DENR 6 conducts CSO consultation

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 6 recently conducted a Consultation Conference among the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on the programs and projects implemented by the Department.

How the projects and programs impact on the lives of people at the grassroots and how they perceive them are gauged through this CSO Consultation Conference.

DENR 6 stakeholders – people in the community who are involved in one of the DENR programs or projects, members of  Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector were invited in evaluating the effectivity of DENR programs and projects. Results of the consultation will be forwarded by the National Development Economic Authority (NEDA) to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). From the results, the DBM will evaluate the budgetary needs of DENR 6 for its FY 2020 Investment Program and Budget Proposals.

“We do not expect your praises rather, we gladly welcome even negative comments so that we can better improve the delivery of our services. Rest assured that all your inputs in this consultation conference shall be given the proper solutions,” said ARD Jesse L. Vego of the Management Services.

ARD Vego, chaired the consultation in behalf of Regional Executive Director (RED) Francisco E. Milla, Jr., along with NEDA Resource Speakers.

Together with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), the DENR conducted the CSO Consultation Conference at the Activity Center.

Under the helm of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, who himself is an advocate of good governance, wanted DENR to work hard for the people and the environment. His ten-point agenda, namely: 1. Clean Air; 2. Clean Water; 3. Solid Waste Management; 4. Geohazard, Ground Water Assessment and Responsible Mining; 5. National Greening Program; 6. Intensified Forest Protection and Anti-Illegal Logging; 7. Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation; 8. Scaling up of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems; 9. Improved Land Administration and Management; and 10. Manila Bay Clean Up, were all focused to achieving DENR’s mandate as a primary agency responsible for the country’s environment and natural resources to protect, conserve and sustainably manage./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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