BOOK LAUNCH OF TOWARD ZERO WASTE

SECRETARY ROY A. CLIMATU

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
UP BAHAY NG ALUMNI, UP DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY
MAY 12, 2017


17 05 10 Honoring an eco visionary webMANANAG LUZ SABAS (AUTHOR OF THE BOOK), MRS. GRACE AND DR. RUDY RAQUINO AND FAMILY, PROF. JAI AND MR. JOEY ARACAM AND FAMILY, MS. PEARL SABAS-THACKRAY, MS. HAZEL SABAS-CAMPOS, DR. HELEN SABAS; RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE SABAS FAMILY; DISTRINGUISED GUESTS – DR. ALYSSA M. PELEO ALAMPAY, ASST. VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES; CONGRESSMAN ERIC OLIVARES OF THE FIRST DISTRICT OF PARANAQUE, DR. ANGELINE GALANG, PRESIDENT OF GREEN CONVERGENCE; DR. ALMA ESPARTINEZ, VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OF HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY, MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE DENR, UNDERSECRETARY NOEL FELONGKO, UNDERSECRETARY MET IGNACIO, EMB DIRECTOR KACKIE CAANCAN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GOOD AFTERNOON.

WE AT DENR ARE PRIVILEGED TO BE PART OF TODAY’S LAUNCHING OF TOWARD ZERO WASTE AND WE RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS BOOK AS IT CLEARLY PROVIDES RECYCLING SCHEMES FOR DOMESTIC WASTE IN LIUE OF DISPOSAL IN THE LANDFILLS.

THE AUTHOR FIRST PRESENTED THESE INPUTS IN 1979 AS PART OF HER MASTERAL THESIS. HER PREROGATIVE WAS SUPPLANTED BY HER DESIRE TO HEIGHTEN PUBLIC AWARENESS ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES THAT WE WILL BE FACING IN THE FUTURE AND PROVIDE PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO THE SEEMINGLY COMPLICATED PROBLEM OF SOLID WASRE IN THE COUNTRY. THE AUTHOR AHS FORESEEN THE MAGNITUDE OF OUR INCLINATION TOWARDS THE THROW-AWAY CULTURE, OVERCONSUMPTION AND EXCESSIVE PRODUCTION OF SHORT-LIVED ITEMS. IMAGINE, THESE WERE ALREADY ON HER THOUGHTS AS EARLY AS THE 1970S.

MORE THAN TWO(2) DECADES AFTER, THE COUNTRY REALIZED THE SEVERITY OF THE WASTE PROBLEM, WHICH EVEN RESULTED IN THE TRASH SLIDE TRAGEDY IN PAYATAS THAT CALLED FOR THE ENACTMENT OF THE ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2000 OR REPUBLIC ACT 9003 AND FURTHER BROADENED BY DECLARING EVERY MONTH OF JANUARY AS ZERO WASTE MONTH STARTING 2014.

SINCE THEN, MUCH HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED. HOWEVER, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO IN TERMS OF COMPLIANCE OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS TOWARDS RA 9003. THE AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION OF “FOUR Fs” (FACTORY RETURNABLES, FEED, FERTILIZER, FUEL) CONCEPT IN THIS BOOK IS VITAL TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AS IT COMPLEMENTS THE REQUIREMENTS OF RA 9003. IT ALSO ESPOUSES THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 3R CONCEPT WITH THE FOCUS ON REDUCTION OF WASTE GENERATION AND INCREASING WASTE DIVERSION. THESE SCHEMES ARE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED AND UNDERESTIMATED BUT ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE WASTE MANAGEMENT HEIRARCHY.

REMEMBER, BULK OF OUR WASTE COMPOSITION THE COUNTRY IS BIODEGRADABLE AND RECYCLABLE. THE CONCEPT ADDRESSES THE ENTIRETY OF WASTE WHERE BIODEGRADABLE ARE TURNED TINO FERTILIZERS AND ARE USED FOR ANIMAL FEEDING, EVEM CONVERTED AS FUEL WHILEL RECYCLABLES ARE TREATED AS FACTORY RETURNABLES. IF WE ADVOCATE FOR THESE CONCEPTS DISCUSSED IN THE BOOK, A DECLINE FROM 14.66M METRIC TONS OF WASTE GENERATION IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WILL NOT BE FAR FETCHED.

DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE AND POOR WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTIVES HAVE EQUAL SHARE IN THE EMISSION OF GREENHOUSE GASES. WE HAVE REACHED THE CRITICALS TATE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AS WE PREPARE OURSELVES TO THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. HOWEVER, ADOPTING THE INTRODUCTION OF “FOUR Fs” SCHEME ARE EFFECTIVE WASYS TO MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE.

SO TODAY, I WOULD LIKE TO LAUD THE AUTHOR FOR COMTINUOUSLY ADVOCATING FOR SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE WAYS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF DOMESTIC SOLID WASTES AND FOR PROMOTING THE “FOUR Fs” CONCEPT AND TO MAKE US REALIZE THAT THE BEST WAY TO CONTRIBUTE IN THE CHANGING OF TIME IS TO START WITHIN OURSELVES AND VEER AWAY FROM THE SEEMINGLY MINDLESS CONSUMERISM AND THROW AWAY CULTURE THAT HAS BECONE OUR WAY OF LIFE.

ON THIS NOTE, ALLOW ME TO GIVE MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OUR PARTNERS FROM THE CIVIL SOCIETY, OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR IMPLEMENTING MEANINGFUL WAYS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.

ALL OF US HERE CAN MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS IN SHAPING AND PROTECTING PUR ECOLOGICAL WEALTH. WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES WE FACE SHOULD NOT BE SEEN AS THREATS, BUT AS OPPORTUNITIES TO SERIOUSLY DO WHAT WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF US ENJOY A GREEN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.

TO ALL OF YOU, THANK YOU AND MABUHAY!

 

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SPEECH OF SECRETARY ROY A. CIMATU DURING THE TURN-OVER CEREMONY

MAY 10, 2017, DENR SOCIAL HALL, QC

 

17 05 07 Solidarity in environmental protection web2LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

GOOD AFTERNOON.

TWO DAYS AGO I WAS ADVISED BY PRRD WHOM ALL OF US FONDLY CALL MAYOR DIGONG THAT I WILL BE HIS NEXT DENR SECRETARY. THIS CAUGHT ME COMPLETELY BY SURPRISE. HAVING RETIRED AS AFP CHIEF OF STAFF IN 2002 AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVING AS A SOLDIER OF THE REPUBLIC AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, ON AN INTERMITTENT BASIS UNTIL 2011, AS SPECIAL ENVOY FOR OFWS ESPECIALLY THOSE IN DISTRESSED SITUATIONS, I HAD THOUGHT THAT, AS GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR ONCE SAID OF OLD SOLDIERS, I WILL JUST FADE AWAY. BUT AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT, HERE I AM BEING CONSCRIPTED YET AGAIN BY A FRIEND OF LONG STANDING TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY.

SABI KO NGA KAY PRESIDENTE MATANDA NA AKO. PERO SABI NIYA SA AKIN: ANONG MATANDA, MAS MATANDA AKO SA IYO NG ISANG TAON. AND SO, DUTY CALLS. HERE I AM WADING IN INTO A FIELD FAR REMOVED FROM SOLDIERY. THAT IS WHY YOU WILL PLEASE EXCUSE ME IF I ASK THAT I BE GIVEN TIME TO SCAN AND STUDY THE TERRAIN IN AN AGENCY WHICH IMPACTS CONSIDERABLY ON OUR VERY LIFE AS A PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE OF OUR BELOVED PHILIPPINES.

COMING AS IT DOES RIGHT AFTER THE VERY HEATED CONFIRMATION DEBATES INVOLVING SECRETARY GINA LOPEZ, A VERY PASSIONATE AN ARDENT ADVOCATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH, MAKES MY ENTRY EVEN MORE CHALLENGING. I WILL TRY TO DO MY BEST AS PRESIDENT DUTERTE'S POINT MAN IN THE DAUNTING TASK OF PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT IN ALL ITS FORMS - FROM THE MINES TO THE LAKES AND RIVERS TO THE FORESTS TO THE PLAINS TO OUR WATERS TO OUR SEWERS, TO THE VERY AIR WE BREATHE YOU NAME IT - WHILE PROMOTING THE WISE AND PROPER USE OF THESE GOD GIVEN RESOURCES FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD. THAT IS WHAT I UNDERSTAND BEING A STEWARD MEANS.

I CANNOT DO THIS ALONE. PRESIDENT DUTERTE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE. WE WILL NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK, FIRST, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE DENR FROM THE SENIOR OFFICIALS AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE TO THE RANGERS, FORESTERS, GEOLOGISTS EVEN JANITORS ON THE GROUND; THEN, THE VARIOUS CLIENTS OF THE AGENCY, AGAIN FROM BIG BUSINESS TO THE SMALLEST TINDEROS AND ALL HOUSEHOLDS USING THE VERY RESOURCES WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF IN A PROPER AND SUSTAINABLE MANNER. EVEN OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WHO CARE AS MUCH AS WE DO ABOUT THE FATE OF THIS ONE AND ONLY PLANET THAT WE LIVE IN WILL HAVE TO BE ENGAGED. WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM. WITH TEAMWORK, WE CAN DO, SO MUCH MORE IN ACCOMPLISHING THE CRITICAL RESPONSIBILITIES WE CARRY ON OUR SHOULDERS.

 

I INTEND TO LISTEN TO ALL THE VOICES OUT THERE AND MAKE FULL USE OF OUR POWERS AND RESOURCES TO ENSURE THAT THESE VARIOUS CONCERNS, SOME OF WHICH OFTEN TIMES CLASH, WILL BE PROPERLY AND JUDICIOUSLY ADDRESSED. FOR IN THE END WE AT THE DENR WILL ONLY BE AS EFFECTIVE AS OUR VARIOUS CONSTITUENTS WILL HELP US TO BE.
SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE HELP ME LEARN THE ROPES AND EARN YOUR RESPECT. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. THANK YOU. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL! 

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