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Department of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Secretary Ricardo Calderon shares PH greening efforts before delegates to the 13th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (Photo by Philippine Mission to the UN)
New York, 07 May 2018 – The Philippines reiterated its commitment to promote sustainable forest management by rehabilitating its degraded forest lands through the National Greening Program. This was the message of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary Ricardo Calderon at the opening segment of the 13 th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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