LISTENING to P.Noy's Sona, I noticed that it made no mention of SOEN (State of the Environment of the Nation). Yes he cited the ongoing water crisis in Metro Manila, but he did not talk about environmental concerns like climate change, reforestation or the lingering garbage problem. As a result, some environmental groups are not happy.

"We find his Sona ignoring the most basic environmental challenges facing our nation, especially the poor and most vulnerable communities. Honestly speaking, we were dismayed by the lack of focus on environment as if Mother Nature does not matter," says actor Roy Alvarez, the President of Ecowaste Coalition.

Updates on President Benigno Aquino III's presidency

What will be the new administration's priorities as far as environment is concern? They are not in the SONA but posted in the DENR website are the things that President Noynoy and DENR Sec. Ramon Paje want to accomplish in their first 100 days. These are:

On Environmental Management:

1. Issuance of an Executive Order to all Local Government Units calling for the creation of Environment and Natural Resources Offices as mandatory.

2. Resolution of 20 percent of 500 pollution cases pending at the DENR's Pollution Adjudication Board.

On Mining:

1. Issuance of an Executive Order to rationalize the grant of incentives to mining projects.

2. Devolution of responsibility over small scale mining to LGUs.

3. Completion of all geohazard maps for all provinces and municipalities. .

On Forestry:

1. Refiling of the Sustainable Forest Management Bill in Congress, to be certified as a priority bill by Pres. Aquino.

2. Filing of a bill setting forest limits, starting with four provinces, namely, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Zambales and Aurora, and to be certified as a priority bill by Pres. Aquino.

3. Launching of the PhP5.8 million Forestland Management Project, with the signing of the loan agreement between the Philippines (Dept. of Finance) and Japan in August 2010.

4. Reforestation of 15,000 hectares of forestland nationwide through agroforestry and reforestation.

On Lands:

1. Refiling of the Land Administration Reform Bill, with certification by Pres. Aquino as a priority bill.

2. Distribution of initial 1,000 free patents to qualified residential land owners.

3. Issuance of 60,000 free patents covering some 55,000 hectares of agricultural lands.

On Biodiversity:

1. Enactment of 17 protected areas, to be certified as priority bills by Pres. Aquino.

2. Launching of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center Master/Rehabilitation Plan.

On National mapping:

1. Launching of Y1.0 billion (PhP500 million) updating of topographic maps for Mindanao.

After 100 days, we would be interested to know their long term goals.