67 gov’t agencies, bagsak sa 2013 anti-red tape test

admin   •   February 27, 2014   •   3335

Ang bilang ng mga government agencies na bumagsak sa Anti-Red Tape Test ng Civil Service Commission nitong 2012 at 2013. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Umabot sa 67 government offices ang hindi nakapasa sa isinagawang 2013 anti-red tape test ng Civil Service Commission.

Ayon kay Civil Service Commission Chairman Francisco Duque, layunin ng anti-red tape test na magkaroon ng maayos at de kalidad na serbisyo ang bawat pampublikong opisina sa bansa.

“Yang Anti-Red Tape Act of 2007 ay isang batas na inaprubahan ng Congress upang siguraduhing magkakaroon ng efficiency ang lahat ng mga frontline services ng iba’t-ibang ahensya ng pamahalaan.”

Batay sa resultang inilabas ng Report Card Survey, lumabas na ang Land Bank of the Philippines, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) at ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ang nakakuha ng excellent marks.

Nakakuha naman bagsak na marka ang Land Transportation Office (LTO) at Social Security System (SSS) partikular ang mga opisina nito sa Iloilo at Lipa, Batangas.

Sinabi naman ni Duque na malaki ang ibinaba ng bilang ng mga nakakuha ng bagsak na marka kumpara noong taong 2012.

Base sa tala ng Civil Service Commission, umaabot lamang sa 7 porsyento o katumbas ng 67 government offices ang hindi nakapasa sa taong 2013.

Mas mababa ito ng 18 porsyento, kumpara noong 2012 na umabot sa 25 porsyento o katumbas ng 150 government agencies.

Nilinaw naman ni Duque na hindi ibig sabihin na kapag hindi nakapasa ang isang opisina ay bagsak na ang kabuoan ng ahensya.

“Nais kong linawin na hindi komo may isang opisinang bumagsak eh ito’y naglalarawan na ang bagsak.”

Dagdag nito, “Ang ating Report Card Service ay office specific, kung nasa Pagadian, Dagupan, nasa ARMM, nasa Baguio ang tinutukoy natin yung service office na yun.”

Sa resulta ng 2013 anti-red tape test, umabot sa 168 government offices ang nakahuha ng excellent mark, samantala 557 mga opisina naman ang nakakuha ng good at 101 ang nabigayan ng acceptable remarks. (Joan Nano / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Wildlife conservation must continue amid pandemic —DENR

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has reiterated the need to continue wildlife conservation even amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

This was after a nesting sea turtle was sighted in Zambales province. DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu also reported several sightings of nesting sea turtles were in other areas.

“Even if we are faced with a difficult situation brought about by the threats of the disease, we must continue to strive to protect and preserve our endangered pawikan,” he said.

He added that the sightings prove that the efforts of conserving wildlife was not in vain.

The DENR’s Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in Olongapo City also received a report that sea turtles laying eggs were spotted at a beach resort in San Antonio town.

The DENR said they will monitor the situation of these nests to protect them from poachers and illegal wildlife traders.  AAC

DENR orders bamboo planting along Cagayan River to prevent floods

Robie de Guzman   •   December 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the planting of bamboo trees along the banks of Cagayan to help prevent a repeat of the floods that submerged parts of Cagayan and Isabela provinces during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The DENR said Cimatu issued that directive following a meeting with the Build Back Better Task Force created by President Rodrigo Duterte to oversee the rehabilitation of areas devastated by recent typhoons.

Cimatu co-chairs the task force with Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.

Cimatu told the DENR regional offices in Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and CALABARZON to ensure the availability of bamboo planting materials and to identify areas along the river channels that are most suitable for bamboo propagation under the government’s Enhanced National Greening Program.

The DENR chief said they picked bamboo as it is ideal for stabilizing riverbanks given its high survival rate.

“The survival rate of bamboo is much higher and it has a faster growth rate compared to other trees,” he said, adding that bamboos also have the potential to be “a sustainable source of livelihood for the people of Cagayan Valley while protecting the integrity of Cagayan River.”

In the same meeting, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona said the DENR’s move to plant bamboo trees offers an opportunity to look into the economic importance of bamboo.

Lantayona said the DTI has been producing engineered bamboo, but its facilities cannot operate at full capacity because there is currently a lack of bamboo supply.

“Cimatu’s push to mainstream engineered bamboo as a major alternative to timber will finally enable the full implementation of Executive Order (EO) 879,” she said.

Under EO 879, at least 25 percent of the annual requirement of school desks and chairs of all public elementary and secondary schools nationwide should be made of bamboo.

It also directs the DENR – through its Forest Management Bureau, Mines and Geosciences Bureau and Laguna Lake Development Authority – to use bamboo as the planting material for at least 20 percent of its annual reforestation and rehabilitation areas.

“This should be done especially in provinces and towns which are engaged in or have the potential to engage in bamboo-based industries or where trees are difficult to grow because of poor site quality, susceptibility to erosion or adverse and steep gradients,” the DENR said.

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DENR eyes restoring original width of Marikina River to reduce flood risk

Marje Pelayo   •   November 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said Marikina River must be widened to reduce flood risk.

During a recent visit to Marikina City, Cimatu recommended the widening of Marikina River to increase its flood carrying capacity.

The recommendation comes after Marikina City and nearby areas were submerged in flood waters during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

The environment chief noticed that the river channel was narrow, prompting him to call for strict imposition of easement requirements pertaining to rivers.

Presidential Decree 1067, also known as the Philippine Water Code, requires riverbank easement of three meters in urban areas.

As part of the planned rehabilitation, Cimatu said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will evaluate the changes in the width of Marikina River based on the data from the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NMRIA).

“We will look into the old river and how the river became narrower through the years,” Cimatu said. 

“We will restore the original width of the Marikina River,” he added.

At the same time, Cimatu said the DENR will look into the complaint of the Marikina City government over the alleged reclamation project along the river, which has not secured an environmental compliance certificate (ECC) from the environment department.

“Definitely, there should be no reclamation. I will really implement the easement law,” he said.

Cimatu said he has directed the DENR-National Capital Region office to look into the non-issuance of ECC, the reclamation, and the retaining wall built along the riverbanks.

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