DENR PENRO MARINDUQUE CONDUCTS CULMINATING EVENT FOR THE MONTH OF THE OCEAN, COINCIDES WITH A KICK-OFF CEREMONY FOR PHILIPPINE ENVIRONMENT MONTH 2019
On June 4, 2019, the Provincial Environment Natural Resources-Marinduque headed by OIC-PENRO Imelda M. Diaz, conducted a Culminating Event for the “Month of the Ocean” and Kick-off Ceremony for “Philippine Environment Month 2019”. The activity aims to recognize the efforts of all participating Coastal Barangays and various partners in the simultaneous coastal clean-up held on May 18, 2019 which was participated by 3,635 individuals and to capacitate the Barangay Officials on ENR Laws. It was held at the Freedom Eco-Adventure Park in Boac, Marinduque and successfully concluded with the presence of the guests from Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), Provincial Government- Environment Natural Resources Office (PGEnro) and Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers (MENROs) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and active participation of Barangay Officials from Eighty-Three (83) Coastal Barangays in Marinduque.
Lectures on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation, Ecological Solid Waste Management, Clean Water Act and Water Code of the Philippines were provided to the participants during the first part of the program. The purpose of IEC Campaign is to encourage the participating barangays to perform their important role as DENR partners in the enforcement of ENR laws and to intensify protection and sustainable management of the environment and natural resources.
Awarding of the winning barangays took place in the afternoon wherein top three (3) Barangays were chosen for the awards: Bgy. Libtangin of Gasan for “Best Barangay”; Bgy. Poblacion IV of Buenavista for 2nd runner-up and Bgy. Mompong of Sta. Cruz for 3rd runner-up. The criteria were based on Compliance to Ecological Solid Waste Management and participation in the Coastal Clean-Up for the Month of the Ocean.
Three (3) consolation prizes were also given to Brgy. Balanacan, Mogpog; Brgy. Poblacion, Torrijos and Brgy. Pili, Boac. Likewise, a Certificate of Appreciation and token was also awarded to “Pawikan Rescuers”.
DENR PENRO MARINDUQUE SPEARHEADS PROVINCE-WIDE COASTAL CLEANUP ACTIVITIES
Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 57, Series of 1999 declaring May as “Month of the Ocean”, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office – Marinduque headed by Imelda M. Diaz, OIC, PENR Officer celebrated the Month of the Ocean by conducting Simultaneous Coastal Clean-Up on May 18, 2019. The activity aims to emphasize the significance of conservation, protection and sustainable management of coastal and marine resources. It is aligned with the theme “Free the Sea from Marine Debris”. The said activity was participated by the eighty-three (83) Coastal Barangays of Marinduque and representatives from various National Government Agencies (NGAs) such as Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department and Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and PNP Maritime, among others.
The PENRO Marinduque appreciated the full support of stakeholders as manifested by the active participation of 3,635 individuals. A total of 3,082 kgs. of trash were collected along the shorelines of Coastal Barangays. Among the trash collected are food wrappers, straws, plastic bags, and cigarette butts.
“We want to express our sincerest gratitude to all participating agencies and volunteers for their active participation, support and cooperation in the simultaneous Coastal Clean-Up activities. The collective efforts of various stakeholders have resulted to the success of the Month of the Ocean celebration and a great impact to the people of Marinduque and the environment. Let us unite and work together to protect and save our oceans, join us to save our Mother Earth,” PENRO Diaz said.
Lastly, there will be a culminating activity on June 4, 2019 which will involve lectures on Clean Water Act, Water Code of the Philippines, Ecological Solid Waste Management and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. The highlights of the activity will be the awarding ceremony for the “Best Barangay”, and a kickoff for the “Environment Month” celebration.
DENR moves to rehab rivers ruined by Marcopper mining disaster
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.
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