The event dubbed as National REDD+ Congress: A Platform for Learning Experience was graced by DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations prs usec2 Isabelo Montejo, representing DENR Secretary Gina Lopez. In his message, Usec Montejo acknowledged the determination and support of the civil society for the successful implementation of the REDD+ which serves as a strategy for addressing climate change.

 He also emphasized that the Philippines has seen a dramatic reduction of its forest cover in recent years due to activities such as slash-and-burn practices, illegal logging, mining, and other forms of activities that release greenhouse gases..

 In enjoining the REDD+ practitioners to work together to mitigate the impacts of climate change, he said, “the knowledge and expertise of the different CSOs who are in the forefront of social justice shall be tapped for the success of the REDD+ project in the Philippines.” He also emphasized that a project, such as REDD+ becomes meaningful, only when it is tagged by the civil society as their own.

The REDD+ Project is an international mechanism to help stop deforestation and mitigate climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases through enhanced forest management. The office of the National REDD+ System Philippines Project states that when implemented, it can quickly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and provide significant benefits to people’s organizations, indigenous peoples, and local landowners and forest communities, as well as for biodiversity in the forest areas.

 

The REDD+ Project sites in the Philippines are located in three regions - region 5, region 8, and Region 11. The project started in April 2013 and will end in April 2017.

 

 REDD+ is being implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the DENR-Forest Management Bureau, Biodiversity Management Bureau, Climate Change Commission, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, and other stakeholders, including local government units and local communities. ###

 

 

 

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DENR 8 to spearhead synchronized coastal clean-up on International Coastal Clean-up Day

“Let us join millions of people around the globe in rehabilitating and cleaning our coastal areas, seas, rivers and waterways from marine debris that harm our marine life and ecosystems this International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day, September 16”, says Assistant Regional Director for Management Service and In-Charge of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 8 Arturo N. Salazar.

In observance of this year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day, the Conservation and Development Division of the DENR Regional Office and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) will spearhead a clean-up activity along the coast of Panalaron Bay, Cancabato Bay, San Pedro Bay and Mangonbangon River. The activity will start simultaneously in every designated area at six o’clock in the morning of September 16. After the cleanup, a short program will be held at Plaza Rizal, Tacloban City.

Nearly three hundred (300) volunteers will join the event. This includes partners from different agencies and civil society organizations such as ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan, Let’s Do It! Philippines, Philippine National Police, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and PCG-Auxiliary, Knights of Columbus, United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Volunteer for the Visayans, Petron Corporation, Tacloban City Rescue Unit (TACRU), Rotary Club of Kandaya, SEED4Com, the city government of Tacloban and other national and local government agencies.

Information from the EMB states that for this year, an orchestrated cleanup will be conducted by donor-partners of the Adopt-an-Estero/Waterbody Program. A synchronized coastal cleanup will also be spearheaded by different DENR field offices in other parts of the region.

The EMB also disclosed that recyclable wastes collected from the clean-up will be sold to junk shops. Proceeds will be donated to Tahanang Walang Hagdan, a non-government organization.

“We enjoin the active participation of the public in cleaning-up our waterways especially this International Coastal Clean-up Day and in ensuring a safe and sound environment beneficial to the health and well-being of the community”, says ARD Salazar.

The International Coastal Cleanup Day is being observed annually every third Saturday of September in consonance with Presidential Proclamation No. 470 signed on September 15, 2003 and consistent with Proclamation No. 244 declaring September as National Clean-up Month.

Photo Releases

Ms. Corazon Makabenta of DENR R8 (left) and representatives of different agencies forming the Samar Fellowship Circle show support for the Spark Samar Development Agenda. Also in photo is Samar Gov. Sharee Ann Tan - Delos Santos (center).

Participants of the tree planting activity in celebration of Philippine Arbor Day plant talisay seedlings at Brgy. Salvacion, Palo, Leyte

Women beneficiaries receive their Free Patents from (L-R) a representative of LGU Lilo-an, DENR CENRO San Juan Joejol Cuizon, and So. Leyte ROD Chief Lemy Lotero.

Green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) released in Bobon, Northern Samar.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca presents a Certificate of Recognition to Barangay Chairman Noel Tabao for his assistance in implementing DENR programs and projects and strengthening the community’s resilience to climate change.

DENR Personnel takes two (2) baskets of Leyte pond turtles hidden under the seat of the public utility vehicle.

DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca highlights the role of youth in environmental protection during the 5th Regional Youth Day held in Naval, Biliran.

Atty. Lea Fuentes-Apdo representing Congresswoman Yedda Romualdez leads the ribbon cutting ceremony which marked the opening of the exhibit on DENR 8 Milestones and DENR regional office mini park held on World Environment Day – June 5. She is assisted by (L-R) ARD for Technical Services Carlito Tuballa, RD Leonardo Sibbaluca, MGB RD Raul Laput, EMB Division Chief Maribel Munsayac, and ARD for Management Services Arturo Salazar.

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