Project launching kan Brgy Forest sa Albay, nagin Matrayumpo

Maabot sa 197 barangays sa probinsya nin Albay an mabibiyayaan kan Brgy. Forest Program, sarung reforestation program sa lindong kan National Greening Program. Sa nagin mensahe ni Sec Ramon Paje, tolong puntos an saiyang pigtaw an nin duon; enot, dapat halion an kahugakan, panduwa, an daga na eyu an maikukunsiderar na  best capital, asin an pantulo, an tunay na pag asenso kan nasyon nakadepende sa lokal na gobyerno. Segun paman sa sekretaryo, an siring na mga program na  ipigbubulos sa Albay, saiyang tabang sa probinsya, daeng halong politika asin  kamaw otan kaini na magin productibo an kadagaan  partikular kan  Albay.

Sa presente, kabilugan na 1665 ektarya kadagaan na an na survey para sa BFP sa 197 brgys na igua man nin 900,339 seedlings. Padagus paman an pighihingua kan ahensya na maabot an maabot sa 2000 ektarya ngani na matanuman nin kakahuyan sa bilog na probinsya.

Pig eenganyar man ni DENR Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales an lambang recepienteng brgy na mag alokar nin 20% nin ira bilang suporta sa programa. Sinabi pa ni RD Gonzales na napapanahon man an siring na programa urog na pirmi na pigbibisita nin mga kalamidad an probinsya. Baku sanaman sarung lakdang ini para sa paghampang sa pabag o bago na klima kundi maprotehiran lalo na an mga costal na communidad sa posibilidad nin storm surge.

Segun ki Albay Gov Joey Salceda, dahil man sa padagus na pagtanum nin kahoy  sa Albay, nadugangan nin 88% an forest cover kan Albay nin huli namn sa mga reforestation program arug kan National Greening Program sa tabang man kan DENR sa paagi nin strikto na monitoring asin management expertise.

Broadcast Release: March 9, 2015



The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has assured the public that it is doing its best to tackle air pollution and solid waste problems, consistent with President Rodrigo Duterte's "pro-environment and pro-people" agenda.


DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones said that while the department had already put in place clear policies to address those two major environmental issues, a more concrete and decisive measures can be expected under the leadership of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.


Soon after he was appointed by President Duterte to the DENR last May, Cimatu, a former Armed Forces chief, promised that full and strict implementation of laws on clean air, clean water and solid waste management will be on top of his priorities.


Prior to Cimatu's appointment, Leones noted that the DENR already finished installing several air quality monitoring stations, which are capable of measuring air pollutants, all over the country.


"The DENR's Environmental Management Bureau is now equipped with air monitoring equipment and a laboratory capable of detecting and analyzing toxic gas emissions, such as dioxins and furans," Leones said.


Dioxins and furans are environmental pollutants that have highly toxic potential.  Dioxins are largely by products of industrial processes and are tagged as unwanted by-products of manufacturing processes usually involving combustion. 


Solid and hospital wastes are often worst sources of dioxin released to the environment due to their incomplete burning.


At the same time, Leones said the DENR has been actively implementing its waste to energy (WTE) policy.


In fact, he said the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) issued last year the guidelines governing the establishment and operation of WTE technologies for municipal solid wastes, as contained in NSWMC Resolution No. 669.


The guidelines stipulate compliance with Presidential Decree No. 1586 or the Environmental Impact Statement System Law; Republic Act No. 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999; RA 9275 or the Clean Water Act; RA 6969 or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Act; and RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.


"Given the provisions of these laws, we can expect that all bases are covered in terms of solid waste management," Leones said.


To enable the country comply with global emissions standards, Leones said the DENR undertakes a technical cooperation project with the Japanese government on the use of advanced WTE technologies, through thermal processes that eliminate incinerators. The cities of Quezon, Cebu and Davao have been chosen as pilot sites for the project.


According to Leones, the DENR has also taken strides in going after local government units (LGUs), which are remiss in their duty to enforce RA 9003.


"We have already filed with the Office of the Ombudsman cases against 50 LGUs and evaluated 100 others for their failure to implement RA 9003," he said.


RA 9003 specifically mandates all, especially the local government units (LGUs), to adopt a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program that would ensure the protection of public health and environment.

It directs LGUs to utilize environmentally sound methods; set targets and guidelines for solid waste avoidance and reduction; and ensure proper segregation, collection, transport and storage of solid waste; among others. 

Leones also mentioned the firm stand taken by the DENR on the return of Canada's waste shipments, which were rotting in Manila's ports.

This led the Manila regional trial court to order the return what remains of the 50 container vans of mixed garbage from Canada at the cost of the importer. Canada eventually agreed to accept the waste. 

As an offshoot of the Canadian waste issue, the DENR, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Customs have agreed to intensify collaboration and improve regulations against imported waste to prevent a repeat of the incident. ###

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