UBAY’S ORGANIC PRODUCTS

UBAY’S ORGANIC PRODUCTS

16-11-08--Ubays-organic-products-webEnvironment Secretary Gina Lopez (right) makes several purchases of organic products harvested and sold by members of the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) during a recent field visit to San Pascual, Ubay in  Bohol. The UFTPAI is a people’s organization charged with overseeing the development of agro-forestry projects, such as coffee and bignay, under the government’s National Greening Program. Ubay is one of the six municipalities in northern Bohol that form part of the DENR’s priority convergence area for the implementation of integrated area management strategy for the development of the Carood Watershed. ### 





 

 

LOPEZ LISTENS TO TRANSPORT GROUPS

 

LOPEZ LISTENS TO TRANSPORT GROUPS

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (3rd from left) listens intently to concerns raised by Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers of the Philippines (FEJODAP) President Zenaida Maranan (2nd from right) particularly on the government's planned Public Utility Jeepney (PUJ) Modernization Program which will see the phase out of 15-year old jeepneys in Metro Manila during the National Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force Workshop held Tuesday at Environmental Management Bureau in Quezon City. Maranan reiterated FEJODAP's plea for financial assistance from the DENR for the upgrade of  PUJ engines to help drivers comply with Euro 4 emission standards set by the DENR’s  Administrative Order No. 2016-23. Also in photo are (from left to right) Pasang Masda President Roberto "Ka Obet" Martin, Coalition of Clean Air Advocates of the Philippines Senior Vice President for communications and public relations Dr. Mike Aragon, DENR Undersecretary-designate Arturo Valdez, EMB Sr. Environmental Management Specialist Jerry Capulong, and Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines President Boy Vargas. ### 





 

 

 

 

 

 

BHUTAN’S HAPPINESS GURU

BHUTAN’S HAPPINESS GURU

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Environment Secretary Regina Paz Lopez welcomes and accepts a token from Dr. Saamdu Chetri, Executive Director of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) Centre at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport VIP Lounge. Dr. Chetri is to deliver inspirational messages in a series of activities across the country, to impart the GNH aspiration in striking a balance between the spiritual and material aspects of life, particularly in achieving happiness by being one with nature and the environment. Sec. Lopez has expressed confidence that the Philippines can adopt the GNH concept of human development because Filipinos are a naturally happy people. ### 





 

BENEFITS OF CORAL REEFS

 BENEFITS OF CORAL REEFS

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Dr. Wilfredo V. Licuanan of the De la Salle University's Br. Alfred Shields, FSC Ocean Research (SHORE) Center and Biology Department, discusses the importance of coral reefs, as well as the role and benefits of marine biodiversity to human life. Licuanan made his pitch for biodiversity during the meeting of DENR and mining company officials to discuss ways to help communities that host mining operations. ###






 

BIOCHAR TECHNOLOGY FOR MINE REHABILITATION

BIOCHAR TECHNOLOGY FOR MINE REHABILITATION

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Philippine Biochar Association President Philip Camara explains to mining company officials how biochar technology can contribute to the rehabilitation of mining-affected  lands and provide livelihood to host communities in mine sites. Serving as resource person during the DENR and miners meeting held Thursday at the DENR Social Hall, Camara cited the poverty incidence in Dinagat Islands due to the loss of biological capacity of all mine sites in the island, which he said can be rehabilitated using the biochar technology. ###






 

TOTAL ECONOMIC VALUATION

TOTAL ECONOMIC VALUATION

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Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina L. Lopez meets with officials of mining companies on Thursday, urging them to take part in the DENR’s integrated area development approach to create “mini economic zones” that can generate employment, livelihood and income-generating activities in communities where they operate.  Lopez also discussed in the meeting the Total Economic Valuation Framework, which she asked the miners to use in identifying and quantifying the environmental impacts of their operations. ###





 

RECOGNITION

RECOGNITION

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Dumagats from Sierra Madre pose with Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples lawyer Josefina R. Agusti (2nd and 1st from right, second row), and Save Sierra Madre Network Alliance, Inc. Chair Rev. Fr. Peter Montallana (left) after receiving their Certificates of Recognition for their participation in the Indigenous Peoples' Summit held Sept. 23-26, 2016 in Quezon City. The four-day summit which brought together IPs from the Sierra Madre including the Dumagat, Agta, Alta, Remuntado, Bugkalot and Ilongot, sought to empower them, present their plight and seek support from the government.### 





 

 

NOT AGAINST MINING

NOT AGAINST MINING

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Environment Secretary Gina Lopez explains to media that she is not against mining but said that they (mining firms) should do it in a way “it does not cause suffering” and should have “reverence for the common good”. Lopez made the statement during Tuesday’s press conference where the results of the month-long mining audit were presented to media. Of the 41 metallic mines audited, only 11 “passed” the review. ### 





 

 

 

"PAHAYAG"

 "PAHAYAG"

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A member of the Dumagat indigenous community from the Sierra Madre signs the "Pahayag" which states their current situation and lists their appeal on issues that affect them, including the need for livelihood opportunities, illegal logging, lack of social services and issuance of certificate of ancestral domain titles. The document was drafted during the Indigenous Peoples Summit held from Sept. 23 to 26 in Quezon City. It will be given to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez. ### 






 

 

 

 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SUMMIT

 

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES SUMMIT

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Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim (in maroon dress) welcomes the Dumagats and other indigenous peoples groups from the Sierra Madre to the Indigenous Peoples Summit, themed: "Buhay ng Katutubo at Buhay na Sierra Madre” held at the BMB Training Center in Quezon City. Lim urged the IP participants to care for the mountains of Sierra Madre, which is “your home”. ### 








 

 

 

IN SUPPORT OF INDIGENOUS FILIPINOS

 

IN SUPPORT OF INDIGENOUS FILIPINOS

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National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chair Leonor Quintayo affirms the commitment of the NCIP to protect not only the welfare of IPs but also the mountains of Sierra Madre which is their home. “Sierra Madre has many ancestral domains which the government, in partnership with the IP communities, should be responsible for,” Quintayo said.  The IP Summit was held at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Training Center in Quezon on the occasion of the Save Sierra Madre Day on September 26. ###