DENR launches nationwide environment movement
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to launch today its “People’s Stewardship Movement”, which is aimed at mobilizing organizations to care for the environment.
The launch of “Tayo ang Kalikasan” (TAK), which will be led by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, is meant to boost the efforts of the agency’s line bureaus in promoting the DENR’s 10-point agenda for environmental protection and conservation.
TAK will particularly empower communities and individuals to mount relevant activities aimed at protecting the environment from destruction and degradation.
“While nature is a powerful force, it still remains in our stewardship. We hold the power to protect it so that our children can benefit from its abundant gifts. We may have to live with reality and effects of changing climate and depleted natural resources but we still have the power to protect it and use it sustainably. Tayo ang Kalikasan, tayo ang dapat kumilos para protektahan ito,” Cimatu said.
TAK will consolidate the efforts and programs of various line bureaus in implementing the DENR’s priority programs: restoration of forest and protected areas, good and effective governance in environmental protection, adaptation to climate change and sustainable use of natural resources, social justice in land titling, and conservation of coastal and marine resources.
“This is now the participatory democracy that we are implementing down to the grassroots level. Through Tayo ang Kalikasan, we want to make sure that the future generations will still be able to enjoy our natural resources,” Cimatu said.