VEST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCERS

VEST FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCERS

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) tries on his vest similar to those that will be identifying uniforms for members of the Task Force DENR Enforcers for Metro Manila (DEMM) during the activation and send-off ceremony held at the DENR Social Hall.  The task force was conceptualized by Cimatu himself to strengthen the enforcement of environmental laws in the National Capital Region. Also in photo is Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, DENR’s undersecretary for field operations – Luzon.  ### 






 

PH COMMITS TO PROTECT MIGRATORTY SPECIES

PH COMMITS TO PROTECT MIGRATORTY SPECIES

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia extends the government’s commitment to support global efforts to protect migratory species and their habitats critical to their survival at the closing of the week-long 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMSCOP12) at the Philippine International Convention Center.  Speaking in behalf of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, Garcia underscores the need to promote political support and public awareness as “conserving migratory species is a shared responsibility.” ### 







 

LEADING THE WAY FOR SHARK CONSERVATION

LEADING THE WAY FOR SHARK CONSERVATION

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Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones (center) and representatives from the countries of Sri Lanka, Senegal, Honduras and Samoa submitted proposals for the conservation of six shark species during the 12th Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS-COP12). The Philippines, along with Israel and Sri Lanka, co-sponsored the proposal to uplist the whale shark in the CMS Appendix I for endangered species for stricter monitoring and conservation efforts. The other shark species proposed for inclusion in CMS Appendix II are: white-spotted wedgefish by the Philippines; dusky shark by Honduras; blue shark by Sri Lanka and Samoa; common guitarfish by Senegal, Mauritania, Israel and Togo; and the angel shark by Monaco. Appendix II species require international agreements for conservation and management. The CMS-COP12 runs from October 23 to 28 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila. ##







 

PH’S WHALE SHARK CONSERVATION EFFORTS LAUDED

PH’S WHALE SHARK CONSERVATION EFFORTS LAUDED

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary and chief of staff Rodolfo Garcia receives, in behalf of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, an award from Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Executive Secretary Bradnee Chambers recognizing the efforts of the Philippine government in conserving the whale shark (Rhincodon typus), locally known as butanding.In accepting the award during the Migratory Species Champions Night held October 22 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Garcia stressed that the whale shark has become an important component of the growing wildlife tourism industry  in the country. The Philippines, through the DENR, is hosting the Convention’s 12th Session of Conference of the Parties from 23-28 October 2017 at the PICC. ### 







 

PH HOSTS CMS-COP12

PH HOSTS CMS-COP12

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) shakes hands with Bradnee Chambers, executive secretaryof the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) expressing gratitude for the opportunity given to the Philippines to host this year’s biggest wildlife conference during the High Level Panel Discussion held October 22 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).  Cimatu urged the delegates and participants to make the HLD and the Convention’s 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties being held from Oct. 23-28, 2017 at PICC as a “catalyst in bringing wildlife to the center of sustainable development for the mutual benefit of wildlife and humankind. The Philippine hosting of the wildlife conference is the first in Asia since the CMS entered into force in 1985.  ### 







 

COMBATTING MARINE POLLUTION

COMBATTING MARINE POLLUTION

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu leads the global discussion on combating marine pollution during the Leaders’ Breakfast meeting held Sunday at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City.  With theme, “Towards a Pollution-Free Planet,” the meeting was attended by environment ministers, international organizations, non-government organizations and the private sector.   Cimatu underscored during the meeting the continuing efforts of the local government units in addressing plastic waste, as well as private sector’s initiatives in providing for commercially-viable and environment-friendly plastic alternatives.  The Leaders’ Breakfast meeting precedes the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMSCOP12) hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from 23-28 October at the PICC. ### 







 

WHALE SHARK

WHALE SHARK

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Known to local tourists as butanding, this so-called “gentle giant” will take center stage as the Philippine delegation led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) pushes for the crafting of a concerted action to ensure its protection in range countries, including its inclusion in the CMS Appendix I while maintaining its status in Appendix II, during the 12th Meeting of Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species slated for October 23-28, 2017 in Manila. Photo courtesy of Mr. Alessadro Ponso of Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines (LAMAVE). ### 







 

PH HOSTING OF INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CONFERENCE

PH HOSTING OF INTERNATIONAL WILDLIFE CONFERENCE

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In behalf of the Philippine government, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu signs the agreement with the UNEP/CMS (Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species) Secretariat for  the hosting of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the CMS (CMSCOP12) on October 23-28, 2017 at the Philippine International Convention Center, as well as the High Level Meeting of environment leaders to be held preceding the COP on Oct. 22.  The Philippine delegation led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has proposed a number of resolutions including the uplisting of five migratory species in the CMS appendices for further protection, such as the Whale shark, Christmas Island frigatebird, Black noddy, Yellow bunting and the White-spotted wedgefish. Also in photo is DENR Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo, Jr., chair of the organizing committee for the CMSCOP12. ### 







 

FREE AGAIN

FREE AGAIN

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu looks at the photo of the Philippine eagle released at the Aurora Memorial National Park in Dingalan, Aurora shortly after his confirmation by the Commission on Appointments. Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita Lim explains that the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) was turned over to BMB’s Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City from the local DENR office in Dingalan, Aurora in June last year. The bird was quarantined until February this year before returning it to Aurora for acclimitization and eventual release on Tuesday. #### 








 

CIMATU GETS CA NOD

CIMATU GETS CA NOD

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Environment hief Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) poses with officers and members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) of the 17th Congress led by Senate President and CA Chair Sen. Aquilino L. Pimentel III (6th from right) and CA Vice Chair and San Juan City Rep. Ronaldo B. Zamora (4th from left) after the confirmation of his ad interim appointment as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Wednesday. Cimatu will sit as the 21st Secretary of the DENR. Others in photo are (from left): Cebu Rep. Benhur L. Salimbangon, Cavite Rep. Abraham N. Tolentino, Chair of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources and Sen. Emmanuel D. Pacquiao. From right: Sen. Juan Miguel F. Zubiri, Sen. Juan Edgardo M. Angara, Valenzuela Rep. Wes Gatchalian, Sen. Gregorio B. Honasan II, and Sen. Vicente C. Sotto III. ### 








 

HOT FLITCHES INVENTORY

HOT FLITCHES INVENTORY

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Officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) undertake an inventory of undocumented forest products seized from a warehouse in Novaliches, Quezon City by combined forces of DENR-NCR Enforcement Division and the National Bureau of Investigation’s Environmental Crime Division.  Armed with a search warrant from a Quezon City Regional Trial Court, the government enforcers raided the warehouse last week and seized some P30 million worth of forest products mostly of premium species like narra, lauan, dao and kamagong.  Charges are being readied against the warehouse owner for violating the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines and Executive Order No. 23 which prohibits the cutting and harvesting of timber in the natural and residual forests of the country. ###