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Press Statement of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu

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SRAC CA Confirmed

 

 

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. ### 

DENR 6 highlights significance of World Water Day 2017

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On March 22, wherever you are and whatever you do, make it about water. - worldwaterday.org

In celebration of the annual World Water Day on March 22, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 is reminding everyone of the importance of wastewater and most especially not take for granted our water resources because water is life.

Cliché as it may sound, but did you know that today, there are over 663 million people living without safe water supply close to their homes, spending countless of hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impact of using contaminated water?

This year, the celebration’s theme is “Water and Wastewater” where it focuses on the importance of reducing and reusing wastewater as a valuable resource in the economy. It also focuses on its safe management as an effective investment for the public.

 

Why Wastewater?

World Water Day 2017’s main goal is to support the Sustainable Development Goals 6.3, “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”

Wastewater is all the dirty water from municipal sources, schools, restaurants, commercial establishments, hospitals, farms, floodwater such as feces, urine and faecal sludge and all of the possible dirty water that you can think of. Other wastewater may contain dangerous dissolved toxins and chemicals. The three types of wastewater are Black water, Gray Water and Yellow Water.

 

Why should I CARE?

In industrialized countries, everybody has access to safe water. But did you know that in developing countries, like the Philippines, only 86% of the people do?

Every day, most of the wastewater comes from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture that flows back to the surroundings without proper treatment or being reused. Therefore, it pollutes the environment most especially bodies of water and loses essential nutrients. Yes, we contribute in this pollution, we are just not aware.

Thus, to support the said celebration of World Water Day 2017, DENR 6 has prepared a series of activities such as Forum on Wastewater and Septage Management on March 17 at Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISATU) among Engineering students, Orchestrated Clean-Up on March 18 and Tree Planting and River Clean-Up on March 22 in San Julian, Tapaz, Capiz to raise awareness among the youth and encourage local community involvement.

 

How can I HELP?

Make a change in your own little way by starting in your homes! Reuse gray water (wastewater originating from non-toilet and food fixtures such as bathroom sinks, laundry machines, spas, etc. not contaminated with human waste) by watering plants, flushing toilets, construction and concrete mixing purposes and many more.

This will not only help you save you from your water bill, you have also helped the water cycle work better for the environment. 

“World Water Day is a unique event for all of us to be reminded of the importance of water in our daily lives. Right now, we may have enough water resources but what about in the next few years if we don’t know proper management of wastewater? Hence, I encourage everyone to practice reducing and reusing wastewater. This is not only for our own benefit but also for the next generation and for every living thing,” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.  

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DENR 6 proposes developments for Capiz' ecotourism area

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Photo shows the ecotourism site in Brgy. San Julian, Tapaz Capiz covered by its verdant trees and flora, and surrounded by the crystal clear waters of its river which supports diverse wildlife species.

 

A four hundred-hectare area in Capiz province is being eyed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 to be developed as an eco-park and eco-tourist spot.

This is in line with the Department’s implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area and Development (SIAD), a program framework aimed at alleviating poverty in the countryside. The provincial office of DENR in Capiz has already conducted a site visit and ocular inspection recently in Brgy. San Julian, Tapaz, the proposed area for ecotourism.

The proposed 400-hectare area covers the four barangays of San Julian, Taslan, Sta. Ana and San Antonio. The program is being supported by a Tapaz municipal ordinance in order to ensure that the local government unit of Tapaz, the DENR 6 and the community leaders will take on the role of providing sustainable livelihood while at the same time, teaching the people in the communities about environmental conservation.

LGU Tapaz plans will document the socio-economic condition of the said four barangays before, during and after the project to gauge the impact of SIAD.

           Part of the initiative is to improve the ecosystem by enrichment planting of indigenous forest tree species. The area mainly composed of forests and inland waters will be established as a sustainable agriculture farming system through contouring and planting of high-valued crops and fruit trees.

          The dam that provides water for irrigation downstream for the rice lands will be improved by building infrastructures and facilities without compromising the existing beauty of the area.

           Furthermore, bamboo production will be showcased in the area that will be planted with different bamboo species and shall provide raw materials for bamboo industry as part of the expanded National Greening Program (eNGP). The bamboo plantation, once full grown, will also support the efforts for climate change mitigation.

           The eco-park and eco-tourist spot will serve as a demonstration area for the DENR 6 together with its partners to determine the outcome of the efforts on ‘green economy’ without compromising the ecosystem and at the same time attract local and international tourists.

            Regional Director Jim O Sampulna is determined that the proposed developments will benefit the people in the area, and in the process create model sites of Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in the pursuit of social justice and human development.

“The DENR, as the primary agency in advancing environmental innovations, promotes efforts for a ‘green economy’ in our country. Aside from providing sustainable livelihood to the local folks, we must also teach them about environmental conservation. This will allow them to benefit from the resources of the environment and at the same time become stewards of mother earth,” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

 “By providing livelihood opportunities to people of Tapaz, we might be able to reduce incidence of violence due to poverty and hunger,” he added.

           Sustainable Integrated Area Development or (SIAD) offers significant opportunities for local executives, planners, decision makers in government, civil society, and business. SIAD helps develop a comprehensive and more realistic approach to poverty eradication where there is respect for nature and value adding in resources, and where people benefit from the resources of the place.

 

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PENRO Iloilo Employees train for bamboo propagation establishment

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Effective implementation of the Bamboo Plantation Development Project (BPDP) under the expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) required skilled implementers. Thus, the Iloilo Provincial ENR Office (PENRO) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 6 recently conducted a workshop on Bamboo Propagation Establishment to capacitate the technical personnel who would lead the BPDP implementation.

Participants to the workshop numbering to forty three (43) are composed of employees from PENRO Iloilo Technical Services, Forest Technicians of CENRO Sara, CENRO Guimbal and CENRO Btac. Nuevo along with representatives from Peoples’ Organizations (POs).

The DENR 6 started to actively implement the BPDP this 2017 in compliance to Executive Order 879 which aims to promote the use of bamboo as alternative to wood in the construction of school furniture.

 

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DENR 6 NGP attains 100% delivery rate in BUB scheme

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The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Region 6, the government agency that oversees the implementation of the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) Program, has recently awarded the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 the High Delivery Rate (100%) for its BuB implementation of the National Greening Program.

This recognizes the efforts of the DENR 6 being an active agency that implements the BuB from CY 2013-2016.

BuB is a program wherein the community and the local government units are working together in identifying projects based on their needs to be implemented in their area to suppress poverty. The proposed projects are then incorporated into the implementing national government agencies’ proposed budgets which are submitted to Congress for approval.

The DENR 6 National Greening Program, as the enrolled menu program of the department, was able to implement six (6) BUB projects covering an area of 289 hectares with 517,674 seedlings with a corresponding budget of Php 8,062,000.00 for CY 2016.

These projects are located in the municipalities of Nabas, Aklan (60 ha w/ 94,820 seedlings); Patnongon, Antique (25 ha w/ 39,236 seedlings); Pontevedra, Capiz (49 ha w/ 98,000 seedlings) & Roxas, Capiz (27 ha w/ 54,000 seedlings); Lambunao, Iloilo (73 ha w/ 12,618 seedlings) and Zarraga, Iloilo (55 ha w/ 110,000 seedlings).

The 289 hectares were fully planted with mangrove, coffee, timber and other fruit trees by concerned Local Government Units (LGUs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), People’s Organization (POs) and communities as partners in the BuB implementation.

“We are very grateful that our efforts have been rewarded. This will serve as an inspiration for the department to work harder and to sustain the momentum this 2017 and upcoming years. We also appreciate the efforts that our partners in the program have given.” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.

 

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