PENRO MARINDUQUE SHOWS GOOD DEEDS TO FRONTLINERS
DENR-PENRO Marinduque, thru the initiative of OIC-PENR Officer Imelda M. Diaz turned-over Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as face mask and surgical gloves to healthcare workers of the Marinduque Provincial Hospital thru Dr. Ed Ancheta and Supply Officer Ma. Asuncion M. Marquez on May 4, 2020. Likewise, assorted fruits were distributed to frontliners stationed in various checkpoints of the six municipalities of the province to show all-out support amidst the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic.
The funds used in the purchase of the PPE and assorted fruits amounting to P31,900.00 came from the voluntary contribution of PENRO Marinduque personnel as an act of caring and sharing for the Marinduqueῆos in times of COVID-19 crisis.
MSD In-Charge Gemma P. Delos Reyes together with PENRO Information Officer Jelomy H. Mahayag and some personnel conducted the distribution of PPE and fruit packs to beneficiaries.
Proper protocol and safety measures like wearing of face masks and physical distancing were observed and practiced during the distribution of said relief goods. The beneficiaries were very happy and thankful to receive the donations for the generosity of DENR-PENRO Marinduque in these trying times while the COVID-19 Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) implementation is extended. ###
PENRO MARINDUQUE IN ACTION DESPITE COVID-19 LOCKDOWN
On April 6, 2020 at around 11:00 AM, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Marinduque, upon instruction of OIC-PENRO Imelda M. Diaz, the Chief of Enforcement Section Florencio F. Pastoral together with Forester II Danilo L. Martinez, Forest Technician I Michael Vencint M. Sualog and Forest Ranger Randy N. Estrella scoured the salvage zone area of a mangrove forest adjacent to a residential area at Barangay Buyabod, Santa Cruz, Marinduque following the report from an unknown concerned citizen that there are charcoal making in the mangrove areas in Santa Cruz. They discovered thirteen (13) empty charcoal holes thereat and one (1) hole filled with a manufactured charcoals having an actual volume of one (1) big sack and a total of 32 abandoned bakawan and api-api species posts in various lengths, hence, the same were apprehended and temporarily place under the custody of LGU Barangay Buyabod.
They have identified more or less nine (9) household adjacent to the said mangrove area and warned that they were presumed suspects for charcoal making thereat. Most of them responded positive while others reacted violently by denying unaware of charcoal making therein or not involved to such illegal acts. After which, the team prepared a short notice and posted in the area about the said apprehension and ask anonymous owners to proceed at the PENR Office - Marinduque if ever they will claim as owner the said forest products.
Prior with said apprehension activity, the team have gone to Marinduque Wildlife Rescue Center in Barangay Bonliw, Torrijos, to bring food for the monkeys under DENR custody and proceeded to Barangays Biga and Matalaba, Santa Cruz, relative with reported alleged illegal activity.
The apprehension of abandoned illegally-cut mangrove species are subject to Administrative Adjudication Proceedings of DENR Administrative Order No. 15, Series of 1990 and Presidential Decree 705.
With this incident, the DENR continually recognized the important role of the private citizens in the success of our implementation of environment and natural resources (ENR) laws. Once again, this Office call for pro-active participation and vigilance of our community and concerned LGUs and our partners in the implementation of ENR Laws. ###
DENR vows to restore 2 rivers in Marinduque
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources on Monday promised to take all interventions to restore two Marinduque rivers hit by “one of the worst mining and environment disasters in the Philippine history.”
“We made a plan to restore all the rivers in the Philippines, including the Boac and Mogpog rivers. We will clean them up and we have a way of doing that using non-government resources,” he said.
He said it was high time the government spearheaded a massive clean-up and rehabilitation of the Boac and Mogpog rivers for the benefit of the people of Marinduque who continued to suffer from the effects of the catastrophic tailings spills from the site of Marcopper Mining Corp. in 1993 and 1996.
“The environmental damages and unresolved issues brought about by the Marcopper mining operation in Marinduque for several decades now, must be put to an end,” he lamented.
According to the DENR chief, he has approved initial P5-million funding for the construction of the 90-meter-wide Gabion dam across the Mogpog River, particularly the downstream portion of Maguila-guila Creek, to prevent further siltation in its basin.
The planned river rehabilitation would include the dredging of the two rivers by a private contractor at no cost to the government, he added.
The private contractor would foot the bill of the dredging operation in exchange for whatever minerals that he may recover provided he would pay the corresponding 4 percent excise tax.
On March 24, 1996, a fracture in the drainage tunnel of Marcopper’s Taipan pit spilled more than 1.6 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings, flooding villages and poisoning the Boac River.
Three years before that, the firm’s Maguila-guila siltation dam also burst, flooding the town of Mogpog, where two children drowned in the mine waste.
The incident “practically killed the Mogpog River with its toxic mine tailings,” the DENR said.
Cimatu said he would immediately issue a department administrative order as soon as the Marinduque provincial government submits a formal request to place the Boac and Mogpog rivers under rehabilitation. (Rio N. Araja)
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