STOPPING FOREST CRIME

STOPPING FOREST CRIME


Stop-forest-crime-web2Operatives of the  newly-formed Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF) intercepted some P0.6 million worth of hot lumber at pier 16 of the Manila North Harbor last Thursday (March 17) aboard  a 40-foot container van which was shipped from Davao, a known transshipment point  for contrabands bound for Metro Manila.  The AILTF’s maiden operation came at the heels of the issuance of Executive Order (EO) No.  23 by President Benigno S. Aquino III last February 1, 2011 which called for AILF’s creation, chaired by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,  whose task is to beef-up government’s enforcement of the EO’s declaration of  an indefinite ban on logging in natural and residual forest. 


 
 

 

ELECTRIC VEHICLE

ELECTRIC VEHICLE


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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (2nd from right) engages in a technical discussion with (from left): Porteon Electric Vehicles, Inc. president Steven Zubkoff, Vita Verde Inc. president Paul O. Aquino and Porteon chief executive officer Ken Montier regarding Porteon’s electric vehicle (foreground). Paje said the use of electric vehicles is among the alternatives being considered by the government to reduce air pollution levels in Metro Manila and other highly-urbanized centers in the country. 





TEST DRIVE

TEST DRIVE 


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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (right) test drives around DENR compound on Visayas Avenue, Quezon City, Porteon’s electric vehicle, which is known to be equipped with a patented Apex motor and a unique power management system that substantially improves energy efficiency and performance.  With Sec. Paje is Vita Verde’s president Paul O. Aquino.


 
 

 

ZERO BASURA OLYMPICS FOR ACADEME

ZERO BASURA OLYMPICS FOR ACADEME


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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh (right), Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP) chairperson Elisea Gozun (center) and Department of Education’s Director of the Health and Nutrition Center Dr. Thelma Navarrez present the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) they have forged recently for the implementation of the Zero Basura Olympics for Academic Division. Teh, who represented DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje in the MOA signing, said the project is among the strategies crafted to increase the level of compliance to the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act as it intends to give recognition to the best initiatives and practices on proper waste management among academic institutions, from elementary to tertiary levels. 


FORUM ON PHILIPPINE RIVERS

FORUM ON PHILIPPINE RIVERS


Forum-Rivers-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (in white barong) underscores the importance of addressing the country’s water management problems, such as lack of  water impounding systems and other water infrastructure, and pollution to ensure the availability of water supply at all times, especially  during disasters and calamities, at the National Forum on the State of Philippine Rivers held Monday (March 14, 2011) at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.  The forum coincided with the International Day of Call for Action to Save Rivers and was attended by more than a hundred participants representing environmental groups, government agencies, and other water stakeholders.  
 

 

MANILA BAY CLEAN-UP TIMEFRAMES

MANILA BAY CLEAN-UP TIMEFRAMES


Manila-Bay-cleanup-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (3rd from left) welcomes a resolution by the Supreme Court giving timeframes within which the DENR and 10 other government agencies are to implement their mandated tasks to clean up Manila Bay, directing the Department’s Manila Bay Coordinating Office (MBCO)  to fasttrack the updating of the Operational Plan for Manila Bay Strategy and the submission of water quality monitoring reports and other requirements during a recent meeting with five Supreme Court justices led Chief Justice Renato Corona (right) at the Manila Yatch Club in Manila. Prior to the meeting, Sec. Paje, together with Chief Justice Corona and four other SC justices, namely Justice Mariano del Castillo (left), Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr (2nd from left), Justice Jose Perez and Justice Lucas Bersamin (not in photo) and other DENR officials took an ocular inspection of the Bay. 

DENR, SC TOUR OF MANILA BAY

DENR, SC TOUR OF MANILA BAY


DENR-SC-tour-web2lEnvironment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (second from left), together with Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona (second from right), is briefed by Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Captain Pablo Gonzales on the capabilities of MV EDSA II during a tour of Manila Bay by DENR officials and SC justices on Friday (March 11). The other SC justices who joined the Manila Bay cruise were (not in photo): Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr, Justice Lucas Bersamin, Justice Mariano del Castillo and Justice Jose Perez.  After the sail, the officials held a meeting at the Manila Yacht Club in Manila, where they were joined by environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa (not in photo) who presented practical ways to rehabilitate Manila Bay. 
 

 

AUDIT CONFERENCE

AUDIT CONFERENCE


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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center) poses with the COA-DENR Audit Group led by Supervising Auditor Norberta R. Mateo (to Paje’s left), resident auditor of DENR central office.  The auditors, assigned in various offices of the DENR, recently concluded their 3-day Year-end Audit Assessment and Planning Conference held February 9-11, 2011 at the DENR in Quezon City. 




 

DENR-UPLBFI COLLABORATION

DENR-UPLBFI COLLABORATION


DENR-UPLBFI-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (3rd from right) signs an agreement with University of the Philippines Los Baños Foundation (UPLB-FI) President and Chairman Dr. Luis Rey I. Velasco (in black suit) for a joint undertaking on the development of a strategic environment communication and policy advocacy program aimed at raising stakeholders’ awareness, knowledge and appreciation of DENR programs, particularly the National Greening Program.  On hand to witness the agreement signing held Tuesday (March 8, 2011) at the DENR in Quezon City are DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio (seated, left), UPLB-College of Development Communication Dean Cleofe S. Torres (seated, right), (standing, from right) DENR head executive assistant Atty. Jonas Leones, UPLB-FI Director Dr. Cecilio R. Arboleda, and UPLB DevCom Prof. Ma. Theresa H. Velasco. 

 

 

RESCUED TIGERS

RESCUED TIGERS


Rescued-tigers-webPhoto shows two of four female tigers placed under the custody of the DENR’s Wildlife Rescue Center at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center (NAPWNC) in Quezon City. The tigers were seized by the DENR and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) from the property of one Robert Co in Quezon City, when his house burned down last February 28. Another tiger (not in photo), a male, was immediately turned over to the Manila Zoo. According to Dir. Theresa Mundita Lim of the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, the NBI has filed a case against Co for illegal possession and transportation of the animals, or violations against Republic Act 9147, also known as the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, as the animals were registered in Tayabas, Quezon Province. Lim also said that the animals will remain in the DENR’s custody pending the outcome of the case. 

 

 

DIALOGUE ON MINING CONCERNS

DIALOGUE ON MINING CONCERNS


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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.