The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will set up two major information systems to improve data sharing and accounting of the country’s natural resources.
DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones said the agency needs a geospatial system to manage its readily available data, which can be helpful in implementation of government projects.
According to the DENR official, the system will help the government’s reforestation program, the use of geohazard maps, the conduct of mining operations, the monitoring of industry compliance with environmental regulations, land administration and supervision. protected areas.
Additionally, Leones said the DENR expects the database will improve decision-making and collaboration with other government agencies.
“If we can establish this database where all the information is already there, decision-making will be easier and we can discern overlaps in our programs,” he said.
“Once we’re done, we can already collaborate with other agencies’ database.”
Leones provided examples of how the database can benefit other government agencies.
“For example, the database will enable the identification of geohazards which can inform planning for the Department of Education and the Department of Public Works and Roads (e.g. where schools and roads may be built). “
There is a need for accountability and assessment of the country’s environmental and natural resources, he added.
According to Leones, DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga’s top priority is to report on and value the country’s natural resources.
“If we can do that, we will be able to identify our priority initiatives with those resources.”
The Philippines is one of 18 mega-diverse countries in the world, according to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The DENR noted that the country ranks fifth in terms of plant species and retains 5% of the world’s flora.
The Philippine Statistics Authority has declared the country to be one of the richest in minerals in the world.
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