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In a bid to improve public and environmental health amidst the continuing threat of Covid-19 and climate change, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) joined the Departments of Health (DOH), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the signing of the Joint Administrative Order on the promotion of Healthy Open Spaces on Monday, 23 January 2023, at the Taguig Lakeshore Complex in Taguig City.
DENR was represented by Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning and Foreign Assisted and Special Projects and Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. He was accompanied by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. and Production Forest Management Section (PFMS) Chief Arturo G. Calderon of DENR National Capital Region.
The Administrative Order provides guidelines for concerned national and local government agencies on the creation and promotion of parks and open spaces to help improve public physical, social and mental health.
According to ARD Almira, the regional office has long been a staunch and long-time advocate of public parks and spaces in Metro Manila. “DENR National Capital Region has been providing technical assistance to our 17 local governments here in Metro Manila, knowing full well the importance of urban green spaces not only to the health of the people but of the environment as well”, he said.
“We help LGUs identify, assess, and develop parks in their respective territorial jurisdictions, provide seedlings, and assistance on the care and maintenance of their urban green spaces”, Assistant Director Almira added. The regional office, under the leadership of Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, has likewise been assisting the LGUs in formulating an integrated Climate Resilient and Urban Greening Plan.
This comes after studies showed that Metro Manila has only 5 square meters of green space available per person, a number well below the ideal 9 square meters set by the World Health Organization (WHO). “We need to increase the number of green spaces available for the more than 12 million residents of Metro Manila and make every city and municipality of the region healthy and climate-resilient”, Assistant Director Almira explained.
To date, DENR National Capital Region has helped the city governments of Malabon, Manila, Navotas, Pasig, Quezon, and Valenzuela in drafting their respective Climate Resilient and Urban Greening Plans. “With these plans intact and the Administrative Order the DENR has just signed with other government agencies, our dream of a healthy and climate resilient region is not far from realization”, Assistant Director Almira beamed.
DENR National Capital Region hands over Trash Collector Rickshaw Bikes to 40 barangays in Metro Manila in a ceremony held last November 29, 2022 at the BMB Amphitheater of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.
The trikes, according to Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, will help recipient barangays reach and provide trash collection services to their constituents, especially those living in areas that are inaccessible to garbage collection trucks.
“Our job in the national government is to capacitate and assist our partner local government units in their service delivery function, hence our constant coordination with them”, Director Caancan said.
“In the past, we have provided barangays with trash collector pushcarts, paddle boats, and trikes”, RED Caancan adds, “so they could help in the ongoing cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay”. Under Section 10 of Republic Act No. 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001, barangays are tasked with the collection of biodegradable, compostable, and reusable wastes in their respective areas of jurisdiction.
Director Caancan was joined by her Assistant Regional Directors Manuel T. Escasura (Management Services) and Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. (Technical Services), MBSCMO Focal, Forester Haidee D. Pabalate, and the Directors and Deputy Directors of the four DENR Metropolitan Environmental Offices of Metro Manila in the MOA signing and Turn Over Ceremony.
Employees of DENR National Capital Region proudly display the lanterns they made using recycled and indigenous materials during the annual Christmas Lighting ceremonies at the National Ecology Center (NEC) compound in Quezon City last Thursday, 1 December 2022.
The lanterns served as their entry for the first-ever Parol making contest the management has organized in celebration of the season. “We [judges] were all actually surprised by the ingenuity and talent of our employees, coming out with these original and unique lanterns”, Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan said, as one by one, the entries were lit with colorful dancing LEDs.
A total of 13 lanterns were displayed, representing the different divisions and offices of the regional office, including the Environmental Management Bureau-National Capital Region (EMB-NCR) and the four Metropolitan Environmental Offices (MEOs). “We’ll surely have a hard time judging the winner of the contest as each entry is meticulously crafted and thought of”, Director Caancan observed.
Apart from the lanterns being made of recycled and indigenous materials, part of the criteria for judging is that the entries should also conform and express the theme of the contest: “Liwanag ng Pag-asa para sa Magandang Bukas”.
“We want to light up the spirits of our employees and clients, and other people who visit the NEC, to remind them of the star of Bethlehem that brought hope and happiness to all of us”, Director Caancan said, explaining the theme. “We also want our employees to be reminded of the humble manger where Christ was born and ask them to use recycled and indigenous materials”.
The panel of judges includes Assistant Regional Directors Manuel T. Escasura (Management Services), Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. (Technical Services), Ms. Reena de Leon Buena of the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and Mr. Jesse Tanchanco of Basic Environmental Systems and Technologies, Inc. (BEST). The winner/s of the contest will be announced on December 16, 2022, during the Year-End celebration of the regional office.
DENR National Capital Region provided training on Mangrove Production, Maintenance, Protection, and Rehabilitation for its Bakawan Warriors and farm workers last October 18-19, 2022 at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP).
The 2-day in-house learning event was facilitated by foresters from the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS) of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD) and attended by forty (40) Bakawan Warriors and farm workers of the regional office
DENR National Capital Region Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr., graced the event, encouraging the participants to continue learning about coastal and marine ecosystems and the important role of mangrove ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation, water filtration, protection of coastal areas, urban biodiversity, and ecotourism among others.
CDD chief and concurrent LPPWP Protected Area Superintendent (PASu) Forester Aida E. Esguerra led the team of resource speakers which included CRFMS OIC Chief Justin Albert de Ramos and his staff.
The resource speakers lectured on the ecosystem functions and benefits of mangroves; mangrove seedling production; and mangrove forest establishment, maintenance and protection. They also led the participants in the conduct of field exercises on the topics discussed.
DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-South (MEO-South) Director Bobby Tagapan was present as well to provide his insight and experience on the care and maintenance of mangroves.
In compliance with the directive of Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, the speakers included Republic Act No. 11313 or “Safe Spaces Act of 2018” in the topics covered. The Bakawan Warriors of DENR National Capital Region are tasked with taking care and enriching the mangrove areas of Metro Manila, particularly those at the LPPWP, the Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Navotas City, and Baseco lagoon in Port Area, Manila.
The office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the National Capital Region joined forces on Tuesday, 13 September 2022, in the conduct of a tree planting activity at the Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Barangay Tanza Uno, Navotas City.
The activity, held in support of DILG’s campaign entitled “Buhayin ang Pangangalaga sa Kalikasan”, was attended by DENR National Capital Region Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan and DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-North (MEO-North) OIC Director Nolan Francisco.
They were joined by Navotas City Mayor, Hon. John Reynald M. Tiangco, the City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO-Navotas), and officials and employees of Barangay Tanza Uno, Navotas City. The DILG-Navotas and Philippine National Police-Navotas likewise sent their representatives.
The participants, according to the Coastal Resources and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS), planted a total of 144 mangrove propagules comprising 56 Bakawan Babae (Rhizophora, sp.) and 88 Api api (Avicennia sp.).
TMTP is one of the conservation areas of the DENR National Capital Region. It is a 36-hectare strip of land verdant with mangrove and other mangrove associated-trees that shields the residential areas of Navotas City and neighboring areas. The area is also known for sightings of rare migratory birds. DENR National Capital Region, in partnership with the Navotas City government and other groups, do regular environment protection and conservation activities in TMTP.