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Pinuri ni Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu ang regional office ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Luzon matapos na manalo ang radio program nito bilang “Best Public Affairs Program” sa katatapos lang na 27th Golden Dove Awards ng Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).

Ang “Earth Hour Central Luzon” na pinangangasiwaan ng Public Affairs Office ng DENR-Central Luzon ay isang oras na programa tuwing alas-9:00 ng umaga sa DWRW 95.1 FM, isang local radio station sa San Fernando, Pampanga. Ito ay sumasahimpapawid tuwing ikalawa at ikaapat na Martes ng bawat buwan.

Ayon kay Cimatu, isang malaking karangalan ang ibinigay ng Central Luzon office sa sa DENR sa pagkakakuha ng naturang parangal. Ang Golden Dove Awards sa prestihiyosong taunang kompetisyon sa radyo at telebisyon.

Aniya, ang tagumpay ng radio program na ito ay bahagi ng misyon ng DENR na makapagbigay ng imporasyon at maturuan ang publiko tungkol sa kapaligiran upang matuto ang mga ito na pangalagaan at ipagsanggalang ang ating kalikasan.

“We are thankful to KBP for recognizing our efforts to educate the public at large about the pressing environmental issues of the contemporary time. We are assuring everyone that we will continue this noble pursuit,” dagdag pa nito.

Samantala, nagpasalamat din si DENR Central Luzon Regional Executive Director Paquito Moreno sa KBP para sa binigay na parangal at sa publiko dahil sa patuloy na pagsuporta ng mga ito sa naturang radio program.

Nagpasalamat din si Moreno kay Cimatu dahil sa patuloy nitong pagbibigay ng gabay at direktiba upang mahikayat ang kanilang rehiyon na gawin ang lahat ng makakaya para makapag serbisyo sa publiko.

“This award will further boost our public affairs program to sustain our efforts in bringing DENR programs closer to the people,” ani Moreno.

Ipinangako pa nito na ipagpapatuloy ng DENR Central Luzon ang kanilang pagbibigay ng napapanahon at tamang impormasyon tungkol sa kapaligiran at likas na yaman sa rehiyon.

Layunin ng “Earth Talk Central Luzon” na ipaalam sa publiko ang mga pangunahing programa ng DENR, makapagbigay ng karagdagang imporamasyon sa environmental issues at makakuha ng suporta sa mamamayan upang mapangalagaan at maprotektahan ang kapaligiran.

Ang Golden Dove Awards, na itinuturing na pinaka-prestihiyoso at pinaka-pinagkakatiwalaang award-giving body sa buong bansa, ay kumikilala sa mga radio at television stations, programs, personalities, public service announcements at promotional materials mula sa mga broadcasting companies na miyembro ng KBP.

Ang KBP ay isang non-government, non-profit organization ng mga broadcast media sa Pilipinas na mayroong 120 miyembro mula sa iba’t-ibang radio at television companies sa buong bansa. ###

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Kalipunan ng mga Kawani ng Kagawaran ng Kalikasan (K4) recently signed a new Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA) providing for additional benefits to DENR workers for the next three years.

K4, which has a total of 16 regional chapters nationwide, is duly accredited by the Civil Service Commission and has been recognized as the sole and exclusive negotiating representative of all DENR rank-and-file employees for almost one decade already.

The CNA was signed by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu and K4 national president Jose Isidro Michael Padin during the celebration of the DENR’s 32nd founding anniversary last June 14. It was the second CNA signed between DENR and K4.

Cimatu said he was honored the new DENR-K4 deal was signed under his watch even as vowed for “continued harmonious relationship between the union and the management.”

“This CNA is a recognition of the fact that the DENR’s strength relies on the unity and well-being of its workers,” Cimatu pointed out.

The DENR chief also thanked the K4 officers and members of the Board of Directors who helped make the CNA signing possible.

Under the new CNA, the DENR and K4 agreed to extend mutual cooperation and assistance to each other “with the end in view of improving the welfare and well-being of the workers.”

At least four new employees’ benefits have been added in the agreement, which will take effect until June 2022.

These benefits include provision of hazard pay and accident insurance, establishment of a wellness program, and formulation of a comprehensive health insurance.

Those covered by hazard pay and accident insurance are workers engaged in law enforcement activities against illegal logging, mining, and illegal trade and poaching of wildlife species.

The wellness program includes provision of free maintenance medicine for, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases and hypertension.

It also includes annual medical, optical and dental examination; stress management program; and immunization and screening for tuberculosis and Hepatitis B.

The CNA also calls for formulation of a comprehensive health insurance for workers in addition to the benefits available under the Employees Compensation Commission, the PhilHealth Insurance Program, and other applicable programs and policies of the government.

The CNA was a product of a month-long negotiation, which ended last June 7. The final agreement was presented to the DENR Executive Committee on June 10 or four days before the actual signing. ###

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is eyeing Panay Island as the center for bamboo production in the country.

This developed as DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu expressed his and the agency’s support to the National Convergence Initiative for Sustainable Rural Development (NCI-SRD) when it recently held its third summit in Iloilo City.

As part of the DENR’s commitment to the convergence, Cimatu said that with Panay Island being naturally abundant with bamboo, he would “transform [it] as the center for bamboo production and make it the DENR’s major contribution to the NCI-SRD.”

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of the bamboo stands. This can usher in inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s ‘bamboo capital’,” he said.

The environment chief then directed DENR Western Visayas Regional Executive Director Francisco Milla, Jr. to conduct an inventory of all existing bamboo plantations on the island, and to fast-track the establishment of bamboo processing plants that would produce engineered bamboo products.

He also instructed Milla to plant bamboo in identified denuded areas around the island.

The DENR in Western Visayas had initially identified 60 hectares for the propagation of bamboo in Panay Island, where more than 6,100 hectares of plantation currently exist.

The agency has committed to plant 13,500 hectares of industrial bamboo species such as bamboo tinik, Giant buho, bayog, and bolo in 2020.

To achieve this, some P10million has been initially earmarked in the 2019 budget for the production of planting materials and capacity building of farmers.

Bamboo is envisioned as one way to address the country’s wood requirements as an alternative for high-value forest products. It has been included as selected species to use for reforestation activities under the government’s National Greening Program (NGP).

Under the NGP, farmers would be capacitated on scientific methods of harvesting bamboo. They would be entitled to regular salaries while caring for bamboo plantations prior to harvest season. ###

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. ###