Press Releases

In celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity on May 22, 2019, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources CALABARZON conducted a press conference and a tree planting activity in the vicinity of the Regional Office located at Brgy. Mayapa, Calamba City. Species such as Banaba, Bani, Ipil, Talisay, Teak, Molave, and Bamboo, with a total of 53 seedlings were planted.

During the press conference, RED Maria Paz G. Luna, focused on the agency’s two innovation, composting revolution for healthy biodiversity and rich soils and planting of flowering native trees to attract birds and bees.

RED Luna disclosed that up to 62% of the region’s wastes remain unmanaged and 30% of the unmanaged wastes can be reduced through composting. She introduced the concept of circular economy by giving the vertical food garden, as an example.

Meanwhile, the tree planting activity aims to attract birds and bees so that they increase the biodiversity in the area. Luna reminded that “Biodiversity is not just in the forests. Biodiversity should also be here.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a report that we are facing possible extinction of one million plants and animals in the near future, as early as one decade from now (article can be accessed here).  Luna added that the next 12 years are the only years left for people to change our behavior. She reminds everyone, “We don’t have time.”

Luna encourages people to change the way we address climate change, “we used to think, ang masukal ay kailangang putulin, ngayon hindi na po linisin, kailangan pasukalin ulit.”

DENR CALABARZON is urging the public to join the composting revolution and to plant flowering native trees. Meanwhile, report Environment and Natural Resources-related cases via hotline 8888,  sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send us photos, videos and other information via https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/ #DENRCalabarzon #TayoAngKalikasan

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources CALABARZON conducted a Press Conference in line with the celebration of the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, 2019, at the DENR IV-A (CALABARZON) Building, located at Brgy. Mayapa, Calamba City.

One of the main speakers, DENR PENRO Quezon, Chief of Management Services Division, Mr. Galo Martinez Jr., discussed the status of Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK) movement in the province of Quezon, and how they encouraged the community to participate in the composting revolution.

They launched the Sustainable Re-greening and the Art of Composting (SRAC) for cleaner environment, a subprogram under TAK. The PENRO Quezon strategized a competition to make the Lucena City residents interested to take part in. The participants of the competition shall use recycled materials and a homemade compost from their own kitchen wastes.

Galo disclosed that Lucena City generates 30 tons of waste a day, and 60% of this is generated alone by the homeowners. PENRO Quezon coordinated with the Federation of Lucena Home Owners Association to help with the competition which will also reduce their generated wastes by half.

Department of Trade and Industry, Environmental Management Bureau, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Tourism are few of the agencies that helped launch the garden competition. They offered lectures on composting, soil testing and tools. DTI and other agencies will also provide assistance on the marketing of organic fruits and vegetables that will be harvested from Lucena. Their main market will be the hotels in Manila.

This competition not only helped decrease the generated wastes in Lucena but also provided a livelihood for the communities. Galo said that competition will be done annually so it can become a habit for the communities in Lucena.

According to Regional Executive Director, Maria Paz G. Luna, SRAC is proof that the DENR CALABARZON is trying hard to increase the success of Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) campaigns. These campaigns aim to develop behavioral changes in the communities. These changes can be observed from the communities of Lucena because they were given an incentive and were shown how can they benefit from the SRAC, through their garden competition.

DENR CALABARZON is urging the public to join the composting revolution and to plant flowering native trees. Meanwhile, report Environment and Natural Resources-related cases via hotline 8888, sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send us photos, videos and other information via https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/ #DENRCalabarzon #TayoAngKalikasan

During the press conference conducted on May 22, 2019 coinciding the celebration of the International Day of Biological Diversity (IDBD) at the DENR IV-A (CALABARZON) Building, Atty. Marianito Dio from the Legal Division, one of the key speakers, discussed Green Courts.

DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director, Maria Paz G. Luna, said that the Green Courts are one of the solutions to address the Region’s environmental problems.

These are courts specifically for environmental cases. In 2008, the Supreme Court designated 117 green courts and there are currently fifteen (15) green courts located in CALABARZON and one (1) in MIMAROPA.

Regional Trial Courts

Municipal Trial Courts

Br. 4, Batangas City

Br. 51, Puerto Princesa

Br. 1, Antipolo City

Br. 11, Balayan, Batangas

Br. 60, Lucena City

Br. 2, Lipa City

Br. 88, Cavite City

Br. 70, Binangonan, Rizal

Br. 1, San Pablo City

Br. 20, Imus, Cavite

Br. 71, Antipolo City

 

Br. 27, Sta. Cruz, Laguna

Br. 75, San Mateo, Rizal

 

Br. 32, San Pablo City

Br. 78, Morong, Rizal

 

Br. 36, Calamba City

   

list of Green Courts in the Fourth Judicial Region

Rules of procedures for Green Courts includes liberalized locus standi which gives people the capability to file complaint for violators, the precautionary principle, the Strategic Lawsuit against Public Participation (SLAPP), Writ of Kalikasan, and Writ of Continuing Mandamus.

These rules of procedures are created to encourage people to file environmental cases. Any person can file complaints and reports related to the environment in the Prosecutor’s Office.

DENR CALABARZON is urging the public to report Environment and Natural Resources-related, especially illegal logging operation cases to corresponding Green Courts in your area or via DENR hotline 8888,  sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send us photos, videos and other information via https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/ #DENRCalabarzon #TayoAngKalikasan

The implementation of the closed season for tawilis in Taal Lake, as supported by scientist and different stakeholders, began in March this year. For the whole months of March and April, no catching of tawilis is allowed.

DENR CALABARZON received complaints of illegal commercial fishers all throughout the closed season from March 1 to April 30. This period is the most active spawning months for the tawilis based on the studies conducted by Associate Professor Alicia Pagulayan, M.Sc., from UST Department of Biological Sciences and Dr. Ma. Theresa Mercene Mutia from Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Both discussed the spawning season during the Tawilis Summit 2019.

As the closed season ended, Lito De Villa, a private citizen residing in TVPL,  is impressed with the increase in size of the Tawilis. “There is already some positive impact felt with the serious implementation of the closed season”,  De Villa added.  Tawilis  reserve areas are the next implementation challenge.

In addition to the enforcement of the two-month closed fishing season, The Taal Volcano Protected Landscape Protected Area Management Board (TVPL PAMB) is enforcing the strict compliances to the Unified Rules and Regulations for Fisheries (based on RA 10654, amending RA 8550  known as The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998) and the compliance with the eNIPAS Act within TVPL.  These include use of pesticides, waste burning, illegal discharge of wastewater, project implementation without ECC, and tree cutting without permit. ###

After the elections and now that winning candidates are being proclaimed, it is now time for those responsible to start cleaning up their campaign materials. This is also a good opportunity for individuals to create value around products that would otherwise end up in sanitary landfills or illegal dumpsites. With the recently concluded campaign season, the volume of waste, with an addition from the campaign materials, will considerably increase. However, the sizes and capacities of sanitary landfills (SLFs) remain the same. We hope these wastes do not end up in bodies of water and farther to the seas.

The DENR CALABARZON supports the call of DILG to candidates, to lead the cleanup drives to rid of the materials used during the campaign season. These include various materials which is a combination of plastics such as tarpaulins, and papers such as sample ballots, flyers and leaflets, which all end up as trash in the areas where they are posted.

A local social entrepreneur in Laguna, Junk Not Eco Creatives contribute a solution by upcycling materials and creating livelihood for communities. Junk Not owner Willie Garcia said that the enterprise will only accept campaign materials from those who will be buying back the furniture/ home accent from them. This kind of “buy-back” model will make future waste producers think twice.  This social enterprise, which is based in Laguna, turns campaign materials into upcycled objects such as chairs, bags, and others to be donated in different schools.

More information about upcycling by Junk Not may be viewed from their official facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/junknot/posts/1867438330024922 .

The DENR is urging the public to report RA 9003 violations and other ENR-related cases via sms to +639456215007/ +639083340224, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send us photos, videos and other information via https://www.facebook.com/DENR4AOfficial/ #DENRCalabarzon #TayoAngKalikasan