FIRST NATIONAL LAND SUMMIT

FIRST NATIONAL LAND SUMMIT

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) joins officials and representatives from various agencies involved in land administration and management during the 1st National Land Summit held at The Manila Hotel in Manila. The two-day event held on January 16-17, aimed to discuss issues and initiatives of the land sector, and create valuable partnerships to ensure synergy and cooperation among the land management and titling agencies in the country. Others in photo are from left: Land Governance Innovations (LGi) GM Ma. Lourdes Reyes, DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management, Local Government and Indigenous People's Concerns Atty. Noel Felongco, DENR Undersecretary for Manila Bay Concerns and Related Water Concerns Atty. Maria Paz Luna, Land Management Bureau OIC Director Atty. Emelyne Talabis, Cabinet Secretary, Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., DENR Undersecretary for Administration, Finance, Human Resource, Information Systems, Legal, Legislative Affairs and Anti-Corruption Atty. Ernesto Adobo, Jr.., DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations-Luzon Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority Administrator Peter Tiangco, LGi consultant Ian Lloyd, and Rory Dacumos  of the National Economic and Development Authority. xxx 





 

MANILA BAY REHABILITATION

MANILA BAY REHABILITATION

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Representatives of agencies named in the continuing mandamus of the Supreme Court (SC) pledged anew for the rehabilitation of the world-famous Manila Bay during the assessment meeting of the Manila Bay Coordinating Committee held at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City.  The meeting, presided over by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (6th from left) and SC Justice and head of the Manila Bay Advisory Committee Presbitero Velasco Jr. (5th from left), also focused on the review of targets set under the Operation Plan for Manila Bay Coastal Strategy, which seeks to improve the water quality of the bay to SB classification, that is, it is fit for swimming, skin diving and other recreational activities. Also in photo are (from left): MCPO Salvador Tabajen of the Philippine Coast Guard, Mr. Arnold Villegas of the Philippine Ports Authority, DENR Undersecretary for Manila Bay and Water Concerns Attorney Maria Paz G. Luna, Director Elsie I. Encarnacion of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Mr. Renzo Ibana of the Department of Education, Engineer Gerardo S. Mogul of the Department of Health, PDDG Reynaldo V. Velasco of Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, and Mr. Carlo Mari Crisregienald C. Tan of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.### 





 

POSITIVE CHANGE

POSITVE CHANGE

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu addresses participants at the Stakeholders’ Consultation Meeting on the Rehabilitation of Manila Bay, saying the DENR is “changing its paradigm of enforcement by prioritizing and doing a clean sweep of all dischargers of volume and toxic wastewater.” He  also  expressed optimism the meeting will be able to “solicit the brightest ideas, commitment, dedication, work and money” from the participants to get the job on Manila Bay done.  The consultation was held Monday, January 15, 2018, at the DENR Social Hall in Quezon City. ### 






 

WOUNDED WING IN SANCTUARY

WOUNDED WING IN SANCTUARY

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Field personnel of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in CARAGA region apply first aid to a wounded Philippine eagle prior to its turnover to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City for a much-needed surgical operation.  The juvenile eagle was found by local residents limping along a riverbank, and turned it over to Tago Mayor Rogelio Pimentel through their barangay captain, who in turn brought it to the DENR.  The 4-kg raptor is now recovering from its injury – its cartilage bone on its left wing had to be cut off “to save its life”.  DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu commended his field people for “being vigilant in caring and protecting our precious wildlife treasures, such the Philippine eagle.” ### 





 

EMISSION TESTING OF PUJs

EMISSION TESTING OF PUJs

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) oversees the emission test on a public utility jeepney (PUJ) at the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) grounds in Quezon City. The random vehicle emission test was conducted to verify and consolidate current data on the effect of PUJ emissions on air quality in the light of the ongoing Senate hearings on the government’s jeepney modernization plan. Cimatu said air pollution is both a health and environment issue.  Around 80% of air pollution in Metro Manila comes from mobile sources. With Cimatu is EMB Director Metodio Turbella (left). 





 

STRENGTHENING BILATERAL RELATIONS

STRENGTHENING BILATERAL RELATIONS

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) shakes hands with National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Vice-Chairman Zhang Young of the People’s Republic of China after the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the provision of goods for addressing climate change. Cimatu said agreement involves the donation by the Chinese government of more than 2,000 units of solar LED street lights and 769 household solar power system to the barangays of Antique and El Nido, Palawan through the DENR.  The MOU signing in Malacanang was “to strengthen mutual trust and cooperation between the two parties to address climate change, (and) to effectively mitigate the adverse effects of climate change and improve social well-being.” ### 





 

ONE ASEAN FOR URBAN RESILIENCY

ONE ASEAN FOR URBAN RESILIENCY

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Jonas R. Leones (4th from right) joins hands with key speakers during the opening of the 3-day Forum on Urban Resiliency to Climate Change and Disaster –Risk Reduction Management Strategies held Tuesday in Laoag City.  Part of a series of fora conducted in consonance with the Philippine hosting of ASEAN 50, the event gathered scientific and policy experts to share experiences and information, and discuss plans in achieving sustainable urbanization in the ASEAN region through resilient urban areas. In photo are (left to right): University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) Professors Dr. Felino Lansigan and Dr. Juan Pulhin; DENR-ERDB Director Henry Adornado; Philippine permanent representative to the ASEAN Ambassador Elizabeth Buensuceso; Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos,  overall coordinator for the forum Dr. Simplicia Pasicolan; Universiti Teknologi Malaysia research manager Dr. Khamarrul Azahari Razak; Chulalongkorn University Thailand’s Senior Adviser Dr. Bharat Dahiya; and Institute for Global Environmental Strategy Policy Researcher Ran Yagasa. ### 





 

RESPONSIBLE MINING AWARD

RESPONSIBLE MINING AWARD

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from left) appreciates the responsible mining award conferred on Oceanagold Philippines Inc. (OGPI) during the 1st ASEAN Mineral Awards (AMA) held Nov. 30 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, saying the award was an “achievement” in the local mining sector.  Representatives of OGPI led by its Chair Dr. Jose P. Leviste, Jr. (3rd from right) presented its award for Best Practices in Sustainable Mineral Development for Mineral Processing Category for its Didipio Gold-Copper Mine in Nueva Vizcaya to Cimatu during a courtesy call on Tuesday at the DENR office in Quezon City. The AMA was established to recognize the best practices of mining firms in the ASEAN region that contribute to responsible mining. Others in photo are (from left): OGPI Country Director Bradley Norman, Community Manager Nericel Langres and Metallurgical Superintendent Hilbert Cardenas. ### 





 

AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN MINING

AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES IN MINING

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) congratulates Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC) President and Chief Executive Officer Gerard H. Brimo (2nd from left) when he presented to the DENR chief the company’s award for Best Practices in Sustainable Mineral Development during a courtesy call at the DENR office in Quezon City. The award was conferred on NAC’s subsidiary Rio Tuba Nickel Corp. (RTNC) in Palawan during the 1st Mineral Awards (AMA) held on November 30 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Others in photo are NAC officials (from left to right) Engr. Augusto C. Villaluna, Vice President for Operations and Jose B. Anievas, Chief Operating Officer, and RTNC resident mine manager Philipp Ines. ### 





 

FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF MUNICIPAL WASTE

FOR BETTER MANAGEMENT OF MUNICIPAL WASTE

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Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (standing) leads the awarding of the shredding equipment to various local government units (LGUs) in the Bicol region during his recent visit to the regional office of the Environmental Management Bureau in Legazpi City.  In his message, Cimatu reiterated his commitment to the full implementation of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, even as he expressed his continuing support to LGUs, such as provision of  shredders and technical assistance “to strengthen their compliance with the solid waste management law.” Also in photo are (from left):  DENR Region 5 Director Crisanta Marlene Rodriguez, Manito, Albay Mayor Joshua Mari Daep, Oas, Albay Mayor Domingo Escoto, and EMB Region 5 Director Eva Ocfemia.  ### 






 

SMART AIR QUALITY MONITOR

SMART AIR QUALITY MONITOR

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Engr. Jerry Capulong (left), chief of the Air Quality Management Section of the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) receives, in behalf of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, the state-of-the-art equipment or sensor powered by AirVisual application from Unioil President Kenneth Pundanera (right) during the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR and Unioil for the installation of additional AQM stations in Metro Manila. The sensor, described as the world’s smartest air quality monitor, can measure levels of particulate matter (PM) 2.5, carbon dioxide, temperature and humidity. Data recorded from the stations will be transmitted real time to the web and later to the EMB central server. ###