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Speedy resolution of cases as DENR hires environment lawyers

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) vowed to expedite the resolution of cases at the local level as more lawyers joined its legal team. Fifteen environmental lawyers, some of whom were hired since 2017, are now distributed to different Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices […] The post Speedy resolution of cases as DENR hires environment lawyers appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianJan 12th, 2018

Arroyo calls for speedy resolution of cases vs Ocampo, Castro

House Speaker Gloria Macapagal on Monday urged a speedy resolution of the matter concerning former Rep. Satur Ocampo (Bayan Muna) and Rep. France Castro (ACT Teachers party-lisy), who were detained last week on kidnapping and human trafficking charges......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Solar lights up in Boracay soon

With incidents of crime reported on the island’s reopening, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Friday said solar lamps will soon be installed along Boracay island’s beachfront to make the area safer. This after at least two cases of theft were reported since the island’s reopening last week involving two […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2018

Decision on cases of 27 mining firms out in early July

Mines that were ordered closed and suspended by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) over a year ago can expect a decision on their cases by the first week of July, according.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Slain DENR exec probing ‘several’ forest land cases

SAN PEDRO CITY - The slain employee of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Rizal province was in charge of investigating several forest land disputes in the province, the provincial environmental officer said. Dominador Lucas, head of the Compliance Monitoring and Investigation Unit of DENR-Rizal, was gunned down at 8:25 a.m. in Barangay (village) Dela Paz in Antipolo City, according to Supt. Chitadel Gaoiran, spokesperson of the Calabarzon police. Lucas was waiting for a ride to go to work at the DENR office in Taytay, when a motorycle-riding gunman approached and shot him in his face and body. He died instantly. In a phone interview, DENR Rizal chief ...Keep on reading: Slain DENR exec probing ‘several’ forest land cases.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

DENR seeks more legal experts

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) targets to hire more legal experts to strengthen and speed up the resolution.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2017

Suspend NCIP, DENR exploration permits in ancestral lands

BAGUIO CITY — In its regular session held on July 3, the city council approved a resolution appealing to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to suspend the issuance of certificates by National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) allowing operation of extractive industries and mineral explorations within ancestral lands......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJul 9th, 2017

Duterte admin to zero in on media killings; Justice vowed

The Duterte administration is pushing for the speedy and fair resolution of cases involving the deaths of journalists, including the gruesome 2009 Maguindanao massacre. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 17th, 2016

DENR flags Manila Bay shoreline as next target for rehabilitation – BusinessWorld Online

DENR flags Manila Bay shoreline as next target for rehabilitation  BusinessWorld Online THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) warned of the potential closure of establishments along the shores of Manila Bay that do not … Source link link: DENR flags Manila Bay shoreline as next target for rehabilitation – BusinessWorld Online.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News1 hr. 52 min. ago

DENR flags Manila Bay shoreline as next target for rehabilitation

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) warned of the potential closure of establishments along the shores of Manila Bay that do not comply with environmental regulations, Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated News13 hr. 26 min. ago

It’s a go for Yap’s trial at Sandiganbayan

The Sandiganbayan will proceed with the trial of former Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap, now a Bohol representative, in connection with an employee car plan deemed disadvantageous to the government. In a 32-page resolution dated Dec. 5, the court's Sixth Division denied Yap's motion to quash and affirmed that the elements of valid graft charges were sufficiently stated to warrant a full-blown trial. The cases stemmed from the approval of a car plan, which, from 2008 to 2009, allowed 10 Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) employees to use the agency's funds to secure personal loans they obtained from the Philippine National Bank (PNB). Yap argued that he was absent dur...Keep on reading: It’s a go for Yap’s trial at Sandiganbayan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

About 300 prisoners released from North Cotabato district jail thru SC’s EJOW project

Court Administrator and SC Spokesman Jose Midas P. Marquez said that EJOW in North Cotabato “was held in line with the directive of Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin to expedite resolution of cases in the lower courts.” About 300 prisoners released from North Cotabato district jail thru SC’s EJOW project Source link: About 300 prisoners released from North Cotabato district jail thru SC’s EJOW project.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 9th, 2018

DENR OKs waste management plans of 160 LGUs

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has approved the solid waste management plans of 160 other local government units (LGUs)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

20% drop in PH nickel output seen in 2019

The country’s nickel mine production is expected to decrease by up to 20 percent next year due to various regulations set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)…READ The post 20% drop in PH nickel output seen in 2019 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

El Nido tagak sa coliform test

Wala makapasar sa gihimong coliform test ang El Nido sa Palawan, subay sa datos nga gipadayag sa publiko nitong Miyerkoles. Matud sa datus gikan sa Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), nakatala ang duha ka matang sa tubig niii ug taas nga level sa fecal coliform. Ang duha nakarehistro og 1,300 most probable number… link: El Nido tagak sa coliform test.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

DENR, DILG, DOT chiefs to map out El Nido rehabilitation plan

PALAWAN, Philippines – The chiefs of national government agencies that led the Boracay cleanup are set to chart the direction of the r ehabilitation plan for El Nido town on Wednesday, November 28.  Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, and Interior Secretary Eduardo Año will be in El Nido to discuss ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

4th International River Summit: “Raising Awareness, Commitment and Resources for the Rivers”

The 4th International River Summit with the theme “Raising Awareness, Commitment and Resources for the Rivers” was held on November 22 to 24 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City. The Mandaue City government, League of Cities of the Philippines, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Province of Cebu In partnership with […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 27th, 2018

1,761 cops to secure East Asian Seas gab

By: Gail T. Momblan A TOTAL of 1, 761 police were deployed in Iloilo City over the weekend to ensure the security of delegates on the East Asian Congress (EAS) 2018 set on Nov 27-30 at the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC). Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-6 regional director Jim Sampulna said that ensuring the […] The post 1,761 cops to secure East Asian Seas gab appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

DENR open to amendments to Minahang Bayan program

THE DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it is open to amendments on the Minahang Bayan program, as proposed by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA)......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

Hot logs recovered in Cuartero

ROXAS City, Capiz – Members of the Cuartero Municipal Police Station in Capiz and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recovered more or less 1,500 board feet of illegally cut logs at Brgy. Mainit, Cuartero evening of Nov. 22, 2018. The police reported that three persons were caught unloading the lumber from a […] The post Hot logs recovered in Cuartero appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018