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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. ###

The DENR CALABARZON, in partnership with the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), conducted a series of Public Viewing of the DENR CALABARZON’s State of the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR), and free screening of the award-winning documentary film “Bird of Prey” last October 21-25, 2019 in five (5) provinces of CALABARZON Region, which was attended by more than 1,000 participants.

The DENR CALABARZON’s State of the ENR is a 14-minute Audio-Visual Presentation (AVP) that highlights the current challenges of the ecosystems, aligned with the Ten (10) Priority Programs of the Agency. The video provides information on the tasks of DENR IV-A and how it addresses the challenges.

The Philippine eagle is the flagship species of the Philippine Raptors Conservation Program implemented by the Biodiversity Management Bureau and has sightings in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges in Luzon. This giant bird of prey that can only be seen in four (4) islands in the Philippines- Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. In CALABARZON, there were sightings in General Nakar, Quezon and in Tanay, Rizal.

 “We are doing our part but there is always a room for all of you to do your part in protecting the environment that includes the critically endangered species like the Philippine Eagle,” says Ms. Jorgine “Boey” Peña, Marketing Officer of Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), in hopes that bringing the movie to different parts of the country will raise awareness of the current situation of the wildlife. The PEF shared their organization’s initiative in supporting the implementation of environmental laws and protecting the environment, which includes providing the Indigenous People livelihood projects and programs. She disclosed that members of the IPs serve as the forest guards in the area. The IP community also produces handmade goods and merchandise which the PEF helps sell. She added that all proceeds are given to the communities.

The DENR’s initiative to protect the Philippine Eagle and wildlife includes the conduct of LAWIN patrolling, intensified forest protection, and the Expanded National Greening Program (e-NGP). 

The information drive, through a series of public viewing of the said AVP and film-documentary, served as an eye-opener and inspiration to the youth towards conservation and protection of various ecosystems for the succeeding generations.  ###