Promise 95: Strict enforcement of existing environmental laws

Posted at 07/25/2010 1:35 AM | Updated as of 07/24/2014 11:28 PM

 

The Promise
Through strict enforcement of existing environmental laws like the Clean Air, Water, and Solid Waste Acts, coupled with sound mechanisms to ensure compliance, an Aquino administration believes that the Philippines can become more climate-change adaptive.

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July 10, 2014: An urban planning expert explained how DPWH can perform road widening project without having to cut down trees. (Continue Reading)


June 18, 2014: The Philippines is now asking the United States to pay up after one of its naval ships damaged the Tubbataha Reef in 2013. (Continue Reading)


June 6, 2014: Environmentalists denounced the government after the Department of Foreign Affairs delayed the request for compensation from the United States for the damage done to Tubbataha Reef when the US Navy’s USS Guardian ran aground in the area in 2013. The Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment said the DFA’s action could be a scheme to allow the US government to avoid accountability. (Continue Reading)


June 13, 2014: Mines and Geosciences Bureau suspended the operation of Citinickel Mines and Development Corp.  following a silt spill at its nickel mine in Sofronio Española, Palawan. MGB Director Leo Jasareno said the company’s operation is suspended indefinitely until such time that the company successfully conducted mitigation and remediation measures to prevent another silt spill. (Continue Reading)


May 22, 2014: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources  relieved from his post the head of Barotac Nuevo Community Environment and Natural Resources Office along with two other personnel due to negligence. (Continue Reading)


April 26, 2014: The US government has not yet paid compensation for the damage done to the Tubbataha Protected Area 15 months ago. Angelique Songco, Tubbataha Management Office officer-in-charge, said yesterday that time is running out and that compensation for the damage caused by the USS Guardian must immediately be made. (Continue Reading)


April 25, 2014: The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) suspended the operation of Marcventures Mining and Development Corporation in Cantilan, Surigao Del Sur. The suspension followed an investigation by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources on reports that Marcventures mined an area that was not covered by its Mineral Production Sharing Agreement. (Continue Reading)


March 22, 2014: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is considering keeping Mount Banahaw off-limits to the public for good. This, after a massive fire ravaged some 50 hectares of forest and grasslands on the mystical mountain. (Continue Reading)


March 12, 2014: A total of 18,000 board feet of illegal logs were confiscated in separate raids in Santiago City, Isabela, authorities said. Armed with a search warrant issued by Judge Efren Cacatian of the Santiago City Regional Trial Court  Branch 35, members of the Isabela Environmental Forest Protection Task Force raided a compound in Barangay Patul Tuesday night. (Continue Reading)


March 11, 2014: More than 200 trees have been saved from a road-widening project of the DPWH in Pangasinan. This, after protests from various environmental groups. (Continue Reading)


November 27, 2013: Environment Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje has announced that the government, through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will earmark some P347 million for the restoration of mangrove and natural beach forests in coastal areas battered by Super Typhoon Yolanda. (Continue reading)


November 18, 2013: Hundreds of volunteers from the government and private sectors turned out in force on Saturday to plant an additional 3,420 native trees along the South Luzon Expressway in support of the National Greening Program, a flagship reforestation program of the Aquino administration. (Continue reading)


November 14, 2013: The Department of Public Works and Highways with fund releases in the Disbursement Acceleration Program for 2012 allocated P5 Billion for urgent funding of mitigation measures under the Flood Management Master Plan for Metro Manila and Surrounding Areas. (Continue reading)


October 21, 2013: Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje hailed the efforts and contributions the Philippines has made during the last 25 years to help restore the ozone layer, which experts say is on track to fully recover over the next four decades.Paje cited the country’s compliance to all obligations under the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty to phase out ozone-depleting substances, particularly chlorofluorocarbons. (Continue reading)


October 17, 2013: President Aquino was in South Korea for a two-day state visit. The first day proved fruitful with an $80-million loan for flood control projects in the Philippines. (Continue reading)


October 17, 2013: A completely upgraded state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility formally opened today in Quezon City and was hailed by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio as a manifestation of team work between the government and the private sector in cleaning up the environment. (Continue reading)


October 7, 2013: Government agencies tasked to implement a national program aimed at addressing a wide range of water and wastewater problems are working double time to tremendously increase the coverage of sewerage and sanitation services throughout the country, Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje said. (Continue reading)


July 25, 2013: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is partnering with an international conservation group to draw up a blueprint for biodiversity conservation and sustainable development of the Tañon Strait Protected Seascape in Central Visayas. (Continue reading)


July 17, 2013: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region XI is considering the use of an unmanned drone to monitor forests in Southern Mindanao as part of efforts to eradicate illegal logging in the region. (Continue reading)


July 5, 2013: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has declared an all-out war against poachers of wildlife species, especially those endemic to the country, after authorities seized a large number of protected animals during a raid on a home in Tondo, Manila.

DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje had already directed the newly formed Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade to file criminal charges against the suspected owners. (Continue reading)


July 1, 2013: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has teamed up with telecommunications giant Smart Communications Inc. and two other private sector partners to develop a pilot monitoring system designed to curb illegal forest activities and prevent future disasters similar to Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. (Continue reading)


June 18, 2013: Laws that are supposed to have prevented floods in the country have long been passed, but Sen. Loren Legarda said they are not being implemented well. Legarda told reporters on Tuesday that she will invite several government agencies and other stakeholders to an "environmental audit" with the help of congressional oversight commitees on the clean water, clean air, and solid waste management laws. (Continue reading)


June 27, 2013: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is filing criminal charges against Larraines Marketing, the company responsible for the oil spill along the Pasig River, for violation of the Clean Air Act and Hazardous Waste Act. (Continue reading)


April 28, 2013: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is throwing its full support to an initiative of the Office of the Ombudsman to monitor the compliance of local government units with the ecological solid waste management law. “The DENR commits to lend its technical expertise to the Office of the Ombudsman in monitoring LGUs’ compliance with the law, and cooperate with other government agencies and environmental groups to ensure the success of the program,” Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Ramon J.P. Paje said as he congratulated Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales on the successful launch of the “Solid Waste Management Compliance Program” on Earth Day, April 22. (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/28/denr-backs-ombudsman-project-to-monitor-lgus-on-solid-waste-compliance/ )


April 16, 2013: The Philippines is getting €3.5 million (roughly P189 million) in grants from the European Union (EU) under its SWITCH-Asia Programme to fund projects aimed at promoting cleaner and more energy efficient industrial production in one of Asia’s rapidly transforming economies. According to Gerochi, the program serves as “an opportunity to reverse the trend of economic development at the cost of the environment through better practices in production and consumption, especially by shifting to producing goods and offering services in an environmentally sustainable manner and patronizing those with less adverse environmental impact.” (Source: http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/16/phl-gets-e3-5m-from-eus-switch-asia-program/ )


October 10, 2012: Administrative Order 2012-07-A, handed down by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources dated October 8, 2012 formalizes amendments to the original implementing rules and finally puts in place President Aquino’s EO 79, the new mining policy signed on July 26, 2012, based on a review conducted by the Mining Industry Coordinating Council. (Source: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/10/09/12/amended-mining-policy-rules-signed-denr-chief)


 

June 25, 2012: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gained another 40 new partners for its “Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program,” a multi-sectoral partnership aimed at restoring the environmental quality of creeks and rivers in the country. (Continue Reading)


July 9, 2012: Executive Order 79 outlined the Aquino government's mining policy. Basically, the EO intends to increase the revenue of government from mining, intends to improve environmental standards and tries to put consistency in national and local laws pertaining to mining. The EO also establishes the Mineral Industry Coordinating Council," Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said. 
Sources: 
http://www.gov.ph/2012/07/06/executive-order-no-79-s-2012/
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/-depth/07/09/12/pnoys-mining-eo-no-79
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/07/09/12/mining-eo-out-moratorium-stays


March 28, 2012: Based on EMB records, most stations showed readings that exceed the PM-10 annual guideline value of 60 microgram per normal cubic meter as provided for in the Philippine Clean Air Act. These are the stations at NPO-EDSA (74 ug/Ncm), Marikina (66 ug/Ncm), Pasay-Taft (130 ug/Ncm), Valenzuela-Radyo ng Bayan (64 ug/Ncm), and Caloocan-Partisol (168 ug/Ncm). (Continue Reading)


January 4, 2012: In support of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s commitment to ensuring productive and safe urban communities, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has recently released a total of P680 million for various flood control, solid waste management and other urban renewal projects of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). (Continue Reading)


December 10, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources [DENR] formally launched its Environmental Compliance Assistance Center [ECAC] at the Sulo Hotel in Quezon City on Friday (December 9). The ECAC was created to assist local government units [LGU] on technical concerns and compliance to environmental laws. (Continue Reading)


November 30, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has padlocked on Friday (Nov. 25) six mineral processing plants operating with expired permits issued by the Provincial Mining Regulatory Board (PMRB) of Camarines Norte. (Continue Reading)


October 22, 2011: Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje vowed to further enhance the country’s air quality management program in the wake of a report that air pollution remains one of the three major health issues confronting the nation. (Continue Reading)


August 15, 2011: Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje vowed to strengthen its partnership with local government units and civic society in an effort generate greater public compliance with Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 to address environmental problems in Metro Manila. (Continue Reading)


June 28, 2011: The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) was to start apprehending and penalizing violators of the anti-smoking campaign on July 1, Friday. (Continue Reading)


June 25, 2012: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) gained another 40 new partners for its “Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program,” a multisectoral partnership aimed at restoring the environmental quality of creeks and rivers in the country. (Continue Reading)


June 3, 2011: Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje forged a memorandum of agreement with 11 Metro Manila local government units for the establishment of appropriate ecological solid waste management systems for homeowners associations of subdivisions and condominiums. (Continue Reading)


May 18, 2011: Secretary Jesse Robredo of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said local chief executives could face administrative sanctions if they would fail to abide by the provisions of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, particularly on the prohibition of operating open dumpsites. (Continue Reading)


April 24, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was set to provide P1-million fund assistance to local government units to level up solid waste management compliance in Metro Manila. (Continue Reading)


April 20, 2011: A vision of Filipinos jumping into clean rivers may actually be in sight as the government reported headways in cleaning up major waterways. (Continue Reading)


February 17, 2011: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will go after local government units (LGUs) who refuse to comply with Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. (Continue Reading)


December 4, 2010: Sans vehicle registrations and licenses to operate, motorized pedicabs or kuligligs continue to ply Metro Manila's streets, prompting the City of Manila to ban these vehicles from the Metro's main thoroughfares. (Continue Reading)


September 26, 2010: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with other government agencies, local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila and non-government organizations (NGOs) to rid EDSA of smoke-belching vehicles. (Continue Reading)


September 16, 2010: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has intensified the fight against air pollution in Metro Manila, and it is focusing its sights on the main culprit: motor vehicles. (Continue Reading)