The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) continues its nationwide stakeholder consultations by convening more than 200 industry and sector leaders in the Visayas to generate recommendations as it refines its Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Framework in a two-day forum in Iloilo City.
The Visayas leg of the forum, held at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel in Iloilo City, was a continuation of the Luzon Multistakeholder Forum held on October 2022, attended by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and over 300 stakeholders from government, private sector, civil society, academic and scientific institutions, and the Philippines’ international development partners.
The DENR Multistakeholder Forum aims to produce evidence-informed actions for the protection, conservation, enhancement, and regeneration of the Philippines’ ecosystems.
Over the course of the two-day Visayas forum, experts and decision makers from all sectors came together to share knowledge, expertise, innovations, and best practices unique to the Visayas region to serve as inputs to the DENR’s ENR Framework for Multistakeholder Engagement.
DENR Secretary Antonia Loyzaga assured everyone present of the Department’s continued commitment to address environmental challenges through partnership, consultation, and collaboration.
“This synergy will generate new capacities for everyone to protect, restore, and enhance our rich but threatened ecosystems.”
“Our close collaboration and partnership can yield the most significant results. This synergy will generate new capacities for everyone to protect, restore, and enhance our rich but threatened ecosystems,” Loyzaga said.
Atty. Jonas R. Leones, DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning, and International Affairs, presented the agency’s developing ENR Framework for Multistakeholder Engagement, highlighting:
(1) the national government’s commitment to providing livelihood opportunities to communities while improving the capacity of ecosystems to withstand the climate crisis;
(2) how businesses can act as collaborators in decarbonized and regenerative activities rather than contributors to greenhouse gas emissions;
(3) the importance of considering, including and giving a platform to communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of the climate crisis;
(4) and how the DENR should act as a central hub for data to efficiently quantify the risks of the climate crisis and the value of recommended actions.
The Framework will serve as the foundation for science-based, data-driven, and socially, politically, and culturally-sensitive decision making.
To achieve this, the environment chief emphasized that the DENR will continue to dynamically integrate scientific, technological, and traditional knowledge, expertise, and innovation into the agency’s strategies, policies, and processes.
“With everyone’s support and collaboration, together we will be able to craft adaptive, inclusive, and sustainable development pathways built on strategic partnerships and sound science.”
“With everyone’s support and collaboration, together we will be able to craft adaptive, inclusive, and sustainable development pathways built on strategic partnerships and sound science,” the environment head said.
The DENR Region 6 also inaugurated its new Monitoring Building in Iloilo City. Completed in December 2022, the new structure is expected to help enhance the DENR Region 6’s services by centralizing its storage and procurement bay.
The DENR Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office-Iloilo’s Forest Products and Wildlife Traffic Monitoring Section; the Planning and Management, Finance and Administrative divisions will also be housed in the Monitoring Building.