Photo Releases

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (second from left) welcomes a new employee of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with a fist bump after the oath taking ceremony of 37 newly appointed and promoted personnel of the Department on September 17 at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. Coinciding with the ceremony is the DENR’s celebration of the 121st anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service where Cimatu challenged the employees to continue serving the country and to live up to the mission of the Department to mobilize Filipinos to take environmental action that will benefit the present and future generations. This year, the Civil Service Commission introduced a 10-year overarching theme, “Transforming Public Service in the Next Decade: Honing Agile and Future-Ready Servant Heroes,” which reflects the role of Human Resource in building a competent and credible workforce in the new normal.#

Universidad De Manila (UDM) president Dr. Ma. Felma Carlos-Tria and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ronald A. Herrera (1st row, left) show the units of pocket LTE wi-fi and tablet computers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) as part of the DENR-NCR and UDM memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the ENR Ambassador Project. The virtual MOA signing and turnover were held on September 22 at the UDM campus in Ermita, Manila. Under the agreement, qualified UDM students will be chosen and capacitated for the DENR-NCR programs and advocacy for the protection, conservation, and rehabilitation of the environment within its jurisdiction. Others in photo are (clockwise from 1st row, middle): DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda, DENR-NCR Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan, Strategic Communication and Initiatives Service Director Hiro V. Masuda, and Task Force Tayo ang Kalikasan Executive Director Maria Matilda Gaddi. ###

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). ###