SAVE MARIKINA WATERSHED

SAVE MARIKINA WATERSHED


Save-Marikina-web2The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), represented by Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (4th from left) and its partners from other government agencies and key stakeholders commit to enhance the water-holding capacity of the Marikina Watershed by planting five million trees under the National Greening Program. Joining Paje in signing the “Statement of Commitment to Save the Marikina Watershed” at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City on Sept. 26, coinciding with the 2nd anniversary of “Ondoy” tragedy, are (from left) Climate Change Congress of the Philippines chair Christian Monsod, Rizal Vice-Governor Frisco San Juan, Presidential Adviser and Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager  Nereus Acosta, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, and Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation representative Klaas Oreel. 



REHABILITATING MARIKINA RIVER

REHABILITATING MARIKINA RIVER 


Rehab-Marikina_river-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (3rd from left) and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Nereus Acosta (to Paje’s left) sign a memorandum of agreement with oil giant Petron Corporation led by its chairman and chief executive officer Ramon Ang (2nd from right) and president Eric Recto (left) for the rehabilitation of the Marikina River under the DENR’s ‘Adopt-an-Estero’ program. Ang pledged during the MOA signing held Tuesday at the head office of San Miguel Corporation in Mandaluyong City some PhP100 million worth of equipment and machinery to dredge and desilt the creeks located upstream of the river and PhP20 million annually for the next five years for operating expenses. The DENR, through the LLDA and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), on the other hand, will intensify the monitoring of water quality and the establishments operating along the river. Other signatories to the agreement are Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman (second from left) and EMB Director Juan Miguel Cuna (right). 




BUNAWAN’S CROC DUNDEES

BUNAWAN’S CROC DUNDEES 


Bunawans-crocodile-web2Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita Lim and Bunawan Mayor Edwin Elorde (3rd from right) strike a pose with some members of the team that captured ‘lolong’, a male saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), at exactly where it was successfully trapped at Magsagangsang creek, Brgy. Nueva Era, within the Agusan Marsh in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur.  A bigger improvised snare trap made of steel cable wire placed at the Anilao tree, the 6th of 12 traps installed, did the trick for the huge crocodile, which was named after Palawan-based expert hunter Ernesto “Lolong” Cuyante.  Cuyante, who served as trainer and leader of the team, died of heart attack prior to lolong’s capture on Sept. 3, 2011. 




PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR ENVIRONMENT

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR ENVIRONMENT 


PPP-for-envt-web2The government, led by Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (3rd from left), Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager Nereus Acosta (3rd from right), DENR-Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna (right), and Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman (second from left) join forces with Petron Corporation, led by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang (2nd from right) and President Eric Recto (left) for the implementation of environmental programs, such as the rehabilitation of Marikina River, the cleanup of rivers and tributaries in Petron areas nationwide, and participation in the National Greening Program. The partnership was forged Tuesday at the head office of San Miguel Corporation in Mandaluyong City. 




CROCODILE SANCTUARY

CROCODILE SANCTUARY 


Crocodile-sanctuary-web2Crocodile expert Dr. Terry Aquino (2nd from right) discusses with Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita Lim (right) and local officials of Bunawan, Agusan del Sur led by Mayor Edwin Elorde (3rd from left) possible areas for a crocodile sanctuary in Agusan Marsh. Aquino said that among the criteria being looked into for a sanctuary is that it must approximate the reptile’s natural habitat.  The DENR, through PAWB, intends to undertake a study on the population of crocodile in the marshland to determine, among others, the presence of ‘nuisance’ crocodiles.  Accounts of residents indicate that a crocodile bigger than ‘lolong’ remains free in the marsh. 




CLEANUP OF LAS PIÑAS-PARAÑAQUE CRITICAL HABITAT ECO-TOURISM AREA

CLEANUP OF LAS PIÑAS-PARAÑAQUE CRITICAL HABITAT ECO-TOURISM AREA  


Cleanup-LasPinas-web2Photos show a portion of the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat Eco-Tourism Area before (left) and after (right) the cleanup done by some 5,000 volunteers, led by officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), on September 17 in celebration of the 25th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day. The trash build-up in the area is often washed ashore by waves from Manila Bay especially during the rainy season. DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said that despite regular and organized cleanup activities throughout the year, ICC Day gives Filipinos “a feeling of unity with the rest of the world in cleaning up oceans and other water bodies.” The Philippines celebrates ICC Day on the third Saturday of September each year as declared in Presidential Proclamation No. 470. 




25TH INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

25TH INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY 


25th-ICC-Day-web2Some 5,000 volunteers, led by officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), clean up the shores of Freedom and Long Islands covering the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat Eco-Tourism Area in Paranaque City as part of the celebration of the 25th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day on September 17. They joined several thousand volunteers elsewhere in the country in collecting trash from coastal areas, stream and river banks, and underwater. The Philippines has consistently ranked second only to the United States in the number of volunteers for the event, as reported by global organizer Ocean Conservancy. This year’s theme, “Trash Free Seas”, highlights the pollution problem caused by ocean trash and the threat of marine debris to human health, wildlife, communities and economies worldwide. 



DENR LEADS 25th INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

DENR LEADS 25th INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY


DENR-leads-ICC-Day-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (extreme left, left photo) leads some 5,000 volunteers (right photo) in this year’s coastal cleanup held over the weekend at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Critical Habitat Eco-Tourism Area in Paranaque City. The DENR mobilizes all its field offices to lead coastal cleanup activities in various parts of the country in support of the annual observance of International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, and in pursuit of Presidential Proclamation No. 470 mandating the DENR to lead and coordinate with various sectors to collect trash in coastal areas, stream and river banks, as well as underwater. This year’s theme, “Trash Free Seas”, highlights the pollution problem caused by ocean trash and the threat of marine debris to human health, wildlife, communities and economies worldwide, Paje said. 




DENR CHIEF’S INTEGRITY PLEDGE

DENR CHIEF’S INTEGRITY PLEDGE


Integrity_pledge-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center) presents to DENR employees the Integrity Pledge he signed at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City in conjunction with the 111th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Civil Service. With no less than Civil Service Commissioner Francisco Duque (right) and Assistant Commissioner Anicia Marasigan (left) as his witnesses, Paje signed the pledge to demonstrate his commitment to the national campaign to fight corruption.  The Integrity Pledge was initiated by the Asian Institute of Management, in collaboration with the Makati Business Club, the Management Association of the Philippines, the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines and the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.  Under the Pledge, companies agree to abide by ethical business practices and good corporate governance. 



SAVING ‘LOLONG’

SAVING ‘LOLONG’ 


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Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau Director Mundita Lim awards Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Mayor Edwin Elorde (right) a plaque of appreciation for ensuring the safety of ‘lolong’ during and after its capture at Magsagangsang creek in Brgy. Nueva Era, Bunawan.  Mayor Elorde has also committed to construct a bigger artificial habitat for the saltwater crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) that approximates its natural habitat as recommended by Lim.  Looking on is Bunawan Kagawad Ronal Nuer (left), who headed the team that captured ‘lolong’ on Sept. 3, 2011. Photo below shows ‘lolong’ at its artificial habitat in Brgy. Consuelo, also in Bunawan.  At 21 feet, 3.5 wide and weighing 1,075 kilos, ‘lolong’ is the country’s largest crocodile in captivity. 




ENDOWMENT FUND FOR ‘ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES’

ENDOWMENT FUND FOR ‘ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES’ 


Endowment-fund-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (third from right) receives from Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairman Francisco Duque III (second from left) a facsimile of a check amounting to Php314,241.00, representing the proceeds from the In a R.A.C.E.(Responsive, Accessible, Courteous and Effective) to Serve Fun Run organized by the CSC to help families of DENR forest guards who died in the line of duty. Conducted last Sept. 4 at the grounds of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Pasay City, the Fun Run was participated in by close to 3,000 runners composed mostly of government employees to kick off the nationwide celebration of the 111th anniversary of the Philippine Civil Service. Paje said the DENR will put up an endowment fund for ‘environmental heroes’. Also in photo are (left to right): DENR Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr.; CSC Director Myrna Macatangay; CSC Assistant Commissioner Anicia Marasigan-De Lima; DENR Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis; and DENR Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio Jr.