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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Friday celebrated its 32nd founding anniversary with Secretary Roy A. Cimatu giving the entire DENR workforce a pat on the back for contributing immensely to the agency’s recent major achievements—from the rehabilitation efforts in Boracay and Manila Bay to the return of illegal waste shipment to Canada.

“I am truly honored to receive kind words and praises from different sectors, my co-secretaries, industry partners and the public for what we have accomplished thus far,” Cimatu said in his speech during the anniversary celebration held at the DENR central office in Quezon City.

He added: “The honor is not mine alone, I share all the good words and praises with you my co-workers in the DENR. I am just your leader but the knowledge, the hard work and the perseverance are all from you. I draw my strength and confidence from all of you.”

According to Cimatu, this year is perhaps the most meaningful of the agency’s anniversaries since its creation in 1987 because “at no other time in our history has the DENR been entrusted with responsibilities as heavy as now.”

“The trust and confidence reposed in our competence by our President and nation is at an all-time high,” said Cimatu, who had been personally picked by President Rodrigo RoaDuterte to head the inter-agency task forces created to bring Boracay and Manila Bay back to their former glory.

The DENR, along with the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force and the Duterte administration in general, earned praises for turning Boracay from a cesspool to a model for sustainable ecotourism in just six months of rehabilitation.

The DENR did well in Boracay that the President gave it a much bigger challenge: the restoration of Manila Bay and its heavily polluted waters to a quality suitable for bathing, swimming, boating, fishing and other forms of contact recreation.

Cimatu said the so-called “Battle for Manila Bay” will probably take years to win but the DENR is up for the challenge, “deeming it a great honor to be entrusted with such a mission.”

Although the government is not even on a quarter mark in terms of its plan for Manila Bay, Cimatu said the public could already see visible results of the initial efforts.

“I firmly believe that the Battle for Manila Bay is indeed a winnable battle. We are on the right track,” Cimatu said, as he noted how the government gained the trust of major corporations to support the cleanup and rehabilitation efforts.

Among these corporations that signed up for the DENR’s Adopt-An-Estero program and committed to rehabilitate the filthy creeks and other water bodies draining into Manila Bay were San Miguel Corp., SM Prime Holdings, and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

Just recently, the DENR was tasked to coordinate with the Canadian government to solve a problem that had persisted for six years, which is the return to Canada of 69 international container units of solid waste illegally imported into the Philippines by being misdeclared as waste plastics for recycling.

Cimatu said the Philippines did not accede to the Canadian government’s request to further delay the shipment of the waste back to their country.

“The expenses for the shipping of the wastes were shouldered by the Canadian government. So that’s another feather in our cap,” Cimatu said.

Cimatu said the Philippines also started a new chapter in biodiversity conservation by entering into an agreement with Wildlife Reserves Singapore for the loan of a pair of the majestic Philippine eagle—Geothermica and Sambisig—for conservation breeding and public education and other conservation-related purposes.

The loan agreement should also serve as a biosecurity measure to ensure the survival of the critically endangered raptor in case of catastrophic events like disease outbreaks or extreme calamities taking place in their Philippine habitats.

Cimatu said these achievements would have not been possible without the “determined, qualified and competent persons” that make up the DENR family, from the undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, directors and division chiefs, down to ordinary employees.

“I congratulate and commend each and every one of you, for a job well done, and more jobs that will be done better. Let us take pride in being members of the DENR family,” Cimatu said.

The environment chief also rallied the DENR officials and employees to “level up to the expectations of the President and nation” given the formidable tasks ahead, particularly the protection of biodiversity and marine ecosystems in the West Philippine Sea and Philippine Rise.

Cimatu underscored the need to produce effective and science-based strategies and policies for managing the environment and natural resources in the West Philippine Sea and the Philippine Rise in the face of climate change. ###


3 cleanest rivers in PH web

  1. Introduction
  • The guidelines on Recognizing Individuals/Institutions TowardsVibrant and Enhanced Rivers (R.I.V.E.Rs) are provided under the DENR Memorandum, dated October 29, 2018.
  • Its main objectives are: to raise awareness on the need to protect and conserve the country’s rivers as the lifeblood of the Earth and human civilization, and to tap concerted action to protect the country’s rivers from degradation and pollution, and assure their suitability, sustainability, and further improvement for their designated use or classification
  • The creation of the National Committee on the Search for Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (R.I.V.E.Rs) for Life Award is in pursuant to DENR Special Order No. 2019-314.
  1. Scope and Coverage

                  The contest is open to all incumbent Supervising and Implementing Provincial Environmental and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) together with their respective Community Environmental and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs).

                  Period of participation is for one (1) year (July-May) and every year thereafter. For 2019, participation is continuing from the launch of the Awards in July 2018. All reports from the Regional Committees shall be submitted to Central Office/Undersecretary for Field Operations not later than April 30, 2019.

                  Award shall be given during the DENR Anniversary celebrations.

III. Criteria

  • The PENRO/CENRO shall submit the complete inventory of all the rivers (qualifying criterion) within their respective areas of responsibility using the prescribe format. The consolidated inventory will be submitted by the respective Regional Offices to the DENR Central Office, through the Undersecretary for Field Operations, for review and consolidation.
  • The DENR Regional Committee, consisting of the DENR, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), shall select one (1) nominee from the list of officially classified Class C rivers.
  • The list of activities/interventions undertaken by the concerned PENRO/CENRO on their nominated river shall include, among others, the following:
  • Aesthetic Water Quality Improvement (35%) - which concerns baseline data indicating the actual conduct of monthly water quality sampling for one (1) year should be available as reference to validate improvement.
  • Solid Waste Management (25%) - which pertains to baseline data indicating the monthly volume of waste collected for one (1) year.
  • Partnership and Community Mobilization (25%) - which pertains to the list of memorandum of agreements, partnerships, and other document engagements.
  • Information and Education Campaign (IEC) (15%) - which is a list of conducted activities with complete documentation, and copies of the IEC materials produced.
  • Other activities, interventions, and innovations.

list of eagle award winners

I. Introduction

• The implementation of the EAGLE Award is consistent with government laws and regulations, primarily Executive Order No. 192 (Reorganization Act of the DENR), Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 2001-01 (Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or PRAISE), and the DENR Rationalization Plan approved by the Department of Budget and Management.
• The guidelines are provided under the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-04 issued on March 8, 2019.
• Its main objective is to promote a culture of organizational and leadership excellence by determining the efficiency and effectiveness of field officials in delivering their mandates and recognize and commend them accordingly.

II. Scope and Coverage

The EAGLE applies to the following field officials, who should have occupied their positions for at least nine (9) months in 2018:

• DENR Regional Executive Directors (REDs)
• Regional Directors (RD) of the Environmental Management Bureau
• Regional Directors (RD) of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau
• Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs)
• Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs)
• Implementing PENROs

III. Criteria

• The Performance Evaluation Rating for qualified key officials is broken down as follows:

Phase 1: Efficiency/effectiveness in delivery of service/product results 75%
Phase 2: Leadership abilities 25%

• Leadership will be gauged on the following abilities, based on perception survey among superiors, subordinates, and/or peers:

a. Integrity through adherence to, and promotion of, core principles and values prescribed by the DENR Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards
b. Service orientation in ensuring production and delivery of quality outputs, results and outcomes to achieve consistent customer satisfaction
c. Network building to establish and/or strengthen partnerships or networks that will facilitate the realization of organizational outcomes
d. Strategic focus in obtaining information and identifying key issues, and consequently committing to a course of action relevant to achieving long-range goals or vision
e. Managerial acumen to harness and focus human and financial resources to help achieve organizational goals

• Designated assessment teams consisting of selected officials and personnel from the Central and regional offices evaluated the nominees by reviewing documents and field verification.