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A member of the Dumagat indigenous community from the Sierra Madre signs the "Pahayag" which states their current situation and lists their appeal on issues that affect them, including the need for livelihood opportunities, illegal logging, lack of social services and issuance of certificate of ancestral domain titles. The document was drafted during the Indigenous Peoples Summit held from Sept. 23 to 26 in Quezon City. It will be given to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez. ###

Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Director Theresa Mundita S. Lim (in maroon dress) welcomes the Dumagats and other indigenous peoples groups from the Sierra Madre to the Indigenous Peoples Summit, themed: "Buhay ng Katutubo at Buhay na Sierra Madre” held at the BMB Training Center in Quezon City. Lim urged the IP participants to care for the mountains of Sierra Madre, which is “your home”. ###

National Commission for Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chair Leonor Quintayo affirms the commitment of the NCIP to protect not only the welfare of IPs but also the mountains of Sierra Madre which is their home. “Sierra Madre has many ancestral domains which the government, in partnership with the IP communities, should be responsible for,” Quintayo said.  The IP Summit was held at the Biodiversity Management Bureau Training Center in Quezon on the occasion of the Save Sierra Madre Day on September 26. ###

Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely (right) pays a courtesy call on Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez on Friday, where she conveys the interest of some Australian companies for possible joint venture in local ecotourism.  Lopez, on the other hand, explains her vision of making the country’s  environment better, eyeing Australia as a model due to its “stringent environmental laws”, and of helping poor communities across the country through entrepreneurship. ###

Environment Secretary Gina Lopez assures on Monday members of the House Committee on Appropriations that the proposed budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for CY 2017 is a “responsive budget” to carry out the Duterte administration’s agenda on social justice in the environment sector.  Seated with  Lopez are (from left) Undersecretaries Marlo Mendoza, Demetrio Ignacio and Mario Luis Jacinto. ###