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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DENR-XI, ComVal Prov't Gov't sign Joint Special Order for Naboc River Rehab TWG

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI and the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley recently signed a Joint Special Order creating a Technical Working Group (TWG) and Working Committees tasked to formulate the Naboc River Rehabilitation Master Plan.

Signing the Joint Special Order are Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Eastern Mindanao and DENR Regional Executive DirectorRuth M. Tawantawan and Compostela Valley Provincial Governor Jayvee Tyron L. Uy.

The creation of the said TWG is in line with the government’s aim to rehabilitate Naboc River as it is contaminated with Mercury and Cyanide due to the mining activities in Mt. Diwalawal. The river is also said to be contaminated with fecal coliform.

Last July 16, 2019, the DENR and the Provincial Government of Comval signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the dredging, quarrying and rehabilitation of Naboc River held in Davao City. The MOA signing was attended by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu as Naboc River rehabilitation is one of his priority programs.

Tawantawan said that the "dredging activity will start on November this year and we aim to finish it before July of next year."

On the other hand, Uy assured the TWG members that the provincial government will fully support the Naboc rehabilitation Master Plan.

"We hope that our timeline will be met so we could finally gain a step ahead in rehabilitating Naboc River," he said.

Members of the TWG are composed of some officials and personnel of DENR-XI, Compostela Valley Provincial offices and members of the Provincial Task Force Naboc River. This will be led by DENR-XI's Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Chamberlain Babiera and co-led by Eugene C. Alaba of PENRO-PLGU.

TWG's Working Committees are: Data Management; Mining and Environment; Infrastructure Development; Disaster Risk Reduction and Management; Enforcement and Security; Permitting; Monitoring and Evaluation; and Legal.


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