Photo Releases

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Special Concerns and concurrent Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Edilberto Leonardo (center) plants a batino (Alstonia macrophylla) tree sapling with DENR Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (right) and Quezon City Police District Director Police Brigadier General Antonio Candido Yarra (left) during the tree planting activity in line with the launch of the BMB Buhay-ilang sa Siyudad Project held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) on June 22, 2021. The tree planting activity is part of the BMB Arboretum Project which aims to transform the park into a repository of Philippine native and endemic trees, and complements the Urban Biodiversity Program of the bureau. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 11 Executive Director Bagani Fidel A. Evasco (2nd from right) and Davao Occidental Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ma. Theresa J. Allen (right) check on the DENR-National Greening Program (NGP) planting site in Brgy. Kinilidan, Sta. Maria, Davao Occidental managed by the people’s organization (PO) Kinilidan Farmers Association. The visit aims to assess the site’s intercropping of cacao, banana and coconut, and to network with the PO, one of the beneficiaries of the DENR-NGP. Davao Region is referred to as the Cacao Capital of the Philippines for being the country’s top cacao producer. Last year, a total of 337,500 cacao seedlings were planted in Davao Region and 121,500 in Davao Occidental. Also in photo is Kinilidan Farmers Association chairman Michael L. Capoc. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (middle) signs a new DENR Administrative Order creating the Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (ELEPS) on June 10 during the DENR 34th Founding Anniversary at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. ELEPS, an interim service pending the passage of the Environmental Protection and Enforcement Bureau Bill, will be the DENR’s defined authority to promote effective and strong enforcement of environmental laws and establish coordinative mechanisms, among others, for the protection of the environment and natural resources. Others in photo are (from left): Undersecretary for Attached Agencies Rodolfo Garcia, Undersecretary for Enforcement Benito Antonio De Leon, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones, and Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda.###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) poses with DENR Region 7 Regional Executive Director Paquito Melicor, Jr. and Environmental Management Bureau Region 7 Regional Director Lormelyn Claudio (3rd and 4th from right, respectively) at the Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Natural Park in Negros Oriental with the picturesque mountains of Guintabon, Malindog, and Mahayag as backdrop during his visit to the region on May 24. Cimatu lauded the officials for meeting the desirable results in the region’s implementation of the National Greening Program and called for intensified actions to enhance the existing reforestation projects in Negros Oriental. Others in photo are (L to R): DENR OIC-Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer-Dumaguete Engineer Viernov D. Grefalde, Balinsasayao Twin Lakes Farmers Association, Inc. President Rico Mier, and Provincial Environment Management Officers Richard Abella, and Marco Andrew Silveron. ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (middle) leads officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in taking their Pledge of Cooperation and Oath of Honesty to the Anti-Corruption Manifesto of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC). The officials commit to weed out corruption and ensure transparency and accountability in government in partnership with PACC through their Project Kasangga: Tokhang Laban sa Korapsyon. Other DENR Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Regional Directors, Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers joined the pledge via Zoom with PACC Chair Greco Belgica. In photo are (clockwise from left): Assistant Secretary Atty. Daniel M. Nicer and Undersecretaries Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr., Rodolfo C. Garcia, Atty. Jonas R. Leones, and Benny D. Antiporda.###