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DENR, EMB launch ‘Adopt an Estero’ program in Butuan City

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2019

Courtesy : EMB Caraga FB page

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has launched the ‘Adopt an Estero’ Program in Butuan City.

Hundreds of volunteers from the local government, Philippine National Police (PNP), DENR, EMB, and students cleaned up the Ambangan creek in Butuan City.

This is a part of the ‘Adopt and Estero’ or Waterbody program which encourages residents to take care of the waterways in their area especially those that connect to Manila Bay.

A clean-up was already held in Ambanga creek a month ago but the creek was again filled with garbage.

Courtesy : EMB Caraga FB page

The DENR admits the difficulty in resolving the root problem especially when residents continue to throw their trash into the waterway.

“Record sa EMB galing, marami mga barangay pa o kadalasan sa barangay hindi nag mamantina o nag-operate ng tinatawag na MRF [Materials Recycling Facility] (It came from EMB’s records, a lot of barangays are not using or maintaining their MRF). We are planning to provide it to the DILG for assistance,” Atty. Alex Alicer said, the Regional Executive Director of DENR Caraga.

Alicer said barangays should manage and maintain their MRFs especially in the collection of waste in their respective areas.

Houses should also have their own compost pit in compliance with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management act of 2002. This will ease the waste collection and it will prioritize the collection of recyclable materials.

“Naniniwala ako kung operational o functional ang ating MRF na i-establish sa every barangay, siguro masasabi natin na mga less than 20% nalang ang mapupunta doon sa ating mga estero, (I believe if the MRFs established in barangays are operational maybe we can say only 20% of the waste will end up in waterways)” Alicer added.

Volunteers in the adoption of Ambangan creek vows to continue maintaining the cleanliness of the waterway.

Barangay Captain of Ambago, Butuan city Kap. Jun Rosal said he will apprehend residents who will throw trash in the waterway.

“Sa ngayon na ako na ang nakaupo sa barangay Ambago. Wala akong pinapatawad, basta makita ko huhulihin ko talaga, (As long as I am seated in barangay Ambago, I will be strict and will apprehend violators)” he said.

Meanwhile, grade 7 student Christine Arbiol said she wants to encourage others to join the campaign.

“Makatulong ng paglilinis dito at mahikayat rin ang mga tao dito ba na maglinis sila sa paligid, (I will help in cleaning and encourage others to also clean the environment) she said.

Ambangan creek is nine kilometers long and it serves as drainage of waste water in Butuan City.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Raymond Octobre)

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DENR pushes for alternative mining

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2019

Mining site

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) pushes for alternative mining in order to care for the country’s environment.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu encourages mining engineers to find ways to mine without harming the environment. Cimatu added that they are looking into surface mining as one of the alternatives.

“As long as you don’t destroy it, instead if you are able to get the mineral content then you resurface it at the same time make sure na ang mga water na dumadaan doon hindi mapupunta sa unless being treated muna, (make sure the water will be treated first)” he said.

Meanwhile, the environment secretary assured there are sufficient materials for the government’s Build Build Build Program.

Cimatu said the country has enough supply of cement, and aggregate materials including sand, stone, and steel bars.

“Sufficient naman iyan (That is sufficient) in fact the aggregates are doing well and we are allowing the quarrying in some rivers but will make sure that na hindi masisira ang river, (the rive will not be damaged)” he said.—(with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

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Prioritize implementation of environmental laws—DENR to newly elected local officials

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, May 20th, 2019

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urges newly elected local officials to prioritize implementation of environmental laws.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu reminded the new leaders to prioritize full and strict implementation of environmental laws, particularly on solid waste management.

“The task force cannot do it alone. We need the full cooperation of LGUs,” Cimatu added.

Meanwhile, DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and LGU Concerns, Benny Antiporda, called on the local government units (LGU) to report any law violations.

“By doing so, these officials will send the right signal early on in their administration and that is, they do not tolerate any wrongdoing. We will go after both newly elected and outgoing local officials who violated environmental laws,” Antiporda said.

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Establishment owners in General Luna, Siargao Island to undergo environmental laws seminar—DENR

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, May 9th, 2019


The famous boardwalk in Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao Islands, Philippines during sunrise. (Photo: Jupit Reyes/Creative Commons) 

Establishment owners in General Luna, Siargao Island will undergo environmental laws seminar after around 700 establishments had been found to have violated environmental laws, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

400 of these establishments don’t have Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) while around 300 establishments violated the 20-meter easement zone.

DENR Caraga Regional Executive Director Felix Alicer has admitted that they have lapses in the implementation of these laws.

He also said that the said buildings were constructed without considering the requirements for a building permit.

“I must admit na mayroon tayong kakulangan sa pag-implement ng batas in coordinating with the building officials. Kasi sa tingin namin na-issue itong mga (I must admit we have lapses in implementing the laws in coordinating with the building officials. Because we think, these building permits were issued) building permit in the construction without taking into the consideration that there is the requirements in the PD [Presidential decree] 1586,” he said.

There is no official announcement yet as to when and where will the seminar be conducted.

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