Photo Releases

Personnel from the Environmental Management Bureau-National Capital Region (EMB-NCR) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources get water samples along the shores of the Manila Bay Dolomite Beach when it reopened to the public on December 28. Weekly test results in the month of December show that the fecal coliform count in the area averages between 2,000 to 3,000 most probable number per 100 milliliters (mpn/100mL), a significant improvement from the pre-rehabilitation level of 330 million mpn/100mL, and an indication of improving water quality. The standard coliform level for Class SB waters which is safe for swimming, skin-diving, and other forms of contact recreation is at 100 mpn/100mL. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) checks on the map of Calumpit River with DENR Region 3 Executive Director Paquito Moreno, Jr. (2nd from left) during the recent visit of the former in Bulacan . The more than eight-kilometer river will be desilted and grubbed of waste materials to reduce flooding of low-lying areas in the region. The Calumpit River is a tributary of the larger Pampanga River, and the town of Calumpit is a natural catch basin for flood waters coming from Nueva Ecija and Pampanga. The massive cleanup will hasten the rehabilitation of the Manila Bay areas in Central Luzon. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Legal Affairs Service Director and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee member Atty. Norlito Eneran (left) joins the winners of the Best Alternative Dispute Resolution Officers (ADROs) Award in the DENR for 2021 - Alexis Abrasaldo of Region 2; Orland Padios of Region 6 (1st and 2nd from right, respectively); and Cesar Tolenada of Region 2 (2nd from left). Declared as Best Pool of ADROs in the regional category were DENR-Region 5, represented by Joy Balisbis (3rd from right); DENR-Cordillera Administrative Region, represented by Herald Alinao (middle); and DENR-Region 6, represented by Sonia Gimatea (3rd from left). The ADROs were recognized for their efforts in amicably settling land cases and disputes outside the courts and in mainstreaming the ADR mechanism within their administrative jurisdictions. Awarded online were ADROs Joshua Mabeza, Region 5 and Eric Hindap, Reg. 4A, and DENR-Regions 2, 6, 10 in the regional category. The awarding ceremony was held during the National ADR Day held at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City last December 16, 2021. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) hands over the cash donation of the DENR-Association of Career Executives, Inc. (DENR-ACE) to Atty. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Pimentel (2nd from left), National President of the Kalipunan ng mga Kawani sa Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4) for DENR employees affected by Typhoon Odette during the Department’s Yearend Employees’ General Assembly on Dec. 22. Cimatu committed to provide all necessary assistance to the affected field offices of the Department and its employees. Pimentel, on her part, extended her gratitude to the DENR management for its immediate response to DENR offices hard hit by the typhoon particularly in parts of Bicol province, whole of Visayas, and northern Mindanao. The devastating typhoon damaged DENR regional, provincial, and community offices, including office equipment and documents, and affected many DENR personnel. Also in photo are: DENR-ACE President Undersecretary Atty. Jonas Leones (4th from left); DENR-ACE Advisors Undersecretaries Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr., and Jim O. Sampulna (5th, 7th and 8th from left, respectively); Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (in red shirt); Undersecretary and Chief-of-Staff Rodolfo Garcia (extreme right); and Alvin Legaspi of K4 (extreme left). K4 is a registered public sector labor union of the DENR rank-and-file employees association accredited by the Civil Service Commission.###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) graces the unveiling of the marker of the newly-constructed multipurpose building (inset) at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City during the DENR Yearend Employees’ General Assembly on Dec. 22. The building was designed to provide ergonomic and efficient facilities and safe spaces for the employees’ health and wellness. With Cimatu are DENR officials (L-R): Undersecretary Benny D. Antiporda, Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Tungko Saikol, Undersecretary Jim Sampulna (partly hidden), Undersecretary Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, Undersecretary Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr., and Department of Public Works and Highways Quezon City 1st Engineering Office, OIC Office of the District Engineer Loida Busa. ###