DENR, PIA, AUL to hold Regional Environmental Summit

           Legazpi City—A thousand student leaders are expected to join the Regional Environmental Summit to be hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, Phil. Information Agency (PIA) and Aquinas University of Legazpi City (AUL) on September 12, 2014 at the AUL Dome in Rawis, Legazpi City.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said the confab is part of the DENR-PIA national Climate Change Advocacy campaign, which aims to temper public apathy toward climate change through strategic communication and social mobilization.

“We need to engage our youth, especially our student leaders from various tertiary level institutions to instill in their minds adaptation and mitigation measures to better equip them against the dire impact of climate change,” Dir. Gonzales explained.

RD Gonzales said the activity will be serve as a nexus for the motivation of the youth to act and participate in the climate change advocacy.

Topics to be discussed in the morning will be “Climate Change: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally by, Governor Joey Salceda of Albay; and”Climate Change Advocacy: Imperatives for Behavior Change by Director General Jose Mari Oquineña of PIA.

In the afternoon, topics are “DENR’s Perspective and Plan of Action on Climate Change Adaptation” by DENR Sec. Ramon Paje; and “Situationer-Insights into Climate Change Adaptation” by Engr. Virgilio Perdigon of AUL.

An open forum will ensue after every topic presentation. 

Press Release: September 9. 2014

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CIMATU VOWS TO STRENGTHEN CENROs, ENFORCE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

“I will strengthen the CENROs,” says Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his message during his recent visit in Bicol. Secretary Cimatu vowed to strengthen the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) being the frontline unit which delivers the services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the people.

According to Secretary Cimatu, he will empower the Forest Protection Officers to ensure their welfare and security. “Hindi tama na binabantayan ninyo ang mga puno, pero hindi ninyo mabantayan at maipagtanggol ang inyong mga sarili. We will train you. Pag-aaralin natin yan,” he said.

Citing his major thrusts for the environment, Secretary Cimatu emphasized clean air, clean water and solid waste management. He vowed to protect the environment by strictly and fully enforcing the laws. “We will do something for the environment, and I need all of you,” he stressed. He is optimistic that with the help of all DENR employees all environmental laws will be implemented to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Secretary Cimatu expressed his awe to Bicol Region being home to the world’s most perfect cone volcano and the world’s smallest commercial edible extant fish. He said that both Mayon Volcano and the Sinarapan or locally known as “Tabios” should be protected including all our natural resources. His orders for their protection were made explicitly to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers where these two (2) wonders are found.

The Environment chief likewise warned employees about zero tolerance on corruption. “Do your work with honesty and integrity. Corrupt officials and employees will be punished. You don’t have a second chance with me,” the environment chief said. 

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DENR SECRETARY CIMATU PLANTS A PILI SEEDLING IN DENR BICOL. 

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