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”. ###
Boac River cleanup activities unite 1,600+ Marinduqueños
BOAC, MARINDUQUE. More than 1,600 local volunteers gathered in various areas in Marinduque in support of the World Water Day 2019 celebrations.
Dubbed “Water for All: Now and Foriver”, simultaneous cleanups of Boac River and its riverbanks, including tree-planting activities, united local volunteers on Friday, March 22.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Marinduque Imelda Diaz led the program together with DENR MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Vicente Tuddao, Jr. They were joined by Marinduque Governor Romulo Bacorro Jr., former Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr., Boac Mayor Roberto Madla, Marinduque State College President Merian Mani, and key officials from many local agencies and civil service organizations.
The simultaneous cleanup of the longest and largest river in the province took place in 26 barangays: Hinapulan, Boi, Canat, Binunga, Ogbac, Mainit, Bantay, Balagasan, Puyog, Balimbing, Bamban, Boton, Sawi, Daig, Tumapon, Tagwak, Tampus, Daypay, Poblacion, Murallon, Tabi, Santol, Lupac, Tabigue, Bangbangalon, and Laylay.
Boac River disaster remembered
“Today we are cleaning what we can see in the river and in nearby communities,” said ARD Tuddao. “The bigger problems are the ones we don’t see.”
It was 23 years ago today when Boac River took center stage in one of the biggest mining disasters in the country.
On March 24, 1996, the drainage tunnels of Marcopper Mining Corporation’s open pit ruptured and spilled millions of tons of mine waste that smothered the river, inundating villages and killing marine life.
ARD Tuddao announced the agency’s intentions to launch a river summit in Marinduque this year.
‘Plant more trees’
DENR Marinduque took the river cleanup activity up a notch by adding simultaneous tree planting activities in various areas surrounding Boac River.
Restoring riverbank trees and shrubs is an important step toward improved water cleanliness, more stable riverbanks, and better fish and wildlife habitat for rivers.
Tree planting activities also took place in several barangays: 50 tinikan bamboos were planted in Brgy Tabigue, more than 100 narra trees were planted in Brgys Binunga, Ogbac, Hinapulan, Canat, and Boi, while 30 mangrove trees were planted in Brgy Laylay.
In addition to being oxygen-producers, trees provide a range of other important benefits to rivers, people and animals. Trees improve water quality, as well as absorb and filter pollution from our soil and air.
PH Law: ‘Every Filipino is required to plant one tree each year’
Section 8 of Republic Act No. 10176, otherwise known as the Arbor Day Act of 2012 states, “All able-bodied citizens of the Philippines, who are at least twelve (12) years of age, shall be required to plant one (1) tree every year.”
“Agriculture thrives only if the environment thrives,” said AGREA Communications Director Rafael Seño.
For 2 years now, AGREA and its volunteer arm AGREA 1000 Strong with support from DENR, has already planted more than 500 indigenous trees in Marinduque. Arbor Day 2019 Marinduque happens on June 22.
The launching of DENR’s ‘River for Life’ program in Marinduque coincides with World Water Day 2019, a global event that tackles the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind. The AGREA Team
Feature Image by Erwin Monroyo Penafiel
Photo grabbed from: Agrea PH