HUMAN CHAIN FOR BORACAY

HUMAN CHAIN FOR BORACAY


Humanchain-Boracay-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center), Presidential Adviser and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Gen. Manager Nereus Acosta (3rd from right) and Malay Mayor John Yap (to Paje’s left) lead volunteers in forming a human chain to symbolize unity in the effort to protect and sustainably manage the fragile environment of Boracay, the country’s premier island resort made famous by its white, fine sand.  Paje underscores the need to put in place environmental safeguards in the wake of growing tourist arrival which usually peaks at summertime.  Paje commits continued technical assistance to the local government of Malay to enhance environmental protection in Boracay particularly in the areas of forest and wetlands rehabilitation, solid waste management and coastal management. 




DENR SCHOLAR RECOGNIZED

DENR SCHOLAR RECOGNIZED 

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis  awards a Certificate of Recognition  to Ms. Julie Gorospe-Ibuan (right) for having completed her Masters in Social Economy and Labor at the Institute of Economics of the Estadual Universidade de Campinas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Her thesis is entitled “Neoliberalism in the Philippines:  Its Impacts on Labor Policies and Social Labor Regulation.”  Ms Ibuan was the first Filipino to study at the Estadual Universidade de Campinas through a scholarship grant under the Global Labour University programme.  Also in photo is Human Resource Development Director Ric Enriquez. 




DENR’S ACE SCHOLAR

DENR’S  ACE SCHOLAR  


DENRs-ace-scholar-web2Al Orolfo  (right)  accepts the DENR  citation  award for excellence handed by DENR Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis (middle) during the recognition rites for DENR scholars  held Oct. 5, 2011 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.  Orolfo recently completed his  Ph. D in Human Resource Management from the University of Santo Tomas summa cum laude and bagged the prestigious Meritissimus Award of Excellence for his dissertation entitled “Green Human Resource Management among Selected ISO 14001 Certified Government Organizations: A Proposed Climate Change Mitigation Model,” which he presented during the event. Also in photo is Human Resource Development Director Ric Enriquez.




GREENING OF SLEX

GREENING OF SLEX 


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Director for Community Service Rolando Metin (right) of Rotary Club Makati-Rockwell strikes a pose at the balitbitan sapling he planted at the South Luzon Expressway in Calamba, Laguna.  Metin, a former DENR undersecretary, led members of the Rotary International in partnering with the South Luzon Tollway Corp., the local government units of Calamba, Laguna and Sto. Tomas, Batangas and the DENR for the greening of the South Luzon Expressway.  Also in photo is DENR Special Concerns Director Billy Ragos (right).  Behind him is DENR-Region 4A Director Nilo Tamoria.  A total of 6,000 seedlings comprising of narra, golden shower, pili and balitbitan species were planted by some 700 volunteers during the event 







TOKEN

TOKEN 


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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje appreciates a replica of bonsai tree made of rock and semi-precious gem stones given as a token by the Society of Filipino Foresters (SFF) during its 63rd National Convention held recently at the La Carlota Resort Hotel in Boracay Island, Aklan.  Handing the token to Paje is Forester Renato De Rueda, SFF’s national council president.  Also in photo is Forest Management Bureau Director Neria Andin (right). 




ONDOY: NEVER AGAIN

ONDOY: NEVER AGAIN 

Ondoy_never-again-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje underscores the various environmental programs and policy reforms that the Aquino government is implementing, such as the National Greening Program, Adopt-an-Estero Program and the imposition of nationwide logging moratorium on natural and residual forests during a simple ceremony commemorating the 2nd anniversary of Typhoon Ondoy held at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City.  The event was marked by the signing of two important measures to avoid a repeat of the massive flooding experienced by Metro Manila and other neighboring areas brought about by Ondoy -- the signing of commitment by various stakeholders, including the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation, Climate Change Congress of the Philippines, Metro Manila Development Authority, Laguna Lake Development Authority to save the watershed, and the endorsement for the proclamation of the Marikina Watershed as a protected area by Paje for Malacanang. 




CCCP COMMITS FOR MARIKINA WATERSHED

CCCP COMMITS FOR MARIKINA WATERSHED 


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Climate Change Congress of the Philippines (CCCP) co-convenor Christian Monsod points to greater cooperation for the protection of the Marikina Watershed between civil society groups and government agencies led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) by enabling poor communities  within the watershed to adopt sustainable livelihood practices alongside the DENR’s move to place the 2,6125-hectare watershed area as a protected area under the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 1992 (Republic Act 7586). CCCP, a civil society group organized by  Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), took part in the pledging rites at  the “Statement of Commitment for the protection of the Marikina Watershed”  held last September 26, 2011 at the DENR-Social Hall in Quezon City. 





MARIKINA WATERSHED AS PROTECTED AREA

MARIKINA WATERSHED AS PROTECTED AREA  


Marikina-watershed-as-PA-weEnvironment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center) holds up the proposed proclamation order for the Marikina Watershed Reservation as a protected area. Paje signed the endorsement for President Benigno Aquino III on Sept. 26 at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City as he also forged a “Commitment to Save the Marikina Watershed” with various key stakeholders in a move to prevent the occurrence of another “Ondoy” in the country.  When approved, Paje said the Marikina watershed will be known as the Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape and will cover 26,125.64 hectares in Baras, Rodriguez, San Mateo, Tanay and Antipolo City, all in Rizal province. Supporting the declaration are (from left) 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. 




ALLIANCE FOR MARIKINA WATERSHED, RIVER

ALLIANCE FOR MARIKINA WATERSHED, RIVER


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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary (right), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager and concurrent Presidential Adviser on Environmental Protection Nereus Acosta (center) and Marikina City Mayor Del de Guzman form a strategic alliance to improve and rehabilitate not only the Marikina River, a tributary of Laguna de Bay, but also the Marikina watershed through the DENR’s Adopt-an-Estero Program and the National Greening Program.  The officials were signatories to a memorandum of agreement forged with Petron Corporation’s Chairman and CEO Ramon Ang, and President Eric Recto Tuesday (Sept. 20) at the head office of San Miguel Corporation in Mandaluyong City. 




COMMITMENT TO SAVE MARIKINA WATERSHED

COMMITMENT TO SAVE MARIKINA WATERSHED


Commitment-to-Marikina-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (4th from left) leads partners and stakeholders in presenting their copies of the “Statement of Commitment to Save the Marikina Watershed” in a simple ceremony held Monday (Sept. 26) at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City, coinciding with the second anniversary of the “Ondoy” tragedy. The commitment was to prevent the recurrence of a similar tragedy by rehabilitating the Marikina Watershed and enhancing its water-holding capacity to reduce siltation and flash floods by planting and caring for five million trees under the National Greening Program. Joining the DENR secretary are (left to right) Climate Change Congress of the Philippines chair Christian Monsod, Rizal Vice-Governor Frisco San Juan, Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager Nereus Acosta, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino; and Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation representative Klaas Oreel.. 




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.