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About the Forum

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is the primary agency responsible for the conservation, management, development, and proper use of the Philippine's environment and natural resources. It is mandated to promote equitable access, assure sustainability, and enhance the contribution of the country's natural resources for present and future generations. However, natural, technological and human-induced hazards, including those due to climate change, present challenges to resilient and inclusive development . These impact the complex systems that constitute our shared environment and communities. These challenges require whole-of-society and transdisciplinary approaches towards evidence-informed policy and action for the protection, preservation, conservation enhancement and regeneration of our country's ecosystems.

It is therefore critical that scientific, technological, and traditional knowledge, expertise and innovation be dynamically integrated into the DENR's strategies, policies, and processes. In this context, strategic partnerships and collective action between national and local governments, academic and scientific institutions, civil society, the private sector and communities are critical to the transformation towards adaptive, inclusive, and sustainable development. This nexus approach is needed to turn challenges into opportunities for building resilient environments and ecosystems.

The discussions in this forum are essential contributions to the identification of strategies and priority actions of the DENR. Their outcomes, actionable recommendations and commitments from stakeholders will be reflected in the Department Summary. They will serve as critical inputs to the Policy Reform Agenda, Systems and Collaboration Mechanisms, and Shared Programs, Actions, and Plans. Consequently, the forum also aims to accelerate the DENR's mission of mobilizing the country's citizens in protecting, conserving, and managing the environment and natural resources.


Enable inclusive dialogue across all of the DENR's stakeholders to identify each sector's unique and shared challenges, accelerate cooperation, and gather information on priorities for possible inclusion in the DENR's policy agenda and multi-year Roadmap for Programs, Activities and Projects (PAP)

Share the knowledge and experiences on how different stakeholders can work together with the DENR and other national government agencies to craft and implement policies and programs towards climate and disaster resilience and sustainable development

Under Water

Foster and strengthen partnerships among stakeholders; coordinate each sector's initiatives on matters involving the environment, natural resources protection, development and conservation

Identify multi-stakeholder initiatives and good practices that apply science, technology and innovation to achieve shared and unique values across different sectors


Program of Activities

Day 0 - February 1, 2023

6:00 pm

Ribbon Cutting and Opening of Exhibit 

  • Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
    DENR Secretary


Day 1 - February 2, 2023

8:00 am - 9:00 am

8:30 am - 8:40 am
Cultural Dance


Philippine National Anthem

    USTP Chorale


8:40 am - 9:00 am

Welcome Remarks and Opening Message

  • Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
    Secretary, DENR


9:00 am - 9:10 am

Introduction of the Keynote Speaker

  • Joselin Marcus E. Fragada, CESO III
    Undersecretary for Field Operations - Mindanao, DENR

9:10 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Message

  • Honorable Rufus B. Rodriguez
    2nd District Representative, Cagayan de Oro City


9:30 am - 9:40 am

MOU Signing between the DENR and BARMM

  • Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
    Secretary, DENR

  • Honorable Akmad A. Brahim
    Chief Minister, BARMM Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy

9:40am - 9:55 am
Photo Opportunity

9:55 am - 10:55 am
Plenary Session 1: Opportunities and Challenges in Environmental Governance in the Mindanao Region 

Joselin Marcus E. Fragada, CESO III,
Undersecretary for Field Operations – Mindanao, DENR


  • Topic 1: Sustainable Forest Management 
    Forester Tommy T. Valdez 
    National Council President, Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc.

  • Topic 2: Protected Area and Biodiversity Conservation Initiatives and Challenges
    Dennis Joseph I. Salvador

    Executive Director, Philippine Eagle Foundation

  • Topic 3: Lessons Learned on Environmental Protection, and Natural Resource Management: Indigenous Peoples Experience
    Maria Easterluna Santos Canoy
    Executive Director, Kitanglad Integrated NGO (KIN), Inc

  • Topic 4: Research and Development to Accelerate Climate Action
    Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ

    President, Ateneo de Davao University

  • Topic 5: Ecosystems Services in Protected Areas and River Basins
    Dr. Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit
    University Professor, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology/Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council


10:55 am - 11:55 am

Plenary Session 2

Moderator: Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, CESO I

Undersecretary for Field Operations - Luzon, Visayas and Environment, DENR

  • Topic 1: Agriculture, Environment, and Food Security
    Marco P. Lorenzo

    Private Entrepreneur/Private Consultant

  • Topic 2: Environment, Food Security in using Land and Marine Resources
    Miguel A. Dominguez

    Director, Alsons Aquaculture
    Corporation, Alsons Development and Investment Corporation

  • Topic 3: Experience of Siargao as a Tourist Destination
    Ian Valentin U. Sermonia,
    Siargao Tourist Operators Association

  • Topic 4: Shared ENR Programs, Activities, and
    Projects on Land Management Tenure Arrangements /
    Land Use and Community Engagements
    Atty. Roberto V. Oliva

    President, Society of Filipino
    Foresters, Inc.

11:55 pm - 1:00 pm


Press Conference

  • Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, Secretary

  • Joselin Marcus E. Fragada, CESO III, Undersecretary

       for Field Operations-Mindanao

  • Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr., CESO I,  Undersecretary for Legal and Administration

  • Atty. Analiza Rebuelta - Teh, CESO I, Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems and Climate Change

  • Atty. Jonas R. Leones, CESO I, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs

  • Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, CESO I, Undersecretary for Field Operations - Luzon, Visayas and Environment

  • Dr. Carlos Primo C. David, Undersecretary for Integrated Environmental Science

  • Augusto D. Dela Peña, MNSA, Undersecretary for Organizational Transformation and Human Resource

  • Ruth M. Tawantawan, CESO II, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao

  • Arleigh J. Adorable, CESO III, OIC, Assistant Secretary for Operations-Western Mindanao

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Parallel Breakout Sessions:

Breakout Session A: Sustainable Forest Management

  • Moderators:
    Atty. Jonas R. Leones, CESO I

    Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, DENR

    For. Nonito M. Tamayo
    Regional Executive Director, DENR R13

Breakout Session B: Land Management / Conflicting Tenure
Arrangements / Competing Land Use

  • Moderators:
    Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo, Jr., CESO I
    Undersecretary for Legal and Administration, DENR

    Atty. Felix S. Alicer
    Regional Executive Director, DENRR12

Breakout Session C: Biodiversity / Protected Area
Management / Ecotourism

  • Moderators:
    Atty. Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, CESO I 
    Undersecretary for Finance, Information Systems, and Climate Change, DENR
    Raoul T. Geollegue, Environmental Consultant, UNIFRUTTI Philippines, Inc.
    Felix S. Mirasol, Jr., CESO IV
    Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, DENR R10


3:00pm - 3:15 pm


3:15pm - 3:30 pm



Arleigh J. Adorable, CESO III
OIC, Assistant Secretary for
Operations-Western Mindanao, in concurrent capacity Director for Forest Management Bureau

3:30 pm


4:00pm - 4:30 pm

SENR’s Time with Mindanao DENR Regional Officials


6:00 pm

DENR Cultural and Fellowship Night / Dinner

Day 2 - February 3, 2023

9:00 am - 9:10 am
Recap of Day 1 and Overview of Day 2

  • Ruth M. Tawantawan, CESO II
    Assistant Secretary for Operations-Eastern Mindanao, DENR


9:10 am - 9:25 am

Introduction of Speakers

  • Joselin Marcus E. Fragada, CESO III
    Undersecretary for Field Operations-Mindanao, DENR


Inspirational Messages

  • Honorable Leo Tereso A. Magno
    Presidential Assistant for Eastern Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines

  • Lord A. Villanueva
    Undersecretary for Operations DILG

  • Honorable Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo
    District Representative, Camiguin

9:25 am - 9:30 am

Introduction of the Keynote Speaker

  • Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
    Secretary, DENR


9:30 am - 9:35 am

Keynote Message

  • Honorable Juan Miguel F. Zubiri
    Senate President, Republic of the Philippines

9:35 am - 9:50 am

Photo Opportunity


9:50 am - 10:00 am

Presentation: Disaster Resiliency in Action: The BARMM


  • Honorable Akmad A. Brahim, Chief Minister, BARMM Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Energy

10:00 am - 10:10 am

Presentation: Peace, Security, and Development

  • Honorable Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar 
    Former Mayor,
     Zamboanga City

10:10 am - 11:10 am

Plenary Session 3: Responsible Mining



Dr. Carlos Primo David
Undersecretary, DENR


  • Topic 1: The LGU Experience in Mining
    Honorable Nilo P. Demerey Jr.,

       Governor, Dinagat Islands

  • Topic 2: Best Practices, Challenges, and SDMP Strategies by the Mining Industry
    Mark Vincent Junel E. Felias, OIC
    Community Relations Manager, Taganito Mining Corporation

  • Topic 3: Towards Sustainable Mining
    Rocky G. Dimaculangan
    Vice President for Communications & National Coordinator for Towards
    Sustainable Mining

  • Topic 4: Community Partnership in Mining
    Jasmin Dansigan Goriano, Treasurer, Sumpaw ng Inangsabong Mansaka Inc.

11:10 am - 12:10 pm

Plenary Session 4: Climate and Disaster Resilience


Dr. Noralene Uy 
Technical Adviser to the Secretary, DENR

  • Topic 1: Climate Extremes Projections and Implications for Mindanao
    Dr. Faye Abigail Cruz

    Head, Regional Climate Systems
    Laboratory, Manila Observatory

  • Topic 2: Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Priorities in Mindanao
    Lenie Duran-Alegre
    Assistant Regional Director, Region
    11, Office of Civil Defense

  • Topic 3: Linking Theory to Policy and Practice through Academia-LGU Partnerships
    Engr. Dextor S. Lo
    Assistant Professor, Xavier
    University-Ateneo de Cagayan and Founding Director, XU Engineering Resource Center

  • Topic 4: Civil Society Participation in Climate and Disaster Resilience in Mindanao
    Atty. Angela Consuelo S. Ibay

    Head, Climate Change and Energy Program

  • Topic 5: The Role of Professional Organizations in Climate and Disaster Resilience: Experience of the Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners
    Dr. Josefino S. Bascug

    Vice President for Mindanao, Philippine Institute of Environmental Planners National Board of Trustees

12:10 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Launch of Project TRANSFORM for Siargao

  • Atty. Jonas R. Leones, CESO I, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, DENR

  • Silvestre Z. Barrameda, Jr., Executive Director, National Resilience Council, Local Chief Executive from Siargao Municipalities

Signing of Partnership Agreement

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

Presentation: Breaking Patterns from Projects to Systems

  • Roberto R. Calingo, Executive Director, Peace and Equity Foundation

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 3:35 pm

Parallel Breakout Sessions: ENR Resiliency Framework


Breakout Session A: Environmental Protection (Forestry,
Land Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Tourism)


Atty. Jonas R. Leones, CESO I 

Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, DENR

Marcial C. Amaro Jr., CESO II
Assistant Secretary for Policy, Planning, and Foreign Assisted and Special Projects


Breakout Session B: Natural Resource Management (Environmental Management, Mining, Water Management)

MGen Augusto Dela Peña, Undersecretary for Organizational Transformation and Human Resources,  DENR

For. Reynaldo S. Digamo,
Regional Director, Environmental Management Bureau R10

3:35 pm - 3:45 pm


3:45 pm – 4:00 pm


  • Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna, CESO I
    Undersecretary for Field Operations - Luzon, Visayas
     and Environment, DENR

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Signing of the Commitment of Support

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Honorable Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga
Secretary, DENR

4:30 pm


Outputs & Outcome


  1. Policy and Legislative Agenda for Environment and Natural Resources (ENR)

  2. Inventory of Shared ENR Programs, Activities, and Projects (PAPs) for co-implementation by multi-stakeholders

  3. Resiliency Framework for ENR: an integrated framework for multi-stakeholder strategic engagement in ENR


The Resiliency Framework for ENR to be produced out of the Multistakeholder Forum shall serve as the foundation for science-based, data-driven, and socially, politically and culturally-sensitive environment and natural resource policies as well as the corresponding PAPs that will be co-implemented by the government and non-government actors.

Expected Participants

The forum will have around 200 pax composed of the following sectors:

Image by Mara Rivera


Back of a group of volunteers

Development Sector /NGOs

Image by Leon Wu


Image by Pedro Lastra

Private Sector

National and Local

Key Documents

Day 0 - mindanao exhibit

Day 1 - 2023 Multistakeholder Forum - MINdanao

Day 2 - 2023 Multistakeholder Forum - mindanao

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