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Panay River Clean Up

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Provincial ENR Office (DENR-PENRO) Capiz conducted a river clean-up in line with the Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (R. I. V. E. R. S.) for Life Award.

The clean-up was done along the strait of Roxas City Panay River.

A total of 10,692 kilograms of solid waste, mostly plastics were collected by volunteers from PENRO Capiz speareheaded by PENR Officer Ruel L. De Los Reyes, CENRO Mambusao, academe, Local Government Unit (LGU) of Roxas City and the business sector. The area was divided into five segments identified as Segments I-A, I-B, II-A, II-B and III-A.

RIVERS for Life Award, was launched in July 2018 to raise awareness of the need to protect and conserve the rivers in the country. The award was conceived to recognize the efforts of DENR’s field officials in implementing and enforcing environmental laws and other initiatives to protect rivers from pollution and other threats.

Furthermore, Panay River in the Province of Capiz is classified as Class C, which means that the water is intended for fishery where propagation and growth of fish and other resources are feasible. Due to threats from agricultural, domestic, industrial activities, negligence and mistreatment of people to our rivers, only a few are considered healthy and sustainable.

Meanwhile, PENRO De Los Reyes assured Capiznons that the said activity will be conducted quarterly to bring back the beauty and marine wealth of Panay River.

DENR 6 RED Francisco E. Milla, Jr., in his visit to field offices, always reiterates to DENR field offices’ workforce to support DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s tall order to clean-up the rivers.

The implementation of the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (Republic Act No. 9275) which aims to protect the country’s water bodies from pollution coming from land-based sources such as industries and commercial establishments, agriculture and community/household activities is one of Secretary Cimatu’s ten priority agenda. It encourages a multi-sectoral and participatory approach of all stakeholders to prevent and minimize water pollution.

 

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