FREED GECKO

FREED GECKO 


Freed-gecko-web2A gecko crawls out, looking for a new tree-home after its release, along with 23 others, at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City last week.       The geckos were turned over to the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) by the Pasay City government and the local office of the DENR in Cabanatuan City last month.  DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje earlier appealed to the public to refrain from engaging in illegal collection and trade of geckos as its depopulation would bring imbalance to the ecosystem.  Fines and penalties also face violators as geckos are protected under Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as the Philippine Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.  The demand for geckos increased recently because of their perceived medicinal value as cure for dreaded diseases like AIDS and cancer, but which health authorities refuted as without scientific basis. 





DAR DELEGATION

DAR DELEGATION 


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Representatives from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) take part in the tree planting activity held at the Ipo watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan. DAR is one of three Convergence agencies (the others are DENR and Department of Agriculture) mandated to lead the implementation of the National Greening Program to ensure the rehabilitation of the country’s upland areas while providing alternative livelihood to farmers, including the beneficiaries of the government’s land reform program. 





DA VOLUNTEERS

DA VOLUNTEERS 


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Volunteers from the Department of Agriculture (DA) plant a seedling in behalf of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala during a tree planting activity held recently at the Ipo watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan.  The tree planting activity was held in observance of this year’s celebration of Arbor Day and pursuant to the agency’s commitment in the National Greening Program. 





DENR-DA-DAR Convergence Initiative

DENR-DA-DAR Convergence Initiative


DENR-DAR-DA-CI-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (3rd from left) is joined by (from left to right) Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan, Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, and Climate Change Commissioner Mary Ann Lucille Sering during the 3rd episode of the Pilipinas Natin forum aired over NBN Channel 4 in Quezon City.  Paje explained the significance of the convergence of the three agencies in implementing the National Greening Program which seeks not only to mitigate the effects of climate change but also to reduce poverty and ensure food availability especially with the inclusion of fruit-bearing trees in the country’s reforestation efforts. The climate change mitigation and adaptation and food security episode was hosted by Albay Governor Joey Salceda (extreme right) and Atty. Marc Castrodes (to Salceda’s right). 




CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION

CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION


CC_mitigation-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center) discusses the measures being adopted by the government to address climate change to include the national greening program, improved air quality management, clean-up of nation’s waterways in partnership with the private sector and solid waste management, during the 3rd episode of Pilipinas Natin, a pre-SONA media forum, on Wednesday at NBN-Channel 4.  Paje also conveyed during the forum President Aquino’s declaration that the “highest form of national security is environmental security.”  Other guests included Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul, Jr. (left), who spoke on the upgrading of PAG-ASA facilities for better detection and prediction of weather conditions, and Climate Change Commissioner Mary Ann Lucille Sering (right), who highlighted the importance of disaster risk reduction and vulnerability assessment in the overall strategy on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The DENR chairs the Cabinet cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, while the Climate Change Commission acts as the secretariat. 




ARBOR DAY

ARBOR DAY


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Representatives from various agencies, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines, join in the tree planting activity organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at Ipo watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan, which saw the planting of some 3,500 seedlings of various species in the area.  DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje conveyed his gratitude to the participants for heeding his call to celebrate “Arbor Day, every day” particularly during the rainy season, when the survival of newly-transplanted seedlings is high. 




DENR LEADS IPO WATERSHED REFORESTATION

DENR LEADS IPO WATERSHED REFORESTATION


Ipo-reforestation2-webOfficials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) led by Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio (holding shovel) are joined by volunteers from other government agencies in planting some 2,000 narra and kupang seedlings at the Ipo watershed in Bgy. San Mateo in Norzagaray, Bulacan. The tree planters braved the heavy rains Saturday, hiked uphill for more than a kilometer to reach the planting site to show support to the National Greening Program of the Aquino administration.  Also represented in the effort are the Departments of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, the Metropolitan Waterways and Sewerage System, water concessionaires Manila Water and Maynila, the Philippine Army and the local government unit of Norzagaray. 




THREATENED SPECIES FOR ADOPTION

THREATENED SPECIES FOR ADOPTION


Threatened-species-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus and Project Management Manuel Gerochi (top) urges the participants to the forum, “Fostering Partnerships towards the Conservation of the Philippine Eagle and other Threatened Wildlife Species” at the Philippine Stock Exchange Center Auditorium in Pasig City, of the need to protect nature in return for what it supplies to humanity to meet its basic needs. The forum was jointly organized by the DENR, through its Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, the Conservation International-Philippines and the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity to gather potential partners in the DENR’s “Adopt-a-Wildlife Species Program”, which encourages in-situ conservation of threatened species such as the Philippine Eagle (Pitecophaga jefferyi) to save them from possible extinction.




MOST ECO-FRIENDLY GOVERNMENT OFFICES

MOST ECO-FRIENDLY GOVERNMENT OFFICES 

eco-friendly-govt_ofc-webThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) cites three government offices with excellent environmental performance in the first ever 2011 Eco-Friendly Government Offices Recognition Awards held Wednesday at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City. On hand to receive their agency’s Environmental Excellence Awards are (3rd to 5th from left): Administrator Edita Bueno for National Electrification Administration, Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Edgardo Garcia for Development Bank of the Philippines, and Assistant Director for Administrative Services Francisco M. Gomez, Jr. for the Philippine Heart Center.  Also in photo are DENR’s Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna and Undersecretary for Planning and Policy Demetrio Ignacio Jr. (first and second from left, respectively), and Civil Service Assistant Commissioner Rogelio Limare (right). 



LAND USE MAP

LAND USE MAP


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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (left), together with (2nd from left to right) Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) general manager for operations and external relations Mark Williams, Philippine Mines Safety and Environment Association president Louie Sarmiento and SMI corporate communications manager John B. Arnaldo, views a land use map at the DENR office in Quezon City.  The group recently paid a courtesy call on the DENR chief to present the Tambuli Award that SMI has won for its Interactive Mining Information Center (iMIC) under the category of Best Public Relations Initiated Campaign in the UA&P Tambuli Awards for 2011. 




CLEAN AIR 10+2 FORUM

CLEAN AIR 10+2 FORUM

Clean-air-102-forum-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje (left) outlines future programs that targets to reduce air pollution levels  in Metro Manila even as he enumerates the achievements of the different sectors of the government and civil society in advocating for clean air during the Forum on Clean Air 10+2 held recently at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.  Among the clean air initiatives being espoused by Paje include the use of electric vehicles, a “no exposed soil policy” in the streets, particularly in Metro Manila, retrofitting of vehicles to use alternative fuels, and providing access to the environmental fund allocation from the Road Board for clean air programs. The forum was organized by the DENR, together with the Department of Transportation and Communications, the Climate Change Commission and the Partnership for Clean Air (PCA), to celebrate the 12-year implementation of Republic Act 8749, also known as the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999. It was attended by representatives from government agencies, local government units, PCA members, business and academic sectors, and other members of civil society.