Panay River Clean Up

panayrivercleanupThe 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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DENR Sec Cimatu pushes for Panay as PH Bamboo Capital

            Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu strengthens the implementation of the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) by targeting 13,050 hectares to be planted with bamboos in Panay Island. He pushed for it to become the country’s ‘Bamboo Capital’ and this is one of his marching orders during his traditional New Year’s Call held at the Department Environment Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office in Quezon City.

          Bamboos help mitigate the effects of climate change as it can absorb 12 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per hectare each year, improving the quality of air in the country and help cool the temperature. It also has an extensive root system maintaining soil stability that intercepts rain preventing soil erosion and flashfloods that may occur during heavy rain and typhoons.

          During the New Year’s Call, Secretary Cimatu stressed the need to strictly enforce forest protection thereby increasing forest cover without losing the lives of our rangers. Illegal loggers should be punished according to the law thus, it should also be enforced, he pointed out.

          On the other hand, other programs were also given focus by Sec. Cimatu, especially on the region’s patents issuance that has now more than 4,000 hectares target on agricultural and residential patents.

          In this new decade, hopefulness and optimism springs to combat the environmental dilemmas happening in the country. The DENR also pursues its goals to implement and mandate environmental laws, programs and sustain rehabilitations by improving air quality based on the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999 which mandates to control emission of hazardous, poisonous gases, and other air pollutants. The open burning must also be discouraged and make polluters pay through penalties, addressing solid waste problems through the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and programs that ensures protection of public health and environment by proper waste segregation, waste reduction and adaptation of zero-waste lifestyle, thereby also protecting the country’s water bodies from pollution and strategizing to protect water quality through Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

          Meanwhile, the government through the efforts of the DENR along with other national government agencies sustain the rehabilitation of Boracay and Manila Bay. Secretary Cimatu orders official and employees of the Department to conduct daily clean-up in the Manila Baywalk area and Baseco beach during the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

 

          “With all these plans, Secretary Cimatu is calling on each one of us to be proactive and seriously take by heart the Department’s mandate to responsibly take care of our environment and natural resources,” said Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr.

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