Photo Releases

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Legal, Administration, Human Resources and Legislative Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo, Jr. (2nd from left) receives from United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines Environment Office Deputy Chief Paul Seong (3rd from right) the symbolic key of the first-ever wildlife ambulance donated by USAID to the Philippines. The ambulance, fully-equipped for wildlife handling, tagging, and onsite veterinary examination, will improve the DENR’s response time in wildlife rescue and retrieval, and provide immediate onsite care for injured or trafficked wildlife. The turnover was held on March 3 during the 8th World Wildlife Day celebration at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. Also in photo are (left to right): Biodiversity Management Bureau Wildlife Resources Division OIC Chief Atty. Theresa Tenazas, US Embassy Environment, Science and Technology, and Health Officer Claire Bea, and USAID’s Protect Wildlife Project Chief Rebecca Paz. #

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Attached Agencies Rodolfo C. Garcia (left) and Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) Director Henry Adornado (right) turn over the flag of the National Biotechnology Week (NBW) to the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), represented by Undersecretary for External and Legislative Affairs Ricojudge Janvier Echiverri (inset), as chair of the 17th NBW celebration in November. On behalf of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, Garcia said the DENR is hopeful that with the DILG as the lead, local government units will “mobilize popular support for biotechnology as a driver of sustainable development.” The virtual turnover was held on March 4, 2021. ###


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Bicol Region through its Regional Executive Director, Atty. Antonio Abawag (4th from the left) presents the five out of the 49,509 bamboo culms (Bambusa blumeana) to be planted for riverbank stabilization in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Catanduanes on February 9 to 12, 2021. Some 551 residents have been hired to plant bamboo culms in the towns of Bula, Lupi and Sipocot in Camarines Sur; San Lorenzo Ruiz and Basud in Camarines Norte; Polangui and Guinobatan in Albay; and San Andres in Catanduanes. In return, they were compensated with food packs pursuant to the memorandum agreement signed by the DENR with the Department of Social Welfare and Development under its Food-for-Work Program. The activity is in line with the government’s Build Back Better Program to strengthen recovery and rehabilitation efforts in typhoon-hit areas. Also in photo are: (L-R) Engr. Aris Hermoso from the Department of Public Works and Highways, Ms. Merlie Bongon of the National Irrigation Administration, Regional Director Engr. Guillermo Molina, Jr. IV of the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Region V, Ms. Grace Cariño of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources-Camarines Sur, and Mayor Amelita Ibasco of Bula town. ##

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Climate Change Analiza Rebuelta-Teh (2nd from right), DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations and Environment Juan Miguel Cuna (2nd from left), Climate Change Commissioner Rachel Herrera (extreme left), and DENR Climate Change Service (CCS) OIC-Director Elenida Basug (extreme right), perform the ceremonial ribbon-cutting of the photoblog exhibit (inset) from last year’s Mga Kwentong KLIMA-likasan. This activity also signifies the launch of the 2021 Climate and Disaster Resiliency Awards with the title “Mga Kwentong KLIMA-likasan Tungo sa Katatagan: A Climate and Disaster Resiliency Recognition Awards.” The Awards, which will run from March to May 4, 2021, invites all Filipinos to showcase good stories and photos about addressing environmental protection and conservation, climate change, and disaster risk reduction in their respective communities to change their current culture and behavior through best practices. Its full mechanics will be posted in the DENR and DENR CCS official Facebook pages.#

T. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary and Task Force Build Back Better (TF BBB) Chair Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from right) inspects a portion of the Marikina River near the Olandes Sewage Treatment Plant during the launch of the Marikina River Rehabilitation on Feb. 17. Dredging (inset) and bamboo planting were undertaken to start the river restoration which aims to widen the Marikina River to its original width and combat flooding in the city. Also present during the launch were (left to right): Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo, Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, and Metro Manila Development Authority Chair Benhur Abalos, Jr. ###