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 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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