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Philippines signs the Paris Climate Agreement

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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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Kapihan sa PIA

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DENR 7 Chief Conservation Division Mario V. Aragon, Assistant Protected Superintendent for Tañon Strait Protected Seascape Forester Melchor Rhett F. Sarmago, Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist Forester Fercival Fiel and TSPS Legal Assistant Steve Vincent Larona in a Kapihan sa PIA session to highlight the Ocean Month Celebration with the theme “Buhay Dagat, Buhay Natin” held last May 4, 2016.

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DENR 7 EXCEEDS NATIONAL GREENING PROGRAM TARGETS

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 reported a total of 80,973.31 hectares of established plantations for the five year implementation of the National Greening Program (NGP) in Central Visayas.

This has exceeded around four percent of the six-year target of reforesting around 77,479 hectares as a contribution to the nationwide effort of bringing back the country’s lost forest cover.

“We are now on its last year of implementation and for the past five years since 2011, region 7 has always been on top when it comes to NGP accomplishments, more than the reforestation efforts as NGP also rejuvenates rural economies by providing livelihood opportunities to our partner people’s organizations,” said DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo.

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DENR 7 LEADS 2016 EARTH MONTH CELEBRATION

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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.

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DENR 7 STOPS SOLAR POWER PROJECT

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DENR 7 STOPS SOLAR POWER PROJECT OVER CUTTING OF 982 TREES WITHOUT PERMIT

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources 7 issued a stoppage order against Sunasia Energy Incorporated (SEI) over the cutting without a permit of at least 982 naturally and planted trees in Barangay Talavera, Toledo City.

In a cease and desist order (CDO) signed by community environment and natural resources officer in Cebu City Raul Pasoc last Oct. 28, it directed SEI through its project manager Jose Enrique Tolentino to immediately stop the further destruction of trees.

In a statement, DENR 7 Regional Director Dr. Isabelo R. Montejo instructed Pasoc to initiate the filing of appropriate case against the developer based in the existing forestry laws, rules and regulations.

The total volume of trees cut is approximately 2,190 cubic meters or equivalent to 928,560 board feet with an estimated cost of 18.5 million pesos. One board foot is computed at 20 pesos.

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