Geared towards educating and mobilizing people to help in the protection and conservation of the environment and rekindling public commitment and involvement and reflecting environmental values and broaden public support, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 will lead a month-long celebration of Earth Month 2016 with the theme “Trees for the Earth”.

This is in accordance to the Proclamation 1482 that was issued on April 10, 2008 declaring the month of April as the Philippines’ Earth Month and identified the DENR as the main convenor of the celebration.

In a statement, DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo urged all other national government agencies and local government units to take part in the environment celebration to ensure the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources mindful of the present threats of climate change.

“This year’s Earth Month celebration highlights the importance of planting and growing trees because trees help combat climate change, breathe clean air, and help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability by providing food, energy and income,” said Montejo.

Montejo also presented the activities slated for the earth month celebration including a series of campaign programs and activities toward raising the level of awareness on environmental issues and concerns.

As part of the celebration, the DENR 7 will conduct a study tour and orientation on ENR policies with some 40 police and fire superintendents and a series of advocacy campaign to promote and ensure awareness among public school students.

The Earth Stewardship Forum will be conducted at Bohol Institute of Technology (BIT) International College - Siquijor Campus, and Carmelite College, Tinago, Siquijor on April 20; BIT International College – Tagbilaran Campus on April 27; and Cebu Technological University – Argao Campus on April 29.

On April 22, a simultaneous mangrove planting and clean-up drive will be conducted in various coastal areas in the region in the observance of the Earth Day 2016.

Media interaction and benchmarking tour will also be conducted in some National Greening Program (NGP) sites in Bohol to showcase best practices and success stories of NGP in Central Visayas from April 26 to 29.

The NGP is a flagship program of the Aquino administration implemented and led by the DENR with its goal to plant one billion trees to around one million hectares of forest lands nationwide in six years. The program started in 2011 and is set to be completed by December 2016.

Montejo also urged partner local government units, people’s organizations, private partners and other stakeholders to commit and participate in the Earth Month celebration to help contribute to better, cleaner and healthier environment for all.


Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

 The Manila Times

by Philip Camara on January 5, 2017 Analysis


TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.


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Bojo river is an 8-km estuarine river with a depth of 3.8 meters during high tide. It shelters 61 species of endemic and migratory birds, 96 species of plants and 22 mangroves species. 

Nursery in CENRO Ayungon which supports the massive reforestation under the National Greening Program.

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