New Regreening Project in Lucena City, An Answer to Serious Solid Waste Problems
The “Sustainable Re-Greening and the Art of Composting for Cleaner Environment” or SRAC project recently launched in Lucena City gained a lot of praises. One of which came from Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Rodolfo C. Garcia.
Garcia said the regreening and composting project is a great response to the serious problem on solid waste in the country, as it encourages people to participate in the advocacy for the environment.
Launched during the 1stConvention on Tayo Ang Kalikasan (TAK) in Quezon Province, SRAC is a garden competition aimed at promoting recycling and composting as the best source of organic fertilizers while lessening the volume of solid waste generated and collected daily.
DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Ipat Luna earlier said that tons of unmanaged wastes can be cut in half should people only practice composting in their own homes.
Garcia said composting is a good way to deal with the kitchen wastes in every household and that, it can improve the quality of the soil as well as the condition of the fruit-bearing trees and vegetables planted in it. He emphasized that composting need not a big space but, can be done using a plastic barrel or a drum.
The DENR Chief of Staff commended also the edible landscaping component of the project saying it is “a new and exciting way to harvest and have vegetables”.
“You are not only after the nutrients; you are after giving aesthetics in your yard. You are just being inspired by your yard farm,” he said.
“The DENR launched TAK to partner with various organizations to promote environmental awareness and I am very glad that this event of the 1st convention on TAK on regreening and composting in partnership with the Federation of Lucena Homeowners’ Association, Inc. is a very successful one, for indeed ‘yung problema ng basura na itatackle natin ngayon ay sadyang napakabigat,” he added.
Being under the umbrella of the TAK advocacy of the DENR, Garcia said the project is not only after the wellness of the environment but also the improvement of the quality of living of the communities including livelihood opportunities.
“I am excited to see your farms at your backyards, in the future, and households practicing composting. Maybe in the future, homeowners’ associations will become TAK chapters,” he said.
“We are doing this hindi para sa atin, kung hindi, para sa mga susunod pa sa atin,” he added.
The DENR-PENRO Quezon plans to have the garden competition replicated in other municipalities in the province.
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Legislative Liaison Office sets up exhibit on DENR’s environmental policy advocacies
Officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), including visitors nowhavethe chance to familiarize themselves with the agency’s priority legislative agenda through an exhibit set up at the DENR Central Office main lobby.
The week-long exhibit, which runs from June 10 to 14,coincides with the 32nd anniversary celebration of the DENR, as well as the 121st Philippine Independence Day.
It showcasesproposals that have been pending in the legislative mill for years but are up for re-filing in the upcoming 18th Congress.
These include: the Land Use Bill (House Bill or HB 5240); amendment in the Mining Law (HB 6259); E-waste Management Bill (HB 2964); and the Delineation of Forest Limits Bill (HB 143).
The exhibit was put up by the DENR Legislative Liaison Office (DLLO), which is headed by Assistant Secretary Joan Lagunda as the agency’s appointed Legislative Liaison Officer.
Lagunda in her message assured the DENR of the DLLO’s steadfast commitment in advancing the interest of the environment.
“Under the present leadership, the environment-loving community can be assured that the LLO is striving to be heard by our revered lawmakers to craft legislations that will empower the Department more in performing its mandate,” she stated.
The exhibit also features a video presentation on the background of the DLLO, as well as the officials who have managed the office. Among these officials are Undersecretaries Ernesto Adobo, Juan Miguel Cuna, and AnalizaRebuelta-Teh; Assistant Secretary Joselin Marcus Fragada; and Director NiloTamoria.
The DLLO is the office tasked to liaise with both houses of Congress regarding all matters impinging on relations between the DENR and the legislative branch.
It is also the official representative of the DENR in the Legislative Liaison System of the Office of the President, with Secretary AdelinoSitoy, head of the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office, as the Chief Legislative Liaison Officer.