Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) OIC Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and Biodiversity Management Bureau Director in concurrent capacity Ricardo Calderon expresses optimism on the growth of forestry among the member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in his Opening Remarks during the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry held on July 18, 2019 in Makati City. Calderon underscored that deforestation and biodiversity loss in Southeast Asia is a major challenge to ASOF leaders and dialogue partners to operationalize strategic direction and action plans at the national level.###