BRONZE TAMBULI AWARD FOR SMI

BRONZE TAMBULI AWARD FOR SMI


Bronze-tambuli-award-web2Sagittarius Mines, Inc. (SMI) general manager for operations and external relations Mark Williams (2nd from right) and Philippine Mines Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) president Louie Sarmiento (left) presents to Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (2nd from left) the bronze 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. The iMIC, which SMI said has played an important role in company’s communication activities in relation to its proposed Tampakan mining operation, is a multimedia display that aims to inform visitors on the use of minerals in daily life, the mine life cycle, and the benefits of modern and responsible minerals development. Also in the photo is Environmental Management Bureau Director lawyer Juan Miguel Cuna (right).  




ENDANGERED CEBU CINNAMON

ENDANGERED CEBU CINNAMON

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Regional Technical Director Ruth Tawantawan of DENR-Region VII introduces to the public the wonders of Cebu Cinnamon which thrives at Mts. Nug-As and Lantoy in Cebu, one of the nine pilot sites of the New Conservation Areas in the Philippines Project (NewCAPP) being implemented by the DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. Aside from Cebu Cinnamon, listed as critically endangered in the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species, Mts. Nug-As and Lantoy is a key biodiversity area for Black Shama and Cebu Flowerpecker. The United Nations Development Program and the Global Environmental Facility provide support to the program, which will run to year 2015. 



TAWI-TAWI ISLAND’S NATURAL WEALTH

TAWI-TAWI ISLAND’S NATURAL WEALTH 

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Filemon Romero, project manager of World Wildlife Fund – Philippines, talks about the diverse natural wealth of Tawi-Tawi Islands, among them the Bud Bongao Peak, the iridescent Gusong Reef, Manuk-Mangkaw Island, and Tahing-Tahing Beach. Tawi-Tawi is one of the nine pilot sites for NewCAPP, a project that aims to recognize new models in protected areas management, particularly those initiated by local communities, indigenous peoples and local government units.  Tawi-Tawi is a group islands located between the Sulu Archipelago of the Philippines and Sabah, Malaysia. 




UN DECADE ON BIODIVERSITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA REGION

UN DECADE ON BIODIVERSITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA REGION

Decade-on-Biodiversity-web2United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary General and Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf (extreme right) conveys his gratitude to President Aquino (2nd from left) for championing the cause of biodiversity by being the first head of state in the ASEAN region to declare the years 2011-2020 as the National Decade on Biodiversity in the Philippines, in consonance with the UN declaration.  Djoghlaf also expressed hopes that the President’s leadership would be “fruitful and emulated by all [heads of] member states… because when it comes to protection of life on Earth, we need more than ever [their] full engagement.” Listening to Dr. Djoghlaf at the Rizal Hall of Malacanang in Manila for the launch of Decade on Biodiversity in Southeast Asia on Thursday (May 30) are (seated, left to right): Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Antonio Rodriguez; DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje and ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Executive Director Rodrigo Fuentes. 



SAVING THE TAMARAW

SAVING THE TAMARAW 

Saving-the-Tamaraw-web2Regional Technical Director Edgardo Galleon of DENR- Region IV-B proudly presents a photo of Mt. Iglit-Baco National Park and its famous resident – tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis),during the launching of the New Conservation Areas in the Philippines Project (NewCAPP) held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.  Mt. Iglit-Baco NP is selected as one of the pilot sites of NewCAPP that recognizes new management models for protected areas. Aside from the Tamaraw, Mt. Iglit-Baco is also home to indigenous Mangyan.  NewCAPP, to run for five years, is being implemented by the DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, with support from the United Nations Development Program and the Global Environmental Facility. 



LONG LIVE THE ‘SAKSAKULAP’

LONG LIVE THE ‘SAKSAKULAP’ 

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Forester Policarpio Najera, regional technical director for  Protected Areas Wildlife Coastal Zone Management Services (PAWCZMS) of DENR-Region I, holds a picture of a Philippine frogmouth (Batrachostomus septimus), locally known as ‘saksakulap,’ as the representative species of the Zambales Mountain Range – Mangatarem, Pangasinan side.  One of the nine pilot sites for the New Conservation Areas of the Philippines Project (NewCAPP), the Zambales mountain range is home to many endemic wildlife species, including the frogmouth. The NewCAPP is a project of the DENR-Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau that aims to expand the number of protected areas by recognizing new models of protected area management.  It will run for five years, with support from the United Nations Development Program and the Global Environmental Facility. 



PROTECTING THE EAGLE’S NEST

PROTECTING THE EAGLE’S NEST 

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George Guillermo of DENR-Region VII posts a photo of the Philippine eagle to the Philippine Map to represent the biodiversity of Mount Nacolod in Southern Leyte during the recent launching of the New Conservation Areas in the Philippines Project (NewCAPP) at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.  Mt. Nacolod, a pilot site of NewCAPP, is known as a natural habitat of the national bird which has long been in the list of endangered species because of its dwindling population in the wild. NewCAPP seeks to protect key biodiversity areas through involvement of local government units, indigenous peoples and local communities in the management of protected areas 



RAFFLESIA

RAFFLESIA 

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Regional Technical Director Reynald Yawan of the DENR-Cordillera Administrative Region presents a photo of Rafflesia banoana malabrigo, a stinky parasitic flower endemic to the Balbalasang-Balbalang National Park.  Straddling Kalinga and Apayao provinces, the park is a composite of two mountain ranges, and is one of nine pilot sites of the New Conservation Areas in the Philippines Project (NewCAPP) launched recently at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center.  The project is being implemented by the DENR through its Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau, with support from the United Nations Development Program and the Global Environmental Facility 



IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER 

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Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III leads the unveiling of his father’s statue in front of the Bulwagan Ninoy, a two-storey building within the 22.7- hectare Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.  Formerly known as the Visitor’s Center, Bulwagan Ninoy boasts of five function rooms that serve as training/conference rooms for DENR and other entities on biodiversity conservation and other related subjects.  On hand to assist the President are (from left):  Quezon Prov. Rep. and Deputy Speaker Erin Tañada, DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, TESDA Director General Joel Villanueva, and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala.  The unveiling was one of the highlights of the President’s launch of the National Greening Program held May 13, 2011 at the DENR, also in QC.



DECADE ON BIODIVERSITY IN THE PHILIPPINES

DECADE ON BIODIVERSITY IN THE PHILIPPINES 

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United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary General and Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf (second from left) congratulates President Benigno Aquino III (center) for declaring the years 2011-2020 as National Decade on Biodiversity in the Philippines through Presidential Proclamation No. 178.  The proclamation, a copy of which was handed to Djoghlaf by DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (second from right) at the launching ceremony of the UN Decade of Biodiversity in Southeast Asia at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace on Monday (May 30), directs all agencies in all branches of the government to initiate activities promoting the Decade on Biodiversity and to pursue biodiversity conservation efforts, especially in fighting threats from “environmental plunderers.” On hand to grace the occasion includes Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Antonio Rodriguez (left) and ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity Executive Director Rodrigo Fuentes (right). 



MALACANANG’S HERITAGE TREE

MALACANANG’S HERITAGE TREE  


Ma-heritage-tree-web2President Benigno S. Aquino III (second from left) and United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary General and Executive Secretary to the Convention on Biological Diversity Dr. Ahmed Djoghlaf (second from right) unveil a marker declaring a strangler fig tree (common name balete, scientific name Ficus concinna Miq.) fronting Malacañang Palace as a Heritage Tree under the Heritage Tree Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The balete is described to be over a hundred years old, and has stood witness to unfolding events in the country’s rich history. The commemorative unveiling formed part of the launching of the years 2011-2010 as the UN Decade on Biodiversity in Southeast Asia and in the Philippines, and demonstrates the commitment of the country and the ASEAN Region toward the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity. Also in photo are DENR Secretary Ramon J. P.  Paje (left) and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for International Economic Relations Antonio Rodriguez (right)