2018 ENVIRONMENT MONTH CELEBRATION

ENVIRONMENT MONTH MESSAGE FROM DENR 7 REGIONAL DIRECTOR GILBERT C. GONZALES

ISANG MAKAKALIKASANG PAGBATI SA LAHAT!

ALL OF US IN THE DENR ARE DELIGHTED AND VERY MUCH EXCITED TO LEAD THIS YEAR'S ENVIRONMENT MONTH CELEBRATION IN LINE WITH THE GLOBAL THEME:“Beat Plastic Pollution: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it”.

TRULY, PLASTIC POLLUTION PROBLEM HAS GONE GLOBAL. PLASTIC IN ANY FORM IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES OF THE ENVIRONMENT NOWADAYS. FOR THIS YEAR’S PHILIPPINE ENVIRONMENT MONTH CELEBRATION, WE WANT TO FOCUS OUR EFFORTS IN RAISING PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS ON THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF SINGLE-USE PLASTICS AND INITIATE COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS WITH OUR WELL-MEANING PARTNERS IN PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE AND ECO-FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES.

OUR TOUGHEST CHALLENGE NOW IS ON HOW TO CHANGE PUBLIC BEHAVIOR AND TRANSFORM THEM INTO ENVIRONMENTALLY-RESPONSIBLE CONSUMERS BY ADOPTING A PLASTIC-FREE LIFE. THIS MEANS CHOOSING REUSABLE ITEMS OVER DISPOSABLE PLASTIC ITEMS SUCH AS PLASTIC BAGS, PLASTIC CUPS, PLASTIC STRAWS, AND PLASTIC BOTTLES, AMONG OTHERS.

PLASTIC CAN BE AN ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND CHOICE. HOWEVER, SINGLE-USE PLASTIC IS ANOTHER STORY. THESE SINGLE-USE ITEMS, ONCE SERVED THEIR PURPOSE, THEY’LL EITHER END UP IN A LANDFILL OR WORSE, IN OUR RIVERS, SURROUNDINGS, OCEANS AND OTHER WATER BODIES WHERE THEY’LL TAKE HUNDREDS OR THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO DEGRADE POSING DANGER TO BIRDS AND MARINE LIVES ASIDE FROM NUMEROUS FLOODING INCIDENTS.

WITH OUR LINED UP ACTIVITIES IN OBSERVANCE OF THE PHILIPPINE ENVIRONMENT MONTH IN CENTRAL VISAYAS, WE WOULD LIKE TO FOCUS PUBLIC ATTENTION IN ADDRESSING THE GROWING PLASTIC PROBLEM AND ENCOURAGE OUR PARTNER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, NON-GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS, THE YOUTH SECTOR AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO ACTIVELY ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES THAT HELP ADDRESS CHALLENGES OF OUR FRAGILE ENVIRONMENT.

LET US MAKE THIS A FRUITFUL AND MEANINGFUL ENVIRONMENT MONTH CELEBRATION AS WE ALL RALLY AGAINST PLASTIC POLLUTION.

News

On-going clearing of illegal structures

DENR 7 Regional Executive Director Gilbert Gonzales conducts the actual verification on the location of monuments within the shorelines of Brgys. Pooc and Talisay, Sta Fe, Cebu as part of the on-going clearing of illegal structures within the 20m easement zone as provided by the Water Code of the Philippines.

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Photo Releases

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary. OIWS is the country’s first wetland of international importance for waterfowl declared under RAMSAR. This wetland area is now a critical stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds travelling the East Asian Migratory Flyway, one of the most important shorebird and water bird migratory flyways in the world.

 

Hidden Bird Paradise. Mahaba Island in Talibon, Bohol is an undiscovered bird’s paradise. Mahaba Island is part of Barangay Calituban, one of eight island barangays of the Municipality of Talibon, which is located on the northwest side of Bohol.

Counting the gains of NGP. One of the most successful and remarkable milestones of National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas is the established Coffee Plantations in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol established in 2011 by the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI).

As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

Man-made Molave Forest. One of Siquijor’s pride, the reforestation site is one of the oldest in the country, established in 1937. This 202.15-hectare molave plantation is found in Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor.

Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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