WUNDERGROUND RIVER

WUNDERGROUND RIVER 


Wunderground-river-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (second from left) is joined by Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo (left), Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn (2nd from right) and Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim (right) in flashing the “W” sign, referring to the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan as a WUNDERGROUND RIVER during the media launch for the inclusion of PPUR as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.   The media launch, held  Friday at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City, sought to solicit the help of media practitioners in getting Filipinos, here and abroad, to cast their votes for the Puerto Princesa Underground River (inset), the lone official nominee of the Philippines to the global competition that will culminate on November 11, 2011.  The public is enjoined to vote online via www.new7wonders.com, or by texting PPUR, PPUR7 or PPUR15 to 2861 for all networks. 



WINNING MURAL OF BRGY. E. RODRIGUEZ, QC

WINNING MURAL OF BRGY. E. RODRIGUEZ, QC


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Photo shows the entry of Brgy. E. Rodriquez, Quezon City, which won 2nd prize in the Mural Painting Contest organized by the Environmental Management Bureau.  With the theme, Sama-sama tayo tungo sa Malinis na Katubigan at Luntiang Kapaligiran,  the contest was participated in by 17 of 33 barangays in Quezon City traversed by Diliman creek.  The painting contest was conducted  pursuant to a memorandum of agreement implementing the “Save the Diliman Creek” program, and supported by Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement, Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) and Pacific Paint (Boysen) Phils.


PPUR CAMPAIGN

PPUR CAMPAIGN 


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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (right) briefs Senator Franklin Drilon on the government’s campaign promoting the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the global search for New Seven Wonders of Nature during a visit to the DENR in Quezon City recently.  Paje is the PPUR national campaign manager for public sector. 







BEST MURAL

BEST MURAL


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Photo shows the winning mural of Brgy. Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.  It bagged the first prize in the recently concluded Mural Painting Contest participated in by 17 of 33 barangays traversed by Diliman Creek. The painting contest was organized by the Environmental Management Bureau, with support from Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement, Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA) and Pacific Paint (Boysen) Phils., pursuant to a memorandum of agreement implementing the “Save the Diliman Creek” program. 




SMS Voting for PPUR as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature

SMS Voting for PPUR as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature 


SMS-voting-4-PPUR-web2Government officials led by Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje and Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim (4th and 5th from left, respectively) vote together via SMS during the media launch of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) in Palawan as the sole official nominee of the Philippines to the search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The event was held Friday at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City especially for media practitioners to seek their support for the campaign, both locally and abroad.  The PPUR currently holds a “precarious” seventh place ranking in a roster of 28 finalists. Voting in the contest which culminates on 11/11/11 can be done online (www.new7wonders.com) or by texting PPUR, PPUR7 or PPUR15 TO 2861 for all networks. Also in picture are (left to right): Quezon City Councilor Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla; DOT Regional Director Louella Jurilla; Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn; Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Antonio Rodriguez and spokesperson Raul Hernandez. 





THUMBS UP FOR PPUR

THUMBS UP FOR PPUR 


Thumbs-up-for-PPUR-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (second from left), together with Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo (left), Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn (2nd from right) and Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim (right), flashes a thumbs up for the Puerto Princesa Underground River or PPUR (inset) in Palawan during a media launch Friday of the campaign for the inclusion of the PPUR as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.  The event was held especially for media practitioners to solicit their support for the campaign, both locally and abroad.  The lone official nominee of the Philippines to the global search, the PPUR currently holds a “precarious” seventh place ranking in a roster of 28 finalists in the contest which culminates on November 11, 2011.  The public is enjoined to vote online via www.new7wonders.com, or by texting PPUR, PPUR7 or PPUR15 to 2861 for all networks. 




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.