ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Spouses go mangrove planting in Aklan

(Left photo) DENR Aklan PENRO Officer Ivene D. Reyes conducts brief introduction and demostration about mangrove and planting procedures among five ASEAN Foereign Ministers' Spouses during the tree planting activity. (Right photo) The ASEAN Foereign Ministers' Spouses during the activity proper.

 

Foreign minister spouses of Asian ministers from Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and the ASEAN Secretary General go mangrove planting at Sitio Lugutan Mangrove Site, Brgy. Manoc-Manoc, Boracay Island, Malay, province of Aklan, recently.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) Aklan led by PENR Officer Ivene D. Reyes assisted the ASEAN ministers’ spouses  during the conduct of a mangrove planting.

With the collaborative efforts of the Local Tourism Office of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malay, Manoc-Manoc Barangay Council, and Spouses Program Committee from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the DENR- PENRO Aklan thru the PENRO Sub-office in Boracay Island, has successfully facilitated the preparation of materials such as the stakings, propagules, time of tides and briefing manuals for the activity. 

The activity was conducted as a part of the Ministers’ Spouses Retreat Program for the ASEAN 50, Philippines 2017 with the theme, “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”

PENRO Officer Ivene D. Reyes expressed his gratitude, and emphasized the importance of mangroves on the Philippine biodiversity during the orientation of the participants. “It is an opportune time for us to initiate tree planting activities in order to safeguard our environment against natural calamities. Mangroves are essential to our coastal areas because they serve not only as breeding ground for sea creatures and birds but also as primary barriers against storm surges and floods.”

In order to appreciate their initiative to protect the environment, PENRO Reyes promised to name the planting spot of the ASEAN Ministers’ Spouses in the Mangrove Park after them.

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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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