List of Nationally and Internationally-significant Environmental Events/Celebrations

List of Nationally and Internationally-significant Environmental Events/Celebrations

 

 Name of Event or Celebration           Date Celebrated               Legal Basis     Brief Description of the Event or                    Celebration
National Zero Waste Month  January Presidential Proclamation No. 760, Series of 2014 The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 promotes environment awareness and action among the citizenry and institutionalizes public participantion  in the development of national and local integrated, comprehensive and ecological waste management programs.
World Wetlands Day  Feb-02 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands This is an annual celebration of the vital importance of international wetlands to ecological and human health. it marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 
World Wildlife Day  Mar-03 United Nations General Assembly dated December 20, 2013 In its resolution, the General Assembly readdirmed the intrinsic value of wildlife and its various contributions, including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic, to sustainable development and human well-being, and recognized the important role of Convention on International trade does not threaten species' survival.
International Day of Forests Mar-21 United Nations General Assembly dated February 20, 2013 The occasion is intended to be one of the world's  leading global platforms for the people with an interest in forest and climate change to share their views and work together to ensure forest are suitably incorporated into any future climate change mitigation and adaption strategies.
World Water Day / Philippine Water Week March 22/ 4th Week of March 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) Rio de Janeiro This world day for water was observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development contained in chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21. States were invited to devote the Day to implement the UN recommendations and set up concrete activities as deemed approptiate in the national context.
International Earth Day/ Month of Planet Earth April 22/April Presidential Proclamation No. 1481, and 1482 Earth Day Network was founded on the premise that all people, regardless of race, gender, income, or geography, have a moral right to a healthy, sustainable environment. Our mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide, and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle for promoting a healthy, sustainable environment. We pursue our mission through a combination of education, public policy, and consumer activism campaigns. Our campaign and programs are predicted on the belief that an educated, energized population will take actions  to secure a healthy future for itself and its children. Earth Day Network has a global reach with a network of more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. More than 1 billion people participate in Earth Day activities, making it the largest secular civic event in the world.
Month of the Ocean May Presidential Proclamation No. 57, series of 1999 Proclamation No. 57 dated January 9, 1999 declares the Month of May as the Month of the Ocean in the Phillipines.
The International Day for Biological Diversity  May 22 Convention on Biological Diversity The United Nations proclaimed May 22 as International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.
World Environment Day/ Philippine Environment Month Jun 5/ June Presidential Proclamation no. 237 World Environment Day (WED) was established by the General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

Commemorated yearly on 5 June, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwideawareness of the environment and enhance political attention and action.
Philippine Eagle Week June 4-10 Proclamation No. 79 Said Proclamation aims specifically i) to strengthen public awareness on the significant role of the Philippine Eagle in the forest ecosystem, and its importance as a national symbol and unique heritage, among others; ii) to generate unified and concerted efforts among all sectors of the society to ensure the protection and perpetuation of the species; and iii) to encourage non-government organizations, private companies or corporations, people's organization, academic and scientific organizations and all another interested parties to participate in the annual celebration of the Philippine Eagle Week.
World Day to Combat Desertification  June 17 1994 United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation  of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.
National Arbor Day  June 25 Proclamation No. 643 that amended Proclamation No. 396 of June 2, 2003 The "active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity.
National Disaster Conciousness Month July Executive Order No. 137 dated August 10, 1999 National Disaster Conciousness Month aimed to increase awareness of every Filipino to the ever threatening disasters for a better appreciation of the government's disaster preparedness program.
National Clean-Up Month/ Internationl Coastal Clean-Up Weekend September/3rd Weekend of September

Presidential Proclamation No. 244 - National Clean-Up Month

Presidential Proclamation No. 470 - International Coastal Clean - up Weekend

This event was just the beginning of a movement for cleaner beaches and marine habitats. In a few years, what had been a local clean-up grew to encompass the 25 U.S. States and territories. In 1989, the Clean-Up the World weekend, officially became an international event, with the involvement of responsible citizens of Canada and Mexico. Today, half a million citizens from almost 100 countries participate in the Clean-Up, and it has grown into an annual event, motivating people the world over to get outside and do something for their coastal environment.
National Ozone Protection Month/ International Ozone Day  September / September 16 DepEd Memo No. 358, s. 2007 Montreal Protocol The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1 January 1989 when it had been ratified by 29 countries  and the European Economy Community (EEC).

As of February 2007, 191 countries have ratified the Protocol, representing an international effort to safeguard the ozone layer through controls on production, consumption and use of ozone-depleting substances (ODS).
National Tamaraw Month  October Presidential Proclamation No. 273 Under said Proclamation, all government offices, agencies and instrumentalities in the whole Island of Mindoro are urged to implement activities geared toward the conservation of the Tamaraw and its habitats at least during the month of October.
International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 20 - 26 2012 International Conference on Chemicals Management The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were invited to establish a global partnership to promote phasing out the use of lead in paints, ie, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP). The Alliance aims to catalyze efforts to prevent children's exposure to lead from paints and to minimize occupational exposures to lead paint. 
Philippine Clean Air Month  November Presidential Proclamation No. 1109, s. 1997 - Clean Air Month

Republic Act No. 8749 - Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999
A continuing air quality information and education campaign shall promoted by the Department, the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS), the Department on Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA). Consistent with Sec 7 of this Act, such campaign shall encourage the participation of other government agencies and the private sector including non-government organizations, the academe, environment groups and other private entities in a multi-sectoral information campaign.
National Environmental Awareness Month November Republic Act No. 9512 - National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008 Pursuant to the policy set forth in this Act, the month of November of every year shall be known as the Environmental Awareness Month throughout the Philippines.
National Climate Change Consciousness Week November 19 - 25 Presidential Proclamation No. 1667 - Global Warming and Climate Change Consciousness Week

Republic Act. No. 9729 - Climate Change Act of 2009
The Philippines has declared and confirmed its commitment to the goals of United Nations Framework on Climate Change Convention.
 

 

NEWS

 Region 2 reactivates envi law enforcement group

2019 09 

The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have agreed to include in their enforcement activities other environmental laws whenever requested by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

This agreement was made after DENR Cagayan Valley Chief Atty. Antonio A. Abawag solicited the assistance of these law enforcement agencies in the apprehension of illegal transport of mineral products during the Regional Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (RAILTF) meeting held earlier at the DENR Regional Office in Tuguegarao City.

Director Abawag said the DENR will expand the deputation of ENR Officers to the members of the Task Force. They will be required to participate in the law enforcement training before their deputation.

The meeting resulted in the draft memorandum of agreement (MOA) reactivating the operationalization of the RAILTF. The MOA redefines the roles and obligations of the member agencies and the engagement of the Philippine Air Force, Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard.

The MOA will provide quick response to verified reports of environmental violations within the region. It will also improve environmental law enforcement from deterrence, investigation, arrest and searches to prosecution.

The RAILTF was created in accordance with Resolution No. 2011-003 of the National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force which defined the roles of the local government units and other law enforcement agencies.

The Task Force is mandated to take the lead in the anti-illegal logging campaign. It may call upon the support of any department, bureau and office to assist in the discharge of its functions, such as but not limited to the provision of administrative and technical assistance, logistical support and detail of personnel.

During the meeting, Atty. Abawag ordered the Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers to closely coordinate with the battalion and unit commanders of the Philippine Army and the PNP in conducting anti-illegal logging operations. #CCC

 

 

Photo Releases

SETTING DIRECTIONS FOR 2019 – Batanes OIC, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang appeals to the officials and employees to be passionate in their work during the Strategic Planning Workshop for 2019 held at the PENR Office in Basco town on Jan. 16.  The planning activity intended to formulate the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for the activities of the technical services and monthly distribution of targets of the management services to facilitate implementation of targets and monitoring of accomplishments. The workshop was highlighted by the discussion on the different concepts, frameworks, plans and programs where the 2019 annual work targets of the DENR evolved and the presentation of WBS by the section chiefs.  To set the standard behavior in the organization, Atty. Fevie Gay J. Castaneda, PENRO consultant-lawyer, discussed Republic Act No. 6713 and other related laws. #
TAYO ANG KALIKASAN – DENR Region 2 top officials headed by OIC, Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin (center) leads the employees of the Regional Office in reciting the “Tayo ang Kalikasan” pledge during the convocation today, July 30, 2018. “Tayo ang Kalikasan”, a citizen’s movement for environmental stewardship and sustainable development, was officially launched on April 24, 2018 in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte. The movement aims to encourage the citizenry in the protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources, and to contribute in the achievement of the 2017-2022 Philippine Developmen Plan. Also with RD Aromin are Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services For. Felix C. Taguba (left) and ARD for Management Services Engr. Marcos G. Dacanay (right).#
“LET’S WORK AS A FAMILY” – Regional environment chief Atty. Antonio A. Abawag (center) poses with his ‘new family’ at the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Office in San Isidro, Isabela during his visit in Feb. 7. The regional top official announced his contact number allowing the DENR staff to communicate with him especially on contributions in improving the delivery of public service. He also encouraged the personnel of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in Isabela whom he visited the following day to keep working well. “I’m here to lead you to the direction that is mandated of us,” Director Abawag said. Also in photo are Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Felix C. Taguba, Isabela PENR Officer Marlon C. Agnar and San Isidro CENR Officer Felix C. Ganapin.#
FMP MIDTERM REVIEW – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) representative Kessy Reyes (standing) interviews the officers of Magsaysay United Upland Farmers Developers Association (MUUFDA) People’s Organization (PO) on July 18, this year in Magsaysay, Diffun, Quirino. The interview aims to evaluate the extent of Forestland Management Project (FMP) implementation in the community such as seedling production, plantation establishment, enterprise development and establishment of agro-forestry support facilities. The MUUFDA, with 60 beneficiaries, has already completed its 30 hectares reforestation project. It is also maintaining a 110-hectare agro-forestry plantation and currently in the process of procuring bee colony for honey bee production as part of their livelihood enterprises. The association has been one of the active among the 10 POs involved in the FMP within the Ganano Sub-watershed funded by the JICA. “Nagpapasalamat kami sa pagkakaroon ng proyektong ito dahil nadagdagan ang kita naming mga miyembro. Kung may namatay man sa aming itinanim, pinapalitan agad namin ito. Sinasama din namin ang mga anak namin sa pagtatanim at tulong-tulong kami sa pag-akyat ng mga punla sa bundok,” said Mr. Wilbert Natura (3rd from left), chairman of the MUUFDA, during the interview. The Midterm Review was conducted to assess the project performance of the POs within the nine sub-watershed areas in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. It also aimed to analyze the factors affecting their performance and formulate recommendations to improve the project implementation which is now on its 6th year.#

 

 

GUIDE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE – Cagayan Valley DENR Regional Executive Director Atty. Antonio A. Abawag expresses his support to the members of the Mine Rehabilitation Fund Committee (MRFC) – OceanaGold Philippines, Inc. as he vows guidance for the mining company to easily comply with environmental regulations. In his first meeting with the MRFC held on Feb. 7, this year at Zen Hotel, Santiago City, Director Abawag recommended solutions to some of the company’s concerns that were discussed in the meeting which include the reforestation project conducted in alienable and disposable lands, rehabilitation and protection of water systems or tributaries covered by the mining operations, and training of local government units that are part of the Multipartite Monitoring Team, a public independent entity that assists the DENR in monitoring environmental impacts and compliance. The meeting was presided over by Committee Chair and Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Mario A. Ancheta (3rd from left). Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Diosdado C. Doctor (extreme right) and Quirino Governor Junie E. Cua (2nd from left) were also present in the meeting.#
SPEEDING UP LAND SURVEY – With the purpose of settling issues on the submission of Inspection, Verification and Approval of Surveys (IVAS) and in order to harmonize conflicting policies between the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in processing survey returns, a joint consultation meeting was conducted on September 6, 2018, at the Narra Hall, DENR Regional Office. The consultation meeting was participated in by the different municipal and provincial agrarian reform officers in the region, and heads of the various sections of the Surveys and Mapping Division of the DENR. In his message, DENR Regional Director Atty. Gil A. Aromin expressed his appreciation to the agrarian reform office in initiating the conduct of the consultation meeting. He said: “The DENR is here to help the DAR. This meeting is important for us to see what we can do to tackle issues that can be resolved on our level and arrive at a consensus for a better public service.”#

 

 

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS, THE IVATAN WAY – Personnel of the PENR Office tie the roof of the Land Records Office and water tank of PENRO Batanes, and   install window shutters in   preparation for Typhoon Ompong as part of preemptive actions. These along with the creation of Skeletal Force that operated 24/7 saved the PENR Office building from even a small damage brought about by the typhoon that visited the province on September 14-15, 2018. #

 

 

COUNTING THE BIRDS – Technical staff of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes conduct the 2019 Asian Waterfowl Census at Sitio Diblolon in Barangay Savidug of Sabtang town, one of the seven monitoring sites in the province. The census held on Jan. 5-20, this year revealed that Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos is the dominant species with 36 heads recorded followed by Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres (19) and Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva (17).#

 

 

MONITORING FOREST AND BIODIVERSITY – For. Samuel P. Telan (in blue shirt), Enforcement chief of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office in Batanes, leads his staff in monitoring forest and other flora and fauna resources on July 11, this year within Batan Island. The team patrolled a total of about 38 kilometers on June 26-28 and July 9-11. The patrolling resulted in the sighting of five heads of black-chinned Fruit Dove and hearing of a Ryukyu Scops Owl. The highest forest regeneration recorded during the patrolling is the open uncultivated with 161 records. There was no recorded threat in the forest area within Batan Island. The activity is part of the Lawin Forest and Biodiversity Protection System of the DENR.#
ESTERO CLEANUP – Personnel of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Office in Batanes join about 300 representatives of other government agencies, local government officials and residents in cleaning up Padangan Creek and San Antonio Creek both in Basco, the province’s capital town. The cleanup, held on July 16, yielded about 75 kilograms of solid waste that should have drained to the West Philippine Sea. It launched the project “Developing Sustainability Mechanisms through Adopt-An-Estero Project in Basco, Batanes” implemented by the PENR Office. #
GEOHAZARD ASSESSMENT – Batanes Officer-In-Charge, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Marcelo G. Bumidang (right) personally inspects the coastal erosion and collapsing of cliff along Valugan Boulder Beach in Barangay San Joaquin of Basco town on Feb. 26, this year. The inspection was prompted by the report submitted by Engr. Felix T. Matanguihan Jr. (left), the embedded personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Based on the report, the cliff is about one kilometer stretch approximately 25 meters away from the shoreline. The incident has been reported to the MGB Regional Office for appropriate intervention. #

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