Push for Puerto Princesa City

 

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July 14, 2017. The 6th Brunei-Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines- East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Environment Cluster Meeting concludes today with an agreement to nominate Puerto Princesa City into the Green City Initiative of the Asian Development Bank in recognition of its track record on sustainable management of its environment and natural resources.

Green City Initiative is part of the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 to be a “resilient, inclusive, sustainable, and economically competitive region.”

The transformation of Puerto Princesa as a green city is envisioned to boost its tourism industry which, in turn, will pave way to further economic growth.

BIMP-EAGA shall present its nomination to the city government of Puerto Princesa; after the latter pass a resolution accepting the nomination, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will assist the LGU in creating a proposal which will be forwarded to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). If the proposal is approved, Puerto Princesa City will receive from ADB financial and technical assistance for creating an action plan on solid waste management, sanitary landfill, waste water treatment, and renewable energy source, among others.

DENR MIMAROPA Region Assistant Regional Director Vicente B. Tuddao, Jr., says the shift of Puerto Princesa City into a green city is a tough challenge, but with staunch support of the government and various sectors and the cooperation of communities, Puerto Princesa will lead the rest of the cities in the Philippines in achieving its journey towards economic and environmental sustainability.

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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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