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 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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