Residents bemoan ash spill from local powerplant

admin   •   January 10, 2017   •   6501

Residents of Brgy. Limao, Limay, Bataan staged a protest rally complaining that the ash coming from the plant has caused illnesses especially among children.

BATAAN, Philippines — Several officials from the Department of Health (DH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Bataan local government and residents of Sitio Pex, Brgy. Limao, Limay, Bataan, met Monday afternoon to resolve complaints of alleged ash spill coming from a power plant located in the province.

According to the Environmental Management Bureau of DENR Region 3, they have gathered samples of the bottom ash said to be coming from the power plant for analysis.

They said the process of analysis may last from three to six months to be able to determine if the ash can affect human health.

Residents have earlier complained that the ash coming from the plant has caused illnesses especially among children.

The residents also insist that this has been happening for a long time, contrary to the claims of plant operator, Petron-San Miguel Corporation that they have been operating in the area for only two weeks.

“Ano po ba gusto n’yo mangyari na ebidensya? Palagay natin kami nakatira doon, kami nakakaranas. Subukan nilang tumira sa lugar namin para maranasan po nila.  Hindi naman po kami nagsisinungaling eh,” said a resident, Mang Carina.

(What kind of evidence do you need?  We are the ones residing there, and experiencing [the ash fall], perhaps they should try living in our area for them to experience it themselves. We are not making up stories.)

In the end, the local government of Limay and the power plant management have agreed to stop the disposal of bottom ash in their area and just dump it in a private property.

The power plant management also vowed to comply with DENR regulations and provide additional assistance to affected residents. — Joshua Antonio | UNTV News and Rescue

Philippine hawk eagle rescued in Catanduanes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2020

A Philippine hawk eagle was recently rescued and released in San Andres, Catanduanes, as reported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol.

A concerned citizen from Barangay Palta Big, Virac, Catanduanes found the hawk eagle after it was caught entangled in a net used in fencing domesticated chickens.

PHILIPPINE HAWK EAGLE RESCUED AND RELEASED IN CATANDUANESA Philippine Hawk Eagle (Nisaetus philippinensis) was…

Posted by DENR Bicol on Monday, September 28, 2020

The hawk eagle was turned over to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) in Catanduanes. Upon examination, the eagle measures 60 centimeters in length and weighs approximately 4.5 kilograms. Authorities released it to the wild after confirming it is in good condition.

The Philippine Hawk Eagle is categorized as vulnerable species under the DENR Administrative Order (DAO) No. 2019-09. Authorities remind the public to immediately report and turnover any wildlife species without proper documents. AAC

‘No QR code, no entry’ policy paiiralin sa Bataan simula Oct. 1

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Simula sa Oktubre 1 ay ipatutupad na sa probinsiya ng Bataan ang ‘no QR code, no entry’ policy bilang bahagi ng pinaigting na contact tracing efforts sa gitna ng COVID-19 pandemic.

Ayon kay Bataan Governor Albert Garcia, ang QR code ang magsisilbing pass ng mga nais pumasok sa lalawigan at ipi-prisinta ito sa checkpoints o entry points sa lugar.

Sinabi ni Garcia na layunin ng sistemang ito na mapabilis ang prosesong pinagdaraanan ng mga mga pauwing overseas Filipino workers (OFW), locally-stranded individuals (LSI) at authorized persons outside of residence (APOR).

Para makakuha ng QR code, kailangang i-download ang get-pass application mula sa Google play at app store.

Mag-sign up sa app sa pamamagitan ng pagsagot sa declaration form, pindutin ang calendar at pumunta sa travel authorization section upang sagutan ang mga tanong ukol sa travel appointment.

May ilalabas itong QR code na naglalaman ng petsa ng pagbiyahe at appointment number na maaaring i-save o iprint.

Sa araw ng biyahe, dalhin ang printed na QR code kasama ang valid identification card at certificate of employment na ipapakita sa entry points papasok sa Bataan.

Ayon kay Garcia, nagsasagawa na sila ng dry run para maihanda ang mga magbabantay sa checkpoints at iba ang ahensiyang otorisadong mag-monitor ng QR code system gamit ang get-pass mobile application.

Nanawagan rin ang gubernador sa publiko na makipagtulungan at sundin ang sistema upang maiwasan ang posibleng pagkalat ng COVID-19 sa lalawigan. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Leslie Huidem)

Critics eyeing writ of kalikasan vs Manila Bay white sand project

Robie de Guzman   •   September 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several environmental groups are planning to file a petition for writ of kalikasan to halt the project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to pour white sand along the shoreline of Manila Bay.

Ocean conservation group Oceana Philippines vice president Gloria Estenzo Ramos said lodging a petition is one of the actions they are discussing to respond to DENR’s white sand project.

“It’s always an option under the rules of procedure for environmental cases, even a threat to destruction. Ito nga may destruction na e, kaya it’s a ground for applying for writ of kalikasan. Mag-meeting ang mga environmental groups on this,” she said in a forum on Monday.

Fisherfolk group Pamalakaya president Fernando Hicap also opposed the project, saying that it is only a waste of taxpayers’ money.

“Ipahinto natin. Hindi po talaga ito yung solusyon. Nagsasayang tayo ng pera at hindi po rehabilitation to. Hindi to makakatulong sa pagrehabilitate sa Manila Bay.”

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda said they are prepared to face the petition and defend the merits of the project.

“If they say na yung proteksyon natin sa shoreline din natin e mali, well it’s up to them. It’s their right to file their case against us,” he said.

“We’re there to clean it up and we’re there to make it beautiful, ok? So, if that is their allegation, i-prove nila na talagang merong violation kaming nagawa, yun lang ang amin. Well, basically I don’t see any violation in what we’ve done,” he added. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

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