Men and children works together in preparing soil media for potting (left) and help raise seedlings (right) in Culasi, Antique.
The expanded National Greening Program (eNGP) which will run the course of another twelve (12) years (2017-2028) put the Environment Department abuzz with activities this year.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 target to plant 13,194,618 seedlings of different species throughout the region to cover a total area of 11,815 hectares.
An initial funding of more than Php300-M is expected to fund the next phase of the reforestation program which, by virtue of Executive Order 193, expands the program coverage to include the reforestation of “all remaining unproductive, denuded, and degraded forestlands.”
“We have been consistently working with our field personnel in the implementation of the eNGP. Through the eNGP, not only do we want to attain climate resiliency or ecological balance. We also want to see the improvement of the economic lives of our people in the uplands and coastal areas, and that everybody benefits in the long run,” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.
New plantations are up for development under the 2017 eNGP implementation which shall include three (3) activities, namely: 1. Seedling production; 2. Site preparation and planting; and, 3. First year maintenance and protection. On the other hand, project beneficiaries for the 2015 and 2016 NGP sites will continue with their maintenance and protection activities. The maintenance and protection activities continue for three years after the plantation has been established. Moreover, the eNGP aims to generate 13,063 jobs region-wide.
In 2016, the DENR 6 has planted a total of 15,225,032 seedlings in a span of 8,977 hectares of various NGP areas in the four provinces of Western Visayas namely, Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo. The seedlings were raised by the different People’s Organizations (POs) from January to June 2016 with contribution from the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).
DENR Secretary Regina Lopez has repeatedly expressed her desire to help the poor beneficiaries of the Department in upland and coastal areas. She is working hard to implement the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) concept for the eNGP and other major projects of the Department which is comprehensive and can thereby help in alleviating poverty.
“I really feel that the DENR is in a position to alleviate poverty in the country,” she said. Her marching order to all DENR employees is to see to it that people benefit from their own natural resources. “Your job is to improve the lives of people,” she stressed.
DENR 6 highlights significance of World Water Day 2017
On March 22, wherever you are and whatever you do, make it about water. - worldwaterday.org
In celebration of the annual World Water Day on March 22, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 is reminding everyone of the importance of wastewater and most especially not take for granted our water resources because water is life.
Cliché as it may sound, but did you know that today, there are over 663 million people living without safe water supply close to their homes, spending countless of hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impact of using contaminated water?
This year, the celebration’s theme is “Water and Wastewater” where it focuses on the importance of reducing and reusing wastewater as a valuable resource in the economy. It also focuses on its safe management as an effective investment for the public.
World Water Day 2017’s main goal is to support the Sustainable Development Goals 6.3, “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.”
Wastewater is all the dirty water from municipal sources, schools, restaurants, commercial establishments, hospitals, farms, floodwater such as feces, urine and faecal sludge and all of the possible dirty water that you can think of. Other wastewater may contain dangerous dissolved toxins and chemicals. The three types of wastewater are Black water, Gray Water and Yellow Water.
Why should I CARE?
In industrialized countries, everybody has access to safe water. But did you know that in developing countries, like the Philippines, only 86% of the people do?
Every day, most of the wastewater comes from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture that flows back to the surroundings without proper treatment or being reused. Therefore, it pollutes the environment most especially bodies of water and loses essential nutrients. Yes, we contribute in this pollution, we are just not aware.
Thus, to support the said celebration of World Water Day 2017, DENR 6 has prepared a series of activities such as Forum on Wastewater and Septage Management on March 17 at Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISATU) among Engineering students, Orchestrated Clean-Up on March 18 and Tree Planting and River Clean-Up on March 22 in San Julian, Tapaz, Capiz to raise awareness among the youth and encourage local community involvement.
How can I HELP?
Make a change in your own little way by starting in your homes! Reuse gray water (wastewater originating from non-toilet and food fixtures such as bathroom sinks, laundry machines, spas, etc. not contaminated with human waste) by watering plants, flushing toilets, construction and concrete mixing purposes and many more.
This will not only help you save you from your water bill, you have also helped the water cycle work better for the environment.
“World Water Day is a unique event for all of us to be reminded of the importance of water in our daily lives. Right now, we may have enough water resources but what about in the next few years if we don’t know proper management of wastewater? Hence, I encourage everyone to practice reducing and reusing wastewater. This is not only for our own benefit but also for the next generation and for every living thing,” said Regional Director Jim O Sampulna.