Photo Releases

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Foreign-Assisted and Special Projects Service Director Lourdes Wagan (2nd from the left) receives from United Nations Industrial and Development Organization (UNIDO) project manager Gabriela Eigenmann (2nd from right) the National Action Plan for the phase-out of mercury-added products and the management of associated mercury-containing waste in turn-over ceremonies held in Mandaluyong City on July 30, 2019. The National Action Plan is a detailed five-year full implementation document of the actions and activities to address the environmentally sound management of mercury-containing products in accordance with the Minamata and Basel Conventions. Others in photo are (from left): Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy Mathias Domenig and Minamata Initial Assessment Project consultant Engr. Teddy Monroy. ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (extreme right) holds a copy of the book, “Bamboo, The Grass of Hope” from its authors during the 1stASEAN Bamboo Congress held in Iloilo City on August 12-16, 2019. The book is about the different uses of bamboo and the processing technologies available to maximize its use. Cimatu is considering the use of bamboo over traditional hardwood to eliminate the cutting of tress which would help increase the country’s forest cover. The congress was organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) thru the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB).With Cimatu are ERDB Director Sofio Quintana (extreme left) and the book authors (L to R): Drs. Florentino Tesoro, Aida B. Lapis and Felizardo Virtucio. ###

A Philippine pangolin (Manis culionensis), one of the three survivors rescued in Tagaytay City, is finally back to its home in Palawan after illegal wildlife traders responsible for its transport from Palawan to Tagaytay were meted with a jail term of up to three months imprisonment and a fine of Php20,000.00 each. The Philippine pangolin is a scaly mammal classified as critically endangered because of its high level of poaching and smuggling to meet the demands of its scales and meat in the lucrative Asian market. (Photo from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development) ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda (center) joins the officers of the National Press Club (NPC) in a photo-op after its regular “Meet the Press” in Intramuros, Manila on August 2, 2019. Antiporda, former NPC president, was guest in the media forum where he discussed the DENR’s Manila Bay Rehabilitation program. The membership of the NPC expressed its support to the program by reporting on the rehabilitation efforts for the bay. Also in are NPC directors and officers (from left): Tina Maralit, Alvin Murcia, Benedict Abaygar Jr., Lydia Bueno, Mina Navarro, Aya Yupangco, Jun Mendoza, and Paul Gutierrez.#

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (3rd from left) and Agrarian Reform Secretary John R. Castriciones (2nd from right) lead the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the product exhibit of the 3rd National Convergence Initiative Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) Summit in Iloilo City on July 24, 2019. The exhibit featured various products from the agriculture, forestry and fisheries (AFF) enterprise groups that implement the ridge-to-reef approach in their convergence areas. Others in photo are (Second row, 1st and 2nd from left): Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones and DENR Western Visayas Regional Executive Director Francisco Milla, and officials of the Agriculture, Agrarian Reform and Interior and Local Government departments. ###