Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna

OIC, Regional Director 



Ipat Luna comes home to Region 4

Atty. Ipat Luna has spent her entire career devoted to environmental law, public health, and the protection of the Philippines’ natural resources. That devotion has led to far-ranging concerns spanning three decades, including the conservation of Taal Lake, managing environmental NGOs, teaching environmental law and human rights law, advocating for solid waste strategies and systems, breastfeeding advocacy, tobacco control and safe food and even running a café that promoted local food, among many other interests.


Along the way, she has been recognized as one of the leading experts on protected areas and laws protecting the country’s biodiversity. She has traveled the country from Batanes to the Turtle Islands as an environmental consultant and advocate. She has under her belt a number of local and international recognitions for her work, including a Ten Outstanding Young Men award in 2004 and a Gaia Award from Earth Day Jam Foundation in 2018.


She brings that wealth and variety of experience to her current job as the DENR’s regional director for Region 4-A, the first woman to occupy that position, which is responsible for five provinces in southern Tagalog. She is thrilled that the job has placed her in a position where she can help her native region and her home province of Batangas.


Prior to her current position as regional director, Atty. Luna served as the DENR’s OIC Undersecretary for Legal Services and then Undersecretary for Manila Bay and Related Water Concerns.


She graduated from UP Diliman in 1986 with a degree in AB Psychology, and from UP’s College of Law in 1990. She passed the bar in the same year. Her first professional job as a lawyer was with the Haribon Foundation, one of the country’s oldest environmental organizations, where she worked for eight years. In 2000, she studied at the University of California in Berkeley on a Fellowship on Culture and the Environment.


She is married to journalist H.G. Severino, with whom she has a son, Alon Severino, 15. She was born in Lipa, Batangas.



DENR Calabarzon, on alert for Ompong


          Power outage and water disruption. These are the expected consequences of the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong, estimated to make a landfall on the northern portion of the Philippine islands in less than 24 hours.

          In preparation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) is calling for volunteers to help.

          DENR Calabarzon Assistant Director for Technical Services, Arturo E. Fadriquela said the plan is to prepare their field personnel for two packaged services. The first package is to provide chainsaws with skilled operators and porters, and the second one is to deliver fully-charged generator sets.

          Fadriquela, the designated captain for the relief and rescue operations, said they will be in close coordination with the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) should their services be needed.

         “Kapag ang hiningi sa atin ay tumulong sa clearing ng area, ang gagawin lang pagpasok sa kalsada, may nakaharang (na puno) itabi, putol, itabi… Wala nang retrieval ‘yon, saka na ‘yon kasi mabilisan ‘yon e. Kailangan kasi ma-clear ‘yung daan para makapasok ang serbisyo, pagkain, tubig,” Fadriquela said.

          He also said they are looking into the possibility of providing go bags to the affected communities, and warm bodies to be of aid in other services. “Kung hindi naman apektado, maging available din ang mga tao natin kung saka-sakaling i-deploy sa mga repacking,” the assistant regional director said.

          “We would like to have an inventory of standby generators and water tanks that people can lend and we can mobilize in areas of greatest need so we are calling on people to let us know if they have one we can borrow” added DENR Calabarzon Director, Atty. Maria Paz G. Luna.

          With regard to the potential garbage accumulation, Luna said “we aim to have as close to a zero waste operation as possible because trash mounds in disaster areas turn into breeding places of pests and germs”.

          The relief and rescue operations are part of the Tayo ang Kalikasan program of the department.

          Willing volunteers may contact the DENR regional office through hotline numbers 09202068610 and 09553912684, email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Facebook page @denr4aofficial.

          The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAG-ASA) has raised public storm warning signal no. 1 for the entire region.

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