PENRO Negros Occidental hosts 2nd Quarter RMC 2019

2nd RMC

 

        The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) in Negros Occidental hosted the two-day Regional Management Conference held at Planta Hotel, Bacolod City, recently.

             Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Visayas Marcial C. Amaro graced the RMC and was grateful to DENR for the invitation.

             “I’m very glad that you are holding the second Regional Management Conference in Negros Occidental. This is my second time since we operationalized DENR Negros Island Region (NIR) in December 2015. It’s been a long time and I’m glad we have new people comprising the regional office and the provincial office,” he said.

             Asec. Amaro in his message stressed what the DENR Secretary always emphasized in his instruction to the field offices, PENROs, and CENROs to be more proactive in the implementation of environmental laws in their respective areas of assignment.

          The highlight of the first day event is the Latest Development on Environment and Natural Resources Policies and Program Thrusts, Presentation of Significant Accomplishments for the Priority Programs of the Secretary including operational issues and concerns as of May 2019 of PENROs, EMB and MGB in Region 6.

           The second day saw DENR 6 officials and key personnel tackling concerns and targets on Performance-Based Bonus (PBB), financial accomplishments as of May 2019, budget deliberation of FY 2020 Budget and Updates on Manual of Approvals, and other management-related concerns.

          “The purpose of our RMC is to assess past performances, review the work and financial plan and timeliness of submitting reports to keep abreast of the details of activities and must be always time-bound,” DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. said.

             Further, RED Milla instructed all field officials to be always on top of the situation and treat all instructions with urgency in order to evade lapses in management action.

            “We must work as one here in Region 6 in strict compliance to the instruction on integration between and among DENR line bureaus-EMB, MGB and the DENR Central Office,” he added.

             Moreover, in pursuit of environmental awareness and enforcement, RED Milla said the Department will create and conduct training for the enforcement team to help strengthen the implementation of environmental laws especially on the 10 priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in addressing environmental issues. /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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