DENR urges public to observe ‘green summer’

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is urging the public to make this summer worthwhile by engaging in activities that promote nature and environmental conservation.

While considering summer as the perfect time to commune with nature and appreciate the country’s natural beauty, Filipinos should take summer outings a step further and look for opportunities to help the agency jumpstart its aim for a “green economy” by adding value to locally sourced environmental products and services.

This includes patronizing products from cottage industries to help local communities and encourage them to be more creative and sustainable in production.

The DENR, however, is appealing for everyone to be mindful of their surroundings by managing their wastes, conserving water resources, and being respectful of local cultures and community practices.

Nature trippers are particularly reminded to be careful of activities such as smoking and cooking within vegetated areas during the dry season to prevent forest fires.

Aside from possibly setting back the government’s reforestation and revegetation efforts, forest fires also pose dangers to humans and wildlife living within and around the area.

The agency also advises trekkers to abide by orders or ordinances banning activities in certain protected areas, such as in Mt. Banahaw and Mt. Apo, to allow restoration and regeneration of local flora and fauna.

Portions of Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape, a favorite site for pilgrims and trekkers, have been closed since 2004 to allow areas damaged by park visitors to recuperate.

As for Mt. Apo National Park, five of six trails in Davao have been re-opened after being damaged by fire in March last year. ### 

STATEMENT OF DENR SECRETARY GINA LOPEZ

I understand and can feel the angst my repartee has had on many. Janina Lim has been on my beat since the start for several months. No matter what I say, no matter the situation, the questioning is decidedly technical even if the situation merits some kind of compassion.

I do acknowledge that in my effort to impart my perspective, I was inordinately judgemental. Everyone has the right to be what they are. I have no right to put them down for whatever. So to Janina and to everyone, this might have hurt … I apologize deeply.

It has to be made clear that my repartee with her in no way is a judgement on Business World or the media or journalists. Or in any line of inquiry.

I am favour of questioning. It is healthy. That is how we move forward. It is when questioning comes from an already closed mind that is counter-productive.

There are so many journalists and economists with deep intuitive minds, objectivity with integrity, compassion with vision – that kind of standard will bring the country forward.

I have much sincere affection and respect for economists, journalists and the press … And I urge you to keep the light shining brightly for our country.

I continue to hold everyone in high regard.

Sincerely,


GINA LOPEZ 

More Articles...