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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Wounded DENR employee gets honors, promotion

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu today personally handed Joselito Eyala a Certificate of Commendation at Room 640 in Philippine General Hospital where the latter is confined and awaiting surgery to remove bullets lodged in his palate and back.

Secretary Cimatu lauds Eyala, a forester at DENR Palawan, for his “remarkable dedication to public service, bravery, and leadership” when he and his team apprehended timber poachers and confiscated an unregistered chainsaw in Sitio Casicaan, Barangay Bacungan, Puerto Princesa on August 23, 2017 at around 5:00 pm.

The owner of the chainsaw, Florante Saycon, retaliated by firing a homemade gun that hit Eyala at the back. Eyala sustained two gunshot wounds that rendered him unconscious.

When he regained consciousness, Eyala crawled into the Casicaan River and allowed the current to carry him for five hours. He then walked and crawled in the middle of the night until he was able to get help at around 1:00 am the following day.

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