DIALOGUE ON MINING CONCERNS
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Line Bureau Jeremias Dolino (white polo with eyeglasses) and Environmental Management Bureau Assistant Director Gilbert Gonzales (to Dolino’s left) assures representatives of people’s organizations from southern Luzon that their concerns on the various mining activities being undertaken in their provinces, particularly Batangas, Palawan, Rizal, Mindoro and Bicol, shall be addressed in accordance with Republic Act No. 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. The PO representatives expressed apprehension on the possible impact of mining activities on their farm and water supply in a dialog held Wednesday (March 2, 2011) at the DENR office in Quezon City.
President Benigno S. Aquino III holds a Lumbang seedling as he rallies the people in Bry. Sto. Niño, Pili, Camarines Sur, to plant trees to fight off climate change, the most threatening of all environmental problems facing the country and the world. Pres. Aquino declared the implementation of a National Greening Program (NGP) as a government priority, through Executive Order No. 26, mandating the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as the lead agency. Also in photo are (from left): Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo, DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje and Camarines Sur Gov. Lray Villafuerte (right).
METRO KO, LOVE KO
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje signs in the commitment board to manifest his full support to the newly-launched “Metro Ko, Love Ko,” anti-littering program of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Paje commended MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino for the various initiatives being implemented by the agency to protect and clean up the metropolis’ environment of garbage.
NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM
Holding a potted "lumbang (Aleurites Moluccana)" seedling, President Benigno S. Aquino III leads the launching of the National Greening Program (NGP) during a tree planting activity held Tuesday at Brgy. Sto. Nino, Pili, Camarines Sur. The tree planting likewise kicked off the province-wide greening program, El Verde, which seeks to plant some 2 million seedlings by 2012 under the leadership of Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Ray Villafuerte, Jr. (right). DENR secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (2nd from left) explains the NGP is Pres. Aquino’s priority program intended to integrate and harmonize all greening initiatives of the government, civil society and the private sector with the end in view of addressing poverty, food security and climate change. Also in photo is Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo (left).
WASTE SEGREGATION BINS
Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna (3rd from left) urged the teachers and students of San Francisco High School (SFHS) in Bago Bantay, Quezon City, to take their environmental protection initiatives to a higher level during the turnover ceremony of 10 sets of waste segregation bins to the school by Ayala Land, Inc. and Inca Plastics, one of the country’s oldest plastic products manufacturers, recently. SFHS principal Dr. Milagros San Juan (2nd from left) conveyed the school’s gratitude for the donated waste bins to Ayala Land’s Corporate Communications head Jorge Miguel Marco (3rd from right) and Inca Plastic’s Assistant Vice-President Mercy R. Delfin (center), even as she committed to support the DENR’s campaign of making every school in the country “sustainable and eco-friendly.”
Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje briefs the members of media on the imposition of logging moratorium in natural forests as embodied in Executive Order No. 23 issued recently by President Benigno S. Aquino III. Speaking at a press conference held Friday (Feb. 4) at the OSEC Conference Room, Paje also underscored the President’s directive on the creation of an anti-illegal logging task force to be chaired by the DENR secretary, with the secretaries of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of National Defense, chief of the Philippine National Police, the chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, as members.
AIR, WATER, GARBAGE: TOP EMB AGENDA
Lawyer Juan Miguel Cuna (right), director of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) presents the agency’s priority projects to implement this 2011 during the DENR’s reprogramming workshop held January 20, 2011 at the Fontana Hotel in Clarkfield, Pampanga. Cuna stressed that through EMB, the DENR will pursue its objective of reducing by 30% the air pollution in Metro Manila and other urban areas through enforcement on mobile and stationary sources of pollution, instilling discipline, and improving compliance with vehicular emission testing, and strengthening partnerships with industries. He also said plans to enhance the implementation.
TOWARDS SELF-SUSTAINING PROTECTED AREAS
Director Theresa Mundita Lim (right) of DENR’s Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) discusses the priorities and plans of the PAWB for 2011 and beyond. Lim explains the strategies to make at least 30% of the country’s 238 protected areas financially self-sustainable by 2016, such as boundary delineation, stock inventory, management or investment planning, promotion and marketing, project evaluation, and capacity-building. Lim also identified potential revenue-generating activities in PAs such as eco-tourism, telecommunications facilities, renewable energy projects, agro-forestry and bioprospecting. Lim’s presentation was done during the DENR’s reprogramming workshop held on January 20, 2011 at the Fontana Leisure Park in Clark Air Field, Pampanga.
MGB’S TOP AGENDA FOR 2011
Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) OIC Director Leo L. Jasareno (right) presents the bureau’s major programs for implementation this year during the DENR Reprogramming Workshop held Jan. 20, 1022 at Clarkfield in Pampanga. Jasareno stressed that the MGB programs are aimed at enhancing the socio-economic benefits from the country’s mineral resources while giving premium on environmental protection. Among the major activities to be pursued during the year by the agency include the densification of geohazard and climate change maps, greening of the minerals industry, groundwater and vulnerability assessment, cleansing of pending mining applications, declaration of more mineral reservations, value-adding of minerals through downstream processing, inventory and bidding out of abandoned tailings, mine rehabilitation program, and IEC campaign for responsible mining.