operating, since 2012, without a Clearance and Discharge Permit from the LLDA. In a survey and inspection conducted by the PRCMO in January 2021, the establishment, having no said permit, is directly discharging untreated wastewater to the public drainage leading to Estero de Valencia. PRCMO and LLDA entered into a Memorandum of Cooperation in February 7, 2020, deputizing the former to identify water pollution at source through regular inspection of commercial and industrial establishments within the Pasig River System under LLDA’s jurisdiction. ###

Rogelio Demelletes, Jr. (center) of the DENR Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service with representatives from the DENR enforcement team and the regional office of the National Bureau of Investigation, both in Region 13 (left and right, respectively), post the notice of closure (NOC) for Pacific Development Corporation for the continued operation of stalls and furniture shops selling illegally cut magkono logs in Brgy. Gata, San Agustin and Manyayay, Lianga, Surigao del Sur. Magkono (Xanthostemon verdugonianus), otherwise known as Philippine ironwood, is classified as “vulnerable” in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) or IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. A total of nine stall owners were served NOCs by ELEPS in its operation in August. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu shows the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) he signed with 49 key government agencies during the virtual launch of “Project Kasangga: Aksyon Kontra Korapsyon” on September 3, 2021 at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. Cimatu commits to uphold integrity and anti-corruption thrusts as the cornerstone of good governance at the Department and to support inter-agency cooperation in stamping out corruption. Project Kasangga establishes anti-corruption coordinating councils (ACCC) in government agencies. The National ACCC is chaired by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte with Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission Chair Greco Belgica as vice-chair. Also in photo are DENR officials, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement Daniel Darius Nicer (left) and Head Executive Assistant Gavin Edjawan (right). ###


Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Land Management Bureau (LMB) Acting Director Emelyne V. Talabis (left) receives a set of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), commonly called “drone,” from DENR Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning, and Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects, and Forest Management Bureau (FMB) Director Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. (right) in a simple turn-over ceremony held at FMB in Quezon City on August 25, 2021. The survey-grade UAS (inset) includes one-unit ARACE Griffin Vertical-Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, a Global Navigation Satellite System Receiver, and a laptop with processing software. With the UAS, the LMB survey team can efficiently and safely perform land surveys especially with the limitations brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. In January 2018, LMB issued guidelines on the use of drones for land surveying. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-National Capital Region Assistant Regional Director for Special Concerns Martin Jose Despi (1st row, left) and regional officials of the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), join awardees and their representatives in the first-ever EMB Game Changer Communities Award virtual ceremony on September 1, 2021. Named as the Top 3 winners were San Carlos City Environment Management Office in Negros Occidental, Provincial Government of South Cotabato, and the City Government of Santiago, Isabela. Seven organizations received consolation prizes. Launched in April 2021, the award aims to recognize individuals, civil society groups, local government units, and organizations who remarkably led projects on solid waste, air quality, water quality, and climate change mitigation in their communities beyond the usual approach to environmental management.###