RDC’s Committee on Environment members convene



CITY OF KORONADAL, August 31, 2017 (DENR) – Newly created Committee on Environment (CE) under the Regional Development Council XII convened its members on August 30, 2017 at the Department of Agriculture XII Conference Room, Regional Center. The purpose of which was to adopt operational and present technical concerns.

In his message during the committee’s 3rd Quarter Regular Meeting, Chairperson Col. Celestino F. Desamito (Ret.) underscored that the committee is a recommendatory body that will operationalize all the discussions and plans through convergence programs.

As approved by the body, the CE will provide guidance to appropriate agencies on sustainable development issues. It will ensure the implementation of environment-related sustainable development goals (UNCED) and other related international commitments. The committee will also serve as coordinating mechanism for all environment-related structures and bodies.

Moreover, CE will ensure the integration of Disaster Risk-Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) concerns and monitor the implementation of plans, policies and programs on sustainable development. It is composed by representatives of regional line agencies, academe, local government units and private sectors in the region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region XII will act as the Vice-Chair of the committee headed by the Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan while the agency’s Planning and Management Division headed by its Chief Vicente Y. Curtiz will serve as the committee’s secretariat.

DENR XII Conservation and Development Division Chief Dr. Ali M. Hadjinasser, together with Foresters Derie Macabaning, Benjamin D. Alangca and Enforcement Division Assistant Chief Soraya L. Meditar presented the updates on Protected Areas, Expanded National Greening Program, Buayan-Malungon River Basin and Multi-sector Forest Protection Task Force respectively.

Dr. Hadjinasser stressed that through the Committee on Environment, the facilities and preservation of protected areas and all concerns related to environment in the region will improve.

RDC XII Resolution No. 29, Series of 2017 during its 57th Regular Meeting on March 15, 2017 approved the creation of the CE as its affiliate committee. It alsoserves as a venue for the deliberation and resolution of issues and concerns related to the environment.

The theme of the recently concluded meeting revolved on “Forest Protection and Watershed Management.”






DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu together with his party graced the Mindanao Launching of Tayo Ang Kalikasan, the DENR-led People’s Environment Stewardship Movement on June 29 at SM City Activity Area in General Santos City.

With the theme, “Tayo Ang Kalikasan goes to Sarangani Bay”, Sec. Cimatu in his message emphasized that “the DENR need the help of everyone to save and protect the Sarangani Bay and the many wonders that the island of Mindanao has to offer”.

He encouraged the need for active participation as we take care of the environment. And, that while Mindanao’s riches have yet to be utilized to their full potential, everyone has to be vigilant of the threats including illegal logging, threats of leaks of toxic substances from mines, wildlife poaching, overfishing, and the improper sewage and solid waste disposal.

Sec. Cimatu also called for us to work in order to empower our fellow Filipinos to take to heart the need to manage our natural resources and use them properly. (MMAdam, MMaulana & JSetenta)

NGP in Google Map

Other Links

  • office-of-the-president

  • official-gazette

                                EMB *   *MGB   *FMB   * PAWB  * LMB    * ERDB