CA Confirmation Hearing at the Senate

CA Confirmation Hearing at the Senate


TDay 1 of the Commission on Appointment (CA) hearing for the confirmation of Secretary Gina Lopez, March 8, 2017
 
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#CONNECTED TO THE WILD

#CONNECTED TO THE WILD

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (right), Senator Cynthia Villar (left) and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim grace the launching of the Protect Wildlife Project, March 6, 2017 at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City.  A 5-year project, Protect Wildlife is the first USAID initiative in the Philippines to align with the U.S. government’s newly signed Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking Act of 2016 which addresses the global illegal wildlife trade.  The project, to be implemented in close coordination with various government agencies such as the DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau, will commence in Palawan, Zamboanga City and Tawi-Tawi. ### 






 

 

SUPPORT FOR SEC. GINA

SUPPORT FOR SEC. GINA


Thousands of supporters of Sec. Gina Lopez gather at the Senate grounds to call for her confirmation as DENR Secretary. 
 
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SEIZED RHINO HORNS

SEIZED RHINO HORNS

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Director Theresa Mundita Lim (right) of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), receives one of six horns of rhinoceros from Lt. Angelito Cruz (left) of the Bureau of Customs, in a formal turn-over ceremony held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center on Monday (Feb. 27). The six rhino horns, estimated to cost around P74M in the black market, were seized in 2012 by the Bureau of Customs and believed to have originated from Mozambique. However, Lim said the seizure will be subjected to DNA test  to confirm their origin before deciding on their disposal, that is, either to return to the country of origin or be destroyed. ### 






 

 

MINING AUDIT REPORT

MINING AUDIT REPORT

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. ###