137 participants graduated from BWLE and LGU Online Trainings conducted by the DENR,
with support from ADB/GEF via Zoom. The said trainings are part of the capacity
building component to combat illegal wildlife trade in the Philippines.
A total of 137 staff from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and local government units (LGUs) from the National Capital Region (NCR) graduated from two webinar series on Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement Training (BWLE)
Ninety (90) individuals from 12 participating agencies were graduates of the Basic Wildlife Law Enforcement (BWLE) Training held online from October 21-November 5, 2020. The agencies include DENR-NCR, Bureau of Animal Industry – NCR, Bureau of Plant Industry – NCR, Bureau of Immigration, Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Ports Authority, Philippine Coast Guard, Manila International Airport Authority, Philippine National Police (PNP), PNP-Maritime Group, and PNP-Aviation Security group. Forty percent (40%) of the participants were female.
Former Senator, now House Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman, Loren Legarda today announced that Our Fragile Earth, a documentary show featuring the country’s protected areas, will premiere its second series on 29 November 2020 on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC).
“Countries agreed as early as 2010 under the Convention on Biological Diversity to set clear targets for a percentage of land and inland waters that are ecologically representative as effectively managed and well connected. The Aichi Targets set 2020 as the year we should have had 17% conserved successfully. Today, there is a new call by over a hundred organizations endorsed by the UN Secretary General to conserve 30% of the planet in its natural state by 2030,” Legarda, principal author and co-sponsor of Republic Act (RA) No. 11038 or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas Systems Act of 2018 (ENIPAS), said.
In an effort to gain support for government and partners to reach said targets and enhance the effectivity of conservation measures, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB), with the support of the Office of the Deputy Speaker Legarda, produced Our Fragile Earth: Protected Areas of the Philippines.
The fourth (4th) episode of the PA Talk with the theme “Protecting Our National Bird: the Philippine Eagle” streamed live via Facebook on October 5, 2020. Atty. Ipat Luna in behalf of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda opened the event and facilitated the discussion of the episode. The PA Talk #ProtectedAreasForAProtectedFuture is a monthly online series that aims to promote public participation/involvement and support in the management and protection of protected areas by highlighting the biological, physical and cultural features of protected areas and by showcasing the various facets of protected area management.
(Top row) DENR Undersecretary for Attached Agencies Rodolfo Garcia, DENR ASec. and Director of DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau Ricardo L. Calderon, DENR PENRO Agusan del Sur Provincial Environment & Natural Resources Officer Jose Flavio V Concha; (2nd row) DENR CARAGA Regional Executive Director Hadja Didaw D. Piang-Brahim, Agusan del Sur Governor Hon. Santiago B. Cane, Ramsar Convention Secretariat Senior Advisor for Asia-Oceania Reiko Iitsuka; (3rd row) PLDT-Smart Chief Sustainability Officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla; PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan, PLDT-Smart FVP for Group Corporate Communications Cathy Yang; (4th row) Gabay Kalikasan volunteers Pops Fernandez and Derek Ramsay
November 6, 2020; Makati City - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)—through its Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) and CARAGA Regional Office— in partnership with digital services provider PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and its wireless unit Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) presented today its latest program - for the conservation of peatlands in the Caraga region.
Held to kick off the Climate Change Consciousness Week in the latter part of the month, the web activity hosted representatives from PLDT and Smart at their Makati City headquarters along with hosts and Gabay Kalikasan volunteers Pops Fernandez and Derek Ramsay. DENR representatives from the Central Office, BMB and Caraga Regional Office, as well as provincial government representatives of areas covered by the project, joined in via live video call.
A total of 44 participants from local government units (LGUs) of Region 13 attended the Webinar on Wildlife Laws for LGUs
from September 28 to October 22, 2020 via Zoom. The webinar covered the Philippines' initiatives in combating wildlife trade
and the salient features of RA 9147 and other related environmental laws.
A total of 58 local government units (LGUs) and 101 trainees (44% female) from parts of Visayas and Mindanao participated in the recently concluded Webinar on Wildlife Laws held online from September to October 2020.
Forty-four (44) trainees from 31 LGUs in Region 7 participated in the webinar held last October 19-23, 2020. On the other hand, 59 trainees from 30 LGUs in Region 13 attended the earlier webinar on September 28-October 2, 2020.
The LGU participants represented both the executive and legislative offices, such as the Provincial/City/Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer or Designate, Environmental Management Specialist, Agricultural Technician, Municipal Planning Officer, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Livestock Inspector, Head and staff of City Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council, and the Sangguniang Bayan Chair or Member of the Committee on Environment, among others.