Stakeholders Converge for Laguna Lake's Sustainable Development and Management

Stakeholders Converge for Laguna Lake's
Sustainable Development and Management

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            Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Local Government Units (LGUs), academe, and other concerned sectors and agencies join hands for the rehabilitation of Laguna de Bay using the Sustainable Integrated Area Development and Management (SIADM) approach, during a convergence workshop on November 10-11, 2016 at Splash Mountain Resort in Los Baños, Laguna.

            "Perhaps, one of the objectives (of this convergence workshop) is to not only plan out what should be done in the local area, but to also be familiar with the direction of the new administration," Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Policy and Planning Marlo D. Mendoza said.

          DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan explained that the SIADM approach is one of the key strategies of Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, which aspires to attain an improved quality of life and sustainable environment through the convergence of different stakeholders in the development and management of an area. Usec Mendoza said, "The DENR can never implement this approach by itself. This approach will never succeed unless we work together with other agencies and the private sector".

             Laguna de Bay has been identified as one of the 29 priority areas in the country for the implementation of the said approach. Its selection follows President Rodrigo Duterte's instruction to transform the lake "into a vibrant economic zone showcasing ecotourism by addressing the negative impact of the watershed destruction, land conversion and pollution". "(Even) from the time the Secretary assumed her position, one of her priorities has already been Laguna Lake", Usec Mendoza shared.

             The convergence workshop included presentations and lectures on the following: planting and marketing of Bamboo and other high-value crops by Dr. Florentino O. Tesoro of Agham Party List; Laguna de Bay Basin Master Plan by Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA)'s Cesar R. Quintos; legal framework for the management of Laguna Lake by Atty. Rolando R. Recto of Tanggol Kalikasan, Inc.; local solutions to waste in the Philippines by Zero Waste Program Manager Shelley S. Carbonel; and, guidelines in the implementation of SIADM by Usec Mendoza.

           Together with the Tambuyog Development Center, an NGO for marginalized small scale fishermen, DENR 4A facilitated a workshop and action planning to address the issues regarding the lake.

          The prepared action plan with funding requirement will be submitted to the DENR Central Office by November 30 for review and fund allocation.

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DENR CALABARZON OFFICERS ASSUME KEY POSITIONS IN THE REGION

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Outgoing Chief of Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Oliver B. Viado (most right) as he turns over the duties and responsibilities to the newly assigned In-Charge, PENRO Isidro L. Mercado (most left).

            “Success without succession is failure…the changes are for the better or improved delivery of services in our region.”
           Thus, said by the DENR CALBARZON Regional Director Sofio B. Quintana during the Turn-Over Ceremony of the Newly Appointed Officials at the Office of the Regional Director’s Conference Room, DENR IV-A, Halang, Calamba City, Laguna on April 16, 2018.
          Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Arturo E. Fadriquela, in his opening message, requested the outgoing officials for a smooth turn-over of responsibilities and accountabilities to the newly assigned officers for continuous delivery of services in the Region.
          Moreover, Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez, Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, told the DENR personnel that the reassignment of positions is for the betterment of the organization. He encouraged them to look at the changes on a bigger scope and said, “Don’t take your assignment lightly because any contribution kung saan ka man na-assign, that will be a significant contribution on a larger scale.”

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