DENR, EMB launch ‘Adopt an Estero’ program in Butuan City
Aileen Cerrudo • March 22, 2019 • 1789
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.
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)
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.
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)
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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