Ex-DENR chief named among ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes hailed

Ex-DENR chief named among ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes hailed

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has applauded its former secretary, Dr. Angel C. Alcala, for being one of the 10 people who were named ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes at inaugural awarding rites held in the country last Monday.

Alcala, the lone awardee from the Philippines, is a marine biologist who was proclaimed a National Scientist in 2014 and served as DENR Secretary from September 1992 to June 1995. He is currently a professor emeritus at Silliman University in Dumaguete City.

The 88-year-old Alcala was introduced by DENR Undersecretary for Planning, Policy and International Affairs Jonas Leones, who represented Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu at the awarding ceremony that was attended by other honorees, diplomats, and biodiversity experts and stakeholders from Southeast Asia.

Alcala was cited for his contribution to combating biodiversity loss, notably for creating artificial coral reefs that helped a lot to the country's aquatic ecosystem. 

He and nine other awardees were also recognized for raising greater awareness about biological diversity in the region and supporting ASEAN's vision of being a single community that champions biodiversity conservation.

Other honorees were Eyad Samhan (Brunei Darussalam); Sophea Chhin (Cambodia); Alex Waisimon (Indonesia); Nitsavanh Louangkhot Pravongviengkham (Lao PDR); Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid (Malaysia); Dr. Maung Maung Kyi (Myanmar); Prof. Leo Tan Wee Hin (Singapore); Dr. Nonn Panitvong (Thailand); and Dr. Dang Huy Huynh (Vietnam).

Each biodiversity hero was also given the Icon Award by Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Hyundai Philippines.

Coinciding with ASEAN's 50th anniversary, the Biodiversity Heroes award is a joint project of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, thr Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, the European Union's Biodiversity Conservation and Management of Protected Areas in the ASEAN, and the HARI Foundation.

Speaking on behalf of Secretary Cimatu, Leones said the project was "an important step towards inspiring people from all walks of life to contribute their share in combating the loss of our biological resources."

The ASEAN Biodiversity Heroes award was proof that the region is "teeming with champions in the biodiversity sector," Leones said.

The DENR official also took the opportunity to reiterate the Philippines' commitment to preserving the region's rich biological diversity, especially since the country has recently inaugurated the new headquarters of the ASEAN Biodiversity Centre in Los Banos, Laguna.|DENR Release

 

 

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The secret chamber of the sky blue Isuzu elf

 

Among the type of vehicles, the Truck or elf has the simplest design, wherein the back part has only its sidings and flooring.

During the first week September. the PNP personnel headed by Police Chief Inspector Jose G. Mulleda while in the performance of their duty at Callagdao Check point, Bulanao, Tabuk City checked the vehicles that pass by. When the Isuzu elf, sky blue and with galvanized body bearing plate number TGS 985 passed by and driven allegedly by a certain Duga Bucalan from Paracelis Mt. Province and his two companions, the PNP purposely checked the said elf.  They noticed that the flooring of the elf was slightly lifted with undetermined volume of sawn Narra flitches underneath.         

It was found out that the elf has a secret chamber. The chamber contains 47 pieces of Narra with a total volume of 747 board feet amounting to 55,988. The said specie is properly covered with GI flat sheet gauge 14 and welded with angle bar on its side. This also served as the flooring for the second layer.

In order to unload the said content of the elf, the police officers needed to use a crow bar to remove the cover.

The second layer was loaded with several empty fruit baskets which were made out of plastic which also look like cases of soft drinks. One plastic crate was filled with empty bottles of mineral water.

The simple design of the vehicle was really redesigned and intended to transport undocumented forest products.

The opposite sidings of the elf have built-in benches out of GI flat sheet and angle bar. Between the two benches is the space where they can pile such volume of lumber and properly covered with the said flat sheet which serves as the flooring of the second layer.

The Lumber was officially turned over to CENRO Tabuk Office. By virtue of the seizure order issued by CENR Officer Severino L. Dalutag, the administrative hearing of the case commenced in September 14, 2017.   The said vehicle is now impounded within the premises  of CENRO Tabuk.|C. Tabuk, SBBakidan

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