BIMP-EAGA hits the road to greener cities

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July 11, 2017. The Brunei Darussalam- Indonesia- Malaysia- Philippine East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) holds today its 6th Environmental Cluster Meeting to discuss the best environmental practices and the challenges faced by each member country in the road towards environmental sustainability and in the creation of green cities.

Recent studies show that Asia’s cities have been drivers of the economy and have lifted millions out of poverty. However, these studies also reveal that the consequence of the rapid development is environment degradation.

Noting this inverse correlation between the economic growth and environmental condition, BIMP-EAGA hopes to shed light on how to accelerate economic development without sacrificing the environment.

The meeting will discuss, among others, the elements of and lessons learned by member countries and the Asian Development Bank in trying to create “green cities.”

“From poachers to guardians of Almaciga trees (Agathis philippinensis),” explains DENR Region 11 Assistant Regional Director Marcia G. Isip, on how communities in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental were convinced to stop poaching timber and wildlife and cutting almaciga and instead use tools and techniques in resin collection that do not damage the trees.

Nining Ngudi Purnamaningtyas, Head of Bilateral and Regional Cooperation Division, Ministry of Environment and Forestry in Indonesia, cites the conservation efforts in Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua which include the declaration of the island as a Marine Wildlife Reserve and the designation of Misool Eco-resort as a “no take zone” to preserve its coral reef and marine life. The Raja Ampat Research and Conservation Center involves indigenous communities in the tourism sector, and provides assistance in diving and other water activities.

The series of meetings conducted by BIMP-EAGA are anchored on its six strategic pillars: connectivity, food basket, tourism, environment, trade and investment facilitation, and socio-cultural and education.

BIMP-EAGA was launched in 1994 as a cooperation initiative by Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines to increase trade, tourism, and investments in areas geographically distant from their national capitals but strategically located proximal to each other. For the Philippines, part of this growth hub are Palawan and Mindanao.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hosts the 6th BIMP-EAGA Environmental Cluster Meeting being held in Aziza Hotel, Palawan.

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DENR apprehends driver transporting dead wildlife

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Puerto Princesa City, together with the Philippine National Police, apprehended today the driver of an unplated elf truck carrying dead marine turtles and pangolins while passing through a security checkpoint station in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes.

Officials of CENRO PPC's Regulation and Enforcement Unit assigned in the station identified the driver as Joshue A. Calinog, who was also found to have an unlicensed .38 caliber pistol.

Palawan’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felizardo Cayatoc said Calinog was driving the truck loaded with 21 pangolins which scales were removed and then frozen; and 16 marine turtles (one green and 15 hawksbill), which intestinal parts were also removed and with only their heads and shells left intact. Pangolins and sea turtles are endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Authorities reported that the truck was from Roxas town. They have questioned Calinog but he had kept mum about the species. The driver was turned over to the police, while the wildlife species were brought to Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for proper documentation.

As this develops, DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Henry Adornado has instructed the PENRO and CENRO concerned to coordinate with the authorities for the immediate filing of appropriate charges against the offender in view of the provisions of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and other laws. He also instructed all regional and field personnel to be more vigilant and intensify monitoring operations to track down and prevent unscrupulous individuals or groups from harming nature and wildlife.

“It was clear from the President’s State of the Nation Address. Protection of the environment must be our top priority. It will be a long journey and we are certain we will face a lot of challenges ahead. But we are more than ready to heed the call. Strategic measures are already in place and we are closely working with other agencies to strictly implement environmental laws and improve our operations. We can assure the public that we, at the DENR, uphold the welfare of our environment and natural resources above all else,” he said. ###

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-Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado

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-Mayor Nieves Rosento

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Turn-over Ceremony of EMB-MIMAROPA Regional Director

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Hataw Tamaraw!

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(Photo courtesy: Voltaire delos Angeles/CENRO-QRT Taytay)

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