DENR 6 conducts CSO consultation

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 recently conducted a Consultation Conference among the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the programs and projects implemented by the Department.

How the projects and programs impact on the lives of people at the grassroots and how they perceive them are gauged through this CSO Consultation Conference.

DENR 6 stakeholders – people in the community who are involved in one of the DENR programs or projects, members of  Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector were invited in evaluating the effectivity of DENR programs and projects. Results of the consultation will be forwarded by the National Development Economic Authority (NEDA) to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). From the results, the DBM will evaluate the budgetary needs of DENR 6 for its FY 2020 Investment Program and Budget Proposals.

“We do not expect your praises rather, we gladly welcome even negative comments so that we can better improve the delivery of our services. Rest assured that all your inputs in this consultation conference shall be given the proper solutions,” said ARD Jesse L. Vego of the Management Services.

ARD Vego, chaired the consultation in behalf of Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., along with NEDA Resource Speakers.

Together with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), the DENR conducted the CSO Consultation Conference at the Activity Center.

Under the helm of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, who himself is an advocate of good governance, wanted DENR to work hard for the people and the environment. His ten-point agenda, namely: 1. Clean Air; 2. Clean Water; 3. Solid Waste Management; 4. Geohazard, Ground Water Assessment and Responsible Mining; 5. National Greening Program; 6. Intensified Forest Protection and Anti-Illegal Logging; 7. Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation; 8. Scaling up of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems; 9. Improved Land Administration and Management; and 10. Manila Bay Clean Up, were all focused to achieving DENR’s mandate as a primary agency responsible for the country’s environment and natural resources to protect, conserve and sustainably manage./DENR 6

 

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DENR Sec wants Panay to be the country's Bamboo Capital

Seeing the potential of Panay Island to grow healthy bamboos, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu proposed the possibility of making Panay Island the as country’s Bamboo Capital.

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of bamboo stands. This can usher inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s bamboo capital,” Secretary Cimatu said during the National Convergence Iniative for Sustainable Rural Development held in Iloilo City.

Secretary Cimatu hopes to pursue bamboo plantation in the same way which the National Greening Program (NGP) is being implemented. He saw its potential of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Indeed, bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while producing oxygen as well.

Its environmental benefits include being a natural control for soil erosion, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity and beautify the landscape, to mention a few.

To help this materialize, DENR Region 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. had conceptualized the following activities as an initial steps in achieving this goal; conduct of regionwide validation for potential sites for Bamboo Plantation; establishment of pilot nurseries for bamboo; conduct capability building, including cross visit to expose the participants on bamboo industries existing plantations; and to identify potential sites for bamboo processing plant for engineered bamboo products.

Anent this, the region will host the 5-day 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency to be held in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

The activity aims to provide a venue for an international forum for the exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) will spearhead this and will be expecting local, national and international participants.

“This Bamboo Congress is timely for the instruction of Secretary Cimatu to make the Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines. This will help the people to further enhance and expand their knowledge on what are the benefits the bamboo will give us aside from being one of the oxygen-givers in this planet,” DENR 6 RED Milla said.

One on Secretary Cimatu’s ten point agenda is the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) which not only focuses on the greening of the environment, but also to generate livelihood program for those involve and at the same time boosts the country’s economy by means of selling local products.

 

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