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PENRO MARINDUQUE HOSTS 2ND DENR ONE MIMAROPA REGIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE

Written By: Planning Officer II Jhonna Liza S. Medenilla June 24, 2019

DENR ONE MIMAROPA conducted its 2nd Regional Management Conference on June 17-20, 2019 spearheaded by the Regional Executive Director, Henry A. Adornado. This activity was participated by Assistant Regional Directors (ARDs), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENROs), Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENROs), Regional Division Chiefs and Regional Directors from EMB and MGB, ERDB-UBRDEC and PWRCC, held at Balar Hotel and Spa in Barangay Balaring, Boac, Marinduque.

The 2nd Regional Management Conference highlighted the status and accomplishments of each Field Office in DENR-MIMAROPA. Issues and concerns were discussed and addressed. From then, strategic planning were drawn out the participants in order to continuously implement the plans and programs on due time. The opening program was graced by the Provincial Governor, Romulo A. Bacorro, Jr., and Marinduque Congressman, Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco, who gave their inspirational messages.

The activity was also joined by Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Development and Legislative Affairs, Joan A. Lagunda D.M. and the Director of Human Resources, Director Ric G. Enriquez. ASEC Lagunda imparted the discussions on the policies on Human Resource and Legislative Affairs wherein she emphasizes the DENR Core Values and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees. On the other hand, Director Enriquez shared his visions and knowledge on how to better apply HR Policies towards attaining the DENR’s Priority Programs. He also encouraged the Head of Offices to bring HR closer to Field Offices.

Likewise, a certificate of deputation and oath taking was also given to Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEOs) from the different Municipalities across the province. ###

DENR LEADS MANGROVE TREE PLANTING ON ARBOR DAY

Written By: Forester I Mary Grace P. Maniquiz June 26, 2019

Mogpog, Marinduque – In celebration of the Arbor Day and Philippine Environmental Month, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Marinduque headed by PENR Officer Imelda M. Diaz conducted mangrove planting at Brgy. Capayang, Mogpog, Marinduque on June 25, 2019.

This is in accordance with Proclamation No. 643, series of 2004 in which Arbor Day in the Philippines has been institutionalized to be observed every 25th of June throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants and other relevant activities. Moreover, the Month of June of each year is declared as the Philippine Environment Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 237 signed in 1998.

Mangroves were planted in the shoreline of Marinduque to provide shelter and breeding area of fish and other aquatic resources. It also prevent soil erosion by stabilizing the sediments with their tangled root system and provide protection during strong typhoon and flooding.

A total of four hundred thirty five (435) propagules of Bakauan-babae (Rhizophora mucrunata) were planted along the shoreline of Capayang, Mogpog. mgpmaniquiz

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DENR moves to rehab rivers ruined by Marcopper mining disaster

Published At: Business Mirror March 04, 2020

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has approved an initial P5-million funding for the construction of a 90-meter wide gabion dam across the Mogpog River in Marinduque province as part of the government’s rehabilitation efforts in water bodies devastated by the Marcopper mines.

The dam will be built downstream of the Maguila-guila Creek to prevent further siltation in its basin.

In a statement, Regional Director Roland de Jesus of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) in the Mimaropa region said the amount will cover the first phase of the project—conduct of a feasibility study, technical data gathering, design and planning for the dam’s construction.

 “The result of the first phase will yield crucial information on the geological, geotechnical and hydraulic analysis of the Maguila-guila Creek, which will determine the design of the structure,” de Jesus said. 

“The second phase or the implementation of construction stage may vary depending on the result of the first phase of the project,” he added.

Cimatu earlier vowed to restore two rivers, including Mogpog , that were devastated by the worst mining disasters in Philippine history—the Marcopper mining disasters in 1993 and 1996.  Marcopper mine is one of the so-called legacy mines—those abandoned by mining companies after tragic mining disasters or upon reaching the end of the life of the mine before the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.

While guesting at the recent 100th anniversary of Marinduque province upon the invitation of local officials led by Gov. Presbitero Velasco Jr. and his son, Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, Cimatu bared that a plan to restore all the rivers in the Philippines, including the Boac and Mogpog rivers using nongovernment resources will soon be implemented by the agency.

He said it is high time that the government lead the massive cleanup and rehabilitation of the Boac and Mogpog rivers as people continue 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,” Cimatu said.

In March 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. It practically killed the Mogpog River with its toxic mine tailings.

Marcopper, which started its copper mining operations in the province in 1969, had been dumping mine waste into the Calancan Bay, destroying its corals and seagrasses.  

Cimatu said he will immediately issue a department administrative order (DAO) once the Marinduque provincial government submits a formal request to place the Boac and Mogpog rivers under rehabilitation.

The planned river rehabilitation, he said, would include the dredging of the two rivers by a private contractor at no cost to the government.

Cimatu said the private contractor must shoulder all the expenses of the dredging operation in exchange for whatever minerals it may recover, provided the contractor pays the corresponding 4-percent excise tax.

So far, Cimatu has issued four DAOs in relation to the restoration of silted rivers through dredging, based on the separate requests of the provincial governments of Zambales, Oriental Mindoro and Negros Occidental.

The DAOs were pursuant to Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, Series of 2019, issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Transportation. 

The joint circular seeks to protect and restore to their natural state and water flow the heavily silted river channels in the country. 

 

 

Source: https://businessmirror.com.ph/2020/03/04/denr-moves-to-rehab-rivers-ruined-by-marcopper-mining-disaster/

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