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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with the Pollution Control Association of the Philippines Inc. (PCAPI) to clean-up Estero de Marala that drains into the Manila Bay.

The 2.7-kilometer Estero de Marala is located on the boundary of the cities of Navotas and Manila. It is linked to the Estero de Vitas in the south, Estero de Maypad in the north, and Estero de Maypajo in the east.

During the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the DENR and PCAPI, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu underscored the importance of collaboration among the national government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs) and the community in rehabilitating Manila Bay and its tributaries.

“The parties to this (MOA) will develop a comprehensive program to reduce the degradation of this estero. But because this estero is linked to other water bodies, their cleanup, too, will be part of the equation,” Cimatu pointed out.

“That will also require coordination with other barangays and LGUs, and the communities along the banks of these water bodies,” he added.

For her part, PCAPI president Engr. Gretchen Fontejon-Enarle acknowledged that environmental protection is not only the duty of the government, but all stakeholders.

“This partnership signifies the importance, the essence of PCAPI, and hoping it will become a benchmark for other associations and organizations to do the same and take part in different environmental advocacies in order to address current environmental issues,” she said.

PCAPI is a non-stock, non-profit and non-government organization formed in June 1980 to work hand in hand with the government in the protection of the environment, and prevention, abatement and control of land, air, and water pollution.

The NGO adopted Estero de Marala under the DENR’s Enhanced Adopt-an-Estero program, which aims to collaborate between and among estero communities, donor partners, local government units, other government agencies, and the DENR.

Under the MOA, the parties agree to develop a comprehensive program intended to reduce the possible degradation of Estero de Marala, coordinate with each other during the term of the agreement and participate in regular planning and implementation of meetings, and validate how many informal settlers are living in the area.

They also agree to determine the necessity and extent of the plan for the cleanup, dredging, and desilting of selected rivers, as the interventions are introduced to improve Estero de Marala.

Responsibilities of the DENR include ensuring the measures are applied to reduce possible pollution in the estero; providing guidance to the adopters and in the LGU in undertaking monthly water quality monitoring of the adopted water body; providing technical assistance, information and education for the community, and intensifying the monitoring of the industrial and commercial establishments. ###

Nagsanib puwersa ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at Pollution Control Association of the Philippines Inc. (PCAPI) upang linisin ang maruming tubig ng Estero de Marala na direktang dumadaloy sa Manila Bay.

Ang Estero de Marala na may habang 2.7 kilometro ay matatagpuan sa boundary ng mga lungsod ng Navotas at Manila. Nakaugnay ito sa Estero de Vitas sa timog (south), Estero de Maypad sa hilaga (north), at Estero de Maypajo sa silangan (east).

Sa ginanap na memorandum of agreement (MOA) signing sa pagitan ng DENR at PCAPI, ipinunto ni Environment Secretary Roy. A. Cimatu ang kahalagahan ng pagtutulungan ng national government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), local government units (LGUs) at komunidad sa isinasagawang rehabilitasyon ng Manila Bay at ng iba pang daluyan ng tubig na diretsong dumadaloy sa makasaysayang baybayin.

“The parties to this (MOA) will develop a comprehensive program to reduce the degradation of this estero. But because this estero is linked to other water bodies, their cleanup, too, will be part of the equation,” pagdidiin ni Cimatu.

“That will also require coordination with other barangays and LGUs, and the communities along the banks of these water bodies,” dagdag pa niya. 

Ayon naman kay PCAPI President, Engr. Gretchen Fontejon-Enarle, ang pagbibigay ng proteksiyon sa kalikasan ay hindi lamang nakaatang sa gobyerno bagkus ay sa lahat ng stakeholders.

“This partnership signifies the importance, the essence of PCAPI, and hoping it will become a benchmark for other associations and organizations to do the same and take part in different environmental advocacies in order to address current environmental issues,” ani Fontejon-Enarle.

Ang PCAPI ay isang non-stock, non-profit at non-government organization na itinatag noong Hunyo 1980 at naging kabahagi ng pamahalaan sa pagbibigay ng proteksiyon sa kalikasan at sa pagpigil ng paglala ng polusyon sa lupa, hangin, at katubigan.

Nabuo ang pakikiisa ng DENR at ng naturang ahensya sa pangangalaga ng Estero de Marala sa ilalim ng programang Adopt-an-Estero ng DENR, na may layuning mapalakas ang pagtutulungan ng mga komunidad malapit sa estero, mga donor partners, LGUs, DENR at ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan.

Napagkasunduan ng dalawang partido sa MOA na palawakin ang programa upang mabawasan ang paglala ng kalagayan ng Estero de Marala at magkaroon ng ugnayan ang bawat isa para sa regular na pagpaplano, implementasyon ng mga napagkaisahan sa pagpupulong at matukoy ang bilang ng mga informal settlers na naninirahan sa naturang lugar.

Kabilang din dito ang pagtukoy kung kinakailangang magkaroon ng cleanup, dredging at desilting sa mga ilog bilang bahagi ng mga hakbang upang maibalik ang kaayusan at kalinisan ng Estero de Marala.

Kasama sa mga responsibilidad ng DENR ang pagtiyak na maisasakatuparan ang mga hakbang upang mabawasan ang polusyon sa estero, paggawa ng gabay para sa buwanang water quality monitoring, pagbibigay ng technical assistance, information at education para sa komunidad, at ang pag-monitor sa mga industrial at commercial establishments sa paligid na maaaring nagtatapon ng dumi sa tubig. ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has called on Southeast Asia’s top forestry officials to strike a balance between preserving the region’s limited forest resources and meeting the needs of its growing population.

“We need to strike a balance between meeting the demands of the people and stability of the environment,” Cimatu stressed in his message delivered by DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones during the 22nd meeting of ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) held in Makati City on June 18.

Cimatu said that ASEAN forestry leaders “must transform into actions the strategic direction of sustainable forest management, competitiveness for foreign products, forest rectification, forest law and enforcement in government, and other forestry concerns.”

ASOF is a multinational body that aims to discuss policy matters, and formulate and implement regional cooperation activities and approaches in international and regional forestry fora.

Its basic objective is to formulate and implement regional cooperation activities to enhance the international competitiveness of ASEAN’s forestry products. It also aims to further strengthen the forestry arrangement in the region and joint positions in international fora.

According to Cimatu, forests are also integral to the pursuit of global sustainable development goals or SDGs, particularly SDG 6-Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 13-Climate Action, and SDG 15-Life on Land.

SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals, each with a list of broad based and interdependent targets. The SDGs were set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 with 2030 as the target year.

“Forests will lead to the achievement of multiple SDGs, including poverty alleviation, food security, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources,” Cimatu pointed out.

“Accordingly, SDGs require stronger commitment to restore, protect, and promote sustainable management of forests and other terrestrial ecosystems,” he added.

Meanwhile, DENR Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and concurrent Biodiversity Management Bureau Director Ricardo Calderon noted that while “ASEAN forestry continues to grow because of the integration and cooperation,” it is “somehow overshadowed by the growing concern on biodiversity conservation.”
Calderon said it should be emphasized that the forest provides a wide range of goods and services for the people and a major backbone as far as the economies of the ASEAN member-countries are concerned.

He likewise emphasized that deforestation and biodiversity loss in Southeast Asia is “a scenario which is not all discouraging,” as he expressed optimism for change and development in the future.

“This is a major challenge to ASOF, the ASOF leaders, and our dialogue partners to work harder and walk the extra mile towards achieving the strategic direction and action plans and operationalize these at a national level,” Calderon said. #

 

Hiniling ni Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu sa top forestry officials ng Southeast Asia na gumawa ng paraan upang maging balanse para maipreserba ang forest resources sa rehiyon at ang pangangailangan ng mga tao na patuloy ang paglaki ng bilang.

“We need to strike a balance between meeting the demands of the people and stability of the environment,” ayon sa mensahe ni Cimatu na binasa ni DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and Internal Affairs Jonas Leones sa ginanap na 22nd meeting ng ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry (ASOF) na idinaos sa Makati City nitong Hulyo 18.

Sabi pa ni Cimatu sa ASEAN forestry leaders, “ You must transform into actions the strategic direction of sustainable forest management, competitiveness for foreign products, forest rectification, forest law and enforcement in government, and other forestry concerns.”

Ang ASOF ay isang multinational body na layuning tumalakay sa mga polisiya, gumawa at magpatupad ng regional cooperation activities para sa international at regional forestry.

Layon din nito na mapalakas ang international competitiveness ng ASEAN forestry products at maisaayos ang pagkakaroon ng pinagsamang posisyon sa international fora.

Ayon kay Cimatu, mahalaga ang kagubatan para sa global sustainable development goals (SDGs), partikular na ang SDG 6-Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 13-Climate Action at SDG 15-Life on Land.

Ang SDG ay ang pinagsama-samang 17 global goals na may kanya-kanyang hangarin. It ay binuo ng United Nations General Assembly noong 2015 at “target” ang katuparan nito sa taong 2030.

“Forests will lead to the achievement of multiple SDGs, including poverty alleviation, food security, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources,” pagdidiin pa ni Cimatu.

“Accordingly, SDGs require stronger commitment to restore, protect, and promote sustainable management of forests and other terrestrial ecosystems,” dagdag nito.

Samantala, sinabi naman ni DENR OIC Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus at kasalukuyan ding Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Ricardo Calderon na kahit na “ASEAN forestry continues to grow because of the integration and cooperation,” it is “somehow overshadowed by the growing concern on biodiversity conservation.”

Aniya, malaking bagay ang naitutulong ng mga kagubatan partikular na sa pagbibigay ng pangangailangan ng mga tao at ito rin ay isa sa tinatawag na “backbone” kung ang pag-uusapan ay ang ekonomiya ng ASEAN member-countries.

Binigyang-diin pa nito na ang deforestation at ang pagkawala ng biodiversity sa Southeast Asia ay hindi dapat ikahina ng ating loob bagkus ito pa ang gawing batayan para sa malaking pagbabago sa hinaharap.

“This is a major challenge to ASOF, the ASOF leaders, and our dialogue partners to work harder and walk the extra mile towards achieving the strategic direction and action plans and operationalize these at a national level,” sabi ni Calderon. ###

Southeast Asia’s environment, health and climate ministers will gather in the Philippines next week for a high-level roundtable discussion on clean air, health and climate change.

Happening on July 24-25 at The Peninsula Manila, the ASEAN Ministerial Roundtable Discussion on Clean Air, Health and Climate is co-hosted by the Philippine government—through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)—together with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition of the United Nations.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the roundtable meeting will provide “a platform for an interactive discussion, in a high-level setup, on the opportunities and challenges of coming up with a regional approach to air pollution and climate change.”

The two-day event, he said, will also bring together experts and scientists in the ASEAN region and beyond to share local initiatives and insights toward global climate action, clean air and health that can simultaneously meet the goals of the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) of each country.

During the event, ASEAN member-countries will be called upon to respond collectively to the Special Report on Global Warming 1.5°C published by the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in October 2018.

The report emphasized the need for early action on all climate forcing emissions, including short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP) as part of the pathway to stay well below 2°C as agreed by the parties to the Paris accord.

In terms of air pollution and its effect on public health and development which many of the ASEAN countries still experience as a challenge, the “Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-Based Solutions” report identified 25 clean air measures which if implemented across the region would result in 1 billion people enjoying clean air at the strictest ambient standards of the World Health Organization by 2030.

Further, this would also deliver 0.3°C reduced global warming relative to 2015 – reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 19 percent, methane by 44 percent, and black carbon by 77 percent by 2040-2050.

The event will commence in the morning of July 24 with the ASEAN Ministers Roundtable Discussion to be led by Secretary Cimatu, Health Secretary Francisco Duque and Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman of the Climate Change Commission.

A Senior Officials Workshop will proceed in the afternoon until the following day. It is comprised of four sessions marked with several presentations dealing with scientific studies and findings on the link between air pollution and climate change, clean air measures for Asia and the Pacific, benefits and tools for integrated action and SLCP mitigation, and initiatives on enhancing NDCs from select ASEAN member-states.

Outputs and results arising from the initial discussion are expected to prepare the region to collectively bring forth commitments and potential options to upscale climate actions during the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in New York and in the 15th ASEAN Plus Three Environment Ministers Meeting, both in September this year.

The discussion is likewise expected to serve as an impetus for greater action and ambition on air pollution, health and climate that could significantly contribute to the High-Level Officials Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum on Health and Environment. #