We, in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, welcome with much joy and hope in our hearts President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision for the Philippines to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

As one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, the Philippines cannot abandon its commitment in addressing the single greatest threat facing our planet. We are one with the world in tackling the threat of climate change.

By ratifying the Paris Agreement, we will be able to maximize our climate-adaptation and mitigation efforts to protect the Filipino people, among which include the Enhanced National Greening Program, Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management Program, solid waste management, pollution control management, to name a few.

There is also no doubt we will be able to fully transform our communities toward climate resiliency, and embracing the principle of sustainable integrated area development as the way forward to achieving a green economy.The Paris Agreement will definitely bring a silver lining of hope to our sons and daughters—the Filipinos of the next generations—that they may continue to enjoy the country filled with bountiful natural resources and beautiful environment while having enough knowledge and wisdom to utilize them and be fully prepared for the “new normal” that is climate change. ###

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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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