PHL to host international conference on coastal and marine ecosystems

ILOILO City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) together with other green groups and advocates here and abroad shall converge this month to discuss marine and coastal resources protection as the country hosts the Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connection and the 3rd Intergovernmental Review on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action.

The conference shall tackle the accomplishments, efforts and successes in protecting the environment, particularly of the marine environment from land-based activities on January 23-27, 2012 at EDSA Shangri-la in Mandaluyong City.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Julian D. Amador said approximately 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference consisting of high-level officials, environment ministers from different Asia-Pacific countries, and local delegates from the Philippine government and non-governmental organizations.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has been invited to keynote the event.

Environment Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje, on the other hand, said the twin events offer an important opportunity for the country “to showcase our accomplishments, efforts and successes in protecting our marine and coastal resources.”

The delegates to the conference are expected to provide vital inputs to the forthcoming 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil (Rio+20) through a Manila Declaration.

“The ‘Manila Declaration’ will also be the perfect opportunity to symbolize the country’s support and commitment to the GPA, which can be considered a multilateral initiative to improve health, reduce poverty, and protect critical ecosystem services,” said Paje.

Some of the expected outcomes during the events are: update on the status of implementation of GPA-Marine at the global, regional and national levels; government commitments to develop their respective plans of action within four years; build new partnerships or collaborations focused on the GPA objectives; amendments to implementation mechanisms; commitment from donors to support GPA implementation; and increased awareness of emerging issues that threaten coastal and marine ecosystems.

The GPA has been described as the only global program to address interconnectivity among the freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems. It was adopted by 108 governments and the European Commission in 1995 through a “Washington Declaration.” In the past 15 years, it has undergone two processes – the first in Montreal, Canada in 2001 and the second in Beijing, China in 2006.

 

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DENR reiterates call to observe geohazard maps

ILOILO City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reiterates its call to local government chief executives to revisit their geohazard maps and observe necessary protocols in order to avert untoward incidents and fatalities during calamities.

DENR Regional Executive Director Julian D. Amador stressed that the geohazard maps is a great help to local government units (LGUs) prevent massive damage on lives and properties during calamities, citing that the data provided the identified disaster-prone areas in a community.

“It has the necessary information to take before, during and after a calamity,” he said.

Amador said that the continuous rainy weather makes it susceptible for landslides and flooding on low-lying areas. “The maps are there to increase the LGU’s competence on hazards, vulnerability and risk assessment activities,” he emphasized.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, following the completion of its geohazard mapping, had distributed the information to all LGUs in the region to form part of their respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (LDRRMC).

Environment Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje reminded LGU officials that these geohazard maps are more than a planning tool. “These maps are a lifesaver,” he said, citing the series of catastrophes that had hit the country during typhoons and heavy rains.

Paje said the geohazard maps are critical planning tools in the government’s risk reduction plan, under President Benigno S. Aquino III, as it contain information on the level of susceptibility of areas to flooding and landslide.

It also included areas that could be used for relocation or evacuation sites during calamities.

Under Republic Act No. 10121 or the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, LGUs are tasked to evacuate residents in flood- and landslide-prone areas and relocate them to safe areas in times of impending typhoon and other weather disturbances.

The Act requires all provinces, cities, and municipalities to have a Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (LDRRM) systems to have a greater responsibility in building the disaster preparedness of communities and institute disaster risk reduction within their jurisdictions.

 

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DENR 6 improves NGP target for 2012

ILOILO City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 aims to cover 12,084 hectares of denuded forest and public lands with endemic and fruit bearing trees this year, as part of its commitment of the government’s initiative for reforestation.

DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Julian D. Amador is optimistic that the regional office could reach its target this year at 100 percent. Last month, the Forest Management Services (FMS) reported a 98.28 percent accomplishment of its NGP target.

As of December 29, 2011, the regional office has covered 3,963 hectares of public land out of its 4,033 hectares target, and planted 2,028,746 seedlings compared to its 2,016,500 target requirement.

“We need to be more aggressive to reach our NGP target this year, and achieve our commitment in bringing back the green cover of denuded forests and public lands in the region,” Amador told the field officers in the provinces.

Based on its 2012 target, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENRO) in Iloilo shall cover 3,703 hectares (has); PENRO Negros Occidental, 3,264 has; PENRO Antique, 2,350 has; PENRO Aklan, 1,531 has; PENRO Capiz, 1,100 has; and PENRO Guimaras, 136 has.

DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje earlier said that the department will employ hundreds of new foresters this year to guard the implementation of the agency’s greening effort as the government is keen on bringing back the green covers of our forests.

President Benigno S. Aquino III has earmarked some P2.68 billion for this landmark project for 2012, which mirrors the government’s seriousness in the implementation of the program from 2011 until 2016.

With the NGP, the government seeks to achieve poverty reduction, food security, sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and adaptation in a collaborative effort with partner agencies, the academe and other stakeholders.

 

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DENR 6 reaches 98 % of its 2011 NGP target – FMS

After the massive tree plantings conducted last year, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 now reached 98.28 percent of its National Greening Program (NGP) target for 2011, based on the consolidated report of the Forest Management Services (FMS).

As of December 29, 2011, the department has covered 3,963 hectares of public land out of its 4,033 hectares target, and planted 2, 028, 746 seedlings compared to its 2, 016,500 target seedlings.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) hit 100% of their respective targets with only PENRO Iloilo having 91.69 accomplishment of its goal. 

DENR Regional Executive Director Julian D. Amador encouraged its field offices to work double-time next year to reach the region’s goal for 2012 of greening public lands and bring back the green cover of denuded forests.

RED Amador reiterated to each PENROs and Community ENROs to conduct early tree planting for this year to hasten the accomplishment of the region’s 2012 NGP target.

“We must reach 100 percent of our NGP goal for 2012 to achieve our commitment,” RED Amador said.

Regional Technical Director (RTD) for FMS Livino B. Duran will closely monitor the field officers to improve the region’s standing in NGP for 2012.

“During the mid year NGP assessment, we are on the third notch among other regions based on the NGP accomplishment, so we need to be more aggressive in our reforestation activities to improve our 2012 standing”, RTD Duran said.

Meanwhile, NGP initiatives from other sectors already covered 3,936.97 hectares planted with various   species of tress. These Initiatives came from the Local   Government Units (LGUs), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILGLGU-GIZ-DENR Assisted    Project, CBFMMP-KFW, CBFM-CARP, private sectors and individuals, and Convergence   Initiatives.

DENR Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje already disclosed that the department will employ “hundreds” of new foresters beginning next year to guard the implementation of the agency’s greening effort as the government is keen on bringing back the green covers of our   forests.

Initial target for planting in 2012 is 12, 640 hectares with a seedling   requirement of 6, 320,000.

Earlier, President Benigno S. Aquino III will earmark some P2.68 billion for this landmark reforestation project for 2012.  This mirrors the government’s seriousness in the implementation of the program.

In a collaborative effort with  partner government agencies, academe and others stakeholders, the project seeks to achieve poverty reduction, food security, sustainable management of natural resources, biodiversity conservation, and climate change mitigation and  adaptation. 

 

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Press Statement of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu

 

 

I am pleased, honored and humbled by the vote of the Commission on Appointments confirming my nomination. I am excited about this opportunity to continue serving the public as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The challenge for me now is to prove that President Rodrigo Duterte and the honorable members of the CA have made the right decision in placing their trust and confidence in my abilities to lead the DENR towards fulfilling the broad mandate entrusted to it.

The confirmation of my ad interim appointment as DENR Secretary will allow me to continue to institute reforms, and pursue programs and projects that would truly protect the environment and improve people's lives. This gives me enough inspiration to carry out the seemingly gargantuan tasks of protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable use of the country's rich natural resources in the face of climate change and dwindling natural wealth of the nation.

Rest assured that under my watch, the DENR will push for people-centered agenda in pursuit of environmental protection and sustainable development. It is high time that every Filipino, regardless of status in life, should have equal access to the benefits of clean environment and sustainable natural resources. ### 

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