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DENR pays tribute to Butuan Bishop

by Eric F. Gallego

Butuan City (June 29) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) paid tribute to His Eminence Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of this city for his great contribution in the sustainable development of environment and mining industry in Caraga Region.

DENR represented by Regional Executive Director Edilberto S.Buiser gave the plaque of recognition to Bishop Pueblos in a simple program fitting for the Bishop's Pre Episcopal Silver Anniversary celebration held at the Bishop's Palace in Barangay Ampayon, this city on June 23,2009.

Director Buiser said the DENR family is very much grateful to Bishop Pueblos for his great contribution in the protection and preservation of environment since he took the mantle of leadership of the Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) which is in line with the pursuit of DENR Secretary Lito Atienza to "protect the environment and our natural resources to the best that the laws intend."

One of the priorities of Secretary Atienza is to curb air pollution and replenish the forest cover even as he encouraged all sectors to do their share to solve the "biggest challenge that our environment and natural wealth are facing which is the climate change."

It has been the emphasis of Secretary Atienza to inform the public that the DENR is doing its best to contribute to the worldwide effort to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, whose destructive effects are likely to be felt in the country's long shorelines with the warming up of sea temperatures.

Director Buiser said the efforts made by Bishop Pueblos in holding forums as co-convenor of the CPPD is very effective which has somehow changed the lopsided - public perception of the DENR attributed to the "complex and interlocking socio-economic, political and environmental factors in Caraga region."

"Bishop Pueblos is very much active in mobilizing the members of the CCPD and other sectors in the region, particularly in drawing up strategies to mitigate climate change. The members of the CCPD also included the military sector, local government executives, leader of the different indigenous group, non-government organization, academe, government officials of the national government and many other private organizations.

He said Bishop Pueblos has a strong influence in promoting transparency thus, the DENR concerted efforts in pursuing its mission and mandate are appreciated by the stakeholders and the public in general. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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