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DENR AGENDA AND PRIORITIES IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

(Delivered during the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines 

Membership Luncheon Meeting, Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Makati City, June 15, 2017) 

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GREETINGS.

“THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH,” THE FREE MARKET ECONOMIST MILTON FRIEDMAN TITLED A BOOK IN 1975. YOU INVITED ME TO THIS LUNCHEON EVENT, AND NOW I MUST RECIPROCATE BY DISCUSSING FIVE SPECIFIC SUBJECTS INDICATED IN THE INVITATION.

FIRST, THE DENR POSITION ON CLEAN AND GREEN ENERGY AND HOW THIS FACTORS INTO THE DENR’S PLAN OF MOVING FORWARD;

SECOND, THE DENR’S ROLE IN FACILITATING THE EASE OF OBTAINING ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCES FOR INVESTORS;

THIRD, WASTE-TO-ENERGY AND ADDRESSING ISSUE OF LANDFILLS AND DUMPSITES;

FOURTH, THE STATE OF OUR WATER RESOURCES AND THEIR MANAGEMENT AND THE DENR’S PLANS REGARDING THIS; AND

FIFTH, THE DEPARTMENT’S ROLE IN ENSURING RESPONSIBLE MINING.

I SHALL DISCUSS THESE IN SEQUENCE.

ON CLEAN AND GREEN ENERGY

THE DENR FULLY SUPPORTS THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY ACT OF 2008 (R.A. 9513) AND HAS BEEN ACTIVELY PROMOTING THE DEPLOYMENT OF CLEAN AND GREEN ENERGY SOURCES THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM (CDM) AND THE RECENTLY SIGNED JOINT CREDITING MECHANISM (JCM) BETWEEN THE PHILIPPINES AND JAPAN.

AS A BACKGROUNDER, THE CDM IS A FINANCIAL MECHANISM UNDER THE KYOTO PROTOCOL WHICH ENABLES DEVELOPED COUNTRIES TO IMPLEMENT COST-EFFECTIVE EMISSION REDUCTION PROJECTS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES.

IN THE PHILIPPINES, THE DENR HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS THE NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM BY VIRTUE OF EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 320, WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT BUREAU AS THE SECRETARIAT.

TO DATE, THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 119 CDM PROJECT APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, OF WHICH 70 PROJECTS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY REGISTERED COMPRISING OF 21 LARGE-SCALE AND 49 SMALL-SCALE PROJECTS. MOST OF THE CDM PROJECTS ARE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS.

OF THE 70 REGISTERED PROJECTS, 10 HAVE BEEN ISSUED WITH CERTIFIED EMISSION REDUCTIONS (CERS), TOTALING TO 2,048,589 TONS OF CARBON DIOXIDE EQUIVALENT.

CDM, LIKE OTHER UNDERTAKINGS IN THE COUNTRY, HAS BEEN BESET BY PROBLEMS. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCERNS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CDM IS THE FALLING PRICE OF CER. CURRENTLY, THE PRICE OF CERS IS VERY LOW AND, VIS-A-VIS THE HIGH COST FOR THE VERIFICATION PROCESS WHICH IS A REQUIREMENT FOR THE ISSUANCE OF CER, THIS HAS DISCOURAGED SOME APPLICANTS TO PURSUE APPLICATIONS UNDER THE CDM PROCESS.

THE JOINT CREDIT MECHANISM, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS A LOW CARBON GROWTH PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE PHILIPPINES WHICH WE ENTERED INTO THROUGH A MEMORANDUM OF COOPERATION EXECUTED ON 12 JANUARY 2017.

THE JCM IS A BILATERAL CARBON MARKET BETWEEN JAPAN AND PARTNER COUNTRIES, AMONG WHICH IS THE PHILIPPINES, WHICH FACILITATES GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION REDUCTIONS OR REMOVALS THROUGH PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED BY COMPANIES OR CITIES FROM THE PARTNER COUNTRIES. THE EMISSION REDUCTIONS WILL GENERATE JCM CREDITS WHICH WILL BE SHARED BETWEEN THE JAPANESE SIDE AND PARTNER COUNTRY SIDE.

THE JCM IS EXPECTED TO PROMOTE THE TRANSFER AND USE OF CLEAN AND GREEN TECHNOLOGY.

POTENTIAL PROJECTS TO BE COVERED UNDER THE JCM ARE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OR SECTORS: RENEWABLE ENERGY, ENERGY EFFICIENCY, WASTE HANDLING AND DISPOSAL, AND OTHERS.


ON DENR’S ROLE IN FACILITATING THE EASE OF OBTAINING ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCES FOR INVESTORS

MOST RECENTLY, WE HAVE INTRODUCED SOME NOTABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT SYSTEM AS WELL AS IN THE PROCESSING AND ISSUANCE OF TREE CUTTING PERMITS.

ONE, WE HAVE PROVIDED FACILITIES FOR ON-LINE APPLICATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE CLEARANCE TO SHORTEN THE PROCESS.

TWO, AUTHORITY TO ISSUE CUTTING PERMITS OF PLANTED TREES HAS BEEN DELEGATED TO THE REGIONAL OFFICE. FURTHER DELEGATION TO THE PENRO AND CENRO LEVEL IS BEING CONSIDERED.

THREE, THE STREAMLINING OF ISSUANCE OF WATER PERMIT IS ALSO BEING UNDERTAKEN.

ON WASTE-TO ENERGY AND ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF LANDFILLS AND DUMPSITES

A RESOLUTION DATED 09 JUNE 2016 WAS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT COMMISSION (NWMC) ALLOWING WASTE-TO-ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES SUBJECT TO COMPLIANCE WITH ALL ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS. THIS WASTE-TO-ENERGY WILL COMPLEMENT THE EXISTING SANITARY LANDFILL WITH LIMITED SPACE, ESPECIALLY IN URBAN AREAS.

ON THE PART OF THE DENR, A DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER (DAO) FOR WASTE-TO-ENERGY BURN TECHNOLOGIES AS A MODE OF WASTE DISPOSAL IS BEING DRAFTED.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT BUREAU HAS ALREADY THE CAPABILITY TO ANALYZE POLLUTANTS, INCLUDING DIOXINS AND FURANS.

WTE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS ARE STARTING TO GAIN MOMENTUM IN THE PHILIPPINES. THERE ARE NOW QUITE A NUMBER OF PROJECTS MAKING USE OF WTE TECHNOLOGIES. AT LEAST THREE ENJOY THE SUPPORT OF CERTAIN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

THESE ARE:

1. THE QUEZON CITY CONTROLLED DISPOSAL FACILITY BIOGAS EMISSION REDUCTION PROJECT SUPPORTED BY SWITZERLAND AND ITALY;
2. THE MONTALBAN LANDFILL METHANE RECOVERY AND POWER GENERATION PROJECT SUPPORTED BY THE UNITED KINGDOM AND NORTHERN IRELAND; AND
3. THE CEBU CITY LANDFILL GAS AND WASTE-TO-ENERGY PROJECT SUPPORTED BY SPAIN.


ON THE STATE OF PHILIPPINE WATER RESOURCES

THE PHILIPPINES IS ENDOWED WITH AN ANNUAL AVERAGE RAINFALL OF 2,400 MILLIMETERS WHICH FILL OUR RIVERS, LAKES AND GROUNDWATER AQUIFER.

WE HAVE 421 PRINCIPAL RIVERS, OF WHICH 18 ARE CONSIDERED MAJOR RIVER BASINS.

OF THE TOTAL OF 146 BILLION CUBIC METERS WATER AVAILABILITY, AROUND 58% ARE ALREADY ALLOCATED FOR VARIOUS USES BASED ON THE WATER PERMIT ISSUED BY NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES BOARD.

SECURING SUSTAINABLE WATER FOR ALL WATER USERS IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MAJOR WATER CHALLENGES IN THE PHILIPPINES.

INCREASING WATER DEMAND IN EVERY SECTOR AND WATER POLLUTION ARE PLACING TREMENDOUS PRESSURES BOTH ON THE RESOURCE SUPPLY AND SERVICE DELIVERY SYSTEMS.

WATER SYSTEMS ESPECIALLY IN HIGHLY URBANIZED AREAS ARE POLLUTED. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IS A MAJOR CONCERN.

DECLINING WATER QUALITY AFFECTS WATER QUANTITY. IT LIMITS THE USABILITY OF THE WATER.

ANOTHER MAJOR CHALLENGE THE WATER SECTOR IS NOW FACING IS THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS IN WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, THE DENR, THROUGH THE NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES BOARD, IS INITIALLY FOCUSING ON TWO MAJOR CONCERNS:

1. GOVERNANCE, AND
2. LACK OF SCIENCE-BASED DATA AND INFORMATION FOR PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING.

AS A MAJOR INPUT TO MORE INFORMED AND SCIENCE-BASED POLICIES AND PLANS FOR SYSTEMATIC WATER RESOURCE ALLOCATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOR VARIOUS PURPOSES, WATER RESOURCES ASSESSMENT IS BEING CONDUCTED PARTICULARLY IN WATER CONSTRAINT AREAS AND MAJOR RIVER BASINS.

FOR PROTECTION AND ORDERLY DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY’S WATER RESOURCES, THE NATIONAL WATER RESOURCES BOARD CONTINUOUSLY FORMULATES AND IMPLEMENTS APPROPRIATE WATER POLICIES.

THE FIRST TWO POLICIES AIM TO PROTECT OUR GROUNDWATER RESOURCES IN METRO MANILA AND METRO CEBU FROM FURTHER DEGRADATION.

THE LAST TWO POLICIES SUPPORT THE GOVERNMENT’S THRUST ON HARNESSING AND MAXIMIZING RENEWABLE ENERGY IN LIGHT OF THE INCREASING ENERGY REQUIREMENT OF THE PHILIPPINES WITHOUT NEGATIVELY AFFECTING THE RIVER ECOSYSTEM OR THE ECOLOGICAL INTEGRITY OF THE RIVER.

TO ENSURE WATER SECURITY IN THE CONTEXT OF CHANGING CLIMATES AND GLOBALIZATION, THERE IS NOW AN ON-GOING INITIATIVE TOWARDS A COMPREHENSIVE NATIONAL PLAN.

THE NATIONAL SECURITY ROADMAP WILL FOCUS ON SEVEN (7) AREAS NAMELY: HOUSEHOLD/DOMESTIC; URBAN; ECONOMICS; ENVIRONMENT; RESILIENCE; GOVERNANCE; AND AGRICULTURE.

ON ENSURING RESPONSIBLE MINING

THE PHILIPPINES IS WELL-ENDOWED WITH MINERAL RESOURCES. ITS LONG HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE IN MINING HAS DEMONSTRATED ITS RICH POTENTIAL FOR COPPER, GOLD, NICKEL, CHROMITE AND OTHER METALLIC MINERALS. IT IS ALSO ABUNDANT IN NON-METALLIC AND INDUSTRIAL MINERALS SUCH AS MARBLE, LIMESTONE, CLAYS, FELDSPAR, ROCK AGGREGATES.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY 686 MINING PERMITS/CONTRACTS IN THE COUNTRY, WHICH COVERS A TOTAL LAND AREA OF ONLY 755,192 HECTARES, OR 2.5% OF THE TOTAL LAND AREA OF THE PHILIPPINES OF 30 MILLION HECTARES.

THE 27 PRODUCING MINES INCLUDE 6 GOLD MINES, 3 COPPER MINES, 1 CHROMITE MINES AND 17 NICKEL MINES.

THESE PRODUCING MINES IMPLEMENT THEIR RESPECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAMS TO PROGRESSIVELY REHABILITATE MINED OUT AREAS, THEIR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS TO DEVELOP THE HOST AND NEIGHBORING COMMUNITIES, AND THEIR SAFETY AND HEALTH PROGRAMS TO ENSURE PROPER AND COMFORTABLE WORKING CONDITIONS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES.

TO ENSURE A RESPONSIBLE MINERALS INDUSTRY, MINING CONTRACTORS WERE REQUIRED TO BE ISO 14001 COMPLIANT. TO DATE, MAJORITY OF THE METALLIC MINES ARE NOW ISO 14001 CERTIFIED.

THE PHILIPPINES IS NOW A CANDIDATE COUNTRY TO THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES TRANSPARENCY INITIATIVE (EITI). THE PHILIPPINES HAS SUBMITTED ITS THIRD YEAR REPORT AND IS NOW UNDERGOING THE VALIDATION BY THE INTERNATIONAL EITI SECRETARIAT.

TO ENSURE THAT THE GOVERNMENT GETS ITS RIGHTFUL SHARE FROM THE UTILIZATION OF THE MINERAL RESOURCES, A DRAFT BILL INCREASING THE SHARE OF GOVERNMENT IS NOW IN CONGRESS. THE APPROVAL OF THE BILL WILL PAVE THE WAY FOR THE APPROVAL OF NEW MINERAL AGREEMENTS.

TO IMPLEMENT THE PRESIDENT’S 10 POINT ECONOMIC AGENDA, THE FIVE POLICY DIRECTIONS ON MINING WILL ENSURE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PHILIPPINES’ MINERAL INDUSTRY.

THE DENR, BEING THE PRIMARY AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONSERVATION, MANAGEMENT, DEVELOPMENT, AND PROPER USE OF THE COUNTRY’S MINERAL RESOURCES, SHALL STRICTLY ENFORCE MINING AND ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS, AND MINING OPERATIONS FOUND VIOLATING LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES, SUSPENSIONS AND/OR CANCELLATION.

MINING IN THE PHILIPPINES CAN ONLY BE RESPONSIBLE IF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY’S MINERAL RESOURCES WILL BE ON THE BASIS OF TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY, CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACCEPTABILITY, AND FINANCIAL VIABILITY. THE ABSENCE OF ONE WILL NOT RENDER THE PROJECT RESPONSIBLE.

I HAVE NOW COVERED ALL THE TOPICS YOU HAVE CHOSEN. I TRUST THAT YOU WILL FIND VALUE IN THE INFORMATION THAT I HAVE SHARED.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE PLEASURE AND HONOR OF JOINING YOU IN THIS OCCASION.### 

 

 

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MESSAGE OF DENR SECRETARY ROY A. CIMATU FOR THE PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AT PLAZA LIBERTAD, ILOILO CITY

JUNE 12, 2017, ILOILO CITY

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DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, LADIES, AND GENTLEMEN, MAAYONG AGA.

IT IS AN HONOR TO BE HERE WITH YOU TODAY. I AM HERE TO CONVEY OUR DEAR PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE’S HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO THE PEOPLE OF ILOILO FOR THE CONTINUOUS SUPPORT TO THE PATH OF CHANGE WHICH HIS ADMINISTRATION IS DETERMINED TO ATTAIN.

WE ARE GATHERED HERE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE 119TH YEAR OF OUR INDEPENDENCE. THIS DAY COMMEMORATES THE DAY WHEN WE PROCLAIMED OUR FREEDOM FROM THE SPANISH COLONIZERS, A HISTORIC DAY WHEN WE BROKE THE CHAINS OF BONDAGE OF MORE THAN THREE CENTURIES OF FOREIGN RULE. IT WAS A “DECLARATION OF THE FILIPINOS’ INHERENT AND INALIENABLE RIGHT TO FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE”.

SOME OF YOU MAY BE WONDERING ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE DAY HERE IN ILOILO CITY AND IN THIS PLAZA. ACCORDING TO OUR HISTORY, ALTHOUGH PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE WAS PROCLAIMED IN KAWIT, CAVITE, THE ACTUAL END OF THE SPANISH REGIME AND COLONIZATION OF THE COUNTRY HAPPENED RIGHT HERE, IN THIS VERY SPOT WE STAND ON TODAY. HERE IN ILOILO, THE LAST BASTION OF SPANISH RULE, GOVERNOR GENERAL DIEGO DE LOS RIOS SURRENDERED TO GENERAL MARTIN DELGADO AND HIS GROUP OF ILONGGO REVOLUTIONARIES ON DECEMBER 25, 1898. IT WAS ON THIS SITE, KNOWN DURING THAT TIME AS PLAZA ALFONSO XII AND NOW CALLED PLAZA LIBERTAD, WHERE SPANISH RULE WAS DEALTH ITS FINAL BLOW AND THE GOVERNANCE OF ILOILO WAS TRANSFERRED TO GEN. DELGADO. ON THIS SITE THE PHILIPPINE FLAG WAS RAISED, SIGNALLING THE END OF THE DOMINATION OF A FOREIGN RULER. THAT IS THE GREAT SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS SPOT IN PHILIPPINE HISTORY. IT IS A GLOWING TESTAMENT TO OUR LOVE FOR FREEDOM AND FIERCE DETERMINATION TO FIGHT FOREIGN RULE AND SUBJUGATION.

THE THEME OF THIS YEAR’S CELEBRATION, “KALAYAAN 2017: PAGBABAGONG SAMA-SAMANG BALIKATIN”, IS TIMELY. WE ARE CURRENTLY FACING A CHALLENGE TO GOVERNMENT AUTHORITY IN MARAWI. THE REBELLION INITIATED BY EXTREMIST IDEOLOGUES CONTINUES TO RAGE. AS OUR ARMED FORCES DEPLOY THE COMMENSURATE FORCE TO DEMOLISH THIS THREAT, WE ALL MUST STAY VIGILANT AND KEEP OUR SPIRIT AS A NATION. THIS FOREIGN IDEOLOGY THAT SEEKS TO INFECT SOME OF OUR COUNTRYMEN IN THE SOUTH HAS ALREADY CAUSED MUCH DESTRUCTION ON LIVES AND PROPERTY AND INFLICTED SO MUCH PAIN AND SUFFERING TO OUR PEOPLE IN THAT PART OF OUR COUNTRY. WE PRAY FOR ALL OF THEM: THE CIVILIANS KILLED OR WOUNDED, THE DISPLACED IN THE EVACUATION CENTERS AND OUR SOLDIERS WHO WERE WOUNDED OR HAD DIED IN SERVICE OF COUNTRY.

AT TIMES LIKE THIS, AND JUST AS WE DID IN OUR STRUGGLE AGAINST THE SPANISH COLONIZERS, WE NEED TO STAND STRONG. WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW ANY GROUP ESPOUSING A DANGEROUS AND DIVISIVE BELIEF TO GAIN A FOOTHOLD IN ANY PART OF OUR COUNTRY, THREATEN THE SECURITY OF OUR PEOPLE AND STEAL THEIR FREEDOM. IN THE FACE OF THIS CHALLENGE, WE NEED TO STAND TOGETHER AS A NATION AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE FREEDOM THAT OUR FOREFATHERS FOUGHT HARD FOR.

IN THE CHALLENGES WE FACE AS A NATION, WE MUST KEEP OUR COURAGE AND UNWAVERING RESOLVE TO OVERCOME ANY ADVERSITY. WE ALL MUST BE AWARE THAT PRESERVING OUR HARD-EARNED FREEDOM INVOLVES OUR COMMITMENT TO ITS CONTINUING DEFENSE FROM THOSE WHO ASSAULT IT. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS, THERE ARE NO BAND-AID SOLUTIONS. FREEDOM IS NURTURED, IT HAS TO BE PROTECTED AND SHIELDED BY OUR COLLECTIVE AND RESOLUTE VIGILANCE. WE ALONE, YOU AND I, ALL OF US, ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PRESERVATION OF OUR LIBERTIES.

ALLOW ME AT THIS POINT TO DECLARE, AS YOUR SECRETARY OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES, THAT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY BEING ADAPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT WILL ASSURE US A MORE MEANINGFUL FREEDOM BY ACHIEVING GREATER NATIONAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND REDUCING OUR DEPENDENCE ON OTHERS. WE SHALL ENDEAVOR TO APPLY VIGOROUSLY THE PRINCIPLES OF SOUND ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE TO CLEAN OUR AIR AND OUR WATERS, GREEN OUR DENUDED FORESTS, AND CONSERVE, PROTECT AND JUDICIOUSLY UTILIZE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL FILIPINOS. WITH A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND BOUNTIFUL RESOURCES FOR OURSELVES AND THE FUTURE GENERATIONS OF FILIPINOS, WE UNCHAIN OURSELVES FROM THE YOKE OF DEPENDENCY AND SHALL BE TRULY FREE.

TODAY, OUR FLAG WAVES FREELY ON CLEAR SKIES. IT FLIES PROUDLY OVER A LAND OF FREE PEOPLE. NEVER SHOULD WE ALLOW ANYONE TO TRAMPLE ON THE FREEDOM WE ENJOY!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! (OR ITS ILONGGO EQUIVALENT) 

 

 

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30th DENR ANNIVERSARY ADDRESS OF SECRETARY ROY A. CIMATU, 09 June 2017


Sec Cimatu denr30thanniv speech webGOOD MORNING, EVERYONE, AND WELCOME TO THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES.

FOR THIS 30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION, PREVIOUS SECRETARIES OF THIS DEPARTMENT, AS WELL AS ITS OLDEST OFFICIALS, HAVE BEEN INVITED. BEFORE MY DISTINGUISHED PREDECESSORS AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS, I STAND HUMBLE AS A NEOPHYTE, STILL LEARNING AND YET TO PROVE MYSELF ON THE JOB. IT IS OBVIOUS DURING THE AWARDING EARLIER OF OUR DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, THAT I HAVE MUCH TO DO TO MEASURE UP TO WHAT THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. THEY SHAPED THE DENR, CUMULATIVELY MAKING IT WHAT IT IS TODAY. THE CHALLENGE FOR ME IS GREAT: SUSTAIN AND BUILD ON THESE GAINS, PICK UP THE MOMENTUM, AND RUN MY LAP THE BEST I COULD, BEFORE PASSING ON THE BATON TO MY SUCCESSOR WHEN THE TIME COMES TO DO SO.

IT IS MOST FITTING THAT THE GEMSTONE FOR THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY IS PEARL. SO FITTING, BECAUSE IT SUITS OUR SETTING AND EXPERIENCE. WE STARTED MODESTLY, FROM A TINY CORE. BUT THROUGH THE YEARS, PRECIOUS LAYERS HAVE COATED THE CORE, INCREASING ITS SIZE AND LUSTER, JUST AS OUR ORGANIZATION HAS GROWN AND OUR MANDATE EXPANDED WITH THE PASSING OF THE YEARS. NEW ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS SUCH AS THE CLEAN AIR ACT, THE CLEAN WATER ACT AND THE ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT ARE NOW IN EFFECT, AS WITH OTHER IMPORTANT LAWS. THESE LAWS ENHANCE OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND TO CONSERVE AND JUDICIOUSLY UTILIZE OUR NATURAL RESOURCES. THE CREDIT FOR THE ONWARD MARCH TOWARDS A BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE IS CUMULATIVE, AND THUS MUST BE SHARED, NOT JUST AMONG THOSE WHO LEAD, BUT WITH EVERY MEMBER OF THE DENR FAMILY AND ITS ATTACHED AGENCIES.

MY PREDECESSORS KNOW THE EXTRAORDINARY SACRIFICES AND PRESSURES THAT COME WITH THE POSITION. NO DENR SECRETARY HAS ESCAPED CRITICISMS, WHETHER FAIR OR FOUL, BECAUSE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO SATISFY THE DIVERGENT EXPECTATIONS OF VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS. THE POST CONFERS NO IMMUNITY, BUT RATHER EXPOSES ITS OCCUPANT TO ORDEALS AND DILEMMAS, BOTH FROM BELOW AND FROM THE TOP. THE RECOGNITION OUR SPECIAL GUESTS RECEIVED IS SMALL CONSOLATION IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR GREAT SACRIFICES. BUT HOWEVER SMALL IT IS, THIS COMES FROM THE GRATEFUL HEARTS OF OUR RANK AND FILE.

OUR PEARL ANNIVERSARY THEME IS “DENR@30: PAGBUBUKLOD PARA SA KALIKASAN.” THE THEME IS UNITY, THE THREAD THAT RUNS ACROSS US REGARDLESS OF OUR DIFFERENCES AND DIVERGING WAYS OF SEEING THINGS. THE SECRETARIES, THE RANK-AND-FILE OF THIS DEPARTMENT, THE REGIONAL OFFICES, BUREAUS, AND ITS ATTACHED AGENCIES, OUR EXTERNAL PARTNERS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS SHOULD ALL STAND AS ONE. UNITING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, FOR MOTHER NATURE, IS NOT JUST A BATTLECRY OR A CALL OF THE MOMENT. IT IS A LIFELONG NECESSITY, PARTICULARLY IN THIS CRITICAL ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLLENGES, WHEN EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOLUTIONS THAT REQUIRE MASS PARTICIPATION.

THIS DEPARTMENT’S JOURNEY IS NOW THREE DECADES LONG, AND RUNNING. A LOT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THIRTY YEARS. IN THAT SPACE OF TIME, TREES COULD HAVE MATURED AND MULTIPLIED, DEPLETED FISHERIES COULD HAVE RECOVERED AND REPLENISHED, MINED-OUT AREAS COULD HAVE BEEN REHABILITATED AND MADE PRODUCTIVE ANEW IN OTHER WAYS. BUT OBVIOUSLY, NO MATTER HOW MUCH HAD BEEN DONE, THERE STILL REMAINS A GREAT DEAL FOR US TO ACCOMPLISH.

LET ME JUST BRIEFLY MENTION TWO ISSUES THAT HAVE RECENTLY COME UP IN MEDIA, BOTH OF WHICH CONCERN THE COUNTRY’S LAST FRONTIER – PALAWAN.

ONE ISSUE IS THAT OF THE PLANNED CONSTRUCTION OF AN UNDERWATER THEME PARK IN CORON, PALAWAN (NICKELODEON). LET ME MAKE IT CLEAR (NOTE: AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON THIS WAS ISSUED YESTERDAY) THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR), AT ALL LEVELS, INCLUDING THE PALAWAN COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (PCSD), HAS NOT YET RECEIVED ANY FORMAL COMMUNICATION FROM ANY PROJECT PROPONENT ABOUT THE PROPOSED BUILDING OF A THEME PARK IN CORON, PALAWAN.

DESPITE THIS FACT, WE ARE ALREADY LOOKING INTO THE DETAILS OF THIS SUPPOSED PROJECT. I HAVE DIRECTED THE DENR BUREAUS ON BIODIVERSITY MANAGEMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT AND THE REGION IV-B OFFICE, TOGETHER WITH THE PALAWAN COUNCIL ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, IN CLOSE COORDINATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS, THE TAGBANUAS AND THEIR COUNCIL OF ELDERS AND OTHER KEY STAKEHOLDERS, TO UNDERTAKE A RULES-BASED AND SCIENCE-BASED INQUIRY INTO THIS PROPOSED PLAN, SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO CONSERVE AND PROTECT CORON, A KEY BIODIVERSITY AREA AND THE LAST BASTION OF COASTAL BIODIVERSITY IN PALAWAN.

THE SECOND ISSUE IS THE PRESENCE OF MERCURY IN AN ALMOST FIVE-HECTARE LAKE THAT FORMED IN THE ABANDONED MINEPIT OF NOW CLOSED PALAWAN QUICKSILVER MINE INC. (PQMI) WHICH OPERATED FROM 1954 TO 1976 IN BARANGAY STA LOURDES, PUERTO PRINCESA. THIS CONTAMINATION HAS ALSO REPORTEDLY SEEPED INTO THE COASTAL PORTION OF HONDA BAY AT VICINITY BGY TAGBUROS.

IT WAS IN THE COURSE OF DENR’S REHABILITATION WORK ON THE LAKE IN 2015 THAT MERCURY CONTAMINATION WAS FIRST DISCOVERED, WITH THE MINES AND GEOSCIENCES BUREAU COORDINATING WITH DOH SPECIALISTS. AS OF NOW, OUR FINDINGS AND ACTIONS ARE THE FOLLOWING:
1. THE LAKE’S MERCURY-CONTAMINATED FISH WERE CONSUMED BY THE POPULATION AND CAUSED PEOPLE’S CONTAMINATION;
2. DENR WITH THE LGU OF PUERTO PRINCESA HAVE FORMED AN INTERAGENCY TASK FORCE MONITORING AND ADDRESSING THE SITUATION. THE ACTION PLAN, AMONG OTHERS, INCLUDE:
- CONTAINMENT OF AFFECTED AREAS,
- TREATMENT OF THE AFFECTED POPULATION,
- RELOCATION OF RESIDENTS FROM THEIR LAKE AREA HABITATION.
3. THE DENR/ GOVERNMENT IS ON TOP OF THE SITUATION AND TOURISM SHOULD NOT BE AFFECTED ,
4. LEGAL ACTION AGAINST PHIL QUICKSILVER MINES TO BE INITIATED.
5. RESEARCH ON MERCURY CONTAMINATION IN THE COUNTRY AND SCIENTIFIC INTERVENTIONS WILL BE REINVIGORATED (E.G.: ECOSYSTEMS RESEARCH AND DEVT BOARD [ERDB]).
PRESIDENT DUTERTE HIMSELF HAS PUBLICLY VOICED DEMANDS FOR THE MINING SECTOR TO PROVE ITS WORTH TO THE PEOPLE, NOT JUST TO INVESTORS. THE SAME APPLIES TO MASSIVE FISHPENS IN LAGUNA LAKE. THESE MARCHING ORDERS HAVE BEEN PASSED ON TO ME, SO REFORMS IN THESE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE PUSHED AND PURSUED.

CLEANING OUR AIR, FRESHWATER BODIES, AND SEAS, AND BETTER MANAGEMENT OF OUR SOLID WASTES AND WATERSHEDS, WILL CONTINUE TO BE PRIORITY CONCERNS, ALONG WITH REFORESTATION, CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION, BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION, DISASTER AND RISK REDUCTION AND MANAGEMENT, AND MORE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS. THESE ARE GIVENS, BEING CENTRAL TO OUR DEPARTMENT’S MANDATE.

THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT OUR TASKS ARE SIMPLE AND CAN BE DONE WITH EASE. WE CANNOT FORGET THAT WE FUNCTION IN A DEMOCRACY, WHERE INTERESTS CAN BE DIVERSE AND COMPETE AND THE SETTING OF PRIORITIES CAN BECOME CONTENTIOUS. WE SHALL NOT BE FAZED AND INTIMIDATED. WE KNOW OUR TASKS ARE CRITICAL FOR OUR CONTINUING VIABILITY AS A NATION AND SURVIVAL AS A PEOPLE. THUS THE WORK OF PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND PRESERVING AND CONSERVING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES HAVE DEEP NATIONAL SECURITY IMPLICATIONS.

I MENTIONED AT THE OUTSET THAT I HAVE YET TO PROVE MYSELF. YES, I WILL BE TAKING OFF FROM THE SUCCESSES AND PERHAPS STRENGTHEN AND BUILD UPON THE WEAKNESS OF PREVIOUS PROGRAMS ON ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES. CRITICS MIGHT THEREFORE SAY THAT I HAVE SET NOTHING NEW IN ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE. IF THEY SAY SO, THEN THEY WILL BE CORRECT. FOR I DO NOT NEED TO REINVENT THE WHEEL, NOR DISCONTINUE THE PROGRESS MADE ACROSS OUR FIRST 30 YEARS. I WILL HOWEVER ENDEAVOR TO MAKE THE SYSTEM WORK BETTER, MORE EFFICIENTLY AND WITH GREATER EFFECTIVENESS. THAT WILL BE ACHIEVEMENT ENOUGH, GIVEN THE MAGNITUDE OF THE JOB. I KNOW THAT I WILL LATER BE JUDGED BY THE RESULTS THAT I AM ABLE TO ACHIEVE.

WITH US WORKING TOGETHER, MUCH CAN BE DONE.

AND SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE DEPARTMENT, LET US ALTOGETHER BUCKLE DOWN TO WORK AND GET THE JOB DONE!

THANK YOU, AND HAPPY 30TH ANNIVERSARY TO US ALL!

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BOOK LAUNCH OF TOWARD ZERO WASTE

SECRETARY ROY A. CLIMATU

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES
UP BAHAY NG ALUMNI, UP DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY
MAY 12, 2017


17 05 10 Honoring an eco visionary webMANANAG LUZ SABAS (AUTHOR OF THE BOOK), MRS. GRACE AND DR. RUDY RAQUINO AND FAMILY, PROF. JAI AND MR. JOEY ARACAM AND FAMILY, MS. PEARL SABAS-THACKRAY, MS. HAZEL SABAS-CAMPOS, DR. HELEN SABAS; RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE SABAS FAMILY; DISTRINGUISED GUESTS – DR. ALYSSA M. PELEO ALAMPAY, ASST. VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES; CONGRESSMAN ERIC OLIVARES OF THE FIRST DISTRICT OF PARANAQUE, DR. ANGELINE GALANG, PRESIDENT OF GREEN CONVERGENCE; DR. ALMA ESPARTINEZ, VICE-PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS OF HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY, MY COLLEAGUES FROM THE DENR, UNDERSECRETARY NOEL FELONGKO, UNDERSECRETARY MET IGNACIO, EMB DIRECTOR KACKIE CAANCAN, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, GOOD AFTERNOON.

WE AT DENR ARE PRIVILEGED TO BE PART OF TODAY’S LAUNCHING OF TOWARD ZERO WASTE AND WE RECOGNIZE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS BOOK AS IT CLEARLY PROVIDES RECYCLING SCHEMES FOR DOMESTIC WASTE IN LIUE OF DISPOSAL IN THE LANDFILLS.

THE AUTHOR FIRST PRESENTED THESE INPUTS IN 1979 AS PART OF HER MASTERAL THESIS. HER PREROGATIVE WAS SUPPLANTED BY HER DESIRE TO HEIGHTEN PUBLIC AWARENESS ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES THAT WE WILL BE FACING IN THE FUTURE AND PROVIDE PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SIMPLE SOLUTIONS TO THE SEEMINGLY COMPLICATED PROBLEM OF SOLID WASRE IN THE COUNTRY. THE AUTHOR AHS FORESEEN THE MAGNITUDE OF OUR INCLINATION TOWARDS THE THROW-AWAY CULTURE, OVERCONSUMPTION AND EXCESSIVE PRODUCTION OF SHORT-LIVED ITEMS. IMAGINE, THESE WERE ALREADY ON HER THOUGHTS AS EARLY AS THE 1970S.

MORE THAN TWO(2) DECADES AFTER, THE COUNTRY REALIZED THE SEVERITY OF THE WASTE PROBLEM, WHICH EVEN RESULTED IN THE TRASH SLIDE TRAGEDY IN PAYATAS THAT CALLED FOR THE ENACTMENT OF THE ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2000 OR REPUBLIC ACT 9003 AND FURTHER BROADENED BY DECLARING EVERY MONTH OF JANUARY AS ZERO WASTE MONTH STARTING 2014.

SINCE THEN, MUCH HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED. HOWEVER, WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO IN TERMS OF COMPLIANCE OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS TOWARDS RA 9003. THE AUTHOR’S INTRODUCTION OF “FOUR Fs” (FACTORY RETURNABLES, FEED, FERTILIZER, FUEL) CONCEPT IN THIS BOOK IS VITAL TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AS IT COMPLEMENTS THE REQUIREMENTS OF RA 9003. IT ALSO ESPOUSES THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 3R CONCEPT WITH THE FOCUS ON REDUCTION OF WASTE GENERATION AND INCREASING WASTE DIVERSION. THESE SCHEMES ARE SIMPLE SOLUTIONS THAT ARE OFTEN OVERLOOKED AND UNDERESTIMATED BUT ARE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE WASTE MANAGEMENT HEIRARCHY.

REMEMBER, BULK OF OUR WASTE COMPOSITION THE COUNTRY IS BIODEGRADABLE AND RECYCLABLE. THE CONCEPT ADDRESSES THE ENTIRETY OF WASTE WHERE BIODEGRADABLE ARE TURNED TINO FERTILIZERS AND ARE USED FOR ANIMAL FEEDING, EVEM CONVERTED AS FUEL WHILEL RECYCLABLES ARE TREATED AS FACTORY RETURNABLES. IF WE ADVOCATE FOR THESE CONCEPTS DISCUSSED IN THE BOOK, A DECLINE FROM 14.66M METRIC TONS OF WASTE GENERATION IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY WILL NOT BE FAR FETCHED.

DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE AND POOR WASTE MANAGEMENT PRACTIVES HAVE EQUAL SHARE IN THE EMISSION OF GREENHOUSE GASES. WE HAVE REACHED THE CRITICALS TATE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT AS WE PREPARE OURSELVES TO THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE. HOWEVER, ADOPTING THE INTRODUCTION OF “FOUR Fs” SCHEME ARE EFFECTIVE WASYS TO MITIGATE CLIMATE CHANGE.

SO TODAY, I WOULD LIKE TO LAUD THE AUTHOR FOR COMTINUOUSLY ADVOCATING FOR SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE WAYS IN THE MANAGEMENT OF DOMESTIC SOLID WASTES AND FOR PROMOTING THE “FOUR Fs” CONCEPT AND TO MAKE US REALIZE THAT THE BEST WAY TO CONTRIBUTE IN THE CHANGING OF TIME IS TO START WITHIN OURSELVES AND VEER AWAY FROM THE SEEMINGLY MINDLESS CONSUMERISM AND THROW AWAY CULTURE THAT HAS BECONE OUR WAY OF LIFE.

ON THIS NOTE, ALLOW ME TO GIVE MY HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OUR PARTNERS FROM THE CIVIL SOCIETY, OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR IMPLEMENTING MEANINGFUL WAYS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.

ALL OF US HERE CAN MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS IN SHAPING AND PROTECTING PUR ECOLOGICAL WEALTH. WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES WE FACE SHOULD NOT BE SEEN AS THREATS, BUT AS OPPORTUNITIES TO SERIOUSLY DO WHAT WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF US ENJOY A GREEN AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT.

TO ALL OF YOU, THANK YOU AND MABUHAY!

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SPEECH OF SECRETARY ROY A. CIMATU DURING THE TURN-OVER CEREMONY

MAY 10, 2017, DENR SOCIAL HALL, QC

17 05 07 Solidarity in environmental protection web2LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

GOOD AFTERNOON.

TWO DAYS AGO I WAS ADVISED BY PRRD WHOM ALL OF US FONDLY CALL MAYOR DIGONG THAT I WILL BE HIS NEXT DENR SECRETARY. THIS CAUGHT ME COMPLETELY BY SURPRISE. HAVING RETIRED AS AFP CHIEF OF STAFF IN 2002 AFTER 30 YEARS OF SERVING AS A SOLDIER OF THE REPUBLIC AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, ON AN INTERMITTENT BASIS UNTIL 2011, AS SPECIAL ENVOY FOR OFWS ESPECIALLY THOSE IN DISTRESSED SITUATIONS, I HAD THOUGHT THAT, AS GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR ONCE SAID OF OLD SOLDIERS, I WILL JUST FADE AWAY. BUT AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT, HERE I AM BEING CONSCRIPTED YET AGAIN BY A FRIEND OF LONG STANDING TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY.

SABI KO NGA KAY PRESIDENTE MATANDA NA AKO. PERO SABI NIYA SA AKIN: ANONG MATANDA, MAS MATANDA AKO SA IYO NG ISANG TAON. AND SO, DUTY CALLS. HERE I AM WADING IN INTO A FIELD FAR REMOVED FROM SOLDIERY. THAT IS WHY YOU WILL PLEASE EXCUSE ME IF I ASK THAT I BE GIVEN TIME TO SCAN AND STUDY THE TERRAIN IN AN AGENCY WHICH IMPACTS CONSIDERABLY ON OUR VERY LIFE AS A PEOPLE AND THE FUTURE OF OUR BELOVED PHILIPPINES.

COMING AS IT DOES RIGHT AFTER THE VERY HEATED CONFIRMATION DEBATES INVOLVING SECRETARY GINA LOPEZ, A VERY PASSIONATE AN ARDENT ADVOCATE OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND INCLUSIVE GROWTH, MAKES MY ENTRY EVEN MORE CHALLENGING. I WILL TRY TO DO MY BEST AS PRESIDENT DUTERTE'S POINT MAN IN THE DAUNTING TASK OF PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT IN ALL ITS FORMS - FROM THE MINES TO THE LAKES AND RIVERS TO THE FORESTS TO THE PLAINS TO OUR WATERS TO OUR SEWERS, TO THE VERY AIR WE BREATHE YOU NAME IT - WHILE PROMOTING THE WISE AND PROPER USE OF THESE GOD GIVEN RESOURCES FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD. THAT IS WHAT I UNDERSTAND BEING A STEWARD MEANS.

I CANNOT DO THIS ALONE. PRESIDENT DUTERTE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE. WE WILL NEED ALL HANDS ON DECK, FIRST, THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE DENR FROM THE SENIOR OFFICIALS AT THE CENTRAL OFFICE TO THE RANGERS, FORESTERS, GEOLOGISTS EVEN JANITORS ON THE GROUND; THEN, THE VARIOUS CLIENTS OF THE AGENCY, AGAIN FROM BIG BUSINESS TO THE SMALLEST TINDEROS AND ALL HOUSEHOLDS USING THE VERY RESOURCES WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF IN A PROPER AND SUSTAINABLE MANNER. EVEN OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS WHO CARE AS MUCH AS WE DO ABOUT THE FATE OF THIS ONE AND ONLY PLANET THAT WE LIVE IN WILL HAVE TO BE ENGAGED. WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM. WITH TEAMWORK, WE CAN DO, SO MUCH MORE IN ACCOMPLISHING THE CRITICAL RESPONSIBILITIES WE CARRY ON OUR SHOULDERS.

I INTEND TO LISTEN TO ALL THE VOICES OUT THERE AND MAKE FULL USE OF OUR POWERS AND RESOURCES TO ENSURE THAT THESE VARIOUS CONCERNS, SOME OF WHICH OFTEN TIMES CLASH, WILL BE PROPERLY AND JUDICIOUSLY ADDRESSED. FOR IN THE END WE AT THE DENR WILL ONLY BE AS EFFECTIVE AS OUR VARIOUS CONSTITUENTS WILL HELP US TO BE.
SO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEASE HELP ME LEARN THE ROPES AND EARN YOUR RESPECT. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. THANK YOU. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL! 

 

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