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DENR-6 eyes holistic approach in responding to environmental issues

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 28 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Western Visayas (Region 6) is pushing for a holistic approach in addressing various environmental issues in the region.

Currently, the department is in the process of finalizing the creation of a multi-sectoral group “Amlig Panay-Guimaras” composed of 11 national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs).

“We must provide a holistic approach to our environment and natural resources management and conservation efforts in this part of the country. I believe DENR alone will never be able to accomplish it. It is best we work it out with other government agencies, LGUs and private sectors if possible,” said DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna.

Sampulna noted how stronger typhoons due to climate change have made it necessary to forge stronger linkages with other government agencies and ink collaborative efforts to better address the problem.

“We need to come up with a proactive method in handling environmental disasters,” he said.

On Tuesday, assistant regional director (ARD) for technical services Jesse L. Vego emphasized before member agencies that the Amlig Panay-Guimaras will be a “committed multi-sectoral monitoring and enforcement group that will provide a forum and juridical entity focused on undertaking civil, criminal and special action in support to DENR’s mandates…to address forest protection issues and environmental cases.”

“It will provide a holistic approach using the “ridge-to-reef” strategy. We wanted to look at things in a universal way and not only sectoral. We wanted to look at the specific interventions necessary to facilitate development. We need to look into how development will affect the area three to five years from now,” Livino B. Duran, ARD for management services, added.

The working draft of the proposed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is still subject to modifications of the member agencies and must conform to their respective mandates.

The new group is expected to be launched before the end of February this year. (PNA)

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