BIMP-EAGA Environment Cluster to Discuss Priority Projects

65 - bimp-eagaDelegates from the Environment Cluster of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) converge in Davao City today until tomorrow (October 30, 2013) to discuss and finalize its priority project which is the Electronic Waste (E-Waste) Management Project.

The said meeting is currently at Park Inn Hotel.

This 2nd BIMP-EAGA Environment Cluster meeting for this year will be hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) in coordination with the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDa).  Further, the meeting also aims to discuss other project proposals which were presented and deliberated during the 1st Environmental Cluster meeting held in Manado, Indonesia last August 29-30, 2013.

Among the projects proposed during the maiden meeting in Indonesia, the Environment Cluster include: Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Environmental Services toward Green Development and Wildlife Enforcement Network, among others.

BIMP-EAGA is composed of the whole area of Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia (all provinces of Sulawesi and Kalimantan, Maluku and Irian Jaya), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan), and the Philippines (Mindanao and Palawan regions).  It is a unique Asian strategy that aims to increase trade, tourism and investments among the four regions.  It was organized and created in March 1994 in Davao City, Philippines during the Inaugural Meeting of the Senior Officials and Ministers (SOMM).

To further strengthen the BIMP-EAGA, new adjustments were made in its institutional structure.  At present, BIMP-EAGA has seven (7) Clusters one of which is the Environment Cluster with Indonesia as its lead country.  The lead agency for the Philippine-EAGA Environment Cluster is the DENR.

BIMP-EAGA is currently adopting the Implementation Blueprint (IB) 2012-2016 focused on the four major strategic pillars under the growth areas, namely: Food Basket, Connectivity, Ecotourism and Environment.  The IB aims to accelerate cooperation initiatives within the sub-region through increased project delivery and strengthened institutional mechanisms. (DENR-XI PR)

 

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Environmental Warriors’ ideas laid through paper and lens

11-22 makakalikhasan contest winners

As the DENR XI believes in the power of youth’s profound and innovative ideas in matters of environmental protection, it once again conducted the “MakakaLIKHAsan” an Essay and Photo Contest. It is a two-day annual event that aims to earn the active participation and engagement of young environmental warriors through their piece of writing and photo material.

The essay writing revolves in the theme “One Planet. One Nation: Sustaining Green Actions for a Safer Climate.” to which, the New Corella National High School bagged the top place.

Its writer, Mary Chris D. Agarma, states in her piece entitled “Code Green: Diagnosing the Vital Signs of the Earth” that “we [people] are the leukocytes of the Earth and must work hand in hand as a nation and as a planet to protect the only home we have. The earth has long been diagnosed of a severe disease. Like treating chronic illness, necessary measures must be applied.” Strict implementation of environmental laws, reforestation and to look for other sources of renewable energy to not exhaust biofuel are among the writer’s recommendations.

The champion ended her piece with a diagnosis that the earth is “severely destructed, in need of immediate attention, care and restoration.”

For the photo contest, the Ateneo de Davao University which held the championship for two (2) consecutive years has once again bagged the top place. For this year, its entry was photographed by Anton Miguel Balagot with an engraved caption “Carbon Sequestration: A Quest for Life.”

Congratulations to all the participants- our young and creative environmental warriors and to their supportive coaches!

The DENR XI is looking forward to having you again.

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