REGIONAL COOPERATION ON FORESTRY

REGIONAL COOPERATION ON FORESTRY

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (center) signs the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCo) Agreement on June 4, 2018, on the occasion of the State Visit of President Duterte in Korea.  The signing of the document by Cimatu “seals the country’s participation and commitment for a stronger regional cooperation towards the sustainable management of forests across Asia.”  Witnessing the signing are officials of South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, namely:  Mr. Anh Kukhyun (left), first secretary of Treaties Division and  Mr. Bae Jongin (2nd from right), director-general of International Legal Affairs Bureau. Also in photo is Mr. Park Eun-sik (right), AFoCo’s acting executive director. ### 





ASEAN-KOREA FOREST AGREEMENT COOPERATION

ASEAN-KOREA FOREST COOPERATION AGREEMENT

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) poses with other Philippine and Korean government officials for the signing of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO) Agreement on June 4, 2018, on the occasion of the State Visit of President Duterte to Korea.  Also in photo are (L-R): Forester Orlando Panganiban, chief, Forest Resources Management Division, Forest Management Bureau (FMB); Forester Nonito Tamayo, FMB director;  Atty. Jonas Leones, DENR undersecretary for policy, planning and international affairs; H.E. Raul Hernandez, Philippine ambassador to South Korea; Mr. Bae Jongin, director-general of International Legal Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, South Korea, Mr. Park Eun-sik, acting executive director at AFoCO, and Mr. Kim Kihyun, director, International Cooperation Division, Korea Forest Service. ### 



SPARED FROM TREE CUTTING

SPARED FROM TREE CUTTING

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One of five narra trees lining the road at Sitio Makipot, Bgry. Manoc-manoc which DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu ordered protected from the road widening project that would ease traffic flow in Boracay.  According to locals, all the five narra trees were planted in the ‘60s.  ### 







BORACAY CENTURION

BORACAY CENTURION

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu orders some 100 army trainees from the 3rd Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army (PA) to ‘search and destroy’ buried pipes used by ‘enterprising’ establishments in discharging their untreated wastewater into the sea. Cimatu was accompanied in today’s ocular inspection of on-going excavation of illegal pipes along the beachfront of Boracay by Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores (not in photo), who provided the tools for the army. Inset photo shows Cimatu (left) with Colonel Dennis Tanzo (right), commandant of the 3rd ID of PA.#  







ILLEGAL SEWERAGE PIPES EXCAVATED

ILLEGAL SEWERAGE PIPES EXCAVATED

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu together with Aklan Governor Florencio Miraflores (not in photo), oversees the excavation of illegal sewerage pipes discovered being used by some “enterprising” establishments in discharging their wastewater towards the beach. Using a ground penetrating radar, the technical team from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau reported to have detected illegal pipes from 43 sites along the beach front in Boracay.#  







GROUND PENETRATING RADAR

GROUND PENETRATING RADAR

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A technical team from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) uses a top-of-the-line Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) in detecting buried pipes along the beach front of Boracay.  The use of the  technology, which is used primarily to detect sinkholes, was ordered by  DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu,  has already resulted in the discovery of 33 possible buried pipes, of which three have been excavated and found leading to the shoreline.  Cimatu warned that unless the water quality of Boracay’s beaches has improved and compliant to standards, he will not allow the reopening of the world-famous island destination.  Boracay was ordered closed by President Duterte for six months, starting from April 26, 2018 to give way to its clean up and rehabilitation. ###







BURIED PIPES UNCOVERED

BURIED PIPES UNCOVERED

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (center) inspects an excavation which exposed buried pipes at the beach front in Boracay over the week-end.  The buried pipes were uncovered by a technical team from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led by Supervising Science Research Specialist Lisa Socorro Manzano (2nd from left) using a top of the line Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR).  Cimatu has ordered the use of GPR to detect buried pipes along the beach front, which as of press time, has already detected around 33 pipes, including three pipes that were found leading to the shoreline.  Also in photo are OIC Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) for Boracay lawyer Richard Fabila (left) and EMB-Region 6 legal officer Atty. Ramar Pascua (behind Cimatu).### 







RAFFLESIA PANCHOANA

RAFFLESIA PANCHOANA

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Photo of Rafflesia panchoana, a new species of the parasitic flowering plant Rafflessia taken at Mt. Makiling Forest Reserve, a declared ASEAN Heritage Park, in Los Banos, Laguna. ### 







PLEDGE TO ZERO TOLERANCE TO CORRUPTION

PLEDGE TO ZERO TOLERANCE TO CORRUPTION

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary for Human Resource Development and Administration Jesus Enrico Moises B Salazar (right) administers the pledge of service to some 50 new DENR employees following their completion of the training program entitled “Integrity, Transparency and Accountability in Public Service (ITAPS)” held Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Environmental Management Bureau in Quezon City.  The training, spearheaded by the National Integrity Center of the Office of the Ombudsman, seeks to inculcate in every government employee the value of public service and integrity through the promotion of ITAPs core message on ‘zero tolerance to corruption’. ###  







GREEN LEGACY FOR 47IB

GREEN LEGACY FOR 47IB

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu leaves yet another legacy for the 47th Infantry Battalion (47IB), this time something “green” as nature itself by planting a durian seedling on-camp in Tubigon, Bohol. Cimatu, a retired general and former chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, headed the 47IB from July 1989 to May 1991 and led a successful fight against insurgents in Panay Island, earning recognition for the group. Cimatu was guest of honor during the 37th founding anniversary of the 47IB. Also in photo are battalion commander Lt. Col. Joel Mallig (in fatigue) and DENR- Central Visayas Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales (right) and other DENR-Bohol personnel. ### 







RESCUED EMU AT BMB WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER

RESCUED EMU AT BMB WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from left) is apprised by Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Theresa Mundita Lim (foreground) on the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae), one of the 316 heads of various species confiscated by the joint operation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade (DENR POGI) and the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division (NBI EnCD) on March 12 in Pasay City. The emu is the second tallest bird in the world next to the ostrich. It is endemic to Australia and is under threat of habitat loss. All the confiscated species are currently in the custody of the BMB Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City.##