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DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (in suit and tie) answers queries from members of the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) on the rehabilitation of Boracay island. Antiporda stressed that hotel and establishment operations after the island’s opening on October 26 will be limited only to those accredited as compliant with environmental laws and other government regulations. He also expressed pride that “a much better Boracay” awaits tourists upon entry to the island. Joining Antiporda during the session are (from left to right): Chester Jay Alfaro, Marketing Director of Southwest Tours Boracay; Viveca Hutchison, President of Boracay Sandcastles; and Charo Logarta-Lagamon, Corporate Communications Director of Cebu Pacific Air. The session was part of the PHILTOA’s general membership meeting held on October 10, 2018 at the Seda Vertis North in Quezon City. ###

As a licensed forester and president of the DENR- Association of Career Executives (ACE), DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs puts to heart all efforts to reforest the country’s denuded areas as he leads fellow executives in the department in planting some 1,000 native tree species in a 10-hectares area within the Angat watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan province. Held October 6, 2018, the tree planting event was one of three community-focused activities of DENR-ACE in celebration of its 45th founding anniversary of the Career Executive Service Board on November 10, with theme: “Serbisyong CESO, Kalibre 45: Community Passion Projects.” The other two activities include a massive mangrove planting rehabilitation in Nasugbu, Batangas and coastal clean-up in the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area on October 13 and 20, respectively. ###

No words could describe the happiness written on the face of Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as he watches the children of the Ati tribe play with each other in Brgy. Balabag in Boracay island. The DENR chief, who also chairs the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force, has repeatedly said that the rehabilitation of the world-famous paradise island is for the enjoyment of future generations. The government has particularly included the island’s Ati indigenous group, considered as native Aklanons, as beneficiaries to its livelihood and ecotourism programs. ###

NGP coffee table book launched webDepartment of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (middle) presents copies of the “National Greening Program (NGP) : A Portrait of Hope and Success” to Pangasinan Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil and Davao Oriental Rep. Corazon Nuñez-Malanyaon, in gratitude for their key roles in the congressional approval of NGP’s annual budget. Cimatu led the launching of the 255-page coffee table book which features over 250 stunning photographs, grouped in five thematic chapters, that chronicle tales of improved lives and empowered communities through the program. On hand to assist Cimatu in the event are Forest Management Bureau Director Nonito Tamayo (left) and Food and Agriculture Organization Country Representative Jose Luis Fernandez (2nd from left). The event was held October 3, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Galleria in Mandaluyong City. ###

NGCP execs call on DENR chief webEnvironment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (2nd from left) listens as National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) Chief Administrative Officer Bryan Andersen Y. Co expounds on NGCP’s role as transmission service provider during a courtesy call by NGCP’s top executives led by its President and CEO Anthony L. Almeda, (black suit, back to camera). Cimatu took the opportunity to thank NGCP for its assistance in the re-establishment of power lines in Boracay island. Other NGCP officials who joined in the courtesy call held Oct. 1, 2018 at the DENR office in Quezon City are : Right of Way Dept. chief Atty. Gordon Montojo (right), Environment Dept. chief Eric Diaz (2nd from right), and Exec. Consultant for Security (Ret.) Gen. Natalio Ecarma (3rd from right). Also in photo is DENR’s Head Executive Assistant (Ret.) Gen. Mario Chan (left). ###