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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

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

Beverage firm fined P11.8M for Muntinlupa deep wells

THE National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has slapped beverage firm Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) with an P11.8-million penalty for illegally operating six deep wells at its plant in Muntinlupa City. NWRB, an attached agency of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), imposed the penalty because the company was operating its deep wells [...] The post Beverage firm fined P11.8M for Muntinlupa deep wells appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News6 hr. 33 min. ago

Boracay task force eyes Oct. 26 reopening

The Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force created by President Rodrigo Duterte is hoping that the famous tourist island destination will be opened on October 26, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat yesterday said. But Puyat deferred the details on Boracay’s reopening to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), but shared hopes that the inauguration of the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News13 hr. 12 min. ago

Cagayan’s marine biodiversity areas in ‘good condition’ — DENR

Coral reefs and sea grasses in Cagayan are in good condition, an official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 2 yesterday said. On initial assessment in the province’s protected marine biodiversity areas, Rodante Galamay II, Palaui Island Protected Area superintendent, said 90 percent of the 400 hectares of coral reefs […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News13 hr. 12 min. ago

DENR eyes strengthened conservation of forests

ENVIRONMENT and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu yesterday expressed optimism that the country’s forest conservation and sustainable management will be strengthened after the signing of a regional forest cooperation agreement. Cimatu was one of the signatories of the Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), on behalf of the Philippine government, during….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

Sa ika-30 anibersaryo ng CARP, Tunay na repormang agraryo panawagan ng magsasaka sa CV

Ni RODERICK DERIC www.nordis.net TUGUEGARAO CTY—Muling kinalampag ng mga magsasaka ang ahensya ng Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) at Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 02, sa pag-gunita sa ika-30 taon mula nang pinirmahan noong 1998 ang Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program o CARP. Pinangunahan ng DANGGAYAN-CV (Danggayan Dagiti ….....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

USCIS to start de-naturalizing and deporting people who obtained citizenship by fraud

The USCIS announced it will start a task force of several dozen lawyers and immigration officers to start reviewing cases of immigrants who obtained US citizenship through fraud, such as where they had been ordered deported, and later used fake identities to get green cards and citizenship......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

MGB tags geohazard areas

THE chief geologist of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Office 6 gave a list of municipalities and cities that are highly susceptible to landslides and floods. The data is based on the geohazards mapping conducted by the MGB, according to chief geologist Mae Magarzo […] The post MGB tags geohazard areas appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Mga bahura sa Tagbon Reef sa Albay, sinisira ng Drupella o sea snail

Kumilos na ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) sa tulong ng Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at iba pang divers para masagip ang mga bahura sa Tagbon Reef sa Albay na pinepeste ng mga “Drupella” o sea snail. Source link link: Mga bahura sa Tagbon Reef sa Albay, sinisira ng 'Drupella' o sea snail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

DENR holds eco-tour in Ilocos Sur s Bessang Pass

CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur, June 5 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Ilocos held an eco-tour activity at the Bessang Pass Natural Monument in Barangay Malaya in this.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

DENR holds eco-tour in Ilocos Sur s Bessang Pass

CERVANTES, Ilocos Sur, June 5 (PIA) - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the Ilocos held an eco-tour activity at the Bessang Pass Natural Monument in Barangay Malaya in this.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

DENR Strengthens Campaign Towards Plastic- Free Communities

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – Cordillera Regional Office,  in celebration of World Environment Day, spearheaded a kapihan media forum  on June 5   focused towards  plastic-free communities. DENR Regional Director Ralph Pablo said since the conception of the World Environment Day in 1974, every year, the observance focuses on pressing environmental concerns, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Boracay Water plugs 36 illegal pipes

AS PART of the continuing rehabilitation efforts to ensure proper wastewater management in the island, Boracay Water, in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), plugged an additional 36 pipes illegally connected to the drainage system. Since the closure of the island on […] The post Boracay Water plugs 36 illegal pipes appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

DENR mulls ban on single-use plastics in Boracay

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is looking to ban single-use plastics in Boracay after finding that the heavy use of the product played a big part in the island’s deterioration. Among the environmental issues the island faces is the lack of an effective solid waste management program, a crucial system for an […] The post DENR mulls ban on single-use plastics in Boracay appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Boracay Water supports drainage clearing operations

BORACAY Island Water Company (Boracay Water) has extended its efforts to support the current drainage clearing operations of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). In a statement, Boracay Water said it provided a temporary interceptor and diversion system that will redirect the drainage water […] The post Boracay Water supports drainage clearing operations appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

DENR appointments under review

Appointments at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are being reviewed to address reports of demoralization, an official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018