Photo Releases

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units (LGUs) Concerns and National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) Alternate Chair Benny D. Antiporda (right) presides over the virtual 5th NSWMC en banc meeting for the approval of the 10-year solid waste management (SWM) plans of LGUs in the country. The commission approved 21 SWM plans from the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zambales, Bohol, Lanao del Norte, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Negros Oriental, Misamis Oriental, Surigao del Sur, Benguet, and Mountain Province. Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 mandates that all LGUs prepare and submit their 10-year SWM plans anchored on the national SWM framework. The meeting, held on July 8, was attended by representatives from the members of the Commission. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau Director William Cuñado (left) discusses with small- and large-scale fishing vessel owners and organizations the strategies and solutions to further improve their management of liquid and solid waste in support of the Manila Bay rehabilitation. In the meeting (right), the DENR, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Philippine Ports Authority formed waste management plans including the establishment of a facility for used oils, use of yellow bins for COVID-related wastes, clustering of fishing vessels for the designation of pollution control officers, and proper garbage disposal system. Also present were DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns and Manila Bay Anti-Pollution Task Force head Benny Antiporda and PCG National Capital Region-Central Luzon spokesperson Lieutenant Michael John Encina. The meeting was held at the DENR Central Office on June 22, 2021. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) officials Undersecretary for Special Concerns and concurrent Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Edilberto Leonardo and Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny Antiporda with Wildlife Resources Division OIC Chief Atty. Theresa Tenazas (left photo, L to R), and Undersecretary for Enforcement Benito De Leon (right photo) join the virtual presscon held on July 7 as part of the forthcoming National Environmental Law Enforcement Summit on July 14-16, 2021. The officials explained the growing challenges and issues of illegal wildlife trade in the country and how the DENR and its partner agencies are addressing these. The summit aims to present the accomplishments on environmental law enforcement such as laws and policies, implementing guidelines, programs, and tools, and to come up with a new NELE Action Plan for 2022-2027. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu acknowledges the Special Award for Lead in Paint category (inset) received by the Philippines for DENR’s Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2013-24 or the Chemical Control Order for Lead and Lead Compounds during the online awarding ceremony of the Future Policy Award 2021 on July 6. The DAO mandates the prohibition on the use of lead and lead compounds in the production/manufacturing of packaging for food and drink, fuel additives, water pipes, school supplies, cosmetics, and paints. Cimatu said the award bespeaks the commitment of the national government in protecting human health and the environment through responsive policies. The Philippines is among the top five awardees from the 55 policies nominated, and the first Southeast Asian country to win the award. The Future Policy Award dubbed as the “Oscar on Best Policies” is an annual event of the Germany-based World Future Council. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Jonas Leones (left) underscores that the success of the ASEAN Regional Programmes on Peatlands will significantly contribute to the attainment of the ASEAN Region’s peatland management strategy. Leones chaired the 6th ASEAN Task Force on Peatland and its series of meetings on June 28-30, 2021. ASEAN Secretariat Head of Environment Division Dr. Vong Sok (right) who served as co-chair stressed the importance of sustainable management of peatlands as a strategy in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Greenhouse gas emissions, climate vulnerability and transboundary haze mitigation are among the peatland management issues in the region. ###