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DENR Sec Cimatu pushes for Panay as PH Bamboo Capital

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08 Jan 2020  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.

Environment Sec Cimatu urges affordable sanitary landfills

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08 Jan 2020 Solid Waste         

 

 

         The worsening solid waste condition in the country needs to be urgently addressed as Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu now bats for the easy and inexpensive operation of sanitary landfill. Sec Cimatu wants to allow more local government units (LGUs) to set up their own solid waste management facilities.

          Cimatu instructed DENR Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Unit Concerns Benny Antiporada to “review and revise” DENR Administrative Order (DAO) 2001-34 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 9003, to build and improve sanitary landfills among LGUs in the country. This will further address solid waste disposal concerns by encouraging the practice of recycling, composting, collecting and transferring of wastes to be processed in solid waste management facilities.

          “Only ten (10) percent of concerned LGU’s nationwide have sanitary landfills two decades after RA 9003 was enacted,” Cimatu pointed out as he gave his marching orders to officials and employees of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) during his traditional “New Year’s Call” at the Central Office in Quezon City, recently.

          “Make the establishment and operation of a sanitary landfill simpler and less costly without sacrificing the main objectives of proper solid waste disposal, which is to prevent leachate from going to waterways,” Environment Secretary said as he delivers his marching orders.

          Although a lot of LGUs find it difficult to comply with the law of building and maintaining a sanitary landfill due to its complexity and it is also expensive. There are options however, like adjacent municipalities or cities should cluster and pool together their resources to establish a sanitary landfill. They can avail of government loans particularly offered by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) under its green financial program if they’re out of funds to build a sanitary landfill. They could come up with a scheme to pay the loan by collection of tipping fees.

          A sanitary landfill is a solid waste management facility using an engineered method of waste disposal where waste are buried underground or in a large pile being controlled and monitored. The bottom of the landfill has network of plumbing, serves as collection system for liquids to avoid leakages of leachates from the landfill that harms the waterways. LGUs are bound to comply operation of landfills in the cities and municipalities under the Republic Act of 9003 or the Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000.

           “Our Department will continue to strictly implement environmental laws and sustain the gains of all environmental programs and projects for the protection of public health and the environment,” said DENR 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla.

 

          Ecological Solid Waste Management is the 3rd of the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu

 

DENR 6 conducts eFIS Workshop

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eFIS

           A two day Enhanced Forestry Information System (eFIS) Workshop was conducted at M02 Westown Hotel, Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, recently.

            Eugene V. Domingo, Chief of FMB-Knowledge and Information Section and Computer Programmer Arsenio R. Alonzo discussed the presentation of FNB Technical Bulletin No. 8-A which is the “Adoption and Impelementation of the Enhanced Foerstry Information System.”

            The e-FIS is a web-based database integrated forestry application systems that provides efficient management of forest data that shall facilitate adequate data support to policy formulation and decision-making. It features the integration of geographical information system which the digital maps of tenured areas, protection forest and production forest and other land use to determine the right forest management system and tenured instruments.

 

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            The workshop was led by ARD Livino B. Duran of Technical Services and graced by ARD Jesse L. Vego of Management Services. It was also attended by representatives from different divisions of the regional office, PENROs and CENROs.

DENR 6 ready for ICC 2019

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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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Dugo mo, Kabuhi ko: DENRWVEU Blood Letting Activity

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Blood Letting

           The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6, though its Employees Union and in collaboration with the  Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Iloilo Chapter, has conducted the “Dugo mo, Kabuhi ko” a 3RD DENRWV Employees Union bloodletting activity held at DENR 6 Activity Center on August 30, 2019.

              DENRWV Employees Union President Emma P. Delima expressed her gratitude to stakeholders and DENR personnel who donated their blood.

             “We are very thankful to our donors who took part in this bloodletting activity.  I am happy to note that we have now an access to the blood bank of Red Cross which can benefit DENR employees and beneficiary families in case of emergencies,” she said.

             “The DENRWV Employees Union also proposed to conduct a free medical mission before the year ends,” she added.

              A total of fifty-eight (58) blood units were collected, with twenty three (23) Type O, fourteen (14) Type A, fifteen (15) Type B, and Six (6) Type AB.

            Through this effort, the DENR 6 continues to receive recognition from Red Cross. In 2017, DENR 6 was a recipient of Red Cross’ Bronze Award, and recently, the Department also received a Certificate of Appreciation for its meritorious service in promoting blood services with a minimum of 50 units collected.

            Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. also thanked Philippines Red Cross Iloilo Chapter, led by Blood Center Manager Denisse Roy M. Pasadilla for their active support and for another successful bloodletting activity.

            The Environment Department has been actively engaging in blood donation activity to help Red Cross in its mission to provide safe blood and blood products in a cost effective manner and to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

 

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