Photo Releases

Operatives of the newly-formed Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (ELEPS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) buckle down to work to confiscate one of the four units of backhoe used in illegal quarrying activities particularly in extracting the mineral andesite, a type of volcanic rock in Sitio Matuod, Barangay Binubusan, Lian, Batangas. The joint operation was conducted by ELEPS, the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 4-A on June 24, 2021. The illegal mineral collectors were charged for violating Section 103 of the Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) employees (left and right insets) join members of the Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) during the tree planting activity at the La Mesa Ecopark on June 25 in celebration of Arbor Day. According to the studies done by the DENR Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau and the World Bank, Filipinos can help make the country carbon neutral when they plant 100 trees each. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Special Concerns and concurrent Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Edilberto Leonardo (center) plants a batino (Alstonia macrophylla) tree sapling with DENR Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (right) and Quezon City Police District Director Police Brigadier General Antonio Candido Yarra (left) during the tree planting activity in line with the launch of the BMB Buhay-ilang sa Siyudad Project held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) on June 22, 2021. The tree planting activity is part of the BMB Arboretum Project which aims to transform the park into a repository of Philippine native and endemic trees, and complements the Urban Biodiversity Program of the bureau. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 11 Executive Director Bagani Fidel A. Evasco (2nd from right) and Davao Occidental Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ma. Theresa J. Allen (right) check on the DENR-National Greening Program (NGP) planting site in Brgy. Kinilidan, Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental managed by the people’s organization (PO) Kinilidan Farmers Association. The visit aims to assess the site’s intercropping of cacao, banana and coconut, and to network with the PO, one of the beneficiaries of the DENR-NGP. Davao Region is referred to as the Cacao Capital of the Philippines for being the country’s top cacao producer. Last year, a total of 337,500 cacao seedlings were planted in Davao Region and 121,500 in Davao Occidental. Also in photo is Kinilidan Farmers Association chairman Michael L. Capoc. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (middle) signs a new DENR Administrative Order creating the Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (ELEPS) on June 10 during the DENR 34th Founding Anniversary at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. ELEPS, an interim service pending the passage of the Environmental Protection and Enforcement Bureau Bill, will be the DENR’s defined authority to promote effective and strong enforcement of environmental laws and establish coordinative mechanisms, among others, for the protection of the environment and natural resources. Others in photo are (from left): Undersecretary for Attached Agencies Rodolfo Garcia, Undersecretary for Enforcement Benito Antonio De Leon, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones, and Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda.###