Photo Releases

Environment Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs Jonas Leones (4th from the left) with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Forest Management Bureau Director Nonito Tamayo (left), presents a token of appreciation to Pham Ven Dien, deputy director general of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry and to the other delegates of the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry held in Makati City on July 18, 2019. The Philippines hosted the event which aims to formulate and implement regional cooperation activities to enhance the competitiveness of forestry products of ASEAN member-countries. Also in the photo are (L-R): Nonito Tamayo, director of the Boupone Sengthong, deputy director of the Department of Forestry of Lao PDR; Borhanudin Bin HJ Arshad, head of delegation of Malaysia; Sapol Boonsermsuk, director at the International Forestry Cooperation Division of Thailand; and Pham Quang Minh of the ASEAN Secretariat. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) OIC Assistant Secretary for Staff Bureaus and Biodiversity Management Bureau Director in concurrent capacity Ricardo Calderon expresses optimism on the growth of forestry among the member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in his Opening Remarks during the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry held on July 18, 2019 in Makati City. Calderon underscored that deforestation and biodiversity loss in Southeast Asia is a major challenge to ASOF leaders and dialogue partners to operationalize strategic direction and action plans at the national level.###

Delegates from member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) with Department of Environment and Natural Resources Forest Management Bureau Director Nonito Tamayo (4th from right), join hands in a show of cooperation of ASEAN nations during the 22nd Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials on Forestry held at Makati Diamond Residences in Makati City on July 19-20. In photo are (L to R): Hang Suntra, deputy director general of Forestry Administration of Cambodia; Agus Justianto, director general of Forestry and Environment Research Development and Innovative Agency of Indonesia; Boupone Sengthong, deputy director of Department of Forestry of Lao PDR; Borhanudin Bin HJ Arshad, head of delegation of Malaysia; Thaung Naing Oo, director of Forest Research Institute of Myanmar; Sapol Boonsermsuk, director at the International Forestry Cooperation Division of Thailand; Pham Ven Dien, deputy director general of the Vietnam Administration of Forestry; and Pham Quang Minh of the ASEAN Secretariat. ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu makes a clarion call to delegates of the pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Forum held in Davao City last July 17, 2019 to “soldier on against climate change.” Cimatu said meeting head-on climate-change related challenges through a whole-of-nation approach has spawned encouraging results as seen in the Boracay and Manila Bay rehabilitation programs of the government. Cimatu is the chair of the Cabinet Cluster on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and Disaster Risk Disaster Risk Reduction. ###

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (middle) proudly shows the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the DENR and the local government of Compostela Valley for the rehabilitation of the 24-kilometer Naboc River in the goldmine-rich area of Mt. Diwata in Compostela Valley. The MOA, signed at the DENR-Davao Region Office last July 17, 2019, complements the Provincial Task Force Naboc River which Cimatu created last year through DENR Special Order 2018-593 pursuant to his priority agenda to rehabilitate the country’s important water bodies like the Manila Bay and Boracay. Also in photo: (L to R) DENR Assistant Secretary for Eastern Mindanao and concurrent Region 11 Director Ruth Tawantawan, Department of Public Works and Highways Region 11 Director Allan Borromeo, Department of Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing, III, and Compostela Valley Province governor Jayvee Tyron Uy. ###