Photo Releases

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio underscores the need for stronger cooperation and support in the fight against illegal wildlife trade during the national celebration of World Wildlife Day held at the Biodiversity Management Bureau in Quezon City.  With global theme, “Wildlife crime is serious, let’s get serious about wildlife crime,” the Philippine celebration was highlighted by DENR’s recognition of 112 law enforcers from the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation and the Armed Forces of the Philippines who actively participated in the government’s anti-illegal wildlife trade operations. ###

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje (left) presents a copy of the DENR’s coffee table book entitled, “Protecting our Natural Wealth, Enhancing our National Pride” to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner as a token during his visit to DENR office in Quezon City.  Paje briefed Steiner of the various programs of the DENR to mitigate the impact of climate change.###

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje underscores the various programs to improve the country’s natural defenses and resiliency such as the massive watershed rehabilitation, log ban in natural forests and geohazard assessment and mapping during the climate change forum held Thursday at the National Museum in Manila. He also thanked France President François Hollande (seated, left) for the continuing support extended by his government to the country’s climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. The forum was part of the visit to the Philippines by Pres. Hollande in preparation for the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris in December 2015.  Also in photo is French Special Envoy for the Protection of the Planet Nicolas Hulot.###

A clean up of the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA) organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources drew positive response from various stakeholders, including these nuns and other members of the Franciscan Sister of the Transfiguration (formerly Daughters of St. Francis of Florence, DSFF).  The clean-up was part of the celebration of the protected area’s first anniversary as a Ramsar Site.  Comprising of 175 hectares of mangroves and mudflats, LPPCHEA is the only declared critical habitat within Metro Manila and the sixth Philippine area included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance in March 2013. ###

Calapan City Bishop Monsignor Warlito Cajandig  blesses the marker for the Naujan Lake National Park in simple rites coinciding with the launch of “Bangklase,” an innovative education shipboard project, in Socorro, Oriental Mindoro.  Declared as a Ramsar Site or “wetland of international importance,” Naujan Lake boasts of rich biodiversity and serves as a critical area for breeding and migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. Also in the photo are Regional Director Oscar C. Dominguez (left) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - MIMAROPA Region and Fr. Anthony Ibarra B. Fabella, president of the Divine Word College of Calapan (DWCC).