STATEMENT OF DENR SECRETARY ROY A. CIMATU ON PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S SONA

STATEMENT OF DENR SECRETARY ROY A. CIMATU

ON PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S SONA

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) welcomes and fully supports President Rodrigo Duterte's resolve to prioritize environmental protection and his non-negotiable policy against irresponsible mining.

The President made a very strong point in his second State of the Nation Address with his pronouncement that the protection of the environment must be made a priority over the benefits derived from mining.  I know for a fact that in a number of cases, weak and irresponsible mining practices result to environmental destruction – contaminating farmlands and poisoning our rivers and seas.   Miners better refrain from despoiling our watersheds, forests and aquatic resources.

The DENR is one with the President in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners that are concerned only with profits and care nothing for the environment and our countrymen.

To ensure responsible mining, the DENR will strictly enforce mining and environmental regulations. Mining operations found violating laws, rules and regulations will have to pay the price for damages caused, through payment of fines, suspensions or closure, and subject the President and each of the Directors thereof responsible for the acts committed by association, corporation or partnership to suffer the penalty of imprisonment at the discretion of the court.

Mining in the Philippines can only be responsible if the development of the country's mineral resources will be on the basis of technical feasibility, environmental sustainability, cultural and social acceptability, and financial viability. The absence of one will not render a mining project as responsible. ###

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DENR BICOL CONDUCTS YOUTH FORUM IN CAMARINES NORTE

Youth and student leaders in the province of Camarines Norte attended the Youth Environmental Forum facilitated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V on September 26, 2018 in Daet, Camarines Norte.

Experts from the National Youth Commission (NYC), DENR, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) V and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) V discussed topics on the role of youth in nation building, current state of the Philippine environment, biodiversity and sustainable tourism, geological hazards, ecological solid waste management and ecological responsibilities.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer Joaquin Ed A. Guerrero in his message, challenged the youth on their contribution to help save the planet.

The forum became an avenue for the participants to interact and discuss ideas among their peers on the pressing environmental issues and their commitments toward environmental protection and conservation.

 

The DENR V recognizes the need to engage the youth on worthwhile activities and instill to the public that the conservation of the environment is a shared responsibility not just the government but the whole citizenry. (Article by: JNLoria)

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