Photo Releases

In order to promote awareness and common understanding of the Republic Act 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (ENIPAS) Act of 2018 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, OIC Regional Executive Director Paquito D. Melicor welcomes around one hundred participants from Regions 6, 7 and 8 convened for a 3-day roll-out of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the NIPAS Act, as amended, and the National Protected Area System Master Plan.   The three-day event starts today, 16 Sept. 2019 until 18 Sept. 2019 at Hotel Elizabeth, Cebu City organized by the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB).   Participants from the three regions are composed of Regional Executive Directors, Assistant Regional Directors - Technical Services, CDD Div. Chiefs, PENROs, PENROs Technical Services Division Chiefs, PENROs Planning Officers, PASus and APASUs.   The said activity also aims to streamline the activities at the field offices on protected area establishment and management based on the provisions of the ENIPAS Act and its IRR as well as the roadmap set by the National Protected Area System Master Plan.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu navigates the heavily-polluted San Juan River as part his Technical Inspection of the Pasig Riveron September 25, 2019. San Juan Riveris one of the many rivers that flow to Pasig River which drains to Manila Bay. Cimatu, chair of the Manila Bay Interagency Task Force,has stressed the importance of the cleaup of esteros and rivers that drain to the historic bay because these are contributors to its water quality. ###

Environment Secretary and Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) Chair Roy A. Cimatu (in aqua blue ball cap) points to makeshift houses (inset) of illegal settler families (ISFs) under a bridge along the Pasig River. Cimatu, who led a technical inspection of the 27-kilometer river on September 23, 2019, vowed to relocate the ISFs in coordination with the National Housing Authority since they occupy the riverbanks and contribute to the river’s poor water quality. With Cimatu are Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Danilo D. Lim (in blue safari hat), officials of PRRC, Philippine Coast Guard, and Laguna Lake Development Authority. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda (right) accepts a painting from Mina Hanihara (2nd from left) during the DENR’s observance of Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week in support of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City on Sept.18, 2019. Dubbed as “September to Remember,” the celebration also coincides with World Bamboo Day. Hanihara is a 23-year old artist with autism whose paintings reflect nature and the environment. Others in photo are: Atty. Susan Mendoza (left) and Mina’s guardian Ms. Miles Viernes (3rd from left).###