MINING AUDIT REPORT

MINING AUDIT REPORT

17 02 17 Mining audit report web
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez presents to pro-mining advocates, comprised of students and mine workers from Zambales, Benguet and Surigao, a folder of mining audit documents, which she says are available for public scrutiny.  The rallyists trooped to the DENR on Monday, Feb. 13, to air their objection to the closure order issued by Lopez against 23 mining companies as this will result in the loss of their jobs while the student-rallyists called for the disclosure of the mining audit reports. ### 






 

 

PRODUCT OF MINING

PRODUCT OF MINING

17 02 19 Product of mining web
Students make better use of their cellphones, which they said are products of mining, in capturing the mining audit documents which DENR Secretary Gina Lopez has made available for their scrutiny.  The students, along with mine workers from Zambales, Benguet and Surigao trooped to the DENR on Monday, Feb. 13, to protest the issuance of closure orders to 23 mining operations for causing massive damage to the environment.  Lopez also took the opportunity to announce that the public can access the mining audit results at the Mines and Geosciences Bureau.### 





 

 

LOPEZ ENGAGES PRO-MINING ADVOCATES

LOPEZ ENGAGES PRO-MINING ADVOCATES

17 02 18 Lopez engages pro mining advocates web
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez on Monday (Feb. 13) assures a crowd of pro-mining advocates, including mine workers from the provinces of Zambales, Benguet and Surigao who will be affected by the closure of mining operations as a result of the mining audit conducted by DENR, of livelihood support through the agency’s area development thrust in 29 priority areas nationwide.  ### 





 

 

REFERENCE FOR PHL WETLANDS AND CAVES

REFERENCE FOR PHL WETLANDS AND CAVES

17 02 14 Reference for PHL wetlands and caves web
Dr. Vincent Hilomen (left), executive director for Priority Programs in Coastal and Marine of the  Biodiversity Management Bureau, opens the celebration of World Wetlands Day with the launching of Atlas of Philippine Inland Wetlands and Classified Caves (right), which, according to him, will “serve as a reference to assist the partners concerned in the protection and conservation of wetlands and caves.” The book launch, held at the BMB Training Center in Quezon City, coincided with the global celebration of World Wetlands Day on February 2. ###






 

 

GUIDE FOR YOUTH ECO-CAMPING

GUIDE FOR YOUTH ECO-CAMPING

17 02 15 Guide for youth eco camping web
Ms. Amy Lecciones (left), vice president of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW), Inc., leads the launching of the book Youth Eco Camp Training Manual (inset). The book, which was produced by the SCPW, is “a product of more than 10 years of refining,” according to Lecciones. The manual also serves as a guide for organizations on how to conduct environment-friendly camping for students and young individuals. ###










 

 

WETLANDS FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

WETLANDS FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION

17 02 16 Wetlands for disaster risk reduction web
Ms. Joy M. Navarro (left) of the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s Caves, Wetlands and Other Ecosystems Division, leads the roundtable discussion on the Philippine-authored Ramsar Resolution on Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction or the Ramsar Resolution XII.13. Adopted on the 12th Conference of Parties in 2015, the Resolution highlights the importance of wetlands in preventing extreme weather events such as storm surge and typhoons. ### 






 

 

DISMANTLING OF FISH PENS IN LAGUNA LAKE

DISMANTLING OF FISH PENS IN LAGUNA LAKE

17 01 11 Dismantling of fishpens in Laguna Lake web2
Joint forces of the government led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) have started the massive dismantling of fish pens in Laguna Lake in compliance with Pres. Duterte’s directive to clear the lake of illegal structures and to allow small fishermen to gain access to traditional fishing grounds.  Inset photo shows LLDA General Manager Joey Medina and DENR-National Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force chief Arturo Valdez (left and right, respectively) supervising the clearing operations as workers take down kilometers of fine-mesh nets and heavy-duty poles of bamboo and anahaw enclosing a huge fish pen in Binangonan, Rizal.  Also in photo are personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard tasked to provide security to the operation. ###






 

 

BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITY

BUILDING RESILIENT COMMUNITY

17 01 06 Building resilient community web
With the growing threat of climate change, the Duterte government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is putting premium on building climate resilient communities throughout the country.  Photo shows DENR chief Gina Lopez, assisted by DENR-Region 8 Director Leonardo Sibbaluca, preparing to plant a mangrove seedling in Brgy Anibong, Tacloban City, part of the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove and Beach Forest Rehabilitation Project launched in 2014, after super typhoon Yolanda devastated the area in Nov. 2013.  Lopez visited the place in November last year to attend the Cabinet meeting presided by Pres. Duterte  in Tacloban City. ### 






 

 

MANGROVE RESTORATION

MANGROVE RESTORATION

17 01 05 Mangrove restoration web
Following her attendance to the climate change forum in Marrakech, Greece, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (in dark glasses) announced the massive planting of mangroves under the Enhanced National Greening Program, recalling how a couple, Cerilo and Ester del Rosario, had been saved from the storm surge brought about by super typhoon Yolanda by clinging to mangrove stands in front of their house in Brgy. Rawis, Anibong, Tacloban City. Right photo shows Lopez pointing to a bag which Ester had left hanging from the mangrove tree she clung to until the storm subsided.  ### 






 

 

ADDRESSING ASH SPILL IN LIMAY, BATAAN

ADDRESSING ASH SPILL IN LIMAY, BATAAN

17 01 03 Addressing ash spill in Limay Bataan webEnvironment Secretary Gina Lopez listens as San Miguel Corporation (SMC) President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang explains that the alleged coal ash residue spewed by the San Miguel Global Power Plant (SMGPP) in Limay, Bataan was actually a limestone powder, which they cannot transfer to a holding facility for lack of a transport permit.  In response, Lopez agreed to facilitate the processing of the transport permit for the stockpile once the company has submitted all the requirements. ### 








 

 

 

DENR CHIEF WELCOMES US EMBASSY OFFICIALS

DENR CHIEF WELCOMES US EMBASSY OFFICIALS

17 01 01 DENR chief welcomes US Embassy officials web
Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (right) welcomes officials from the United States Embassy Lynne B. Gadkowski, Deputy Counselor for Economic Affairs and Richard A. Bakewell of the Economic Section during a courtesy call on Tuesday at the DENR office in Quezon City. Lopez invited the embassy officials to work with the DENR in its programs, particularly forestry and entrepreneurship, through the area development approach in its 29 identified priority sites. Also in photo is DENR OIC Undersecretary for Field Operations Philip G. Camara (left). ###