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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)OICAssistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau in concurrent capacity Ricardo Calderon (7th from left), Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director Sofio Quintana and ERDB Senior Science Research Specialist Dr. Carmelita Villamor (5th and 6th from left, respectively) lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of the Research and Development Conference on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) held July 9, 2019 at Diamond Hotel Manila. The conference aims to come up with research-based solutions that would reduce the negative impact of IAS to local biodiversity and the environment. Also in photo are(left to right): ERDBForest Ecosystems Research Division chief FloritaSiapno, Dr. KavileVeettilSankaran of the Kerala Forest Research Institute (behind Siapno), AnzarKhuroo of the Invasive Species Specialist Group, Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Alien Species Network coordinator Dr. T.V. Sajeev,and the other members of the ERDB executive committee. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) OIC Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and Director of the Biodiversity Management Bureau in concurrent capacity Ricardo Calderon (extreme left) delivers the keynote address of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatufor the Research and Development Conference on Invasive Alien Species.Cimatuunderscored the need for a collective effort to tackle invasive alien species (IAS) that has been invading and destroying nature’s ecological balance and the importance of public awareness to this end. Also in photo are (left to right): Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Alien Species Network coordinator Dr. T.V. Sajeev, Invasive Species Specialist Group representativeDr. AnzarKhuroo, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Coastal Zone and Freshwater Ecosystems Research Division chief Dr. Carmelita Villamor, ERDB Director Sofio Quintana, Malaysia’s Center for Agriculture and Bioscience International scientist Hong Twu Chan, and ASEAN Center for Biodiversity Research Associate Pauline Carmel Joy Eje. The event, organized by the ERDB, was held at the Diamond Hotel Manila on July 9-11, 2019 ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region(DENR-NCR) Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan (6th from left) holds a copy of the KANTALIKASAN music album during its recent launch at the SM City Novaliches in Quezon City. The album, which aims to inspire and promote environmental awareness and change,features songsabout nature which won in the KANTALIKASAN Environmental Song Writing Competition organized by the Environmental Management Bureau last year. Others in photo are EMB Assistant DirectorVizminda Osorio(5th from left), DENR Climate Change Service Director ElenidaBasug(5th from right), SM City Novaliches Mall Manager Erlinda Estrella (extreme right), DENR’s KANTALIKASAN Environmental Singing Ambassadors who are the composers and interpreters of the winning songs (in second row), and other personnel of DENR and SM. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda(right photo) points to the 5.2-hectare Irisan open dumpsitein Baguio City which continues to operate despite a closure order issued by the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) in 2012. Antiporda ordered the Environmental Management Bureau in the Cordillera Administrative Region to immediately issue a Cease and Desist Order (CDO) to the local government of Baguio City for the continued operation of the dumpsite and its non-compliance to the demands of the Writ of Kalikasan. Antiporda said the CDO will be issued pending explanation ofsaid non-compliance and the submission of a Safe Closure and Rehabilitation Plan as required under Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.Joining Antiporda in the ocular inspection are DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Northern Luzon Joselin Marcus Fragada (center) and DENR-CAR Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo (3rd from right). ###

 Ms Philippines Earth candidates flash their respective copies of a magazine promoting a vegan life following a discussion on the importance of eating healthy and acquiring life-long dietary habitswith Ms. Nona Andaya-Castillo (extreme right),founder of LuntianLunes. The healthy talk is part of the Environmental Seminar hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently at the training center of the Biodiversity Management Bureau in Quezon City. The candidates were also briefed on the Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts of the government led by DENR. ###