The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) celebrates environment month with new policies for investors in the Philippines.

 

Last June 20, 2017 the newly appointed DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, in a speech, talked about how the office of the DENR will be providing changes in the Environmental Impact Statement system that investors and businesses undergo for environmental clearances. The changes in the policies coincided with the celebration of the environment month.

 

Mountain of Montalban Photo by: Dada Grifon Mountain of Montalban
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So, how do they plan to have a ‘better environment’ exactly?

1. Aim for a more responsible mining, and a better waste and water management

The department has already started with projects for waste management. Cimatu claims that their promotion of the waste-to- energy (WTE) or generating electricity or heat from waste has been helping reduce pollution at dumpsites. He also noted that three major WTE projects in the country are being supported by European countries.

“There are now quite a number of projects making use of WTE technologies.” Cimatu said in his speech.

 

2. Process for businesses to apply for certificates of environmental compliance

Now, businesses need to apply for certificates of environmental compliance online, it will be part of the big process to ensure that they follow protocol.

 

3. Having the issuance of tree cutting permits to go local.

In celebration with the environment month, these new changes will live up to the theme for this year: “Connecting People to Nature”.

 

Aside from the new policies, the DENR since the start of June have been having various activities in both provincial and national levels with more events to come.

 

Regional director of DENR-Negros Island Region (NIR), Livino Duran, said in a press conference that environment protection is crutial and that strengthening the involvement would help address environmental problems.

 

“This month-long celebration calls us to become stewards for the environment by actively participating in the protection and conservation of environment,” Duran said.

 

Other Celebrations for Environment month

Meanwhile the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Environmental Concern (CACEC) had an “Eterni-tree planting” to celebrate the environment month. It was celebrated with the renewal of vows of nine married couples whom planted their own “eternity trees” in the Archbishop Palace in Cebu City.

 

The celebration was led by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma. Palma highlighted the importance of love for family as well as that for the environment. More events are expected to occur for the celebration of the environment month in the following days to come. (Ira Taylo)

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