RED Parian Zero Waste Month

DENR joins in the celebration of Zero Waste Month

As we celebrate every January as Zero Waste Month, we start the year on a good note by affirming our commitment for proper waste segregation and embracing the three “R’s” of effective waste management mantra of reduce, reuse, and recycle”, says Tirso P. Parian, Jr., Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). He likewise hastens to add the slogan, “if we can’t reuse it, refuse it.”

This is a timely and appropriate call considering that no less than Secretary Roy Cimatu of the DENR has put on notice the garbage crisis that the capital city of Manila is now facing. The challenge to address the waste proliferation is not limited to Manila but all over the country because of the unrestrained disposal of waste and the ever-increasing dependence and utilization of plastics, particularly single-use plastic, among others.

Currently, based on published environmental studies, the Philippines is ranked as the 3rd highest source of ocean plastic pollution with an estimated 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste and half a million metric tons of plastic waste leakage annually.

Because of this, RED Parian is exhorting the public to be active catalyst for attitude change towards proper and responsible utilization, segregation and disposal of our wastes. “Let us put to task to each and every one the shared responsibility to clean our environment. After all, this is not only for our generation but more importantly, for the generation yet unborn in their inherent right to have a livable environment.”

Every month of January is Zero-Waste Month, as declared by former President Benigno S. Aquino III through Proclamation No. 760 signed on May 2014. Zero waste is defined as the advocacy that promotes the managing of products to eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials.

Photo Releases

DENR 8 Regional Director Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo accepts the Chairmanship of Eastern Visayas’ Regional Ecotourism Committee (REC) for a three-year term from the Department of Tourism represented by its Officer-In-Charge, Ma. Trinidad Dacuycuy.

Scenic feature of the Cuatro Islas Protected Landscape and Seascape attract local and foreign tourists. To protect the area, the CIPLS PAMB limits its tourists to 500 per day.

Some of the retired key officials and employees of DENR pose for a picture with DENR Regional Director, Atty. Crizaldy Barcelo.

DENR 8 Regional Director Crizaldy M. Barcelo (L) presents Certificates of Recognition to partners in law enforcement for their invaluable support and contributions to environmental law enforcement operations in Eastern Visayas.

Ms. Melba Ariño (center), Land Management Officer of DENR CENRO Pambujan receives award for extending invaluable assistance to the programs of 8ID PA from DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and Maj. Gen. Raul Farnacio, Commander, 8ID.

Tacloban City communities join this year’s #InternationalCoastalCleanUp activities. DENR Region 8, together with other government agencies and private institutions joined hands in cleaning up the coastal areas and waterways within the city.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu recently visited the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Samar in Catbalogan City. During his interface with DENR employees in Samar province, Secretary Cimatu laid his plans to help reduce poverty. Among these are increasing livelihood opportunities through the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP), reinventing mining to ensure that the country’s mineral resources will benefit the people without compromising the environment, and promoting cacao commodity to augment the livelihood of NGP PO beneficiaries in Samar.

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