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STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT

Investment Prospects

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

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  • Ang yaman ng Palawan ay yaman ng Pilipinas It is known as the Philippines’ Last Ecological Frontier. It has 40% of our country’s remaining mangrove areas, 30% of our coral reefs, at least 17 Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and 8 declared Protected Areas (PAs). It is unmatched anywhere in the country.
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Sec Ramon Paje's OSAC Presentation

  1. 1. STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT- ENVIRONMENT- Investment Prospects Department of Environment and Natural Resources
  2. 2. ENVIRONMENT FRAMEWORK SECTION 16 ARTICLE II, 1987 PHILIPPINE CONSTITUTION“The State shall protect and advancethe right of the people to a balancedand healthful ecology in accord with the h th th rhythm and harmony of nature.” dh f t ”
  3. 3. ENVIRONMENT FRAMEWORK Philippine Development Plan: 2011-20161. Improved 2. Improved 3. Enhanced conservation, conservation environmental resilience of natural protection and quality for a systems and rehabilitation of cleaner and improved adaptive natural healthier capac es of u a capacities o human resources environment communities to cope with environmental hazards including climate related risks
  4. 4. FORESTRY
  5. 5. Forest Management gSituationer:Situationer:• Philippine forest at 7.2 M ha or 24% of country’s land area• 8 M ha of forestlands degraded (26% of land area)
  6. 6. Forest Management gGovernment Actions:• Total log ban in natural forests to conserve & protect (E.O. 23)• Created National Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force
  7. 7. Forest Management gGovernment Actions:• Confiscated 10.6 M bd. ft. of logs/lumber valued at P 317 M• Filed 269 cases for illegal logging• Closed 215 wood processing plants
  8. 8. Forest Management gGovernment Actions:• Established National Greening Program, biggest reforestation in Philippine history (E.O. 26) Plant 1.5 B trees in 1.5 M ha in 6 years (27.8% (27 8% higher than past 50 years). For 2011, target is 50 M trees in 100,000 ha.
  9. 9. CLEAN AIR
  10. 10. Clean AirSituationer – Major urban centers are polluted• Total Suspended Particulates (TSP) in Metro Manila is 166 micrograms/normal cubic meters (μg/Ncm) in 1st half of 2010 84% beyond standard of 90 μg μg/Ncm (WHO) ( ) Other polluted cities: San Fernando, Calapan, Cebu, Zamboanga, Davao
  11. 11. Clean AirSituationer – Major urban centers are polluted• 80% of pollution due to vehicular emissions• Per WB 18M Filipinos exposed to air pollution WB, pollution, with health cost & loss of income of P 7.6 B/year
  12. 12. Clean AirGovernment Actions:• Strengthened enforcement & regulations More stringent air emission standards for Compression & Spark-Ignition Engines (motorcycles & tricycles) Agreement with Earth Day Network to make EDSA “Linis Hangin Zone.” (cellphone to catch smoke-belchers)
  13. 13. Clean AirGovernment Actions:• Strengthened enforcement of regulations DENR, LTO, MMDA, etc. worked to reduce traffic & ensure compliance with emission testing to reduce vehicular emissions
  14. 14. Clean AirGovernment Actions:• Strengthened enforcement of regulations Developed program with ADB to provide credit for conversion of tricycle engines to electric
  15. 15. Clean AirGovernment Actions: • As of June 2011, pollution reduced by 32% from 166 to 113 μg/Ncm. Total Suspended Particulates (TSP) Level 180 166 170 160 el (ug/Ncm) ) 150 140 133.5 130 Actual TSp leve 120 113 Standard 110 100 90 90 80 1st Sem 2010 2nd Sem 2010 1st Sem 2011
  16. 16. CLEAN WATER
  17. 17. Clean WaterSituationer – Waterways/esteros in major urban Waterways/ centers unfit for human activity• Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), or demand for oxygen in water for 19 major rivers in 2010 water, at 27 milligrams/liter, 4x the standard at 7 mg/L
  18. 18. Clean WaterGovernment Actions: Initiated “Adopt an Estero Program” Before After Estero de Paco, Manila (ABS-CBN Foundation)
  19. 19. Clean WaterGovernment Actions: Adopt an Estero Program Before After Estero de Paco, Manila
  20. 20. Clean WaterGovernment Actions: Adopt an Estero Program Before After Estero de Paco, Manila
  21. 21. Clean WaterGovernment Actions : Adopt an Estero Program 226 Major companies have adopted waterways nationwide (Examples: Jollibee, San Miguel Foundation Toyota Masinloc Power Corp ) Foundation, Toyota, Corp.)
  22. 22. Clean WaterGovernment Actions:• Reduced solid wastes Required Philippine Plastic Industry to develop program for retrieval/collection/ recycling of plastics Launched “Reusable Bag Campaign for Greener g p g Environment” with major malls & supermarkets
  23. 23. Clean WaterGovernment Actions: Actions:• Reduced solid wastes Agreement with 11 Metro Manila LGUs for solid waste management systems in subdivisions/ condominiums. Initially, 4,717 homeowners associations identified
  24. 24. GEOHAZARD
  25. 25. GeohazardSituationer:Situationer:• Philippines is prone to natural disasters due to geographical location & geological attributes: landslides, fl di l d lid flooding, earthquakes, t th k tsunami, etc. i t
  26. 26. GeohazardGovernment Actions:• Completed geo-hazard mapping of all provinces/ cities/municipalities at 1:50,000 scale• Di t ib t d 65 000 map sheets t all LGU Distributed 65,000 h t to ll LGUs• More detailed mapping started for 88 landslide-prone cities/municipalities (scale of 1:10,000)• Conducted coastal geohazard assessment of 46 t f coastal municipalities
  27. 27. MINERAL REFORMS
  28. 28. Mineral ReformsSituationer:Situationer:• Started cleansing of idle mining applications under “use it or lose it” policy. Additional 5.2 M ha have been opened for new and serious investors, resulting from cleansing/denial of 2 136 pending and idle 2,136 mining applications (97% of total)• Suspended acceptance and processing of new p p p g mining applications to ensure successful implementation of the on-going cleansing of mining app cat o s applications
  29. 29. Mineral ReformsGovernment Actions:• Cleansing the remaining idle mining applications under the “use it or lose it” policy policy.
  30. 30. GOOD GOVERNANCE
  31. 31. Good GovernanceGovernment Actions:• Removed opportunities for graft and corruption Policy shift to donate confiscated logs/lumber to DepEd, instead of auction o Donated 2.282 M bd. ft. of confiscated logs/lumber to DepEd, LGUs, and other government offices (additional 5.5 M bd.ft. for donation) o Produced 9,699 armchairs, 174 school desks, 171 tables, 55 cabinets & repaired 197 buildings (i.e., schools, chapel, mun. buildings & CENRO Offices), , p , g ), etc)
  32. 32. Good GovernanceGovernment Actions:• Removed opportunities f graft and corruption for f Rationalized and reduced DENR checkpoints from 274 to 118 or by 57%
  33. 33. Good GovernanceGovernment Actions:• Removed opportunities for graft and corruption Installed 902 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras up to field offices Eliminated face-to-face transactions
  34. 34. Good GovernanceGovernment Actions:• Strengthened prosecution and justice system No. of Personnel P l Show cause issued 118 Formally charged 31 Fined/Suspended 7 Dismissed from service 10 Filed 297 cases for illegal logging
  35. 35. Good GovernanceGovernment Actions:• Strengthened prosecution and justice system Strengthened capacities of DENR personnel, prosecutors & judges through trainings with the Supreme Court
  36. 36. PUBLIC ASSESSMENT
  37. 37. Public Assessment• From one of the most corrupt in December, 2009, DENR is now the 4th least corrupt agency in March 2011 (Pulse Asia Survey)• Environment ranked 4th in assessment of government performance by Movement for Good Governance (August 2011)
  38. 38. Public Assessment OVERALL PERFORMANCE (Pulse Asia Survey)• Efforts of government in stopping the destruction & abuse of environment Period Approval Rating pp g Disapproval pp Net Approval pp Rating RatingOctober 2009 +27 -39 -12March 2011 +48 -16 +32June 2011 +50 -14 +36
  39. 39. INVESTMENT PROSPECTS
  40. 40. INVESTING in theFORESTRY SECTOR in the PHILIPPINES
  41. 41. Investing in theForestry SectorPotential Areas f IP t ti l A for Investment t t • Industrial Tree Plantation • Agroforestry • E Eco-tourism t i • Wood Pellet • Bio-energy
  42. 42. Investing in theForestry SectorPotential Areas forTree Plantations Region 10 Region 13 Region 9 Region 11 Region 12
  43. 43. Investing in theForestry SectorPolicy Reforms Underway to EncouragePrivate Sector Participation• Identification of Clear investment zones – Forest Land Use Planning process transparent and participatory• Simplified procedures for investing that reduce transaction costs• Stable policy environment which guarantees the right to harvest or benefit from investment - Secured land tenure - De-regulated policy especially in harvesting planted trees - Harmonized policies with LGUs, NCIP, NGAs
  44. 44. Investing in theForestry SectorAdoption of Investment Portfolio Approach p ppObjectives• To encourage public-private forestry investments through reduction of transaction costs by undertaking preparatory work relative to completing documentary requirements and securing necessary clearances• To develop investment portfolio package options for private investors on potential forestryenterprises (industrial tree plantations agroforestry, plantations, agroforestryecotourism , etc.)
  45. 45. Investing in theForestry SectorInvestment Portfolio Approach ppObjectives• T ensure forestry projects are i accordance To f t j t in d with national and LGU plans (Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUP), Forest Land Use Plans (FLUP)• To allow synergy and convergence of government agencies’ programs

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