HAPPY 34TH ANNIVERSARY TO ALL MEMBERS OF OUR BIG DENR FAMILY! //
MASAYA AKO NA MALAMAN NA HALOS LAHAT NG MGA EMPLEYADO AT OPISYAL NG DENR AY NARIRITO, // MULA DITO SA CENTRAL OFFICE // HANGGANG SA ATING MGA CENRO. //

AFTER AROUND 15 MONTHS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC THAT GREATLY DISRUPTED OUR MOMENTUM, // WHO WOULD THINK THAT WE HAVE ANYTHING TO CELEBRATE? // BUT WE DO, // AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF REASONS TO CELEBRATE OUR ANNIVERSARY. //
OUR AIR IS CLEANER, // WELL WITHIN THE STANDARDS FOR PM10 AND PM2.5. // OF THE 43 PRIORITY RIVERS THAT WE MONITORED IN 2020, // CLOSE TO 75% MET THE WATER QUALITY STANDARD FOR BIOLOGICAL OXYGEN DEMAND. //

UNDER PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE’S TERM, // WE WERE FINALLY ABLE TO CLOSE 100% // THE ILLEGALLY OPERATING DUMPSITES IN THE COUNTRY -- // A CHALLENGE THAT 3 PRESIDENTS BEFORE HIM FAILED TO MEET // AS REQUIRED BY THE ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2000. //

HINDI BIRO ANG ACCOMPLISHMENT NA ITO! // THE CLOSURE OF 335 ILLEGAL DUMPSITES IN THE PHILIPPINES IS A VICTORY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE DENR. //

IN RELATION TO THIS, // THE DENR THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT BUREAU // FACILITATED THE FORMATION OF THE COALITION OF SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT PROVIDERS, // THE FIRST IN THE HISTORY OF DENR // TO BE ABLE TO GATHER ALL THESE SANITARY LANDFILL OPERATORS, // FOR A BETTER SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE COUNTRY. //

SALAMAT SA ATING MGA EMPLEYADO AT OPISYAL NA NAGPURSIGE // UPANG MATUGUNAN ANG SOLID WASTE PROBLEM NG BANSA, // LALUNA SA ATING PAMBANSANG BASURERO NA SI USEC BENNY ANTIPORDA. //

BORACAY ISLAND IS NOW BETTER THAN EVER, // AFTER THE REHABILITATION THAT WE WERE ENTRUSTED TO LEAD. // WE MOVED HEAVEN AND EARTH TO BRING BACK THE ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY OF THE ISLAND // BY EFFORTS THAT INCLUDED RECOVERY OF BEACH EASEMENT, // DEMOLITION OF STRUCTURES THAT ENCROACH ON THE EASEMENT, // IMPROVEMENT OF THE CIRCUMFERENTIAL ROAD, // CONSTRUCTION OF DRAINAGE TO ADDRESS FLOODING, // AND IMPROVEMENT OF THE SEAWATER QUALITY. //

WITH THESE, I COMMEND THE UNTIRING ACTIONS OF GM NATY BERNARDINO // AND THE OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES BEHIND THE BORACAY INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE SECRETARIAT HEADED BY USEC JUN ADOBO. //
MEANWHILE, // THE RESTORATION OF MANILA BAY TO ITS HISTORIC GLORY IS PROGRESSING WELL. //

WATER QUALITY IN THE MANILA BAYWALK AND BASECO BEACH AREAS HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED // WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SOLAR-POWERED SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT; // THE CONTINUOUS CLEANUP OF WATERWAYS DRAINING INTO THE BAY, // SUCH AS THE TULLAHAN-TINAJEROS RIVER SYSTEM, // WHERE DREDGING CONTINUES; // AND THE INSTALLATION OF MORE THAN 20 TRASH TRAPS IN DIFFERENT AREAS. //

THANK YOU FOR THE HARDWORK OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN // AND THE MANILA BAY TASK FORCE WHEREIN USEC JONAS LEONES IS ON TOP OF IT. //

DENR WAS ONCE AGAIN TASKED TO CHAIR AND OVERSEE ANOTHER IMPORTANT UNDERTAKING BY OUR PRESIDENT – // THE BUILD BACK BETTER TASK FORCE. // TF BBB HAS BEEN RELENTLESS IN PURSUING ACTIVITIES FOR HARD HIT AREAS DURING TYPHOONS ROLLY AND ULYSSES – // THE MARIKINA, // CAGAYAN VALLEY, // AND BICOL. //

DREDGING ACTIVITIES IN THE RIVER SYSTEMS AND BAMBOO PLANTING FOR RIVER BANK STABILIZATION WENT FULL BLAST // EVEN AMID THE CURRENT PANDEMIC. // MY GRATITUDE TO THE SUPPORT EXTENDED BY OUR DENR FAMILY IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION, // REGIONS 2 AND 5, // TO ALL OUR CONCERNED ASSISTANT SECRETARIES AND UNDERSECRETARIES // AND THOSE WHO ACT AS THE TF BBB SECRETARIAT UNDER USEC ANNA TEH. //

THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE MANY HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE PAST YEAR. // FOR THESE, // AGAIN, // I THANK EVERY MEMBER OF THE ENTIRE DENR FAMILY THAT INCLUDES OUR REGIONAL OFFICES, // BUREAUS, // ATTACHED AGENCIES, // PENROS, // CENROS. // THE CREDIT GOES ALL AROUND. //

OUR WORK IS FAR FROM OVER AND WE HAVE A LOT MORE TO DO AND GAINS TO SUSTAIN. // WE NEED MORE STRENGTHENED PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION TO MAKE OUR WORK MORE MEANINGFUL. // I KNOW THAT WE CANNOT PLEASE EVERYBODY // BUT LET US NOT BE DISCOURAGED; // RATHER, // LET US KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. //

ALTHOUGH WE HAVE A LOT OF PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS AND A GROWING NUMBER OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES CHAMPIONS, // LET US STILL BROADEN MORE PEOPLE’S PERSPECTIVE // AND MAKE THEM APPRECIATE OUR REHABILITATION EFFORTS NOT JUST IN METRO MANILA // BUT ALSO IN THE REGIONS. //

ITO ANG CHALLENGE KO SA INYO LALO NA SA ATING REGIONAL OR FIELD OFFICES. // BUMABA KAYO SA GRASSROOTS, // COMMUNICATE, // AND INVOLVE MORE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES IN OUR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS. //

FOR INSTANCE, // MAKE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE AWARE THAT WE HAVE FOREST GUARDS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES // WHO PUT THEIR HEALTH AND LIVES AT STAKE DEFENDING OUR ENVIRONMENT. // WE HAVE A GROWING NUMBER OF FALLEN ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES. //

THIS IS HOW SERIOUS WE DO OUR JOBS HERE AT DENR. // BUT I HOPE, // AND PRAY, // NA WALA NANG MAWAWALANG BUHAY DAHIL SA PAGTATANGGOL SA KALIKASAN. //

LET MORE PEOPLE KNOW HOW FAR WE HAVE GONE IN OUR ENHANCED NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM // AND OTHER DENR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED IN THE FIELD // THAT RESULTED IN COMMUNITIES’ LIVES GETTING BETTER. //

WE HAVE GROWING PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITIES, // LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS, // THE PRIVATE SECTOR, // AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, // IN OUR PURSUIT OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. // THESE ARE PARTNERSHIPS THAT TESTIFY TO THE GROWING PUBLIC TRUST AND CONFIDENCE // THAT WE HAVE BEEN EARNING. //

FOR AS LONG AS WE DO OUR JOBS AS BEST AS WE CAN, // AND SERVE THE MAJORITY OF OUR PEOPLE IN KEEPING WITH DEMOCRACY, // WE CAN // AND SHOULD HOLD OUR HEADS UP HIGH. // TAKE PRIDE IN BEING MEMBERS OF THE DENR FAMILY! //
AT HINDI RIN AKO MAGSASAWANG SABIHIN NA, // THE BEST PEOPLE ARE HERE AT THE DENR. // SALAMAT SA PATULOY NA PAGPUPUNYAGI NG LAHAT PARA SA KALIKASAN. //

ON THIS NOTE, // I THANK AND COMMEND YOU ALL FOR DELIVERING VERY GOOD RESULTS DESPITE THE PANDEMIC. // AS WE MARCH ON TO OUR 35TH YEAR, // LET US CONTINUE TO WORK AND EXCEL AS A TEAM. //

LET US WORK TOGETHER TOWARD A BETTER AND CLEANER ENVIRONMENT // AND RICHER NATURAL RESOURCES FOR OUR COUNTRY – // SAPAGKAT IKAW, // AKO, // TAYO ANG KALIKASAN! //

AGAIN, // HAPPY 34TH ANNIVERSARY TO US ALL! //