Photo Releases

Ms. Joy M. Navarro (left) of the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s Caves, Wetlands and Other Ecosystems Division, leads the roundtable discussion on the Philippine-authored Ramsar Resolution on Wetlands and Disaster Risk Reduction or the Ramsar Resolution XII.13. Adopted on the 12th Conference of Parties in 2015, the Resolution highlights the importance of wetlands in preventing extreme weather events such as storm surge and typhoons. ###

Joint forces of the government led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) have started the massive dismantling of fish pens in Laguna Lake in compliance with Pres. Duterte’s directive to clear the lake of illegal structures and to allow small fishermen to gain access to traditional fishing grounds.  Inset photo shows LLDA General Manager Joey Medina and DENR-National Anti-Environmental Crime Task Force chief Arturo Valdez (left and right, respectively) supervising the clearing operations as workers take down kilometers of fine-mesh nets and heavy-duty poles of bamboo and anahaw enclosing a huge fish pen in Binangonan, Rizal.  Also in photo are personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard tasked to provide security to the operation. ###

Residents of Barangay Lamao in Limay, Bataan appeal to DENR Secretary Gina Lopez to investigate the alleged ash residue from the Petron Bataan Refinery and the San Miguel Global Power Plant (SMGPP) that has caused health problems to their community and affected the livelihood of the farmers and fishermen in the area. Lopez said it has issued a ‘Show- Cause’ Order to Petron and has given it seven days to respond to the residents’ complaint. She assured them that she will not allow anyone in the town to suffer because of the plants’ operation. Lopez will issue a transport permit to SMGPP to haul the residue, which has been identified as lime powder, to its cement plant for processing into gypsum. ###

With the growing threat of climate change, the Duterte government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is putting premium on building climate resilient communities throughout the country.  Photo shows DENR chief Gina Lopez, assisted by DENR-Region 8 Director Leonardo Sibbaluca, preparing to plant a mangrove seedling in Brgy Anibong, Tacloban City, part of the 12-hectare Leyte Gulf Mangrove and Beach Forest Rehabilitation Project launched in 2014, after super typhoon Yolanda devastated the area in Nov. 2013.  Lopez visited the place in November last year to attend the Cabinet meeting presided by Pres. Duterte  in Tacloban City. ###

Following her attendance to the climate change forum in Marrakech, Greece, Environment Secretary Gina Lopez (in dark glasses) announced the massive planting of mangroves under the Enhanced National Greening Program, recalling how a couple, Cerilo and Ester del Rosario, had been saved from the storm surge brought about by super typhoon Yolanda by clinging to mangrove stands in front of their house in Brgy. Rawis, Anibong, Tacloban City. Right photo shows Lopez pointing to a bag which Ester had left hanging from the mangrove tree she clung to until the storm subsided.  ###