DENR TO HOST BIMP-EAGA ENVIRONMENT CLUSTER MEETING IN PALAWAN

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is hosting a meeting of the environment cluster of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) slated for July 10-14 in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

 

DENR senior officials led by Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio will comprise the Philippine delegation to the sixth BIMP-EAGA environment cluster meeting, which will focus on the best practices and guidelines for sustainable ecotourism, farming and fishing among member countries.

 

During the meeting, updates on the two BIMP-EAGA projects of the Philippines will be presented. Environment Management Bureau Region 13 Director Engr. Wilson L. Trajico will apprise the cluster on the Inventory of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Potential Entities and DENR Region 9 Director Felix S. Mirasol, Jr. will take up Turtle Conservation and Ecotourism Development in the Turtle Island Heritage Protected Area.

 

There will also be discussions on the BIMP-EAGA Green Cities Initiative and the lessons learned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in its implementation, and presentations on various projects adopted by each member country

 

Other The BIMP-EAGA projects include Indonesia's Sustainable Ecotourism Best Practice Contribution to Climate Resilience in Critical Ecosystem; and Malaysia's Mantanani Island-Integrated Low Carbon Island, and Development of Environmental Education Module and Board Games on Marine Environment for Communities in Sabah.

 

Some 15 delegates from the four member countries are expected to attend to meeting together with representatives from the ADB, BIMP-EAGA Business Council and the BIMP-EAGA Facilitation Center based in Kota Kinabalu.

 

Ignacio is the environment cluster head of the Philippine-EAGA. Joining him in the delegation are his deputy, DENR Region 11 Director Ruth Tawantawan, the Environment Management Bureau (EMB) regional directors, assistant regional directors for technical services and chiefs of planning and management division in Regions 4B, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.

 

Representatives from the Mindanao Development Authority and the Palawan provincial government will also attend the meeting.

 

The BIMP-EAGA was formed in March 1994 with the goal of increasing trade, investment and tourism in the region. It consists of the entire Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam; 10 provinces on the islands of Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Maluku and Irian Jaya in Indonesia; the states of Sabah and Sarawak, and the Federal Territory of Labuan in Malaysia; and Palawan province and Mindanao region in the Philippines.

 

In the environment cluster, the focus of cooperation includes sustainable management of critical ecosystems, climate change adaptation and mitigation, clean and green production technologies; addressing transboundary issues; and environment mainstreaming.###

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ISO 14001:2015 CERTIFICATION FOR DENR BICOL

                             UNDERWAY

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V aims to have an ISO 14001:2015 Certification before the end of 2019.

ISO 14001 is dubbed as the most important standard for organizations within the 14000 series developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a Switzerland-based international standard setting body composed of representatives from national standard organizations of 164 member countries.

One of the requirements of the ISO is the creation or adoption of an Environmental Management System (EMS), which will address the environmental issues of an organization.

Through the EMS, organizations will be able to identify and reduce environmental impacts of its operations in the delivery of its services. 

OIC, Regional Director (RD) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag directed the creation of a team at the DENR Regional Office No. V, which shall ensure the implementation of EMS in accordance with the ISO.

The EMS Core Team of DENR V is headed by the OIC, RD together with the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services (ARD MS) Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez and ARD for Technical Services (TS) Allan L. Leuterio.

The EMS Core Team consists of seven sub teams, which shall address the seven components namely the waste and management program, conservation program, which includes the electricity, water, fuel, paper communication expenses and internet subscription, emergency preparedness and response program, information, education and communication program, compliance and evaluation program, training program and monitoring program.

One of the interesting components of the EMS is the implementation of a Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Manual. The DENR V already have its DRRM Manual and itsfull implementation is underway and will be hastened by the EMS Core Team.

Primarily, DENR V aims to reduce waste and minimize consumption of resources within its compound by end of December this year, through proper segregation of solid waste through the “3R’s” or the “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” scheme, establish a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and reduce water, electricity and fuel consumption by 5%.

A look back in the year 2016, the DENR Central Office located at Visayas Avenue, Quezon City was the first agency in the Philippines to be certified with ISO 14001:2015.

As the lead agency in environmental governance, DENR recognizes the need to push for excellence in the efficient and effective environmental management within and outside of the organization.

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