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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“No longer just pen and paper”

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“No longer just pen and paper.” This was the sigh of relief of Arnil Junia, a forest protection officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) attending a training on proper gun handling, operation, and firing by the Philippine National Police on November 8, 2017.

Forester Junia shared how demoralizing it is for a field officer to face armed violators without any tool but pen and paper. He added that their lives as forest officers are often in danger every time they apprehend illegal loggers, kaingineros, and wildlife poachers.

Another forest protection officer, Mark Anthony Gabuco, shared that, more often than not, they encounter violent resistance when they apprehend violators. Gabuco emphasized the need to improve their capacity to defend themselves so they can efficiently perform their job as law enforcer.

Junia and Gabuco, both from Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Brooke’s Point, are among the 143 forest officers undergoing training on law enforcement and forest protection in Puerto Princesa on November 6-10, 2017. Apart from gun handling and test firing, the training also includes lectures on  read more...

 

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