NATIONAL COMMITMENT ON WATER AND SANITATION

NATIONAL COMMITMENT ON WATER AND SANITATION 


water_sanitation-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (2nd from left) joins other government officials in presenting to His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III (middle) the Declaration of Commitment to Policy Action on Water and Sanitation during the recent celebration of World Water Day at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The Declaration centers on collaborative efforts to provide potable water supply and sanitation services and ensuring their equitable and sustainable distribution. It also aims to improve regulation and management of water and sanitation services, as well as the quality of services offered by water service providers. Joining Paje and the President are (from left): Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, National Economic and Development Authority Deputy Director-General Rolando Tungpalan, and University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance Dean Edna Co. 



SKYWAY ‘ADOPTS’ MARICABAN CREEK

SKYWAY ‘ADOPTS’ MARICABAN CREEK


Skyway-adopts-Maricaban-webEnvironment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (seated, 2nd from right) inks an agreement with Skyway O & M Corp. (SOMCO) president and CEO Ramon Borromeo (seated, 2nd from left) for the environmental improvement of a 2.6 kilometer stretch of the Maricaban creek situated between Brgy. Sto. Niño in Taguig City and South Superhighway in Pasay City. The ‘adoption’ of Maricaban creek by Skyway is in consonance with the thrust of the government to address water pollution and climate change, Paje stressed. On hand to witness the agreement signing held coinciding with the celebration of the World Water Day recently at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City were SOMCO-Special Operations and Projects, and External Affairs head Eduardo Nepomuceno (seated, left) and DENR-Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna (seated, right). 

 

BAYANIHAN FOR EDUCATION

BAYANIHAN FOR EDUCATION


Bayanihan-4-education-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (middle) joins arms in bayanihan fashion with (from left) Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director-General Joel Villanueva, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Cristino Naguiat, and PAGCOR President and COO Jorge Sarmiento, to symbolize the collaboration among said government agencies to enhance quality education by addressing the perennial problem of shortage in school desks and chairs and other furniture in the country.  The partnership, sealed through a Memorandum of Agreement, provides that the DENR has committed to donate confiscated forest products to the DepEd for conversion into arm chairs, wooden desks, tables and cabinets for public schools. TESDA will provide skills training as well as set up production sites for the fabrication of the school furniture, while PAGCOR will provide the needed financial support to the project, earmarking an initial amount of P 100 million. 



WATER CHALLENGE

WATER CHALLENGE


Water-challenge-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (standing) underscores the need for a more efficient management of the country’s water resources during the World Water Day 2011 celebration Tuesday (March 22) at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.  Paje said that despite the abundance of water in the country,  providing each Filipino full access to safe and clean water remains one of the country’s Millennium Development Goals, offering these measures to achieve such as building and implementing a more efficient system of catching water during the rainy season and releasing it during the dryer months, establishing the necessary infrastructure and addressing water pollution. Listening to Paje’s message are (upper photo, left to right) Secretary Jesse Robredo of the DILG, President Benigno Aquino III, Deputy Director-General Rolando Tungpalan of the National Economic and Development Authority, and Dean Edna Co of the University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance, and (lower photo) students from various schools in Metro Manila who participated in the WWD celebration. 

 

IMPROVED WATER MECHANISMS

IMPROVED WATER MECHANISMS


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President Benigno S. Aquino III cites a number of projects aimed at improving the country’s water mechanisms in his World Water Day speech Tuesday (March 22) at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.  The President said the government is “inching closer” to fulfulling one of the Philippines’ Millennium Development Goals of providing a steady water supply to 36 water-less municipalities in 12 provinces. Also in photo are (from left) Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, National Economic and Development Authority Deputy Director-General Rolando Tungpalan, and University of the Philippines-National College of Public Administration and Governance Dean Edna Co.




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.