Photo Releases

Two women executives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources are recognized for their excellent work performance with the Environmental Awards for Governance and Leadership Excellence or EAGLE Awards for 2020 during the 34th anniversary of the DENR on June 10.  In left photo, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from left) poses with Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Eastern Samar Delia Benitez (3rd from left) who won as Top Performing PENRO.  In right photo, Merlyn Dumalahay (3rd from left) of PENRO Camiguin bagged the Top Implementing PENRO Award.  Both received a trophy and a cash prize of Php75,000.  Also in photo are DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones and DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations and Environment Juan Miguel Cuna (extreme left and right of both photos, respectively). ###

On the occasion of the 34th founding anniversary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on June 10, Secretary Roy A. Cimatu acknowledges the hard work and thanks every member of the entire DENR family, from the Central Office down to the community ENR offices, for their accomplishments in the past year. The environment chief, who is also celebrating four years in the Department, posed a challenge to the employees to go to the grassroots and involve more people and communities in DENR programs and projects. More than 1,500 officials and employees nationwide (on panel screen) joined the blended-type event which Cimatu described as the largest celebration of the agency’s anniversary since he assumed office in 2017. The DENR was created through Executive Order 192 series of 1987 under the administration of the late former President Corazon C. Aquino. ###

Three critical chokepoints of the 78-kilometer Marikina River at the Riverbanks (from left to right), and behind the BF Corporation and SM City Marikina are now cleaner and wider after the Task Force Build Back Better (TF BBB) was able to dredge 56,526 cubic meters of materials or 74% of the total 69,248 cubic meters for removal. The TF BBB, led by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar, has identified these areas to have contributed to the flooding in Marikina City at the onslaught of Typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. In addition, a total of 44 encroachments, totaling 199,010 square meters, will be removed by the task force to further clear the river system that flows through Marikina, Pasig and Quezon cities. ###

Amid the limitations brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, personnel from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Environmental Management Bureau-MIMAROPA through its Provincial Environmental Management Unit (PEMU)-Palawan take a wastewater sample from a fastfood restaurant in Bgy. Model, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on May 26. Under Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004, the DENR shall spearhead the evaluation of the quality of effluents from industries, facilities, and establishments to ensure the protection, preservation, and revival of water quality in the Philippines. Senior Environmental Management Specialist Leonora F. Mansueto (right) headed the PEMU-Palawan Team in the conduct of the effluent sampling with Environmental Monitoring Officer Peter G. Abobot (left). ###

Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Joey Medina (middle, seated) shows the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed with Los Baños Municipal Mayor Antonio Kalaw (inset) for the improvement of the General Paciano Rizal Park in Los Baños, Laguna. The project aims to promote effective shoreland protection of the Laguna Lake through greeneries and gardens that will serve as wind and heat buffer, help regulate air circulation within the project and adjacent structures, and create an ecotourism and recreational site. The MOA signing was held on May 31, 2021 via Zoom. The LLDA, an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), has jurisdiction over the surface water of the Laguna Lake basin and is responsible for its environmental protection. Also in photo are other LLDA officials. ###