Truckload of hazardous chemicals seized in Hermosa, Bataan

admin   •   December 9, 2016   •   6079

A police personnel inspects a truck loaded with hazardous chemical wastes at a checkpoint in Hermosa, Bataan.

A police personnel inspects a truck loaded with hazardous chemical wastes at a checkpoint in Hermosa, Bataan.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Bataan is alarmed over incidents of chemical wastes being disposed at a dumpsite in Hermosa, Bataan.

This came after the Philippine National Police seized a ten-wheeler truck loaded with nine plastic containers of chemical waste at a local checkpoint.

It was discovered that the cargo truck had no permit to transport.

The Provincial Government of Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO) said, the chemicals pose environmental and health risks to residents especially if they are not treated properly by a waste treatment facility.

“Halimbawa, siya ay maitapon sa isang creek at hazardous waste siya, depende sa nature ng materyales, ang posibleng mangyari, magkakaroon ng fishkill kung highly toxic yung materyales,” PG-ENRO – Bataan head, Engr. Victor Ubaldo said.

(For instance, if the hazardous waste is thrown into a creek, depending on the nature its composition, it can possibly cause fish kill if the waste is made of highly toxic materials.)

The agency said such chemical wastes must be treated first before they are disposed at dump sites to neutralize their toxicity level. However, the provincial government has no such facility.

“Wala dito sa Bataan na accredited treatment facilities ng hazardous waste. Ang meron ay sa Metro Clark Sanitary Landfill,” said Engr. Ubaldo.

( Bataan has no accredited treatment facilities of hazardous waste. What it has is Metro Clark Sanitary Landfill.)

The police currently are in custody of the four men who were operating the trucks full of chemical waste.

RELATED: Local officials to face charges due to operation of illegal dumpsites

Authorities are also in the process of verifying if the chemicals are some form of hydrochloric acid.

If proven to be toxic substances, the suspects will be charged under Republic Act 6969 or the “Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Control Act of 1990.” — Joshua Antonio | UNTV News & 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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