Press Releases

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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu visits Cebu to check and assess the current situation of the province after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. This is for the execution of the Presidential mandate, Executive Order 120 with the primary goal to efficiently execute rehabilitation and recovery programs to those communities affected by the typhoon through the creation of the Build Back Better Task Force.

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Along with this, Secretary Cimatu also visits the Cebu Provincial Office and attended the 'Consultative Meeting with Poultry, Livestock, and Goat Raisers in Cebu Province' along with a meeting with the Cebu Provincial Governor Gwendolyn Garcia.

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DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu caps his situation survey itinerary in Cebu with a meeting with the Cebu City Mayor Honorable Michael Rama to check on the current state of the city after Typhoon Odette hit the island.

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Along with heads of different agencies and companies working towards the restoration and recovery of the City, Cimatu emphasizes his intent to implement Executive Order 120 through the Build Back Better (BBB) Task Force which aims to help restoring to normalcy all those provinces affected by the Typhoon. He mentioned that he is appointing DENR 7 OIC - Regional Executive Director Paquito Melicor Jr. CESO IV as the chairman of the BBB Task Force in Region 7.

Cimatu is also flew to Siargao on the same day as part of the situation survey and follow up on the restoration made in the area after the Typhoon Odette.

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DENR turn-over relief goods to people of Bohol affected by typhoon "Odette" through the provincial government of Bohol headed by USEC Benny D. Antiporda, Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concern, Executive Director Maria Matilda Gaddi, Task Force Tayo Ang Kalikasan and OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Ariel N. Rica.

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Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) through the Experimental Forest Station (EFS) led the conduct of a “Refresher Training on Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) Laws for the Deputized Environment and Natural Resources Officers (DENRO) and Wildlife and Environment Officers (WEO) held at the CRERDEC Training Hall in Camp 7, Minglanilla, Cebu on November 26, 2021. Representatives from Barangay Camp-7, Minglanilla, Cebu and Manipis, Talisay City; EFS Bantay Gubat; local Peoples Organization; DENR-CENRO Cebu; and some CRERDEC staff attended the said activity. Technical staff from the DENR-7 Enforcement Division served as the resource persons.

The activity is one of the requirements for the approval of the application of new DENROs/WEOs and/or the renewal of appointment of those deputized in 2020. With threats consistently posed on CRERDEC’s experimental forest and the surrounding timberland coupled with a limited number of government-hired Bantay Gubat, the role of Deputized ENROs/WEOs is crucial. They serve as additional forces that aid DENR-CENROs in the case build-up for the prosecution of forest violators.

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the leadership of Environment Secretary Roy A Cimatu receives a Plaque of Recognition from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar for being one of the top requested and performing agencies (with more than 500 to 999 requests and with at least 90% closed transactions) in the eFOI Portal and for its exceptional and significant contribution to the Freedom of Information Program's progress and development.

The plaque is received by DENR7 OIC Regional Executive Director Paquito Melicor, Jr. together with ARD for Management Services Trinidad Etulle on 25 November 2021 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City.

The annual Freedom of Information (FOI) Award is a national recognition conferred by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) through the Freedom of Information – Project Management Office (FOI–PMO) on individuals, organizations and agencies that had significant contributions and advancements in the field of information access in the Philippines. -PCOO

Recognizing the role of the youth in the promotion of the DENR priority programs and projects, the Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) instill the value of environmental awareness to the DYAR youth community with Kapartner Ng Bayan Jimrey Biosa as their Advisor.

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The students from the different grade levels and schools are willing to promote the importance of environmental conservation, protection and management of the environment and natural resources through information, education and communication (IEC), social mobilization and partnership building with guidance of the adult members of the community.
Books, posters and leaflets on solid waste management for Grade III to Grade V, TAK comics, and other IEC materials were donated for references to DYAR 765 Sonshine Radio, KJC Compound, Jagobiao, Mandaue City.

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The young generation can also look after the earth, it is the responsibility of the Christian stewards and being an Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) ambassador/volunteer by sharing information on household waste segregation and proper disposal of used disposable face masks and other COVID-19 health waste was part of the orientation.