DENR surpasses 2017 targets

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) had already surpassed its 2017 targets in a number of priority programs as early as October this year, according to Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

“As of October, we have already met and even exceeded our annual targets in most of the program activities, with accomplishments ranging from 100 to 138 percent,” Cimatu said in a report he submitted to Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. last December 4.

The agency’s program on solid waste management topped the list of its major accomplishments at 138 percent, having assisted 321 local government units (LGUs) on proper closure and rehabilitation of open and controlled dumpsites within water quality management areas (WQMAs) and the Manila Bay region, out of the original target of 233 LGUs. 

This accomplishment owes to the strict implementation of Republic Act No. 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, as promised by Cimatu right after he took over the DENR post from Secretary Gina Lopez last May.

At 135 percent, the agency’s program on the management and protection of protected areas and ecotourism development was its second biggest accomplishment for the year, with various Protected Area Management Boards approving a total of 997 resolutions from the target of 736.

The completion rates of protected area managed and protected, blue/green brigades/volunteers engaged, and ecotourism facilities maintained and rehabilitated were 100, 108 and 103 percent, respectively.

As of September 2017, the National Greening Program (NGP) had a 116 percent accomplishment rate in terms of the number of persons employed — 55,805 from the target of 47,981. As regards the number of quality planting materials or seedlings, the program produced a total of 1.1 million, which is 14 percent higher than its target of 980,000. 

As of October, the government’s flagship reforestation program covered an area of 178,148 hectares or 93 percent of the overall target.

The DENR’s clean water program also met its targets for the year. The accomplishment rate in terms of the number of firms monitored for compliance with the Clean Water Act was 106 percent, while the number of new esteros and water bodies was at 109 percent and the number of WQMAs operationalized was at 100 percent.

Through its geohazard assessment and mapping program, the DENR was able to update the 1:1,000 scale geohazard maps of 21 LGUs instead of the original target of 20. The detailed sub-surface assessments of its 15 targeted LGUs have also been completed.

The DENR also met its targets under the geospatial data infrastructure program: 100 percent in system analysis and 96 percent in program development.

From the original target of 421, a total of 429 forest protection officers were hired under the agency’s forest protection program.

Under its coastal and marine ecosystems management program, the DENR was able to provide technical assistance to all targeted 85 LGUs. It was also able to assess and map 94,116 coastal habitats for potential livelihood opportunities, from the original target of 85,592.

The DENR’s clean air program had successfully operated, maintained and calibrated 98 out of the 101 sampling stations; monitored 12,508 of the 13,791 firms in the Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzula (CAMANAVA) area and major centers on their compliance with the Clean Air Act of 1999; and calibrated 34 of 45 automatic Air Quality Monitoring Stations across the country. ###

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