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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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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