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Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Jonas Leones (left) underscores that the success of the ASEAN Regional Programmes on Peatlands will significantly contribute to the attainment of the ASEAN Region’s peatland management strategy. Leones chaired the 6th ASEAN Task Force on Peatland and its series of meetings on June 28-30, 2021. ASEAN Secretariat Head of Environment Division Dr. Vong Sok (right) who served as co-chair stressed the importance of sustainable management of peatlands as a strategy in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Greenhouse gas emissions, climate vulnerability and transboundary haze mitigation are among the peatland management issues in the region. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Special Concerns and concurrent Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Edilberto Leonardo (right) presents the implementation status of the country’s National Action Plan on Peatlands (NAPP) during the 6th Meeting of the ASEAN Task Force on Peatlands on June 30, 2021 held via Zoom. Leonardo, the country’s Head of Delegation to the meeting, presented the NAPP focal areas which include inventory and assessment, research, policies and legislation on peatlands, and financing of the plan’s implementation strategies. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns and Manila Bay Anti-Pollution Task Force Head Benny D. Antiporda (left) discusses with marine vessel owners and representatives of shipyard associations the concern on the prevention and cleanup of rust, silt, and other discharges from ships docked in Manila Bay. In the meeting, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) explained PCG Memorandum 10-14 to prevent pollution by sewage from ships operating within the Philippine maritime jurisdiction. The meeting was held at the DENR Central Office on June 18. Aside from DENR, also present during the meeting were representatives from the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, Laguna Lake Development Authority and officials from the PCG National Capital Region-Central Luzon. ###

Operatives of the newly-formed Environmental Law Enforcement and Protection Service (ELEPS) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) buckle down to work to confiscate one of the four units of backhoe used in illegal quarrying activities particularly in extracting the mineral andesite, a type of volcanic rock in Sitio Matuod, Barangay Binubusan, Lian, Batangas. The joint operation was conducted by ELEPS, the National Bureau of Investigation Environmental Crime Division, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 4-A on June 24, 2021. The illegal mineral collectors were charged for violating Section 103 of the Republic Act 7942 or the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) employees (left and right insets) join members of the Society of Filipino Foresters Inc. (SFFI) and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) during the tree planting activity at the La Mesa Ecopark on June 25 in celebration of Arbor Day. According to the studies done by the DENR Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau and the World Bank, Filipinos can help make the country carbon neutral when they plant 100 trees each. ###