Environmental Protection

MANILA, Philippines --- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) deputizes more environmental and natural resources officers.

Yes to better protection of the country's forest and other natural resources.

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Likewise, more concerned groups launch tree-planting activities nationwide in time for the rainy days.

The timing is right. Yes to more trees!

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DENR Sec. Ramon JP Paje says that aside from DENR employees, he has likewise deputized all officials and personnel of the AFP and the PNP to run after illegal loggers, miners, fishermen, and poachers.

The military and police to the rescue. Huli kayo!

Also deputized as forest and natural resources protectors are officials and personnel of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the Marine Industry Authority (Marina).

The more, the merrier--.with forces from all quarters.

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Supporting the deputation move are DILG Sec. Jesse M. Robredo, DND Sec. Voltaire Gazmin, PNP Chief Nicanor Bartolome, and AFP Chief of Staff Gen Jessie Dellosa.

Top brasses are committed. Protection campaign should hopefully become more effective.

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Meanwhile, the DENR reports that the country, as indicated in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), is a "strong performer" in terms of environmental performance.

Environmental standing improving.

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EPI, which was developed by Yale University and Columbia University in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the European Commission, affirms the "correctness and sustainability of the environment policies, programs, and reforms being implemented by the Aquino administration," says Paje,

Yes to protection and sustainability.

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The DENR Chief adds that the Philippines, out of 132 countries, rose in ranking to 42 this year from 50 in 2010, outranking Australia, the United States, Singapore, and Israel , with rankings of 48, 49, 52, and 61, respectively.

Improvement in ranking noted.

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The Philippines also gets perfect (100 points) score for protecting forest cover based on the Aquino government's logging ban policy, growing forest stock under the administration's National Greening Program, agricultural subsidies for lowland and upland farmers, and for reducing outdoor air pollution.

Yes to greater environmental protection. Yes to sustainability and clean air.

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