DENR TO HOST ASEAN SENIOR ENVIRONMENT EXECS' CONFAB

 

                              

The Philippine government through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be hosting an important gathering of senior environment officials in the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), with climate change and environmental cooperation on top of the agenda.

 

            Some 80 delegates are expected to attend the 28th annual meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials for Environment (ASOEN) to be held in Pasay City from July 23 to 29. The meeting will be chaired by the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

 

            DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said the meeting is “critical” among the ASEAN members to better manage the region’s environment and natural resources.

 

            “Environment is transboundary in nature.  As neighbors, we share the air that we breathe, the seas around us and the animals that travel across our borders.  ASEAN and cooperative arrangements among its members are critical if we are to better manage our environment and natural resources,” Cimatu said.

 

            The ASOEN meeting is part of the ASEAN 2017 Summit which is being chaired by the Philippines, with theme “ASEAN 50: Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”

 

ASOEN is composed of ASEAN officials with the ranks of Undersecretary, Assistant Secretary and Director. 

 

            Among the highlights of the meeting are the consultation on the draft ASEAN joint statement on climate change and the holding of the 11th ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation.

 

The group will also hold a joint dialogue with senior environment officials of the Republic of Korea, China and Japan during the ASEAN Plus Three SOME or Senior Officials Meeting on Environment.

 

The three countries have provided support for various environment initiatives in Southeast Asia, particularly in the implementation of the 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) policy. They also provided training courses to enhance the region's environmental protection capacity.

 

The ASOEN meeting is in preparation for the high-level ASEAN Ministers' Meeting on the Environment or AMME to be held in Brunei in September.

 

The AMME meeting aims to promote ASEAN environmental cooperation and ensure enforcement of environmental decisions made by each head of government.

 

Among the agreements the ASEAN Ministers of the Environment had concluded in earlier meetings include the Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution to promote cooperative action to address the haze from forest fires in Indonesia, and the establishment of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) in Los Baños, Laguna, which serves as the "center for excellence" for biodiversity in Southeast Asia.

 

Established in 1967, the ASEAN is presently composed of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR and the Philippines.

 

Meanwhile, the ASOEN meeting coincides with the inauguration of the new ACB Headquarters in Laguna on July 29.  ACB is the only ASEAN center being hosted by the Philippines.

 

Executives of the DENR and the Department of Foreign Affairs, the ACB Governing Board -- composed of ASEAN senior environment officials and ambassadors -- and represenatives of ACB partner agencies are expected to attend the inauguration.

 

ACB has been at the forefront of biodiversity and conservation in the region for the past decade. ###

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18TH SARINGAYA AWARDS A ROUSING SUCCESS

The most awaited Saringaya Awards proved to be a success this year.

Hosted annually by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V, the Saringaya Awards this year was held at the Casablanca Convention Center, Legazpi City on June 29, 2018 wherein at least three hundred people from various organizations including DENR V employees attended the prestigious awards night.

Dubbed as the "highest regional environment reward", the Saringaya Award is given to individuals, groups, organizations and corporate entities whose contribution to the environment have inspired the people and their communities to become vanguards of Mother Nature.

HISTORY

The old Bicol term "Saringaya" means abundance of growth, lush and healthy environment teeming with green trees and mountains ideal for biodiversity and well-balanced ecosystem. The term captured the picturesque goal of the environmentalists and DENR officials, and thus, "Saringaya Award" was coined in the year 2000 to recognize outstanding personalities and communities who has helped DENR through their environmental initiatives and advocacies.

NOMINATIONS

The Search for Nominees for the 18th Saringaya Awards started on April 25, 2018 and ended on May 25, 2018. Selection Criteria included five (5) major points, such as: (1) Environmental Protection (20%); (2) Environmental Conservation (20%); (3) Environmental Rehabilitation (20%); (4) Sustainability of the Programs/Projects (20%); and (5) Social Relevance and/or Environmental Impact (20%).

A rigid validation process was conducted by the Saringaya Award Committees composed of DENR V, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V personnel.

AWARDEES

This year, various individuals, industries, civil society organizations, national government agencies, local government units and academe including the winners of the 28th Eagle Quiz – "Battle of the Eagles" were awarded.

Regional winners of the 28th Eagle Quiz – "Battle of the Eagles" included two categories, the Elementary and Junior High School.

For the Elementary Category, Emmanuel Benedict S. Hugo from the University of Saint Anthony in Camarines Sur, with his Coach, Ms. Mary Grace C. General was declared Champion while the 1st and 2nd Runners Up were Arturo Jozef Benedict M. Cadeleja IV from Jose Zurbito Sr. Elementary School in Masbate City with his Coach, Ms. Maricor Male and Joefel Matthew G. Tugano from Virac Pilot Elementary School-Main in Catanduanes with his coach, Mr. Jason C. Yutan, respectively.

For the Junior High School Category, Johngie C. Tablate from Catanduanes National High School in Catanduanes with his Coach, Mr. Ferdinand Diano was declared Champion while Jansen D. Abad from Vinzons Pilot High School in Camarines Norte with her Coach, Ms. Rachel D. Cadiz was 1st Runner Up and Dennis Romuel D. Placer, Jr. from Masbate National Comprehensive High School in Masbate with his Coach, Nilvelyn Madacat placed 2nd Runner Up.

Moreover, 2018 Saringaya awardees included Mr. Ivanhoe V. Arcilla from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Virac, Catanduanes and Ms. Joyce V. De La Trinidad from the Central Bicol State University in Pili, Camarines Sur for the individual category.

While, Partido State University (PSU) in Goa, Camarines Sur garnered the award for the academe category.

For the civil society organization category, the Samahang Mangingisda ng Puro Sinalikway, Inc. (SAMAPUSI), a People's Organization based in Masbate City bagged the award.

For the local government units category, the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur, Municipalities of Bato, Catanduanes, Pandan, Catanduanes, Bulan, Sorsogon, and Bulusan, Sorsogon were awarded.

Department of Education (DepED) Masbate City Division Office was awarded under the national government agency category.

For the industry partner category, the Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corporation was recognized for its exemplary efforts in the conservation, protection and management of our natural resources.

Also, special awards were given to Ms. Kelly T. Tan of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Bulan, Sorsogon, the City Government of Ligao, Provincial Government of Sorsogon, Municipality of Donsol, Sorsogon, Municipality of Irosin, Sorsogon, Provincial Office on Environment and Natural Resources Management (POENRM) of the Provincial Government of Masbate.

DENR V Regional Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag in his message recognized the efforts of all the stakeholders, including the law enforcement partners and industries in   the preservation of the environment.

DENR Assistant Secretary Jesus Enrico Moises B. Salazar who is also a Bicolano, delivered a moving and powerful message as guest speaker. He emphasized that the 18th Saringaya Awards proved to be a milestone in the history of Bicol, "We have championed the cause of sustainable development and environmental awareness. With all the Saringaya Awardees, individuals, civil society organizations, local government units, industries, other government agencies including the law enforcement partners who have demonstrated leadership in establishing programs, projects and practices that provided effective and lasting solutions to the environmental problems and issues that constantly confront us, affecting the lives of the people we love and even the lives of our would-be-descendants. Even as human kindness have already pushed planet Earth towards the tipping point, your initiatives, your actions has given us so much to hope for. There is still a silver lining up above the dark clouds, there is still hope in the Bicolandia, there is still hope for Mother Earth," he said. (JNL)

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