Cimatu sets priorities for the environment

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga--- Clean air, clean water and solid waste management are among the top environmental priorities of environment secretary Roy Cimatu, which he announced during the recently concluded management conference or “new year’s call” held at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) head office in Quezon City and was attended by DENR’s top officials, including regional directors all over the country, environment officials here disclosed.

Francisco Milla, Jr., regional director of DENR in Central Luzon said that the environment chief has ten (10) priority programs to protect and sustainably manage the environment and natural resources of the country.

“Geo-hazard, ground water assessment and responsible mining; forest and watershed management (expanded- National Greening Program); intensified forest protection and anti-illegal logging; enhanced biodiversity conservation; scaling-up of coastal and marine ecosystems; improved land administration and management; and Manila Bay cleanup and ecosystem research and development are also included in the top lists of the secretary,” he said.

In his message during the conference, Cimatu said that under the General Appropriation Act of 2018, ten (10) priority programs are supposed to be implemented this year.

Cimatu also designated his six (6) undersecretaries as program directors, who will ensure the close supervision of the priority programs.

Milla said all regional directors of the DENR in the country were directed by the environment czar to prepare an implementation plan for the ten (10) priority programs that will translate into strategic actions.

He said the secretary also wanted to strengthen our field offices, including the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) as front line offices of the DENR to better enforce environment and mining laws.

Last year, the DENR hired more than 100 lawyers to assist the DENR field offices in the speedy resolution of environmental cases, including land claim and conflict and illegal logging, 13 of these are assigned to various field offices in Central Luzon. - 30 -


DENR issues 1,685 land titles to CL residents

In support of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu’s initiative to improve land administration and management in the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here has distributed 1,685 land titles or patents this year benefitting more than 8,400 families and their beneficiaries in the region, environment authorities said.

Paquito Moreno, Jr., regional director of DENR in Central Luzon, reported that 189 land titles covering some 141 hectares of public lands has been distributed to marginalized farmers of Central Luzon since January of this year.

“These agricultural land titles or patents issued to farmers aimed to spur economic development in the region’s agrarian sector, following the reinforcement of the approved Bill No. 1454 or the “Agricultural Free Patent Reform Act of 2017,” he said.

In addition to that, he said 1,248 land titles covering some 29 hectares of public lands has been doled out to Central Luzon residents. He explained that the issuance of residential free patents was part of the land disposition program of the government by virtue of Republic Act No. 10023 or the Residential Free Patent Act.


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