Photo Releases

Members of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF) check on the illegally-cut narra, yakal and molave planks valued at P4 million found during the raid it conducted in an unlicensed sash factory in Parada, Valenzuela City last September 22. The AILTF was reactivated by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in January 2021 after the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses caused massive flooding. The task force has so far seized some P9.5 million-worth of illicit forest products from its 24 operations conducted from July to September 2021 in 41 AILTF-identified illegal logging hotspots across the country. Thirty suspects were arrested in the operations and filed with illegal logging charges in violation of Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines.###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Land Management Bureau (LMB) Director Atty. Emelyne V. Talabis addresses LMB personnel during the virtual celebration of the bureau’s 120th Anniversary on September 3, 2021. Talabis reminded them to take pride in LMB’s accomplishments “but be humble and acknowledge that we still have a long way to go.” The agency has been hailed as one of the ‘Top Requested and Performing Agencies’ in the eFOI (Electronic Freedom of Information) portal for 2020, recognized as the “Best DENR Staff Bureau” for the grant of the 2020 Performance-Based Bonus, and the 3rd Best Office among delivery units. For its-month long celebration, LMB held various activities including a special episode of Talakayang Panlupa via Facebook, Phonetography contest, trainings and workshops, quiz bee, and awards and recognition for its personnel. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Legal, Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs and outgoing Supervising Undersecretary for Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr. (center) hands over to Sultan Tungko Saikol (right) the bureau flag as the newly-appointed BMB Director during the turnover ceremony on September 23, 2021 at the BMB Training Center. Saikol will be the 12th Director of BMB after his post as Deputy Minister designate of the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Also present in the ceremony is Undersecretary for Special Concerns and outgoing OIC BMB Director Edilberto Leonardo (left), who will now serve as the Undersecretary for Protected Areas and Special Concerns and Supervising Undersecretary for BMB. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Atty. Jonas R. Leones (middle) is joined by Environmental Management Bureau Assistant Director Vizminda A. Osorio (left) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization National Project Coordinator Bellrose B. Buraga (right) during the virtual presser held on September 16 in celebration of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer held at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. Osorio reported on the status of the Philippines’ compliance to the Montreal Protocol and showed that there has been a 68.75% reduction in the Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) consumption compared to its target of 35% for the year 2020. Buraga, on the other hand, discussed the second tranche activities for the Stage II of the HCFC Phase-out Management Plan. The Montreal Protocol is a Multilateral Environmental Agreement that aims to phase out ozone depleting substances to prevent the thinning of the ozone layer, curb the effects of climate change and help boost energy efficiency. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) announces the creation of the Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (ELEPS) while awaiting the passage of the bill creating the Environmental Protection and Enforcement Bureau. The Service shall serve as the Department’s enforcement arm and is patterned after mainstream law enforcement agencies. The announcement was made during the launching of the first-ever specialized course on environmental law enforcement under the DENR Environment and Natural Resources Academy held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City on Sept. 17. Also in photo are Undersecretary for Legal, Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr. (center), Undersecretary for Enforcement Benito Antonio T. de Leon (right), and course participants (inset). ###