Photo Releases

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) and Mr. Jose Ma. K. Lim, president and chief executive officer of the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) capped their new partnership for the cleanup of 20 esteros draining to Pasig river in an effort to restore the waters of Manila Bay to SB classification in consonance with the continuing mandamus issued by the Supreme Court. Both officials signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) under the Adopt-an-Estero Program of the DENR at the OSEC Conference Room on March 21, 2019. The MOU also covers the fixing of sewer lines and sewage network for a more efficient service by Maynilad Water Services, Inc., being MPIC’s subsidiary. ###

Ms. RoxinneStephani Rey, Jr., customer service representative officer at Teletech, puts the piping hot Ilocano delicacy called the “Chichaworm” on a rattan dish with a banana leaf. Rey made the cooking demo for the “BalikTikim” portion of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD) celebration held at the Amphitheater of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center on May 22, 2019. With the theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health,” the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) conducted a food exhibition dubbed as “Samu’tSaringTikim Fair” to showcase the native cuisines of the Philippines that are healthy, environment-friendly and sustainable. ###

.Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Unit Concerns Benny Antiporda (3rd from right) holds the Plaque of Appreciation given by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar (2ndfrom right) and the NCRPO Command Group. Antiporda was the Guest of Honor and Speaker during NCRPO’s Flag Raising and Awarding Ceremonies held at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on May 27. In his speech, Antiporda said that through the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) assistance and cooperation, the DENR has been successful in its clean up of Manila Bay. The DENR and PNP are partners in solid waste management, clean up efforts and other environmental activities. Others in photo are (from left): Regional Community Affairs and Development Division Chief Police Colonel Jemar Modequillo, Deputy Regional Director for Operations Police Brigadier General (PBGEN) Crizaldo Nieves, PNPOfficers’ Ladies Club President Rosalie Eleazar, and Regional Directorial Staff Chief PBGEN Genaro Ylagan.###

The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) teamled by Assistant Director Armida Andres (2nd from the left) tries out the Ilocano delicacy called the “Chichaworm,” one of the finished products in the cooking demo segment of the “Samu’t Saring Tikim Fair.” In this portion of the program, aptly called “Balik-Tikim,” the audience is re-introduced to native ingredients, such as worms, to cook healthy and sustainable meals for their families. The food fair, held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City, highlights the local celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD), with theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health.” ###

Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) Executive Director Dennis Salvador (right) hands over to Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) a watercolor painting of the Philippine eagle (Pithecophagajefferyi) at the DENR central office in Quezon City. PEF is the primary government partner that carries out conservation activities on the Philippine eagle such as rescue, rehabilitation and breeding at the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City. The Philippine eagle is critically endangered and it is estimated that there are less than 400 pairs left in the wild. Looking on is Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap (middle). ###