LEARNING TO CONSERVE THE TULLAHAN RIVER

LEARNING TO CONSERVE THE TULLAHAN RIVER

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Residents of Brgy. Sta. Lucia in Quezon City actively participated in an activity aimed at enhancing their understanding of the various environmental principles during an outreach program organized by the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in celebration of the February 2 as World Wetlands Day.   are tasked to draw what they want to put in the “land” near the Tullahan River as represented by the white part of the paper.  Afterwards, they laid all their drawings and connected them, forming a miniature version of the Tullahan River. The activity is led by the Biodiversity Management Bureau in partnership with the Society for the Conservation of Wetlands and the local government of Brgy. Sta. Lucia for the celebration of the World Wetlands Day with the theme “Wetlands for Sustainable Urban Future – Making Urban Cities Livable.” ### 





 

SPOON-BILLED SANDPIPER

SPOON-BILLED SANDPIPER

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One of three individuals of spoon-billed sandpiper sighted in Tibsoc-San Juan wetlands in Negros Occidental by a team of bird watchers led by Philip Godfrey Jakosalem of the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Foundation on January 6, 2018.  In a report obtained by the Biodiversity Management Bureau of the DENR, this is the first confirmed record of the shorebird visiting the area, which is part of the Negros Occidental Coastal Wetlands Conservation Area – the latest declared RAMSAR site in the country.   Spoon-billed sandpiper is listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  (Photo courtesy of Philip Godfrey Jakosalem) ### 






 

UNVEILING OF PLEDGE BOARD

UNVEILING OF PLEDGE BOARD

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Lawyers Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr. (left) andAnaliza Rebuelta-Teh (middle), both undersecretaries of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, unveil the Declaration of Commitment and Support from more than 400 participants of the 1st National Land Summit during the closing ceremonies in Manila Hotel. Looking on is Land Management Bureau Director Atty. Emelyne Talabis (right). The Declaration, thumbmarked by the participants, signifies their pledge to strengthen the linkages of land administration and management agencies and private sector solutions, and to employ the best possible practices to address issues and concerns in the land sector. The participants also vowed to execute the best course of action to pursue and achieve Agenda No. 6 of the 10-point agenda of the Duterte Administration and to serve as instruments that can showcase the benefits of secured land and tenure. ### 






 

WASTE TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

WASTE TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGY

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) visits one of the exhibitors in the EcoWaste Management Expo, which showcases a technology that converts solid waste into renewable energy.   The expo, organized by the National Solid Waste Management Commission Secretariat of the Environmental Management Bureau was held at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent in Quezon City, January 25-27, 2018, in celebration of the 4th year of the National Zero Waste Month in January and the 17th anniversary of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or Republic Act 9003. ### 




 

UPDATES ON ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

UPDATES ON ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT

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National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) OIC-Executive Director Engr. Eligio R. Ildefonso presents the state of solid waste management in the country during the EcoWaste Management Summit held January 25-27, 2018 at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent in Quezon City. Ildefonso also discussed the compliance of local government units to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, including the issues and challenges in waste management and the plans and programs of the NSWMC for 2018. ### 






 

ECO-FRIENDLY OPENING CEREMONY

ECO-FRIENDLY OPENING CEREMONY

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DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management, Local Government and Indigenous People's Concerns Atty. Noel K. Felongco (sitting on bike) introduces a novel way to open the EcoWaste Management Expo held January 25-27, 2018 in Vertis North, Quezon City. Instead of the usual ribbon cutting that will generate paper waste and add to the growing volume of solid waste in the city, Felongco pedals a bamboo bike to light up a palmera plant.  Looking on are (from right) DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations – Luzon Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, Senator Cynthia Villar (in pink), DENR-Environmental Management Bureau Director Metodio Turbella and Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Danny Lim.### 





 

CIMATU COMMITS REFORMS IN LAND TITLING

CIMATU COMMITS REFORMS IN LAND TITLING

CIMATU COMMITS REFORMS IN LAND TITLING

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu bares a comprehensive package of reforms that will fast tract the processing and issuance of land titles over alienable and disposable lands during the opening ceremony of the 2-day National Land Summit held at the Manila Hotel.   Among these reforms include the digitalization of land records, establishment of a single control map for its survey and tenure instruments, computerized approval of land surveys and processing of land applications, and accelerated nationwide land titling program. Cimatu also told the summit participants that the DENR is coming up with a  30-year road map for the country’s land sector. ### 





 

DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT & SUPPORT

DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT & SUPPORT

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) leads participants in affixing his thumb mark on the pledge board to manifest his commitment to boost the country’s land titling program through various policy reforms and technological innovations during the First National Land Summit held Tuesday, January 16, at The Manila Hotel in Manila. Around 500 participants representing different government agencies involved in land titling, including the DENR, the academe and non-government organizations took turns in the signing ceremony. The signed pledge will be submitted by Cimatu to President Rodrigo Duterte. ### 





 

FIRST NATIONAL LAND SUMMIT

FIRST NATIONAL LAND SUMMIT

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) joins officials and representatives from various agencies involved in land administration and management during the 1st National Land Summit held at The Manila Hotel in Manila. The two-day event held on January 16-17, aimed to discuss issues and initiatives of the land sector, and create valuable partnerships to ensure synergy and cooperation among the land management and titling agencies in the country. Others in photo are from left: Land Governance Innovations (LGi) GM Ma. Lourdes Reyes, DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management, Local Government and Indigenous People's Concerns Atty. Noel Felongco, DENR Undersecretary for Manila Bay Concerns and Related Water Concerns Atty. Maria Paz Luna, Land Management Bureau OIC Director Atty. Emelyne Talabis, Cabinet Secretary, Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., DENR Undersecretary for Administration, Finance, Human Resource, Information Systems, Legal, Legislative Affairs and Anti-Corruption Atty. Ernesto Adobo, Jr.., DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations-Luzon Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority Administrator Peter Tiangco, LGi consultant Ian Lloyd, and Rory Dacumos  of the National Economic and Development Authority. xxx 





 

MANILA BAY REHABILITATION

MANILA BAY REHABILITATION

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Representatives of agencies named in the continuing mandamus of the Supreme Court (SC) pledged anew for the rehabilitation of the world-famous Manila Bay during the assessment meeting of the Manila Bay Coordinating Committee held at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.  The meeting, presided over by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (6th from left) and SC Justice and head of the Manila Bay Advisory Committee Presbitero Velasco Jr. (5th from left), also focused on the review of targets set under the Operation Plan for Manila Bay Coastal Strategy, which seeks to improve the water quality of the bay to SB classification, that is, it is fit for swimming, skin diving and other recreational activities. Also in photo are (from left): MCPO Salvador Tabajen of the Philippine Coast Guard, Mr. Arnold Villegas of the Philippine Ports Authority, DENR Undersecretary for Manila Bay and Water Concerns Attorney Maria Paz G. Luna, Director Elsie I. Encarnacion of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Mr. Renzo Ibana of the Department of Education, Engineer Gerardo S. Mogul of the Department of Health, PDDG Reynaldo V. Velasco of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, and Mr. Carlo Mari Crisregienald C. Tan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.### 





 

POSITIVE CHANGE

POSITVE CHANGE

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu addresses participants at the Stakeholders’ Consultation Meeting on the Rehabilitation of Manila Bay, saying the DENR is “changing its paradigm of enforcement by prioritizing and doing a clean sweep of all dischargers of volume and toxic wastewater.” He  also  expressed optimism the meeting will be able to “solicit the brightest ideas, commitment, dedication, work and money” from the participants to get the job on Manila Bay done.  The consultation was held Monday, January 15, 2018, at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City. ###