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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TO COMMITING TO ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION AND CLIMATE RESILIENCY!

RD TANCHULING

 

          "To this end, we urge you to make a commitment towards building a climate-resilient community among yourselves," said the In-Charge, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON-Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section, Melinda G. Gordo as she closed the lecture-forum held on November 18, 2017 at the Barangay Lalakay Covered Court, Los Banos, Laguna.

          The recently concluded activity was undertaken in celebration of the month of November as National Environmental Awareness Month, and in anticipation of the Climate Change Consciousness Week slated on November 19-24 which, together, carry the theme "Kilos Para sa Kalikasan: Building Climate-Resilient Philippines".

          "It is but vital that we know the potential impacts of climate change in order for us to adapt to it," said DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Arsenio N. Tanchuling as he delivered his inspirational message during the lecture-forum, which serves as the office's share to the "Sama-sama sa K5: Kilos sa Klima at Kalamidad Tungo sa Kaligtasan at Kaunlaran" activity simultaneously conducted by various DENR offices nationwide.

 

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