DENR, Other Agencies Set Sealing Environmental Law Enforcement Deal

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DENR, Other Agencies Set Sealing Environmental Law Enforcement Deal


Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other agencies have agreed on a joint project to bolster environmental law enforcement nationwide in line with President Rodrigo R. Duterte's bid for better natural resource protection and conservation.

The DENR, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) set signing in Metro Manila this month a memorandum of agreement covering these agencies' joint commitment to enforce Philippine environmental laws.

Due to sign the agreement are Environment Chief Gina Lopez, AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya, DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno and PNP Director-General Ronald de la Rosa, DENR said.

Lopez assured promoting "strict compliance with environmental laws, rules, regulations and standards," noting this is essential for sustainable development.

"There's no room for violation," she said.

She said good environmental governance promotes sound practices that help harmonize economic activities with nature, ensuring protection, conservation and sustainable use of natural resources nationwide.

At this week's environment summit in Mindanao, President Duterte highlighted the need for implementing best practices in economic activities like mining.

He urged mining companies nationwide to adapt such practices.

"The best practices in mining can be found in Canada and Australia -- if you cannot follow that standard, I'm sorry," he told mining companies during the summit.

During his maiden State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) last month, President Duterte ordered the AFP to intensify its support against illegal logging, illegal mining and other destructive practices that aggravate destruction of natural resources nationwide. …

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