Management Group pushes for Boracay Island rehab by thematic areas, implements Boracay Action Plan (BAP)

Boracay Action Plan

            After the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) which spearheaded the initial phase of the rehabilitation activities for the island of Boracay, the task force has been renamed to Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group (BIARMG).

             From a Ground Commander, it will now be led by a General Manager in the person of Forester Livino B. Duran who sits in concurrent capacity as Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Technical Services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6.

               ARD Duran’s assignment came on the heels of the rehabilitation activities in Boracay Island going into its tenth month. Formerly, the task force implemented rehabilitation and recovery activities in Key Result Areas (KRAs) as the basis of outputs.

 The former BIATF has identified seven KRAs, namely: 1. Providing social safety nets through Training, Livelihood and Employment Assistance; 2. Ensuring the health and sanitation of Boracay Island; 3. Decongesting Boracay Island; 4. Easing traffic flow; 5. Enforcing the rule of law in Boracay Island; 6. Engaging the stakeholders and the public through an Effective Domestic and Global Communications Strategy; and 7. Boracay Action Plan.

 In ensuring however, the efficient and effective management and interventions in the rehabilitation of Boracay Island, the Management Group is now pushing for thematic areas in implementing the crafted Boracay Action Plan (BAP). The BAP has four (4) Thematic Areas with corresponding group, namely: Theme 1: Enforcement of laws and regulations; Theme 2: Pollution Control and Prevention; Theme 3. Rehabilitation and Recovery of Ecosystems; Theme 4a: Putting in place reliable infrastructure; Theme 4b: Responsive social services along health, education and housing; and, Theme 4c: Sustainable economic activities including tourism and livelihood.

 As chairman, the DENR has appointed a DENR-counterpart who will sit in each Thematic Group to consolidate a holistic report that shall serve as baseline data as well.

            The first meeting of the group was done last February 8, 2019 at Casa Pilar, Boracay Island. The meeting was chaired by Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. together with Assistant Secretary for Field Operations–Visayas, Marcial C. Amaro, Jr. and the newly installed General Manager for Boracay Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Management Group Livino B. Duran.

              RED Milla is happy to note that the implementation of programs in Boracay is on track. He is hoping that the community will cooperate and support the programs of DENR in promoting a sustainable and healthy environment.

              DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu aims to provide clean water and a healthy environment for the Filipino people while also promoting sustainable world class tourism destinations which the Philippines is so gifted with./ DENR 6

 

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DENR 6 ready for ICC 2019

Every 3rd Saturday of September, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) participates in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health, in order to get rid of trash, provide information and raise environmental awareness.

With this year’s theme: “Battle for Litter-Free Seas”, the ICC will be conducted on the 5-kilometer coastal stretch from Brgy. Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo to Calumpang, Molo, Iloilo City, which aims to clear the coastline from non-biodegradable litters.

As an expected output of ICC 2018, stakeholders had a better appreciation of the importance of dedicating efforts to have a trash free-seas, coasts, and other significant water bodies. In addition, 5-kilometer, a 16-kilometer stretch of 24 coastal barangays will be cleaned up with the coordination of the city government, covering all coastal barangays in the city. Thus, a total of 21-kilometers are up for coastal cleanup on September 21, 2019.

Furthermore, the DENR 6 chief encourages more volunteers to participate in this yearly event in saving our oceans.

This International Coastal Clean-up and other cleanup activities only show us the pressing need to properly manage our wastes and not allow it to end up polluting our coastal and marine waters. We are looking forward to a stronger participation and involvement from the stakeholders to implement the proper solid waste management at the household level,” DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said.

“The battle for litter-free seas will never end. This will continue until we all manage our trash, until we see no more trash in our coastal areas and seas,” he added.

Last year, a total of four hundred ninety seven (497) trash bags with an estimated of 3,496.3 kilograms were collected by the 1,242 volunteers during the cleanup along the 5-kilometer coastline stretch from Arevalo District to Molo District. Among the top ten collected garbage were: 1. Food wrappers (7,047); 2. Plastic grocery bags (3,858); 3. Other plastic/foam packaging (3,733); 4. Tiny Plastic Pieces  (3,357); 5. Other Plastic Bags (3,101); 6. Straws/Stirrers (2,982); 7. Shoes/Slippers (2,723); 8. Tiny Foam pieces (2,170); 9. Cigarette Butts (2,097); and 10. Take out containers (1910).

Efforts to clean-up the oceans are in line with DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu’s thrust to promote clean water and strengthen compliance to the provisions outlined in the Clean Water Act.

            Other interested parties who wished to join this international event as volunteers could visit DENR Western Visayas facebook page, and leave a message or may opt to call DENR 6-CDD Tel. no. 5034687 or 09465647013.

 

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