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Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga expressed her gratitude to the “hardworking and dedicated” employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), noting that the agency’s accomplishments were made possible with the cooperation and support of the workforce, including the successful visit of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to the DENR during the Philippine Environment Month, the 160th Philippine Forestry Service anniversary celebrations, several multi-stakeholder fora, and the launch of the Extended Producer Responsibility Act. Loyzaga rallied DENR workers to continuously work together in fulfilling the agency’s mandate of managing risk and building resilience, and its mission of protecting, conserving, restoring, and regenerating our environment and natural resources. ##

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) continues to monitor areas affected by the oil spill caused by the sinking of MT Princess Empress in February 2023. DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga (seated, center) and University of the Philippines—Visayas (UPV) Oil Spill Response Program Head Dr. Resurreccion B. Sadaba (standing, 3rd from left) discussed the assessment of areas impacted by the oil spill in Semirara, Caluya, and Mindoro Oriental; and how to address the damage and minimize the environmental and social impacts of the maritime incident. The assessment project is a collaborative effort between UPV, Mindoro State University, and local government units from the provinces of Oriental Mindoro and Antique. It includes the current state of mangroves, seagrass beds, shorelines, corals, and water and sediment quality. Also present in the meeting were Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanology Research Associate Precious Nikola Gauran, Zoological Society of London Chief Mangrove Scientific Advisor Dr. Jurgenne Primavera, UPV Professor Jessica Dator-Bercilla, DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna and DENR Region VII Executive Director Livino Duran. ###

Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga (2nd from left) graces the “Towards a Greener Footprint for Iloilo City” as Keynote Speaker where she presented a comprehensive 13-point roadmap to “green” the city or reduce its carbon footprint. With Loyzaga are Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas (left); Paulo Alcazaren, Principal of PGAA Creative Design Arch., Arch. Michaela Rosette Santos-Tayag of the United Architects of the Philippines, SM Environment and Sustainability Program Director Liza Selerio, and broadcast journalist Ces Drilon. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Antonia Loyzaga (rightmost) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Philippines Resident Representative Dr. Selva Ramachandran (middle) visit the Bambuhay booth showcasing its bamboo products during the launch of the nationwide campaign on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Act of 2022 last August. The exhibit showcased common products made under a circular design model with minimal waste, use of less natural resources and adaptation of innovations such as upcycling, zero-waste packaging, and return to refill. Other exhibitors included Basic Environmental Systems & Technologies, Inc. Coca Cola Philippines, Ecowaste Management Company, Envirotech Waste Recycling Inc., Sentinel Plastic Manufacturing Corporation, Republic Cement, Pure Oceans, and Communities Organized for Resource Allocation. The groups are active partners for the achievement of a circular economy through the effective implementation of the EPR Law.#

Participants of the ASEAN Conference on Medicinal Forest Trees (ACMFT) organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) join the study tour of native and exotic medicinal plants grown at the Leonie Agri Corp. (LAC) farm in Nueva Ecija. LAC is engaged in the production and processing of wholly organic-certified agricultural products such as lagundi (Vitex negundo), malunggay (Moringa oleifera) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) for medicinal, health and nutritional use. A total of 117 delegates from the Philippines and ASEAN countries participated in the three-day conference held in Pampanga. ###