The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will continue to digitize its data resources to improve its public service efficiency and delivery, and to help it come up with effective and timely environmental interventions. 
DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga gave this assurance when she served as one of the panelists during the “Boundless: Philippine Digital Convention 2022” held on October 27 in Pasay City. 
Loyzaga said the DENR is pushing its boundaries by streamlining some of its processes from a traditional paper record management system to advanced digital platforms in order to fully connect its central office in Quezon City to all its field offices across the country. 
“We are hoping that these types of platforms will speed up the design of our different interventions and solutions that will make it more collaborative so we can be more transparent in terms of sharing that data with partners whom we know can contribute to solutions,” Loyzaga said. 
Under her leadership, Loyzaga said the DENR – together with the National Economic and Development Authority and the Philippine Statistics Authority – will undertake the formulation of a tool that would help measure the full extent of the country’s natural resources and environmental assets. 
The natural capital accounting, she said, will support the development of strategies for a science-based and risk-informed stewardship of the environment. 
Loyzaga emphasized the importance of investing in internet of things, or IoT, which is a system of interrelated computing devices and digital machines that has the ability to transfer data over a series of networks, to be able to gather data used in observation, monitoring and analysis. 
She said that adopting this kind of system will improve and speed up the DENR’s “on-the-loop” process as these new technologies now relay data real-time. 
“Without these technologies and technological platforms, we would not be able to cope with some of the rapid changes that are taking place because of climate change,” Loyzaga said. 
According to the DENR chief, global warming has led to extreme uncertainty in the environment, therefore shifting to technological advances would help the DENR’s core business of managing risks and making decisions that are fast and relevant to the changing times. 
The Philippine Digital Convention is an annual event where global thought leaders from across all industries discuss new technologies and evolving strategies. 
Aside from Loyzaga, this year’s panelists also include Land Bank of the Philippines president and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, Shell Philippines president and CEO Lorelie Quiambao-Osial and Summit Media president Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng. ###