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R4A Photo PR Pagpapaigting ng forest protection binigyang diin sa UMRBPL 08 20 2021a

Calamba City, Laguna - Sa direktibang ibinigay ni DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu noong August 10 sa kanyang pagbisita sa Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL), inatasan nya si Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (ELEPS) Director Reuel Sorilla at DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria na agarang umpisahan na ang Enforcement Training para sa magiging Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENROs). Ang ahensya ay mag dedeputize ng dagdag na DENROs upang maging opisyal na katuwang ng kagawaran sa pagpapatupad ng mga batas sa loob ng pinangangalagaang pook (Protected Area).

“Hindi ko pinapayagan ang anumang illegal na gawain lalo dito sa loob ng Protected Area. We will deal with them one by one”, ito ang naturan ng Kalihim kaharap ang mga kawani at civil society organizations. Naitala na noong 2014 ay mayroong 1,346 na households ng tenured migrants sa loob ng UMRBPL samantalang 2,066 naman ang non-tenured migrants. Ang mga tenured migrants ay mga naninirahan sa loob ng pinangangalagaang pook limang (5) taon bago ito naitatag bilang pinangangalagaang pook. Kalimitan ang hanapbuhay nila ay nakadepende sa likas na yaman na matatagpuan doon.R4A Photo PR Pagpapaigting ng forest protection binigyang diin sa UMRBPL 08 20 2021b1

Binigyang diin din sa pagbisita ng Kalihim ang pakikipag ugnayan sa 80th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, at PNP-SAF para sa pagpapalakas ng military force sa loob ng UMRBPL. Patuloy naman ang pakikipag ugnayan ng ahensya sa NBI para sa posibleng pag aresto at pagsampa ng kaso sa mga lumalabag sa batas pangkalikasan sa loob ng Protected Area. Patuloy din ang pagsulong ng Environmental Protection and Enforcement Bureau (EPEB) Bill upang ito ay maisabatas na. Hinihikayat ng DENR CALABARZON ang publiko na makiisa sa laban para sa ating kapaligiran. Para sa may mga sumbong ukol sa ilegal na gawain na may kaugnayan sa kalikasan ay maaaring tumawag o magbigay ng mensahe sa 8888 hotline numero 09561825774/ 09198744369 at Trunkline No. (049) 540-DENR (3367) / (049) 554-9840 - 48 local - 121. Ang mga litrato, bidyo, at iba pang impormasyon ay maaari ring ipadala sa opisyal na Facebook page ng DENR CALABARZON: ###

As a measure to rehabilitate the Bicol River Basin, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) - Bicol Region led the planting of some 49,509 Bamboo (Bambusa blumeana) culms for riverbank stabilization in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes on February 9 to 12, 2021.

DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations in Southern Luzon, Engr. Gilbert C. Gonzales led the Bamboo planting at Barangay Balinad, Polangui, Albay, which was participated in by representatives of the various government agencies.

“This is just the beginning of a continuing collective endeavor. With the support from almost all national agencies and the local government units or LGUs, we can abate the effects of destruction in our communities,” said Asec Gonzales.

DENR Bicol OIC, Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Arnel B. Garcia signed a memorandum of agreement on January 22, 2021. This is to strengthen the initiatives under the Executive Order 120 or the “Strengthening Rehabilitation and Recovery Efforts in Typhoon-Hit Areas Through the Creation of the Build Back Better (BBB) Task Force”.

Some 551 local residents were hired to plant the bamboo culms in the towns of Bula, Lupi and Sipocot in Camarines Sur, San Lorenzo Ruiz and Basud in Camarines Norte, Polangui and Guinobatan in Albay and San Andres in Catanduanes. In turn, they received food packs under the Food-for-Work Program of the DSWD.

Mayor Peter C. Cua of San Andres, Catanduanes has assured the DENR the full support of the LGU to the stabilization program. “We should care for the protection and management of our watershed to maintain its cleanliness for us to continue to enjoy a clean supply of water not just today but for the future to come,” Mayor Cua said.

Meanwhile, Bula town Mayor Amelita A. Ibasco expressed her gratitude to the DENR for choosing their town as a site for the activity. “This bamboo planting will greatly help our rivers, especially when there are typhoons which causes flooding in our communities,” she added.

The Regional BBB Task Force has earlier announced that various activities are underway under the different Key Result Areas of EO 120.

“With the concerted effort of all national government agencies, LGUs and the communities, we are hopeful that this Build Back Better Project will bring a significant impact to our fellow Bicolanos,” said RED Abawag.

DENR NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan (left, top row) assures barangay officials of Malabon City of continuing support for their environmental protection efforts during the signing of memorandum agreement and turnover of three (3) trash collector rafts (inset photo) held Feb. 3 via video conferencing app. On hand to sign the MOA, which defines the responsibilities of receiving barangays, are (2nd from left, top row) Brgy. Chairmen Gerardo Bernardo of Ibaba and Ricky Bernardo of San Agustin, and Brgy. Secretary Ryan Matalubos of Concepcion. Witnessing the event are (from left, middle row) DENR NCR Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Ignacio Almira, Jr., MBSCMO Focal Person Haidee Pabalate, North Field Office Deputy CEO Olga Arzadon, and Elizabeth Gutierrez, senior environmental management specialist of the Malabon City government. ###

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Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan (in light blue topper) leads the distribution of mobile waste collection trikes, known as habal-habal, to eight barangays in Metro Manila in separate occasions held at the DENR NCR compound in Quezon City recently. On hand to receive their habal-habal trikes are (from left, 1st photo) Kgd. Luming de Guzman of Batasan Hills, Kgd. Vlady M. Torres of Greater Lagro; Environment Officer Rodorick Capitolo of Bagbag (2 units), Kgd. Marcelina Sumilang of Talayan District, and Brgy. Chairwoman Zenaida Lectura of Barangay UP Campus, all in Quezon City; (from left, 2nd photo): Brgy. Secretary Randy Magtanum and Administrator Jana de Leon of Pineda, Brgy. Chairman Arecl Umipig of Sta. Rosa, both in Pasi City, and Brgy. Chairman Gerardo Sto. Domingo in Marikina City. Under the memorandum of agreement signed by all parties, the habal-habal shall be used primarily to collect wastes from households located in areas not in the regular route of dump trucks. The barangay recipients shall also be responsible for the proper maintenance of the units. Also on hand to witness the distribution are DENR NCR officials (from left, first photo): Deputy Community Environment Officer (DCEO) Florencio Diwa, Jr. and CEO Aida Esguerra, both of East Field Office, and Manila Bay Site Coordinating Management Office Focal Person Haidee Pabalate.###

NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan (left) and Asian Terminals, Inc. (ATI) Pollution Control Officer Janice Picardal (center), representing ATI Vice President for Business Support Services Atty. Rodolfo G. Corvite, Jr., present to public the memorandum of agreement they forged for the turn over of a 3-door toilet facility (see insert photo 3rd row) to Baseco/Brgy. 649 in Tondo, Manila, represented by Kgd. Markdolph J. Navalta (right). The construction of the toilet facility was funded by ATI, an active partner of DENR NCR under its Enhanced Adopt an Estero Program. Witnessing the event are (from left): DENR NCR Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services Engr. Ignacio Almira, ARD for Management Services Al Orolfo, and EMB NCR Regional Director Domingo Clemente, Jr. Measuring 48.6 square meters, the toilet facility has 3-door restroom with water closet, lavatory, water supply lines, vent line, sanitary and storm drainage line, floor drains, septic tank
and electrical fixtures. ###