DENR-PENRO Marinduque joins the Grand Float Parade in celebration of the Boac Quadricentennial
DENR-PENRO Marinduque joined the twelve attractive floats representing Marinduque's culture, history, tradition, and local tourism in the Grand Float Parade on December 7, 2022, 9:00 AM along the main streets of Boac to highlight the municipality's 400th founding anniversary celebration. Each float displayed the participants' creativity by incorporating native crafts, recycled plastic products, and vibrant flowers.
PENRO Marinduque, through the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of Marinduque Wildlife Sanctuary (MWS), featured Marinduque Wildlife Sanctuary as the only protected area in the province of Marinduque. The DENR Marinduque float featured an artificial waterfall as well as various wildlife animals and plants found within the Marinduque Wildlife Sanctuary.
The parade of floats is one of the most anticipated activities in the weeklong celebration of the town's anniversary, which aims to give the re-establishment of Marinduque's capital town a unique twist of events that reflect love for local culture, heritage, and tradition.
2022 "Padyak Para Sa Kalikasan, Magtanim, Para Sa Kinabukasan"
In celebration of the 2022 Philippine Environment Month with theme “AKSYON PARA SA NATATANGING MUNDO” and 35th DENR Anniversary, the DENR-PENRO Marinduque conducted a Fun Bike and Tree Planting Activity entitled “Padyak para sa Kalikasan, Magtanim para sa Kinabukasan” on June 10, 2022.
The advocacy of this event is for a healthy environment and showcase the beauty of the Philippine forest, raise awareness and encourage participation of various stakeholders in taking care of our environment, and widen the network of environment “Champions” to include bikers and hikers in rehabilitating and protecting our environment through promotion of eco-friendly means of transportation, responsible eco-tourism, reforestation and other good practices.
The Fun Bike activity started at the Marinduque Provincial Sports Complex, Boac, Marinduque going to Barangay Capayang, Mogpog, Marinduque via Tabi-Buliasnin-Maligaya-Nangka-Laon service roads. Likewise, the tree planting activity was conducted at the Enhanced National Greening Program (ENGP) area at Brgy. Capayang, Mogpog, Marinduque.
The event was attended and participated by different Bikers Group in the province, National Government Agencies, Provincial Government of Marinduque, Local Government Units (LGUs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), and individuals who are actively supporting environmental activities.
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.
Image grabbed from: Philippine Star