Photo Releases

Environment Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (left) hands over the resoultion approving the solid waste management plan (SWMP) of the Municipality of Ubay in Bohol to Mayor Constantino Reyes (right) during the en banc meeting of the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) on October 30, 2018 in Quezon City. Reyes is one of the 67 local government unit (LGU) leaders whose SWMP have been given the go-signal by the NSWMC. Antiporda said the Commission is bent on fast-tracking the approval of the 10-year SWMPs submitted by more than 1,600 cities and municipalities across the country.” Also in the photo are the members of the NSWMC. ###

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (in sunglasses) and officials of Southwest Travel and Tours in Boracay, led by its president Cedric Paul Sazon (left) and sales and marketing manager Celeen Denise Sazon (in floral dress) try out the solar-powered jeepney during Boracay’s opening day on October 26. The air-conditioned vehicle (inset) can seat as many as 22 passengers, while the open-air type can accommodate 25. The vehicles are part of a new integrated transport system soon to be implemented in Boracay to keep the island pollution-free. ###

DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny Antiporda said that the importance of the approval of the ten-year solid waste management (SWM) plans of the local government units (LGUs) is “to know if the plan that they made is doable.” He also said that the National Solid Waste Management Commission will be reaching out to far-flung LGUs so as to fast-track the development of their respective SWM plans and focus more on the monitoring of the plans’ implementation. Antiporda made the statement during the commission’s en banc meeting held on October 29, 2018 at Icon Hotel, Timog, Quezon City, where resolutions approving the 10-year SWM plans were awarded to 30 LGUs.###

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force, represented by its chair, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (in checkered polo) expresses its appreciation to Korea Telecom (KT), represented by its vice president Kim Sung-In, for the company’s contribution to the rehabilitation of Boracay island. KT, in cooperation with the Department of Information and Communications Technology, will establish six state-of-the-art technologies in the island, namely: high-quality public wi-fi infrastructure particularly along White Beach and in Cagban Port; intelligent closed-circuit television cameras that can recognize faces at ports of entry; photovoltaic solar panels that can generate about 35,000 kilowatts of electricity annually, as well as a system to help track and manage solar energy generation and consumption; a smart school where selected students can learn through a wireless network; e-healthcare that uses devices which allow remote and real-time checking of solutions; and a central command center. The certificate of appreciation was given during Boracay’s opening day ceremony at Cagban Jetty Port.on October 26. KT is the largest telecommunications company in South Korea. ###

Boracaynons (right photo) welcome Aklanons (left photo) as the very first guests of Boracay Island on Day 1 of the island’s dry run on October 15. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte ordered the closure of Boracay to both local and international tourists on April 26, 2018 upon the recommendation of the Departments of Environment and Natural Resources, Tourism, and Interior and Local Government to pave the way for its rehabilitation. During the opening ceremony for the 11-dry run held Monday, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who chairs the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force, has officially declared that Boracay is no longer a cesspool and its waters is now fit for swimming.###