Cimatu pushes for Naboc River Rehab

With its mandate to improve the water quality of the country most especially the rivers, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy A. Cimatu said that the cleaning-up and rehabilitation of Naboc River in Region XI is one of the goals that the Department is taking seriously to achieve.

“I am very happy that DENR Region XI is spearheading the clean-up of Naboc River as this is your contribution to the government’s efforts of cleaning-up all rivers in the country,” he said during his recent visit to Davao City.

Cimatu also lauded OIC, Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and DENR-XI’s Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan for her leadership in cleaning-up Naboc River in Monkayo, Davao de Oro.

It can be recalled that last March 16-18, 2019, the Provincial Task Force Naboc River in Region XI has served Cease and Desist Orders (CDOs) to 1,797 ball mills and carbon-in-pulp (CIP) owners as an initial phase for the clean-up drive.

Under the slogan “Lihok Alang Sa Naboc”, the 3-day operation aims to immediately transfer informal settlers and all processing plants from Mt. Diwata to Sitio Mabatas to attain the government’s goal in rehabilitating Naboc River.

During the operation, 16 teams were dispatched in the area to serve CDOs. Each team was composed of personnel from DENR-XI, Mines and Geosciences Bureau-XI, Environmental Management Bureau-XI, Philippine Army, Philippine National Police, purok leaders, barangay officials and barangay functionaries.

Cimatu also revealed that after cleaning the cesspool-image of Boracay, he accepted the challenge to clean-up Manila Bay in order to restore its water quality and to “make that portion of Manila Bay swimmable to people.”

Last January 27, about 5,000 people showed up for the kick-off of Manila Bay clean-up led by the DENR. Cimatu also urged the mayors of cities and municipalities surrounding Manila Bay to do their share in cleaning and rehabilitating its rivers and estuaries that contribute to the pollution of Manila Bay.

He also urged the LGUs to strictly implement Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 as they are primarily responsible for waste segregation and disposal.

“We are expecting to have a positive result by the end of the year. It will take several years for us to finally complete the clean-up of Manila Bay but we have to do something within the year and that’s what we are doing now,” Cimatu said.

The Environment Chief also disclosed that DENR will be addressing the problems in the West Philippine Sea.

“We are prepared to perform our mandate in the West Philippine Sea. We have to do something about the destructions of corals there and address the issue of giant clams being taken by the Chinese in Scarborough Shoal.


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Environmental Warriors’ ideas laid through paper and lens

11-22 makakalikhasan contest winners

As the DENR XI believes in the power of youth’s profound and innovative ideas in matters of environmental protection, it once again conducted the “MakakaLIKHAsan” an Essay and Photo Contest. It is a two-day annual event that aims to earn the active participation and engagement of young environmental warriors through their piece of writing and photo material.

The essay writing revolves in the theme “One Planet. One Nation: Sustaining Green Actions for a Safer Climate.” to which, the New Corella National High School bagged the top place.

Its writer, Mary Chris D. Agarma, states in her piece entitled “Code Green: Diagnosing the Vital Signs of the Earth” that “we [people] are the leukocytes of the Earth and must work hand in hand as a nation and as a planet to protect the only home we have. The earth has long been diagnosed of a severe disease. Like treating chronic illness, necessary measures must be applied.” Strict implementation of environmental laws, reforestation and to look for other sources of renewable energy to not exhaust biofuel are among the writer’s recommendations.

The champion ended her piece with a diagnosis that the earth is “severely destructed, in need of immediate attention, care and restoration.”

For the photo contest, the Ateneo de Davao University which held the championship for two (2) consecutive years has once again bagged the top place. For this year, its entry was photographed by Anton Miguel Balagot with an engraved caption “Carbon Sequestration: A Quest for Life.”

Congratulations to all the participants- our young and creative environmental warriors and to their supportive coaches!

The DENR XI is looking forward to having you again.

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