The Environmental Management Bureau – Cordillera Administrative Region conducted the last leg of the Capability Building on Environmental Laws with the Local Government Units and Stakeholders at Newtown Plaza Hotel on October 27, 2022.

The activity was attended by 400 plus participants from the Local Government Units of Abra, Benguet, Baguio City, and regional line agencies and the private sector.

During the opening message of EMB-CAR Regional Director Ma. Victoria V. Abrera, she mentioned the plight of MENROs and the difficulty that comes with the job aside from the additional functions that they take on. She also commends all the efforts of the LGUs in the protection of the environment and quoted the Honorable President which says that the protection of the environment is also the preservation of life. Moreover, she revealed that we are fortunate with our DENR Secretary who is a climate change expert and has highlighted the use of climate risk-lens in national planning to establish a national natural resource geospatial database. Emphasis is also given to natural accounting system including the valuation of ecosystem services.

She also informed that aside from the technical assistance, there are alternative technologies that would help increase waste diversion. She also re-echoed that the office is establishing a database for all the waste diversion activities and the volume of wastes diverted. Reiterating the attainment of sustainable development, through its 3 pillars namely economic, social and environment, Regional Director Abrera ended her talk by urging the LGUs, “We expect that we will sustain our shared responsibility, as our partners in advocating for environmental integrity.