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Environmental Warriors’ ideas laid through paper and lens

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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.

Naboc River still choked with heavy metals; EMB XI Reports

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11-21 naboc river still choked with heavy metals emb xi reports

The result of DENR-Environment Management Bureau’s (EMB) 3rd Quarter Water Quality Monitoring of the Naboc River exposes that said river still contains hazardous chemicals and heavy metals that exceeded the water quality criterion for Class C Waters.

The Naboc River in Monkayo, Compostela Valley has been a gold-mining spot since 1980s. The extraction of gold through mining has been entwined in the community since then. These mining activities generated toxic wastes that causes several detrimental impacts to the community- health hazards included and the now chemically-choked waterways of Naboc River.

The EMB XI continuously conducts monthly assessment of the river’s water condition through its eight (8) monitoring stations. These are established at Naboc River (at the mouth of the river, at the foot of Naboc Bridge, at the foot of NIA Dam and in approximately 50 meters upstream from the confluence of Naboc River & Tabaka River), and at its tributaries, Tabaka River, Buenas and Balite Creeks.

The recent assessment shows that most of the stations still contain high concentration of chemicals such as mercury and cyanide which could be attributed to the ore processing plants operations in Mt. Diwalwal.

According to the water criterion for Class C waters, the mercury level must conform with the 0.002 mg/L safety level but it alarmingly reached as high as 0.026 mg/L. For cyanide, it reached 6.796 mg/L which encompasses the 0.1 mg/L water criterion.

The river is also in high level of fecal coliform but is mainly due to the communities that are concentrated along the riverbanks and has no toilets and septic tanks.

The data gathered by the EMB serves as a reference for the DENR XI’s rehabilitation of the Naboc River. It is currently one of the department’s priority programs through its “Lihok Alang sa Naboc” work slogan. It is an operation that aims to clean up the river, reinforce mining regulations in Monkayo and to push hazard-free environment in the area.

Earthquake Impacts in Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte: MGB XI Updates

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11-12 earthquake impacts in davao del sur and davao del norte mgb xi updates

Landslides, tension cracks, slumps, rocks rolling downslopes were among the findings of the on-going monitoring and assessment of the areas affected by earthquake that consecutively occurred in October 16, 29 and 30, 2019 in Mindanao.

DAVAO DEL SUR

In So. Marawer, Purok Tagumpay 2, Brgy. Kapatagan, an approximately 250 meter-length tension cracks was observed. It has a crack opening ranging from 1 inch- 5 inches and with a maximum vertical displacement of 5 inches. It was accordingly caused by 6.3 magnitude earthquake in October 16 and was aggravated during the 6.6 magnitude earthquake in October 29. It was recommended that the affected houses will be immediately relocated since the area is highly susceptible to landslide.

In Purok Talisay, Brgy. Kiagot, there were reported cases of rock rolling downslope. Loose cobble to boulder-sized volcanic rock fragments were observed along the slope. The MGB team recommended for conduct of further assessment and for the relocation or temporary evacuation of household directly situated in the area as it is highly susceptible to mass movement.

Series of tension cracks was also observed in So. Bandera, Brgy. Balabag. A slump was further noted with a maximum vertical displacement of 30 cm.

Another landslide was observed approximately 2 kilometers northeast of the Purok Centro. Adjacent to the landslide crown, series of tension cracks were also observed.

Several areas of Brgy. Goma were also affected. In So. Kiola, a tension crack with a vertical displacement reaching up to 45 cm was noted which imposes threat to the 2 houses that are adjacent to it. It was accordingly occurred in October 30 earthquake.

In Purok Alom, So. Nodila, a massive landslide was observed wherein possible debris flow may pose a threat to damming of Napan River.

DAVAO DEL NORTE

As the LGU also prioritizes assessment of earthquake impacts in schools, the MGB team surveyed two (2) schools in Brgy. Palma Gil wherein structural cracks were observed. In Gatong Elementary School- Igang Extension, it was remarked for temporary termination of four (4) classrooms and for inspection of proper authorities.

In Gatong Elementary School, aside from the structural cracks on walls, gap between the wall of a classroom to the floor was also noted as well as a vertical displacement on the floor outside the classrooms in its old building. The MGB team recommended for immediate inspection and assessment by the appropriate authorities.

The MGB-XI’s above-mentioned update covers November 7-8, 2019 monitoring and assessment in close coordination with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs), Local/Municipal Disaster Risk and Reduction and Management Offices (L/M DRRMO) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or PHIVOLCS.

DENR-XI, Indonesian Consulate plan out possible repatriation of apprehended wildlife species

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Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) and the Indonesian Consulate recently had a meeting to plan out the possible repatriation of wildlife species that were confiscated in Mati, Davao Oriental last April this year. If pushed through, it will be the first in the region and the Philippines to return rescued wildlife species in its country of origin.

It can be recalled that Task Force POGI (Philippine Operations Group on Ivory and Illegal Wildlife Trade) composed of representatives from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), DENR, Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Army (PA) seized different kinds of exotic animals on April 8, 2019 in Barangay Dahican, City of Mati, Davao Oriental. The wildlife species, mostly birds, were said to have come from Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Task Force POGI was organized by DENR in 2013 to curb poaching and illegal trade of wildlife in the country.

Most of the apprehended wildlife species, composed of birds, mammals and reptiles, are categorized as endangered based on the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). CITES is an international agreement between government and aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. This was conceived to regulate the trade of wildlife animals and plants across borders and safeguard certain species from over-exploitation.

In behalf of DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations Eastern Mindanao and DENR-XI Regional Executive Director Ruth M. Tawantawan, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Pablito Ofrecia welcomed Indonesian Consul Henny Mulyani and other representatives from the Indonesian Consulate. After the meeting, the team proceeded to Davao Crocodile Park to check on the said wildlife animals that was turned over there for safekeeping.

Also present are Dr. Esteven U. Toledo of DENR-Biodiversity and Management Bureau (BMB); Chief of the Conservation Development Division (CDD) Myrna Erlinda Arbiol; Chief of the Legal Division Atty. Iris Pauline Tapales; Chief of the Wildlife Permitting Section Jose E. Lechoncito Jr.; and Special Investigator I of the Enforcement Division Brine Dumdum.

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DENR-MGB XI monitors EQ-hit areas in Davao Region; Cimatu urges LGUs to reexamine MGB’s geological hazard maps

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11-7 denr-mgb xi monitors eq-hit areas in davao region cimatu urges lgus to reexamine mgbs geological hazard maps

All geologists and personnel embedded in the provincial offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) are still on the earthquake-hit areas within Davao Region to provide an update on earthquake impact monitoring and assessment.

In Davao del Sur, landslides hit the Municipality of Magsaysay where there are reported casualties in Barangays Upper Bala and Asbangilok. The team also noted tension cracks in some areas and strongly recommended that the affected community should be immediately relocated.

In Davao City, there were occurrences of landslides in Marilog District, Brgy. Mandug, Brgy Buhangin and Catalunan Grande but neither were there casualties nor injuries reported.

In Marilog district, tension cracks and slumps were observed along the barangay road in So. Makatol in Brgy. Magsaysay wherein the team recommended for the immediate relocation of families residing in the area. An old landslide was also noted in Purok Acacia in Brgy. Tamugan with vertical displacement of 10 meters wherein approximately 100 households are located 40 meters near the base of the slope.

An earthquake-induced landslide was also noted in Phase-5 DDF Village along Davao River in Brgy. Mandug, affecting 1 house. Immediate relocation of houses along the riverbank or installation of riverbank protection were some of the recommendations of the MGB team.

"The result and findings of the assessment are furnished to the respective offices for their appropriate action. This is part of the bureau’s disaster-response efforts” MGB-XI Regional Director Atty. Jasper Alberto Lascano stresses.

Further, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, evaluated the aftermath of the earthquake and bore a call to the LGUs to reexamine MGB’s geological hazard maps with attached recommendations which are issued to their offices to serve as their guide and reference in managing calamitous events.