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Cimatu deploys 'mission team' to rehabilitate Boracay

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:21 AM

(UPDATED) 'We will be using all our government and the DENR assets and personnel to do this job,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, who only has 6 months to address the environmental problems in Boracay

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu forms a 50-person 'mission team' to address the environmental problems in Boracay island

Mt Pulag fire: Hikers face imprisonment, P18-M fine

Feb 14, 2018 - 6:13 PM

The hikers from Cebu will be charged for violating the Forest Code of the Philippines, says the DENR

 TORCHED. Mount Pulag is closed off from hikers for 6 months after a grassland fire. Bureau of Fire Protection photo

Valentine message to Cimatu: Declare Benham Bank a 'no-take' zone

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Making the declaration will legally protect Benham Bank, the shallowest part of Philippine Rise, from 'human activity,' environmental groups tell Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

PROTECT BENHAM BANK. Environmentalists deliver their love letter to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on February 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gregg Yan/Oceana

Duterte asked to stop illegal logging in vital Ipo Watershed

Feb 14, 2018 - 12:50 PM

A group asks President Rodrigo Duterte to look into the lack of protection for the Ipo Watershed, despite the payment by Metro Manila residents of environmental fees in their water bills

DENR gives erring Boracay establishments 2 months to 'shape up'

Feb 13, 2018 - 5:19 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he has already issued a directive that no new environmental compliance certificate will be issued in Boracay to prevent the construction of new buildings in the island

Duterte warns he'll file complaint vs Boracay local gov't officials

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Philippine President says he may file charges of 'serious neglect of duty' against officials in Boracay Island which he threatens to close 'permanently'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the Manila Times 7th Business Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on February 9, 2018, expresses his sentiments over the reported abuse of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Kuwait. Malacañang Photo

Duterte 'approves in principle' EO addressing Boracay problems – Cimatu

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'I was given by the President the marching order to do something about the environmental problems in Boracay and make a report after 6 months,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

BORACAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu proposes a 'national body' to help address the problems in Boracay

DENR, MICC mining reviews to be ‘harmonized,’ says Cimatu

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu expects to complete the review of closed and suspended mining operations by March

El Nido's balancing act: Managing nature and tourism

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:55 PM

The national and local governments are putting in place measures to minimize the negative impact of tourism pressure on El Nido

EL NIDO. A banca inside one of El Nido's treasured lagoons. File photo

DENR prepares charges vs hikers responsible for Mount Pulag fire

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:55 PM

'The DENR recognizes the impact the fire had on the national park and we will pursue all legal avenues to bring those responsible to account,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

CA denies plea of residents of Zambales to ban mining operations

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:42 PM

'A perusal of the motion for reconsideration reveals no new and meritorious arguments and yields mere rehashed arguments,' the appellate court says in its latest ruling

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academic due to the closure order earlier issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

2 DENR officials in Zamboanga Peninsula relieved

Jan 11, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says he will not hesitate to file charges against any DENR personnel found conniving with those who violate their Integrated Forest Management Agreements

Cimatu orders review of forest management licenses in PH

Jan 10, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Fifty-one of the companies with Integrated Forest Management Agreements are in Mindanao, while 40 are in Luzon and 13 are in the Visayas

LOGGING IN MINDANAO. President Duterte is shown a video of a deforested area in a Zamboanga mountain range. Photo from Manny Piñol Facebook

LOOK: Protesters camped outside DENR light up a Christmas tree

Dec 06, 2017 - 9:16 AM

The tree symbolizes the hope of residents of Sta Cruz, Zambales, and Manicani, Eastern Samar, that open-pit mining activities in those areas will soon end

As the season of Christmas is fast-approaching, communities from Manicani and Zambales and Kampo light a Christmas Tree that will symbolize the hope of the residents of the said communities to be free from suffering caused by mining activities at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon City Dec 4, 2017. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

DENR chief favors mining excise tax hike

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:25 PM

'Absolutely yes, kailangan,' says Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu about a proposal to increase excise tax on mining products

DENR officer, doctor caught in Davao City pot session

Oct 18, 2017 - 7:11 PM

The suspects are Benjamin Jaraplasan Medel, a DENR official in Bicol who is visiting Davao, and Dr Stephen So Tay, a high-value target of PDEA in the region

BUSTED. Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency XI officer in charge Iav Naravy Duquiatan shows photographs of October 17's buy-bust operation in Davao City, where a Davao-based physician and a visiting DENR official from Bicol were caught in a pot session. Photo by Mick Basa/Rappler

Baguio garbage woes threaten 'Forevermore' mountain

Oct 11, 2017 - 7:25 PM

If Baguio Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan is pushed into a corner over the city’s garbage problem, a government property in Mt. Sto. Tomas may soon become the highest garbage landfill in the country

DENR suspends garbage facility leaking waste into Manila Bay

Oct 08, 2017 - 12:48 PM

This comes after the firm's garbage transfer facility in Tondo was found to be leaking solid wastes into Manila Bay

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Oct 04, 2017 - 9:06 PM

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DENR expects to finish review on suspensions, closures of mines by year-end

Oct 04, 2017 - 5:20 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says 14 mining operations filed a motion for reconsideration, while 13 appealed before the Office of the President

CA confirms Roy Cimatu as environment secretary

Oct 04, 2017 - 2:19 PM

(UPDATED) The CA approves Cimatu's appointment just 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte chose him to replace Gina Lopez, who was rejected by the powerful body in May

CONFIRMED. The Commission on Appointments on Wednesday, October 4, confirms the ad interim appointment of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. PRIB Photo by Cesar Tomambo

Cimatu investigates dumping of solid waste into Manila Bay

Sep 28, 2017 - 4:43 PM

The Environmental Management Bureau has already summoned PHILECO officials to a technical conference on October 3

DENR eyes to train forest officers on security protocol, gun handling

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:01 AM

This follows two shooting incidents targeting forest protection officers in Palawan

ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on May 10, 2017. Screenshot from Rappler

Cimatu honors slain anti-logging official in El Nido

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:02 AM

The slain official was chair of the El Nido Law Enforcement Council and member of the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area Management Board

HONOR. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu and DENR Regional Director Natividad Bernardino present the "Bayani ng Kalikasan" award to the family of slain village chief Ruben Arzaga. Photo by Keith Anthony Fabro/Rappler

CA defers confirmation of DENR chief Roy Cimatu

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:32 PM

During the two-hour confirmation hearing, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu addresses issues on clean air, mining, and the 2018 budget

'LOVER OF ENVIRONMENT.' Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions from reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot from Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Indigenous groups protest outside mining conference

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Around 300 protesters troop to the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila to demand an end to destructive mining practices

Groups of Indigenous People with environment activists hold a lightning rally against the on-going Mining Philippines 2017 Conference of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines at the Sofitel in Pasay City on September 6, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Gina Lopez asks Duterte not to lift ban on open-pit mining

Sep 04, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Sir open pit mining will really disadvantage the Filipino our farmers and fishermen forever for life says the former environment secretary

EX-ENVIRONMENT CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte shares a light moment with then Environment Secretary Gina Lopez at a Cabinet Meeting on December 5, 2016. File photo by King Rodriguez/ Presidential Photo

Ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes convicted of graft over mining permit

Aug 30, 2017 - 2:10 PM

He chose to intentionally and willfully ignore his responsibilities and conveniently relied only on the recommendation of the mining regulatory board says the Sandiganbayan

CONVICTED. Former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, shown here when booked for murder charges, is convicted of graft over an anomalous mining permit he issued to a small-scale mining company in 2006. Photo from PNP Public Information Office.

MGB proposes lifting of ban on open-pit mining

Aug 29, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Wilfredo Moncano says they are consulting with the Mining Industry Coordinating Council regarding the proposal

Atienza to DENR: Laguna Lake still cluttered with fish pens

Aug 15, 2017 - 8:10 PM

Buhay Representative Lito Atienza urges the Laguna Lake Development Authority to conduct an honest to goodness dismantling of illegal fish pens

FOR DISMANTLING. Fish pens at the Laguna Lake, January 25, 2017. File photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Philippines to host international wildlife conference

Aug 08, 2017 - 7:40 PM

This is the first time that the Philippines will host a meeting this huge This is the first COP that will be held in the Philippines says Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo Jr

'Unified decision' needed on Payatas landfill – DENR exec

Aug 08, 2017 - 4:45 PM

If you consider the environmental aspects we can say na puwedeng i close pero iba naman yung consideration ng MMDA iba rin naman yung consideration ng Quezon City says Environment Undersecretary Jonas Leones

DENR still reviewing suspensions, closures of mines

Jul 31, 2017 - 2:57 PM

I m afraid that we cannot release it today In due time we will announce it Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says of their ongoing review

MINING. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department will release the results of their review on mining closures and suspensions 'in due time.' Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Cimatu: Mines that violate laws will be fined, suspended, or closed

Jul 25, 2017 - 7:25 PM

A day after Duterte s SONA Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says his department is one with the President in his firm desire to rid the country of abusive and irresponsible miners

FIRST DAY. Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on May 10, 2017 recalls how he found out his appointment to the DENR. Screenshot by Rappler

DENR sues Palawan mining firm for illegal tree cutting

Jul 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM

An environment official says the filing of the complaint is based on Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu s instruction to not let Ipilan Nickel Corporation off the hook

Cimatu suspends Gina Lopez's order on ECCs

Jul 06, 2017 - 5:29 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says this move is consistent with the President s directive to fast track the issuance of government permits and licenses

TURNOVER. Gina Lopez turns over the DENR flag to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. Screenshot by Rappler

Environment groups file case vs DENR, DOE over coal plants proliferation

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:14 PM

The petitioners asks the Supreme Court to compel the two government agencies to do what laws require of them in regulating coal fired power plants

FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. Several individuals and environmental groups bring their anti-coal struggle to the Supreme Court. All photos by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

LOOK: Advocates form 'human leaf' to mark environment month

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:04 PM

371 participants from government agencies and non government groups help form the human leaf

HUMAN FORMATION. Advocates formed a human-chain shaped as a leaf using green umbrellas in University of the Philippines Diliman.

CA junks environment protection plea vs Zambales mining firms

Jun 11, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Court of Appeals says a closure order issued by the environment department against the mining firms makes the petition moot and academic

MOOT. The Court of Appeals renders a petition for environment protection against mining firms in Zambales moot and academics due to the closure order earlier issued by the DENR.

Widespread mercury poisoning recorded in 2 Palawan villages

Jun 10, 2017 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu orders the creation of a task force that will tackle the poisoning

MERCURY POISONING. Some residents in two villages in Palawan test positive for mercury poisoning. The villages are near a former open mercury mining pit.

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Jun 08, 2017 - 8:00 PM

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DENR chief vows inquiry into Nickelodeon theme park in Coron

Jun 08, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu says the inquiry on the proposed plan is to ensure at the outset that we continue to conserve and protect this last bastion of coastal biodiversity in Palawan

Palawan file photo by Rhea Claire Madarang

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

DENR begins retrieval of trees cut by Palawan mining firm

May 27, 2017 - 12:00 PM

The environment department has identified a secured location where the thousands of trees will be transferred to prevent them from getting poached

File photo from Brooke's Point's official website

DENR issues show cause order vs Palawan mining firm

May 23, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Ipilan Nickel Corporation has until May 24 to explain why no criminal charges should be filed against it for cutting down trees

Rappler Talk: Nickel Asia Corp and responsible mining in Palawan

May 21, 2017 - 7:21 PM

Nickel Asia s vice president for corporate communications Jose Bayani Baylon explains their operations in the province of Palawan

Duterte's marching orders to Cimatu: Just do your duty

May 19, 2017 - 8:03 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte describes Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu as honest and hardworking

NEW CHIEF. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte administers the oath of office for Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. Malacañang photo

DMCI Holdings still upbeat on 2017 despite mining uncertainty

May 17, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The conglomerate s mining unit is cautiously optimistic as a new chief takes over the Department of Environment and Natural Resources

DENR employees hope Cimatu will continue Lopez's advocacies

May 14, 2017 - 7:30 PM

As union obligado [kaming] suportahan sino man ang i appoint na secretary [Sana] maipagpatuloy yung nasimulan ni Secretary Lopez

NEW CHIEF. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte administers the oath of office for Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu. Malacañang photo

Gina Lopez to MGB chief: Don't allow irresponsible mining or 'I'll shoot you'

May 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Mines and Geosciences Bureau chief Mario Luis Jacinto says they will definitely stick to the implementation of the applicable laws rules and regulations on mining

'NO COMMENT.' Mines and Geosciences Bureau Director Mario Luis Jacinto talks to reporters on Wednesday, May 10. Screenshot by Rappler