Environment chief set to meet Caraga folk in Surigao City “People’s Hour”

Environment Secretary Horacio C. Ramos is expected to hold a “one-on-one” dialog with the different clients of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during the “Peoples Hour” on Wednesday, June 16, at the Surigao City Cultural Center in Surigao City.

“Secretary Ramos wants to know the issues and concerns of the people about environment in Caraga Region as he would try to find solutions on his level about their problems concerning environment” said DENR Region XIII regional executive director (RED) Edilberto S. Buiser.

“We thought there are some issues which only the Secretary of the department could solve and this is the right opportunity for the people to meet our Secretary “ Buiser said.

The “ People’s Hour “ is a regular activity of the DENR secretary, who as part of his commitment, would often go out from his office to visit the provinces and meet the people with unresolved issues concerning environment. This include unsettled land problems resulting to bureaucratic “red-tape” system of the government, mining , forestry, environmental management problems due to policies and other related concerns.

This will be the fifth time that a DENR Secretary has visited the provinces since the People’s Hour was introduced by then Secretary Lito Atienza in 2008. The last time that a DENR Secretary visited a province at a People Hour was at Puerto Princesa in Palawan.

Ramos is expected to arrive at the Surigao City airport direct from Manila via the Air Philippines flight at 11:45 am on Wednesday. He will be accompanied by his technical staff, including a legal team that will work hand-in-hand with him during the People's Hour forum.

Top DENR regional officials composed of Buiser, Directors Ali Bari of Forest Management, Paquito M. Rosal of Land Management Sector, Virgilio de la Cruz of the Protected Areas and Wildlife, Coastal Zone Management Services, and the Ecosystem Research and Development Services, Ester Olavidez of the Environment Management Bureau and Alilo Ensomo of the Mines and Geo Sciences Bureau. (PNA)

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