Manila Bulletin : DENR forms transition team, urges BBM admin to continue use of task force on disaster rehab, recovery

By Aaron Recuenco | Manila Bulletin

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has created a transition team that will work with the incoming administration of president-elect Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.

DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna said the transition team will be headed by a department secretary to ensure a smooth turnover of the agency’s programs and projects.

Marcos is yet to name his DENR chief.

“We are ready. The documents have been prepared and will be presented to the next DENR Secretary,” Sampulna said.

Among the top DENR programs to be handed over to the incoming DENR chief are the Boracay Rehabilitation and Manila Bay Rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones said that they will also be proposing to the next administration the continuation of task force on disaster recovery and rehabilitation created under the Duterte administration and the strict implementation of major environmental laws.

“The challenge is the effects of climate change; we are expecting tropical cyclones and calamities such as landslides and flooding. That’s why during the time of President Rodrigo Duterte we have the Task Force Build Back Better, a whole-of-government approach on post-disaster response,” said Leones.

“Secondly, our agency is mandated to protect the environment and conserve the natural resources, so we will focus on this and discuss with the incoming administration the strict implementation of environmental laws such as Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,” he added.