Photo Releases

Delegates from member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) with Department of Environment and Natural Resources Forest Management Bureau Director Nonito Tamayo (4th from right), join hands in a show of cooperation of ASEAN nations during the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry held at Makati Diamond Residences in Makati City on July 19-20. In photo are (L to R): Hang Suntra, deputy director general of Forestry Administration of Cambodia; Agus Justianto, director general of Forestry and Environment Research Development and Innovative Agency of Indonesia; Boupone Sengthong, deputy director of Department of Forestry of Lao PDR; Borhanudin Bin HJ Arshad, head of delegation of Malaysia; Thaung Naing Oo, director of Forest Research Institute of Myanmar; Sapol Boonsermsuk, director at the International Forestry Cooperation Division of Thailand; Pham Ven Dien, deputy director general of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry; and Pham Quang Minh of the ASEAN Secretariat. ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu makes a clarion call to delegates of the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum held in Davao City last July 17, 2019 to “soldier on against climate change.” Cimatu said meeting head-on climate-change related challenges through a whole-of-nation approach has spawned encouraging results as seen in the Boracay and Manila Bay rehabilitation programs of the government. Cimatu is the chair of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Disaster Risk Reduction. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (middle) proudly shows the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DENR and the local government of Compostela Valley for the rehabilitation of the 24-kilometer Naboc River in the goldmine-rich area of Mt. Diwata in Compostela Valley. The MOA, signed at the DENR-Davao Region Office last July 17, 2019, complements the Provincial Task Force Naboc River which Cimatu created last year through DENR Special Order 2018-593 pursuant to his priority agenda to rehabilitate the country’s important water bodies like the Manila Bay and Boracay. Also in photo: (L to R) DENR Assistant Secretary for Eastern Mindanao and concurrent Region 11 Director Ruth Tawantawan, Department of Public Works and Highways Region 11 Director Allan Borromeo, Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing, III, and Compostela Valley Province governor Jayvee Tyron Uy. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda (center, in suit and tie), holds portraits of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and himself as painted by artist Ely Tablizo (fifth from left). Tablizo joined the Art for Manila Bay Rehabilitation Exhibit together with nine other artists of the Dynamic Art Group led by Esther Garcia (fourth from right) at The Gallery of the Solaire Resort and Casino in Parañaque City. Also in the photo is a painting of Manila Bay Yacht Club with the famous Manila Bay sunset (right). The exhibit aimed to raise awareness on the beauty of Manila Bay thus the need to protect it. The exhibit runs until July 27, 2019.#

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) points to the bamboo debris that were washed ashore to the Manila Bay near the US Embassy in Roxas Blvd in Manila. Cimatu said, the bamboo poles, which had shells attached to them, may have come from fishpens in nearby places and reached Manila Bay due to the monsoon. With Cimatu is DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda (2nd from left). Cimatu inspected the area on July 13 to check the status of the bay’s clean up.