DENR-7 has new Regional Director


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has a new regional director.

This developed after DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu issued Special Order Number 2017- 925 on November 21, 2017 designating Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, CESO III as the new DENR Regional Director in Central Visayas. Director Gonzales replaced OIC Regional Director Emma E. Melana who is now reassigned as Assistant Regional Director for Management Services of DENR 7.In a turnover ceremony held last November 28, 2017, DENR Secretary Cimatu asked the new DENR 7 RD Gonzales to take charge of the management and operations of DENR Central Visayas.


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DENR 7 through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) conducts year-end assessment of 2017 accomplishments and writeshop on the drafting of 2018 activity work plans for partner people’s organizations in Negros Oriental under the Community-Based Forest Management – Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CBFMA-CARP).

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The said activity held November 22-23, 2017 at Hotel Essencia, Dumaguete City is aimed to streamline 2017 remaining activities and set 2018 targets for partner people’s organizations. “We are here because we need to make sure that we deliver all our 2017 targets under CBFMA-CARP by December,” said CDD Chief Mario V. Aragon.

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Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism


manila times  article by philip camara 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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PENRO Negros Oriental is officially back to DENR 7


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This after an official turn-over ceremony was held following the implementation of Executive Order 38 signed by President Rodrigo Duterte revoking EO 183 (s.2015) which created the Negros Island Region (NIR).

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Philippines signs the Paris Climate Agreement


Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Excellencies, we sign the Paris Agreement today, Earth Day, with faith and hope in the 196 parties to the UNFCCC that adopted the agreement.

The Philippines, a highly vulnerable developing nation, with one of the most ambitious targets, has already taken steps to pursue national actions to address climate change through its intended nationally determined contribution or INDC.

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