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The Philippines, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), will build resilient, inclusive, and sustainable communities post-pandemic as it prepares its portfolio of environmental projects for consideration under the 8th funding replenishment of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-8).

The Philippines is allocated over US$ 52 million in funding support, the country’s largest allocation so far.

DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga, in her welcome remarks during the kick-off ceremony of the two-day GEF National Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue held in Taguig City on January 18 and 19, said the Philippines continues to face more complex challenges towards achieving ecosystem integrity and enhancing climate and disaster resilience.

Loyzaga, the country’s chief steward of the environment and natural resources, considers the holding of the GEF National Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue as an opportunity to develop projects that respond to environmental challenges and priorities of the Philippines.

“The healthy planet, healthy people framework, as the heart of the overall global GEF-8 architecture, emphasizes the critical connection between humanity and the environment – thus the importance of urgent environmental threats reduction and protection of our natural resources to improve human well-being (cannot be overemphasized),” Loyzaga, a climate and disaster resilience advocate said.

Prior to the said Dialogue, the GEF Secretariat paid a courtesy visit on the DENR Secretary on January 17.

Loyzaga said the Philippines deeply values the consultative process in designing integrated approaches necessary to address the intersectionality of development, climate change, biodiversity, and disaster resilience and adopt a comprehensive risk management approach that integrates a system lens and optimizes the resources available to improve quality of life, which the DENR chief said “will ensure that no community and ecosystem is left behind.”

Loyzaga said the Philippines shall work with the GEF in strengthening national commitments and institutionalizing capacities to translate these commitments to meaningful actions to support sustainable development since the GEF-8 calls for a systematic and transformational strategy that responds to the urgency of raising global climate ambition.

In GEF-8, member countries are encouraged to move more of their programming through 11 Integrated Programs, including food systems; landscape restoration; clean and healthy ocean; circular solutions to plastic pollution; elimination of hazardous chemicals from supply chains; net-zero, nature-positive accelerator; sustainable cities; greening infrastructure development, and wildlife conservation for development.

The multi-stakeholder Dialogue was designed to stir discussions towards finalizing the Philippines GEF-8 portfolio in accordance with the GEF-8 strategic positioning and programming directions. Following a whole-of-society approach, the projects under GEF-8 will be implemented by national government agencies, local government units, development partners, non-government and people’s organizations, scientific institutions and academe, and other stakeholders during the four-year cycle covering 2023 to 2026. The implementation shall be in coordination with the DENR’s Foreign Assisted and Special Projects Service and the Office of the Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change, the country’s national focal point for the GEF.

By implementing these projects, the DENR hopes to advance the country's efforts to address environmental challenges by tackling the drivers of ecological degradation, supporting integrated approaches, ensuring that programs are inclusive and are prioritizing the most vulnerable, strengthening the country's commitments to multilateral environmental agreements, and contributing to global environmental benefits.

The GEF-funded projects are expected to realign private sector capital to achieve a wider scale and impact empowering local communities to harness their resources and capacities to protect livelihoods, uplift socio-economic conditions, and enhance resilience.

Since 1992, the GEF has become one of the major driving forces supporting the country to achieve global environmental benefits embodied in various international environmental agreements.

In the Philippines, a total of 128 GEF-funded projects across the five focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, land degradation, chemicals and waste, and international waters have been approved since the pilot phase up until its Seventh Replenishment Cycle (GEF-7). ###

Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga called for the intensification of efforts to fight wildlife trafficking during the blessing and inauguration of the new regional monitoring building of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Iloilo City on January 19.

Loyzaga lauded the regional office, and said the newly built DENR Region 6 Monitoring Building will be vital in strengthening the agency’s mandate to combat wildlife trafficking and illegal wildlife trade, especially in Western Visayas.

The building, located along Muelle Loney Street and overlooking the Iloilo River and Guimaras Strait, will house the Forest Products and Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Section of the Iloilo Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office for the monitoring of charcoal and wildlife from Guimaras Island.

Guimaras Island is home to a variety of endangered wildlife, such as the Visayan Tarictic Hornbill (Penelopides panini), Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons), Visayan Spotted Deer (Rusa alfredi), and the Visayan Wild Cat (Prionailurus javanensis sumatranus), among others.

“I am concerned about wildlife trafficking. It is very real. And so, this is a very important spot that could be vital for the intensification of this particular mandate of the DENR,” Loyzaga said.

“We also need to look into the manpower, human resources, as well as the technical and support services needed for us to humanely handle the wildlife,” she added, noting that these are all important to effectively enforce Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001.

DENR Region VI Executive Director Livino B. Duran said the building will also house the General Services Section, and Storage and Procurement Bay for the storage of acquired supplies and materials.

The second floor will have permanent records of the Planning and Management Division, the Finance Division, and the Administrative Division.

Loyzaga, who earlier ordered the digitization of all DENR data resources, instructed Duran to assure the digitization of the physical records that will be stored in the building to improve the agency’s public service efficiency, and provide effective and timely environmental interventions.

The DENR had allocated a total of P10 million for the construction of the monitoring building, which used to be an old, abandoned and dilapidated structure left by the Iloilo Harbor Pilots Association. ###

The government agency continues its mission of engaging the whole of society in a 2-day forum to ensure that its plans, programs, and policies are inclusive, evidence-informed, and done in consultation with its diverse stakeholders.

 

ILOILO CITY, ILOILO – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) continues its nationwide stakeholder consultations by convening more than 200 industry and sector leaders in the Visayas to generate recommendations as it refines its Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Framework in a two-day forum in Iloilo City on January 18-19, 2023.

The Visayas leg of the forum, held at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel in Iloilo City, is a continuation of the Luzon Multistakeholder Forum held on October 5-7, 2022, attended by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and over 300 stakeholders from government, private sector, civil society, academic and scientific institutions, and the Philippines' international development partners. The DENR Multistakeholder Forum aims to produce evidence-informed actions for the protection, conservation, enhancement, and regeneration of the Philippines’ ecosystems.

Over the course of the of the two-day Visayas forum, experts and decision makers from all sectors will come together to share knowledge, expertise, innovations, and best practices unique to the Visayas region to serve as inputs to the DENR's ENR Framework for Multistakeholder Engagement.

DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga assured everyone present of the Department's continued commitment to address environmental challenges through partnership, consultation, and collaboration.

“Our close collaboration and partnership can yield the most significant results. This synergy will generate new capacities for everyone to protect, restore, and enhance our rich but threatened ecosystems,” Secretary Loyzaga said.

Atty. Jonas R. Leones, DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs, presented the agency’s developing ENR Framework for Multistakeholder Engagement, highlighting (1) the national government’s commitment to providing livelihood opportunities to communities while improving the capacity of ecosystems to withstand the climate crisis; (2) how businesses can act as collaborators in decarbonized and regenerative activities rather than contributors to greenhouse gas emissions; (3) the importance of considering, including and giving a platform to communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis; (4) and how the DENR should act as a central hub for data to efficiently quantify the risks of the climate crisis and the value of recommended actions.

The Framework will serve as the foundation for science-based, data-driven, and socially, politically, and culturally-sensitive decision making. To achieve this, Loyzaga emphasized that the DENR will continue to dynamically integrate scientific, technological, and traditional knowledge, expertise, and innovation into the agency’s strategies, policies, and processes.

“With everyone’s support and collaboration, together we will be able to craft adaptive, inclusive, and sustainable development pathways built on strategic partnerships and sound science,” Loyzaga said.

The DENR Region 6 will also inaugurate its new Monitoring Building in Iloilo City on January 19. Completed in December 2022, the new structure is expected to help enhance the DENR Region 6’s services by centralizing its storage and procurement bay. The DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Iloilo’s Forest Products and Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Section; the Planning and Management, Finance and Administrative divisions will also be housed in the Monitoring Building. ###

 

Following the successful debut of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Multistakeholder Forum in Manila last year, the agency is once again bringing together over 250 participants from national and local governments, academic and scientific institutions, civil society, and the private sector for the forum's second edition in the Visayas.

The Visayas Multistakeholder Forum is set to take place in Iloilo City from January 18 to 19.

A brainchild of Environment Secretary Antonia Loyzaga, the forum series seeks to enable inclusive dialogue across all of the DENR’s stakeholders for gathering of inputs on potential strategies and priority actions of the agency.

The DENR, under Loyzaga’s leadership, champions whole-of-society and transdisciplinary approaches toward evidence-informed policy and action for the protection, preservation, conservation enhancement, and regeneration of the country’s ecosystems.

During the two-day forum, representatives from international development organizations, local government, private sector, and other development partners will head plenary sessions to tackle their vision and goals for an environmentally-resilient Philippines.

Parallel breakout sessions will also be held to allow leaders from the different sectors to discuss environmental protection and natural resource management, among others.

The DENR looks forward to identifying each of the sector’s unique and shared obstacles, accelerating cooperation, and gathering information on priorities for possible inclusion on its policy agenda and multi-year Roadmap for Programs, Activities and Projects (PAPs).

Through shared knowledge and experiences with its stakeholders, the DENR aims to launch its priority actions and plans that will in turn accelerate its mission of mobilizing Filipinos in protecting, conserving, and managing the environment and natural resources.

The forum is also an avenue for the different stakeholders to foster and strengthen its partnership with the DENR, and to work together in crafting and implementing policies and programs toward climate and disaster resilience and sustainable development.

The outcome of the forum, including actionable recommendations and commitments from the stakeholders, will serve as critical inputs to the DENR’s policy and legislative reform agenda for environment and natural resources (ENR), inventory of shared ENR programs and shared PAPs, and Resiliency Framework for ENR.

The Resiliency Framework for ENR that will be produced out of this forum will serve as the foundation for science-based, data-driven, and socially, politically and culturally-sensitive ENR policies. ###

 

The Land Management Bureau (LMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has put in place groundbreaking policies geared toward more efficient and effective land administration and management in the country in 2022.
 
According to LMB Director Emelyne V. Talabis, the bureau takes pride of newly implemented policies and other accomplishments on its priority programs that resulted in improved delivery of land-related services to Filipinos last year.
 
Talabis said these achievements are anchored to LMB’s policy directions toward evidence-informed and socially sensitive land governance.
 
“We are proud to attain feats in 2022 and we will remain steadfast to improve our services through digital transformation, development of our people, and policy studies for a better and efficient system on land surveys and titling, among others,” Talabis said.
 
Foremost among these new policies is Land Management Circular (LMC) No. 2022-001 entitled “Guidelines on the Use of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in the Conduct of Control and Land Surveys,” which the LMB issued on February 7, 2022.
 
LMC 2022-001 provides geodetic engineers with the proper procedures on the use of GNSS as complementary and alternative instrument in the conduct of land surveys.
 
The LMB also issued LMC 2022-002 that clarified the qualifications for agricultural free patent applicants and the requirements for posting of notice of free patent application. This was an addendum to DENR Administrative Order 2021-38 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 11573, also known as “An Act Improving the Confirmation Process for Imperfect Land Titles.”
 
On March 16, 2022, the LMB also issued LMC 2022-004 to provide “Procedures on the Selection and Establishment of Calibration Baseline for Survey Instrument Testing and Registration.” This circular also delegates the renewal of registration and transfer of ownership of the calibration baseline to DENR regional offices.
 
To streamline the process of public and private lands survey approval and verification plans, DENR Administrative Order 2022-13 dated June 1, 2022 delegates the Chief of Surveys and Mapping as the approving authority over all survey plans submitted to the DENR regional offices.
 
The LMB is a policy-making body of the DENR created for the efficient and effective land management and administration of alienable and disposable public lands in the country.
 
Apart from the above-mentioned issuances, the LMB had also successfully integrated the Land Administration Management System (LAMS) database of 16 provincial and community environment and natural resources offices to their respective regional offices. Also, the respective Regional LAMS databases of DENR-NCR and DENR-CALABARZON were integrated to LMB-LAMS.
 
The country's land statistics and records are consolidated through LAMS, a computerized information system built for quick and simple land information processing, tracking, and retrieval.
 
Meanwhile, the LMB, through respective DENR regional offices, consolidated and evaluated 19 municipalities that have gone through Digital Cadastral Database Cleansing. 
 
The LMB had also issued land area certification for 31 local government units for Internal Revenue Allotment purposes, resolved six legal land cases, and had approved and transmitted 69 Deeds of Sale/Deeds of Conveyance of Taguig lots to the Registry of Deeds.
 
Meanwhile, the LMB continues to conduct the field validation to the 16 Regions to ensure smooth implementation of its Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal program. To date, the DENR has signed 219 partnership agreements with local government units.
 
From January to November 2022, the LMB issued a total of 13,462 agricultural free patents and 23,290 residential free patents nationwide. ###