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Strengthening partnerships to protect East Asian seas web2Environment ministers and government representatives of 11 countries reaffirm their commitments under the auspices of the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) to intensify and harmonize actions to save coasts and oceans through the Iloilo Ministerial Declaration. The Declaration, entitled, “East Asian Region Moving as One to Secure Healthy Oceans, People and Economies” was signed Thursday at the Sixth Ministerial Forum held in conjunction with the East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress held in Iloilo City on November 27-29, 2018. In photo are (from left): Aimee Gonzales, Executive Director of PEMSEA; Vann Moyneath of Cambodia’s Ministry of Environment; Zhang Zhi of China’s Ministry of Natural Resources; Ri Myong San of North Korea’s Ministry of External Economic Relations; M. R. Karliyansah of Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry; Hiroyuki Masuda of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Xayaveth Vixay of Laos’ Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; Rodolfo Garcia of the Philippines’ Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Park Jyun-Kwon of South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries; Amy Khor of Singapore’s Ministry of Environment and Water Resources; Cesar Jose da Cruz of Timor-Leste’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; Vu Si Tuan of Viet Nam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment; and Atty. Antonio La Viña, Chair of East Asian Seas Partnership Council. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu welcomes participants and delegates to the East Asian Seas (SEAS) Congress 2018. Cimatu enjoined everyone to actively participate in seeking solutions to the challenges besetting the seas of East and Southeast Asia through transboundary cooperation, valuation studies, green financing, and implementation of integrated coastal management. The triennial event, which is co-sponsored by the DENR and the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia, is being held at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City from on November 27-30, 2018. ###

Youth desk officers from various DENR offices found some perfect holiday giveaways – woven novelties from waterlilies like bracelets, pouches, bags, coin purses, coasters and headbands -- during their tour of the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission’s livelihood program in Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila on November 20, 2018. Around 30 women are under employ in the livelihood program, who meticulously weave dried waterlilies into cloth and turning them into such wonderful crafts for sale in Metro Manila to provide alternative income for the group. ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) greets Ola Almgren, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to the East Asian Seas Congress 2018 at the Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City. The UNDP assists the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) in implementing strategies to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which is a plan of action focused on people, the planet, and prosperity. Also in photo are: DENR Undersecretary for Climate Change Service and Mining Concerns Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh (to Cimatu’s right) and DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management Benny D. Antiporda (behind Cimatu). ###

Participants and delegates to the three-day East Asian Seas (EAS) Congress 2018 at the Iloilo Convention Center are treated to a wide array of photos and informative materials, including audio-visual materials, showcasing the richness of the marine and coastal ecosystems and communities in East Asia. The exhibit area was officially opened Tuesday, Nov. 27, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by (from left) United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative Ola Almgren (in cream suit), Partnership in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) Executive Director Aimee Gonzales, Overall International Conference and congress chair Chua Thia-Eng, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia, and EAS Partnership Council chair Antonio La Viña. The exhibit will run up to Nov. 30, 2018. ###