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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 22, 2019   •   1959

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)

DENR to check rivers for coliform content amid polio outbreak

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2019

Filipino residents cross a hanging bridge along the polluted water of Pasig river in Manila, Philippines, 31 May 2018 (issued on 04 June 2018). EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

MANILA Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will conduct testing of water samples from all rivers across the country amid the ongoing outbreak of poliovirus.

The test is to determine the quality of and coliform content in the country’s bodies of water after water samples from the sewerage system in Tondo, Manila and Davao city tested positive of poliovirus.

According to DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered all its regional offices to submit the results as soon as possible.

“Hahanapin namin ang mga pipes na nagtatapon sa mga rivers para masiguro natin na hindi na madagdagan pa ang polusyon ng river (We will trace the pipes that discharge directly into the rivers to make sure that pollution level in our rivers will not escalate),” Antiporda said. – MNP (with details from Grace Casin)

Deer head seized at Manila Port, handed over to DENR

Marje Pelayo   •   September 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Customs (BOC) turned over on Tuesday (September 24) to the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) a piece of deer head smuggled into the Philippines without the necessary import permit.

The BOC said the deer head was discovered inside a parcel declared as household goods and personal effects that arrived at the Manila International Container Port on July 12, 2019 from Guam.

The subject good was seized for violation of Sections 11 and 27 of Republic Act No. 9147 otherwise known as Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and Section 117 in relation to Section 1113 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Philippine Eagle cheered on arrival in Singapore

Marje Pelayo   •   July 26, 2019

SINGAPORE – A pair of Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) received a warm welcome from staff at Jurong Bird Park, their home for the next 10 years.

On May 20 this year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) signed a loan agreement with the Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) in a move to save the species from extinction.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) this year included the Philippine Eagle in its endangered list of wildlife as there are some 180 to 500 mature eagles remaining in the country.

The eagle pair, named “Geothermica” and “Sambisig”, are recognized as ambassadors for Philippine biodiversity, according to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

 “Geothermica” and “Sambisig now join the close to 3,500 birds being taken cared of at Jurong Bird Park, the largest bird park in Asia.

The sanctuary houses around 400 bird species, of which 20 percent is threatened.

Arrival of the Philippine Eagles

The Philippine Eagles have been introduced to their new homes at Jurong Bird Park. Our staff made sure these magnificent raptors feel at home. Stay tuned for regular updates and to find out how we care for the pair! P.S. You'll get to hear from their keepers in the Philippines next so don’t forget to check it out!http://bit.ly/PhilippineEagles

Posted by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on Thursday, 25 July 2019

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