Oliver Bugarin 14 0 0 3 min to read

Unifying mitigation tactics to make PH “climate-proof.”

Malacanang announced on Saturday that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had united its mitigation strategies to make the Philippines climate-resilient.

According to a Facebook post by the department’s press secretary, Trixie Cruz-Angeles, “The Department of Environment and Natural Resources blends risk and climate change mitigation measures to fit ‘climate-proofing’ to priority projects of the agency.”

According to Cruz-Angeles, DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga recently directed the execution of policies and initiatives that are supported by data and science.

She said that Yulo-Loyzaga had given the directive to implement “realistic” climate change adaptation strategies in order to make the Philippines more climatically resilient.

The Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP), Clean Air, Intensified Forest Protection and Anti-Illegal Logging, Geo-Hazard Groundwater Assessment and Responsible Mining, and Manila Bay Cleanup are among the DENR’s priority programs, according to Cruz-Angeles, that would incorporate the “climate-proofing approach.”

The Clean Air program is in line with the implementation of Republic Act 8749, or the Clean Air Act, which aims to attain and preserve healthy air. The ENGP intends to rehabilitate denuded forestlands as well as maintain and safeguard existing forests.

To lessen the number of hotspots for illicit logging, the DENR is also stepping up forest protection and the anti-illegal logging campaign.

In contrast, the Geo-Hazard Groundwater Assessment and Responsible Mining program evaluates groundwater resources and abandoned mines to analyze coastal geo-hazards and enhance air and water quality as well as solid waste issues.

The ongoing improvement of the water quality of the renowned natural harbor is the goal of the Manila Bay Cleanup campaign.

Yulo-Loyzaga promised that the DENR’s policies and actions would be subject to stakeholder engagement.

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