QUALITY SEEDLINGS FOR NGP

QUALITY SEEDLINGS FOR NGP


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Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz, dean of the College of Forestry and Natural Resources of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños (UPLB), conveys the commitment of UPLB Chancellor Dr. Luis Rey Velasco to supply quality trees for the National Greening Program during the First NGP Consultative Summit held at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City.  Cruz said that despite its limited resources, the state college can still “play a substantive role toward the NGP, with support from the Alumni Association of the UPLB-College of Forestry.”





SAVING PHILIPPINE RIVERS

SAVING PHILIPPINE RIVERS  


Saving-Phil-river-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (standing, with eyeglasses) signs on the commitment board to save the Philippine Rivers during the recent observance of Earth Day 2011 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. With the theme, “Earth Day Everyday”, the event focused on providing Filipinos with clean water through clean-up and rehabilitation of rivers throughout the country. The event also marked the launching of the “Linis Estero: The Diliman Creek and Tributaries’ Environmental Rehabilitation Program” through the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between the DENR, Quezon City government, Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement (SIPM) and the Philippine Mine Safety and Environmental Association. Also affixing their signatures to show their commitment were artist Noel Cabangon (kneeling, left), who was newly conferred as ambassador for the campaign to save Philippine rivers; Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (kneeling, right); and Earth Day Network Philippines President/Chair and former DENR Secretary Elisea Gozun (right, partly hidden). Looking on is SIPM Executive Director Myrna Jimenez. 
 

 

RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER

RIGHT TO CLEAN WATER


Right2clean-water-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (standing) conveys his appreciation to the private sector in forging partnerships with the DENR in cleaning up water bodies, thus helping the Aquino administration in its agenda of meeting every Filipino’s right to access clean water.  In his keynote message during the celebration of Earth Day 2011 held at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, Paje said that the DENR has already entered into 78 contracts with other government agencies, industries and non-government organizations to clean up the nation’s waterways. Also in photo seated at the presidential table were (left to right): DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) National Capital Region Director Roberto Sheen; Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement Executive Director Myrna Jimenez; Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista; Philippine Mine Safety and Environmental Association (PMSEA) President Luis Sarmiento; EMB Director Juan Miguel Cuna; and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) Enforcement Division OIC Zenaida Lapuz. Not in picture is Earth Day Network Philippines Chair/President and former DENR Secretary Elisea Gozun, one of the event’s main organizers. 



MISSION POSSIBLE

MISSION POSSIBLE  


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DENR Assistant Secretary for Special Projects Marlo Mendoza explains the mechanics of the National Greening Program (NGP) to some 200 participants of the First NGP Consultative meeting held recently at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City.  Describing the NGP as a “mission possible”, Mendoza details the program’s framework, strategies and guidelines, as well as the key roles and responsibilities of partner-agencies and institutions, to achieve the objective of reforesting some 1.5 million hectares of open lands nationwide. 

 

 

DAR SUPPORTS NGP

DAR SUPPORTS NGPA 


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Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio delos Reyes (2nd from right) prepares to sign in the NGP Commitment Board to manifest his agency’s full support to the National Greening Program during the program’s first consultative workshop held recently at the Social Hall of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City.  As one of the pillars of the National Converge Initiative, Delos Reyes also committed to “build partnership with other sectors of the government, and make the convergence work toward sustainable development to lessen poverty, boost food security, protect biodiversity and promote climate change mitigation and adaptation.  Also in photo is DENR Assistant Secretary Marlo Mendoza. 




SOLIDARITY FOR PHILIPPINE RIVERS

SOLIDARITY FOR PHILIPPINE RIVERS 


Solidarity-4-Phil-Reivers-wDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center, with eyeglasses) and other officials of the DENR join hands with representatives from the private and public sectors to show solidarity in providing Filipinos access to clean water through cleanup and rehabilitation of the country’s rivers, during the observance of Earth Day 2011 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. Also in photo are (from left to right) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)- National Capital Region Director Roberto Sheen; Sagip Ilog Executive Director Myrna Jimenez; Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista; Earth Day Network Philippines President/Chair and former DENR Secretary Elisea Gozun; artist and newly-conferred ambassador for the campaign to save Philippine rivers Noel Cabangon; Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association President Luis Sarmiento; EMB Director Juan Miguel Cuna; and Laguna Lake Development Authority- Enforcement Division OIC Zenaida Lapuz.

 

PARTNERSHIP TO CLEAN-UP DILIMAN CREEK

PARTNERSHIP TO CLEAN-UP DILIMAN CREEK


Partnership-clean-up-web2Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (center) leads the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the “Linis Estero: The Diliman Creek and Tributaries’ Environmental Rehabilitation Program” during the recent celebration of Earth Day 2011 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. The MOA signing is pursuant to the DENR’s “Adopt-an-Estero” program to clean creeks, rivers and other waterways in Metro Manila in a collaborative effort to clean up the Pasig River.  Other partner-signatories to  the MOA were (from left to right) Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement Executive Director Myrna Jimenez, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Philippine Mine Safety President Luis Sarmiento, and Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna. Looking on are officials of some of the 33 barangays traversing the creek and its tributaries, which are co-implementors in improving the deteriorated state of the creek.


TOOLS TO CLEAN UP DILIMAN CREEK

TOOLS TO CLEAN UP DILIMAN CREEK


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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (left) hands a shovel to Environmental Management Bureau Director Juan Miguel Cuna (right) as part of cleaning implements for distribution to the 33 barangays in Quezon City traversed by the Diliman creek. The cleaning implements were donated by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environmental Association (PMSEA) led by its president Luis Sarmiento (center).  The turnover was part of a ceremony launching the “Linis Estero: The Diliman Creek and Tributaries’ Environmental Rehabilitation Program” between the DENR, Quezon City government, Sagip Ilog Pilipinas Movement and PMSEA, highlighting the annual Earth Day celebration at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City recently.

 

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE


Sustainable-agriculture-webAs one of the member-agencies constituting the National Convergence Initiative, Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Marriz Agbon reiterates the commitment of his agency to the National Greening Program (NGP), which he described as “a solid attempt to rescue our future.”  Agbon likewise underscored the NGP Summit as a “necessary and praiseworthy step toward reclaiming the land, restoring the health of the environment, and securing the years ahead.” Representing DA Secretary Proceso Alcala  to the Summit held at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City Friday (April 15, 2011), Agbon also detailed DA’s initiatives in promoting sustainable agriculture through promotion of science-based food production technologies; conduct of research in rainwater harvesting, organic farming, balanced fertilization and revival of degraded soils; and integration of strategic agriculture and fisheries development with the comprehensive land-use plan of local government units.


A UNITED FRONT

A UNITED FRONT 


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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje signs in the Commitment and Resolution to promote the National Greening Program (NGP), which seeks to raise some 1.5 billion trees for planting in 1.5 million hectares throughout the country between 2011 and 2016, in partnership with other key national agencies like the Departments of Education, Social  Welfare  and Development, Public Works and Highways, Agriculture, Agrarian Reform, Interior and Local Government, and private and civic organizations. The commitment signing highlighted the 1st NGP National Summit held Friday (April 15) at the DENR Bldg in Quezon City and participated by some 200 participants. 


 

GREEN POWER VS. POVERTY

GREEN POWER VS. POVERTY 


Greenpower-vs-poverty-web2Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (left photo) called for greater emphasis on poverty eradication as the centerpiece of the government’s reforestation program as envisioned by Executive Order No. 25 issued by President Benigno S. Aquino III, establishing the 5-year National Greening Program.  Under the program, government agencies, in partnership with the private sector, civil society, including the church and the academe, are mandated to coordinate with the DENR to participate in the raising and planting of 1.5 billion trees in some 1.5 million hectares nationwide.  Paje emphasized this during the 1st NGP Consultative Summit held Friday (April 15) at the DENR building in Quezon City attended by around 200 participants.