DENR suspends operation of pig, poultry farms around Laguna Lake

Marje Pelayo   •   January 29, 2019   •   2466

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has ordered the suspension of all hog and poultry farms suspected of polluting Laguna Lake.

“Those piggeries and poultries that are polluting our rivers, their ECC will be suspended. Hindi canceled (but) suspended pending investigation,” clarified DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda.

“Ayaw nating magkaroon ng chaos when it comes sa supply ng manok at baboy but we need to take care of our environment. These businessmen should shape up or else they will be shut down,” he added.

The City Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) supports the decision of the DENR.

“Ang kalinisan (ay) shared responsibility. Hindi lang nasa gobyerno o nasa pamahalaan kundi lahat tayo dapat maglinis ng ating kapaligiran dahil tayo rin apektado. So siguro pagtulung-tulongan natin mahalin at protektahan iyon. Ating kapaligiran dahil tayo rin ang magsa-suffer nito pag nasira ng tuluyan. So, tulong-tulong sa paglilinis,” said Marilou Balba, head of San Pedro City CENRO.

For a hog raiser like Mario Corpuz, having a proper animal waste disposal facility is a must for businesses like his.

He has been raising pigs for over three decades now in his farm in Barangay Cuyab in the municipality of San Pedro in Laguna.

His pig farm is about 250 meters away from Laguna Lake but he assures that his business does not cause pollution to the Lake because he has his own facility that deposits and treats animal discharges from his farm.

“Dapat talaga may sariling deposito. Katulad noong sa akin, may depositong waste ng baboy hindi naman natakbo sa lawa. Nakikita nyo naman (ang) layo pa ng lawa sa akin,” Corpus argued.

Even so, Corpuz’ farm is not exempted from DENR’s suspension order.

The DENR’s investigation is now rolling off in all piggeries and poultry farms near and around Laguna Lake to check for violations of R.A. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2002. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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

DENR pushes for alternative mining

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 24, 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)

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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 20, 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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