Photo Releases

Wildlife officers from the Philippines and Indonesia show the turnover documents for the repatriation of 73 smuggled birds that were rescued from an illegal wildlife trader in Pasay City in March 2018. The birds, all endangered species, were under the care of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for over five years before they were finally repatriated to Indonesia on October 18, 2023 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The repatriation was led by DENR-BMB Assistant Director Armida Andres (3rd from left) and Indra Exploitasia, Acting Director for Biodiversity Conservation Species and Genetic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (3rd from right). The team also included (from left) BMB-Wildlife Resources Division Chief Anson Tagtag, BMB-Wildlife Enforcement Officer Dr. Esteven Toledo, and Dodo Sudradjat, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Avi Dewani Sari Harahap, Head of the Social and Cultural Section, both of the Indonesian Embassy in Manila.###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Secretary for Enforcement, Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Daniel Darius M. Nicer (right) and Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau Director Maria Lourdes G. Ferrer (left) led the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the exhibit of technical posters during the International Conference on Connecting the Dots on Circular Economy for Sustainable Development held in Muntinlupa City. The 21 technical posters featured research works on best practices, innovations, and technical studies on the circular economy by experts from the Philippines and other countries for the exchange of Research and Development information, and the establishment of international collaborations and linkages between and among conference delegates. ###

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau-led International Conference on Connecting the Dots on Circular Economy for Sustainable Development featured Dr. Le Thi Thanh Loan of the Vietnam National University of Agriculture and her paper entitled “Circular Economy Through Recovery of Waste Loss in Banana Production: Case in Hung Yen, Vietnam.” The study proposed possible applications of the circular economy model to provide banana farmers in Vietnam with circular production and processing without environmental waste and with the maximum use of renewable energy. The poster is among the 44 research works showcased during the conference. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga (3rd from left) met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the Philippines Lee Sang-hwa (2nd from right) to discuss opportunities to build on bilateral relations between the Philippines and South Korea through strategic partnerships and initiatives for climate resilience, water resource management, plastic waste treatment and process, as well as mineral processing and development. Secretary Loyzaga and Ambassador Lee were joined in the meeting by (from left) DENR Undersecretaries Jonas Leones and Juan Miguel Cuna, and Third Secretary of the ROK Embassy in the Philippines, Kim Dosi. ###

Ms. Sankie G. Simbulan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) EPR Advocacy and Partnerships, Office of the Secretary shares with international delegates the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022, a landmark law of the Philippines to combat plastic pollution and to transition the country to a circular economy. In her presentation, “Multi-Sector Collaboration: Key to Successful Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Implementation,” Simbulan discussed the provisions of the EPR law, the progress of its implementation as well as the key factors to boost compliance to the law. The event was held during the International Conference on Connecting the Dots on Circular Economy for Sustainable Development attended by experts from the Philippines, India, South Korea, Thailand, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Ethiopia.###