DENR meets Civil Society Organizations

DENR USec Nicanor Jesus Perlas (left) emphasizing that the new DENR will work with CSOs around the country as partners to better improve DENR policies. Members/heads of various CSOs in the Region 6 took the time out to discuss their respective environmental concerns with DENR officials led by USec Perlas last August 12, 2016.

          Undersecretary Nicanor Jesus Perlas III of the Civil Society and Societal Partnerships in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has recently met with the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) based in Region 6 to hear from them environmental issues that may be addressed by the Department.

             “Secretary Gina Lopez created this Office–the Civil Society and Societal Partnerships – under the DENR, which is the only one of its kind in the world,” USec Perlas said of his office. The new office will work with various CSOs as DENR strategic partners in formulating policies, Perlas said. Under the Lopez management, the DENR sees CSOs as totally important channels of listening to environmental issues from the grassroots.

             “CSOs will be our eyes and ears on the ground. Though we may sometimes differ in our decisions, it is just a matter of talking with each other. You can always tap on your  constitutional right for the redress of your grievances. Nonetheless, we are here to serve you,” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

            Thirty (30) CSOs attended the meeting with Perlas and top DENR officials led by Regional Director Jim O Sampulna last August 12, 2016 held at the DENR Activity Center.

           In his message, Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Livino B. Duran emphasized that the “environment is an issue that goes beyond beliefs, politics and generations.” “The sad reality is, the environment is always a trade-off with development,” he added. Duran also lauded the active participation of the CSOs in promoting environmental awareness to communities.

           USec Perlas also acknowledged the fact that among the CSOs, there are “gringos” and “bingos” but said they will have a way to find that out and would only work with the authentic ones.

         “Under the management of Secretary Lopez, we will see to it that the environment will not be a trade-off with development,” Perlas said even as he reiterated that Secretary Lopez campaigns for “zero tolerance” to corruption.

      “The new DENR will become your strongest partner to realize your dream for sustainable development,” Perlas said as he vowed that all DENR offices will be open to all to hear complaints, suggestions and even criticisms.

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