In celebration of the 2022 Philippine Environment Month this June, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is highlighting efforts towards the protection and sustainable use of the country’s natural resources through activities that call for collective and transformative action for the protection and restoration of the planet.

With the theme, “Aksyon Para sa Natatanging Mundo,” the national celebration highlights the #OnlyOneEarth campaign for the World Environment Day 2022.

DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna said this year’s Philippine Environment Month celebration should be a “demonstration of the DENR’s continued commitment to the environment and to the Filipinos that the mission to conserve and protect our natural resources remains despite the challenges we face.”

The month-long activities call for collective and transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect, and restore the planet.

“We are also opening the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach on June 12 to showcase the continued sustainable actions being done to protect our waterbodies and conserve biodiversity,” Sampulna said.

In line with the Philippine Environment Month, the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) will conduct several activities, including the #RespectAndProtect (RAP) Contest, a songwriting and rap contest for the environment, which started during the Earth Day celebration on April 22.

The winners of the songwriting and rap contest will be awarded on June 28, 2022.

As part of the celebration, DENR-EMB is seeking nominations for the Outstanding Women Organization Partners for Environment Award, which aims to recognize the achievements of women’s organizations engaged in the environmental management projects of the DENR-EMB particularly in the planning, implementation and monitoring of EMB programs, projects and activities.

The award also aims to encourage greater women's participation in the country’s environmental programs.

Deadline for the nomination of awardees is on June 1, 2022, and will be awarded in September 2022.

Moreover, the DENR will celebrate its 35th founding anniversary on June 10, 2022, with the theme “Pistang Pamilyang DENR para sa Tuluy-Tuloy na Pagkakaisa at Tagumpay.”

One of the activities for the anniversary is the Recognizing Individuals/Institutions Towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (R.I.V.E.R.S) for Life Awards for the DENR regional offices with Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs/CENROs) with the best interventions and activities undertaken on their nominated river.

The award aims to raise public awareness on the need to protect and conserve the country’s rivers against degradation to ensure their sustainability and improvement. ###