DENR-PENRO MARINDUQUE JOINS THE 3RD QUARTER 2020 NATIONWIDE SIMULTANEOUS EARTHQUAKE DRILL (NSED)
On September 10, 2020, the virtual 3rd Quarter 2020 Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) was held via ZOOM amidst COVID-19 pandemic led by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Office of the Civil Defense. The activity started with the conduct of Information Education Campaign via ZOOM and Facebook live.
At exactly 2:00 in the afternoon, at the sound of the alarm signal, employees of the DENR-PENRO Marinduque led by OIC-PENR Officer Imelda M. Diaz performed the Duck, Cover and Hold technique. This activity aimed to raise awareness on how to respond and prepare during earthquake scenario.
DENR- PENRO Marinduque Participates in the International Youth Day
On August 08, 2020, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Marinduque participated and provided technical assistance in the tree planting activity of SK-Ipil headed by Ibert Oliver P. Regio, during the celebration of the “International Youth Day CY 2020” and Kick-off Activities for Linggo ng Kabataan with the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action”. Said activity was also participated by Vice- Mayor Geraldine M. Del Rosario, Sangguniang Barangay of Ipil, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, MACEC Youth, Hagibis Riders Club, Elite Lion Riders Club, PO Chair (SAMSI) Sabino Reginio and SK Chairpersons from different barangays and councilors, held at Sitio Bathala II, Tambak Beach, Barangay Ipil, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque.
The PENRO Marinduque also provided 600 Talisay seedlings which were planted along the shoreline of Tambak Beach. They had also planted 2,000 Bacauan propagules in their mangrove area. An IEC Campaign by PENRO was intended to orient the participants on how to properly plant Mangrove propagules and Talisay seedlings. Likewise, encourage them to intensify protection and management of the coastal and marine ecosystems that serve as natural shield against calamities. While most of the participants were planting, other group of youths collected plastics/garbage within the vicinity.
Launched as well during the activity are the Eco- Frontliner and Sagip Kalikasan Project of SK Ipil that includes Bamboo Planting, Oplan Balik- Ilog and the Establishment of Cherry Blossoms Nursery expected to be done this year. And in line with this, the PENRO Marinduque introduced the program “Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan”. ###
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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