Celebrates an injury-free holidays in a clean environment - DENR

Stay injury-free, clean and healthy during the holiday seasons!

 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 is urging the different local government chief executives in the region to celebrate the holidays by keeping the environment clean and staying injury-free from firecrackers.

 

“Local chief executives can help protect their constituents from becoming victims of injury to firecrackers during the celebration of the holidays by designating a specific area for the community fireworks display. In this way, they can contain the wastes in one area while ensuring that everyone is safe. We are urging everyone to keep the environment clean even while celebrating the festivities,” DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna said.

 

“There should also be the presence of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of Health (DOH) during the conduct of fireworks display,” he added.

 

Aside from generating wastes by using firecrackers or fireworks during the festivities, the combustion of fireworks contributes to air pollution. “We need to be cautious in using firecrackers and fireworks to celebrate the holidays for this could also pollute the air and can make us sick,” warns Director Sampulna.

 

President Duterte wanted to impose a nationwide ban on the use of firecrackers but deferred the plan after considering the fact that many people have already invested in buying firecrackers. He hopes however that Congress would act first on the bill ensuring public safety from the firecrackers by the early part of 2017.

 

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Press Statement of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu

 

 

I am pleased, honored and humbled by the vote of the Commission on Appointments confirming my nomination. I am excited about this opportunity to continue serving the public as Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The challenge for me now is to prove that President Rodrigo Duterte and the honorable members of the CA have made the right decision in placing their trust and confidence in my abilities to lead the DENR towards fulfilling the broad mandate entrusted to it.

The confirmation of my ad interim appointment as DENR Secretary will allow me to continue to institute reforms, and pursue programs and projects that would truly protect the environment and improve people's lives. This gives me enough inspiration to carry out the seemingly gargantuan tasks of protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable use of the country's rich natural resources in the face of climate change and dwindling natural wealth of the nation.

Rest assured that under my watch, the DENR will push for people-centered agenda in pursuit of environmental protection and sustainable development. It is high time that every Filipino, regardless of status in life, should have equal access to the benefits of clean environment and sustainable natural resources. ### 

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