DENR 6 conducts IEC campaign on Water Code of the Philippines

            There is no life on earth without water. Water is the most important substance in the world, a necessity utilized by living things for survival.

            With the impacts of climate change, comes the need to promote water conservation for sustainable use.

            In connection to this, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 through its Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) led by DMO V Hector S. Garrido, conducted an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign on PD 1067, or the Water Code of the Philippines and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to key stakeholders within Region 6 at Casa Real, Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City, recently.

            During the learning event, Garrido underscored the importance of water in people’s life and the environment and how to better care for our water resources. He believes that “educating everybody about water’s, fragility and threat of water’s scarcity are of vital importance.”

            Topics discussed during the event are Water Code of the Philippines and its IRR and Water Permit Application Process.  

            Water Code or Presidential Decree 1067 provides that all water found within, beneath and above Philippine territory belongs to the State. Thus, a water permit should secured for the following uses: domestic, municipal, irrigation, power generation, industrial, fisheries, commercial and other purposes. Anyone, however, can have access to it, according to P.D. 1067, except those who plan to draw large quantities that should then be subject to a water permit from the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).

            The orientation activity is part of a continuing learning event of DENR 6 in raising awareness on the importance of water. Also present during the learning event were Planning and Management Division (PMD) Chief Edna Locsin, officials from DENR Regional Office, LGUs and water users.

            Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. of DENR 6 is calling for the support of LGUs and other stakeholders to conserve water, especially in fighting the adverse effect of El Niño which has prompted LGUs in many areas in the country including Iloilo Province to declare a State of Calamity.

            “Please help us spread the need for each individual to conserve water. We all need to work as one to win the battle against water scarcity,” RED Milla said.

            Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers that are essential to mitigate water scarcity is one of the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu./ 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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