Press Releases

The DENR CALABARZON and EMB 4A, in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) 4A, PENRO Quezon and the Federation of Lucena Homeowners’ Association, Inc. (FLHAI) held a Kapihan at the Pacific Mall in Lucena City last November 22, 2019. The Kapihan is a press conference facilitated by PIA Quezon Correspondent Mr. Lito Giron. FLHAI is encouraging more Homeowners Associations to encourage households to participate in the garden composting competition dubbed as Tayo Ang Kalikasan - Sustainable Regreening and Art of Composting (TAK-SRAC) in Lucena City. The competition was launched in June 2019 and has since become a household conversation topic. The participating households have significantly reduced their waste that would otherwise go to the sanitary landfill (SLF). Like other Provinces, Quezon has its own Ecological Solid Waste Management challenges including limited number of  operational SLFs. EMB4A Quezon PEMO staff (NAME) also provided a reorientation on RA 9003, more popularly known as the Solid Waste Management Act 2000. 

The launching of the competition has gained traction from various Homeowners. Before and after photos of the competition participants were shown during the presentation. It is hoped that similar initiatives be replicated in other Municipalities.

The DENR CALABARZON participated in the celebration of the Economic and Financial Literacy Week 2019, organized by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) CALABARZON.

The Economic and Financial Literacy Forum with the theme “Our planet’s health, the future’s wealth”, was conducted on November 14, 2019, at the Laguna State Polytechnic University, Santa Cruz Campus. 

The forum, which was attended by students, LGUs, and other agencies, focused on Ambisyon Natin 2040 and the CALABARZON Regional Development Plan 2017-2022, Sustainable Consumption and Production Framework and Action Plan, and lectures focusing on Savings, Investment, and Avoiding Investment Scams. Ambisyon Natin 2040 is a long-term vision for the Philippines for the next 25 years. The goal is for all Filipinos to enjoy a strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure life (Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na buhay).

The NEDA developed a Regional Development Framework to help achieve this vision. The foundations of the framework are: (1) Ensuring peace and security, (2) Accelerate strategic infrastructure and development, (3) Ensure safety and build resilience, and (4) Ensure ecological integrity, clean and healthy environment.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, it is projected that the world population will reach 140 million by 2040. NEDA, Assistant Regional Director Gina Gacusan presented a 10-Year Framework for sustainable consumption and production. She reminded the participants, “Dapat walang sayang”.

NEDA CALABARZON Director Luis Banua shared that he is sure that the 2040 vision can be achieved provided with the correct policies, as well as the active involvement of other agencies.

Information about Ambisyon Natin 2040 may be accessed online thru the link:  http://2040.neda.gov.ph/about-ambisyon-natin-2040/ ###

The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) IV- A started off with the first leg of their capability enhancement information sessions for the Local Government Units (LGUs) for Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal on November 12, 2019 in Calamba City, Laguna. The second leg includes Quezon and Batangas Provinces and was held in Tayabas, Quezon on November 13, 2019.

The discussion headed by Chiefs of the concerned sections, focused on the discussion of various environmental laws, such as Toxic Waste and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes (RA 6969), Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (RA 9275), Philippine Clean Air Act (RA 8749), and Policy Updates (PD 1586), as well as the permitting requirements for wastewater discharge. 

The information sessions hope to provide a refresher to selected LGU employees so that they can best complement the efforts of the Agency. ###

An Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) was conducted in the DENR CALABARZON Regional Office on November 7, 2019, as part of a Basic Training Course for prospective ADR Officers in the region. A 40-hour internship/practicum, as prescribed by the Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Department of Justice, would allow the prospective ADROs to experience actual handling of the proceedings. The ADR was attended by at least 200 participants.  

The ADR is an alternative process that can be used to resolve conflicts between parties through Mediation.  Mediation is a process in which, through the help of a third person (mediator), both parties will reach a compromise agreement. 

In line with this service, ADR on Wheels was stationed in Taguig City, Rizal, and Baguio City in October this year to help bring access to environmental justice through ADR. For further details and and or request for assistance on ADR, you may send a letter of request to the Legal Division, through email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ###

A total of 89 (out of the 92 eggs) hatchlings of Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) were released on November 5, 2019, at Brgy. Bignay 1, Sariaya, Quezon. This was made possible with the combined efforts of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sariaya, Tanggol Kalikasan, Bantay Dagat, Barangay LGU, Naval Investigation Service Unit, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources - Fisheries Protection Law Enforcement Group, Office of the Municipal Agriculture Forest Law Enforcement Task Force, and DENR CENRO Tayabas personnel. The eggs were initially found along the shore of Brgy. Bignay 1, last September 5, 2019. There were three (3) addle eggs or locally known as “bugok”. 

Five out of seven species of sea turtles nest in the Philippine waters. The Olive Ridley species is one of the five.

There are currently two established hatchery sites under the jurisdiction of CENRO Tayabas, located at Brgy. Guis-guis San Roque, Sariaya and at Brgy. Barra, Lucena City. There are currently 400 eggs under the care of Brgy. Bignay and 291 eggs in the hatchery in Brgy. Guis-guis San Roque. Ideal releasing of pawikan hatchlings is during the night or the early morning. ###