DENR receives 10 units of electric, hybrid cars from Mitsubishi

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has received 10 units of electric and hybrid cars from Japanese auto giant Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) as part of their partnership in promoting clean energy and environmental protection.

The donated cars, consisting of 5 units of Mitsubishi Innovative Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV) and 5 units of Outlander plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), will be used by the DENR as service vehicles at its central office in Quezon City and regional offices in the cities of Cebu and Davao.

During the ceremonial turnover held at the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City on Thursday, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones said the DENR solidly supports the use of vehicles run by renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions coming from the transport sector.

"We need to encourage the production and consumption of technologies which do not damage the environment," said Leones, who spoke in behalf of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

The turnover ceremony was the highlight of the first Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Summit held at the WTC from June 29 to 30. The two-day forum brought together experts and policymakers from the ASEAN member countries to discuss technology, innovation and environmental policies concerning the automotive sector.

Apart from donating cars, the MMC will also install quick battery charging systems for the electric and hybrid cars in selected DENR offices.

Carbon emissions from electric and hybrid cars are significantly less than those of a conventional car, which is dependent on fossil fuel, making them an attractive option when looking to go green.

According to the DENR's Environmental Management Bureau, motor vehicles account for 88 percent of the total air pollutants in Metro Manila. The rest are attributed to factories and open burning.

Last February, the DENR and MMC signed a memorandum of understanding in which the multinational car manufacturer, under its corporate social responsibility program, vowed to support the agency's environmental projects, including the promotion of electric and hybrid vehicle technology.

The MMC also agreed to establish mangrove and bamboo plantations covering a total of 100 hectares within a period of 4 to 5 years.

As soon as he assumed office in May, Cimatu vowed to prioritize environmental protection through full implementation of existing laws on clean air, clean water and solid waste management. ### 

BMB honors valuable partners in biodiversity conservation

The Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) has recognized eight individuals for their valuable contributions to the conservation and protection of the country's rich wildlife resources during the first-ever Biodiversity Recognition Awards held recently.

The event was part of the 30th anniversary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), of which the BMB is one of the line bureaus. Formerly known as the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), the BMB is the agency responsible for the protection and conservation of wildlife species and their habitats.

BMB Director Theresa Mundita Lim said the first set of awardees was comprised of outstanding and dedicated individuals who have helped the bureau fulfill its responsibilities in the last three decades.

"We are a very small bureau compared to others, but we have a very wide reach because of our partners," Lim said.

"These achievements are not only because of the agency's efforts, but also because of those who have the same advocacies as our mandate and chose to work alongside us," she added.

The awardees and their contributions to biodiversity conservation and protection are as follows:

• Indira Dayang Lacerna-Widmann - conservation and protection of Philippine cockatoos, marine turles and pangolins

• Marites Gatan-Balbas - conservation of Philippine crocodiles

•Dr. Jayson Ibañez - Philippine eagle conservation

•Dr. Angela Nina Ann Ingle - conservation of Philippine bats

• Anna Oposa - coastal environment and resources protection

• Rainier Manalo - sustainable management and protection of crocodiles

• Marisol Abdurahman - media mileage of biodiversity conservation and protection of wildlife resources

• Lt. Gen. Edgar Fallorina - free utilization of Philippine Air Force aircrafts for biodiversity site visits and country-hosted, biodiversity-related conferences

Lim, meanwhile, expressed her gratitude to those, one way or another, contributed to the success of all the projects and programs initiated by the BMB during the last 30 years.

"This reward for good work is more work. The rewarding part also comes when we are able to see our accomplishments, which are a fruit of our years of hardwork, and they become recognized," Lim pointed out.

Lim also paid tribute to previous BMB directors whose achievements have been crucial to the foundation of the bureau, as well as to the dedicated senior officials who chose to stay despite job offers from other institutions.

The BMB chief added: "I'm also happy to see a lot of youth being an active part of BMB through the succession planning we are conducting. It is comforting to know that there are youth who are joining the DENR so that they can learn sooner."

The PAWB was created as part of the DENR through Executive Order No. 192 issued in 1987. It was renamed to BMB in 2013 as part of the government's rationalization plan. ###

  

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