CENRO PPC bags the crown for Mutya ng Kalikasan
by:  Deniel Salvador B. Morillo

  

mutya winner 2016-1 copyNova Bille Garcellano, representative of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Puerto Princesa City (PPC), bagged the crown for the Mutya ng Kalikasan MIMAROPA 2016 last June 23, 2016 at The Legend Hotel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The 28 year old CENRO PPC representative emerged as the second Mutya ng Kalikasan MIMAROPA after besting the other fifteen candidates from the regional and field offices. Trailing her was the representative from the Regional Office- Management Services, Jane Darilyn Jatulan, who also won the Best in Creative Gown, Best in Long Gown, and Miss Photogenic awards. Followed by Aijeleth Masangkay from CENRO Socorro, Oriental Mindoro (2nd runner-up and Best in Swimwear), Roanne Pearl Tejada from CENRO Coron, Palawan (3rd runner-up), Engeelyn Dalinog from CENRO Taytay, Palawan (4th runner-up), and Gayezel Mae De Guzman from CENRO San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (5th runner-up).

mutya winner 2016-2 copyThe annual pageant, which was launched last 2015 as a platform to promote the different projects of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and to raise awareness on environmental issues, was adjudged by the Assistant Secretary for Field Operations of DENR, Marcial C. Amaro, Jr., the Puerto Princesa City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Atty. Carlo Gomez, the first runner-up of the Mutya ng Palawan 2014, Mary Abbygaille Jane Tinay, the President of the Palawan Tourism Council, Deborah Q. Tan, and the Center Head of the Land Management Agroforestry and Upland Farming Technology Research Center (LAUFTeRC) of the Ecosystem Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Lucena U. Mercado.

Special Awards were also given to Michelle Macariola of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Marinduque who received the People’s Choice Award, Marivic Oriendo of PENRO Romblon as Miss Friendship, Rhomela Sotelo of CENRO Roxas, Oriental Mindoro as Best in Talent, and Karla Bianca Ocampo of CENRO Brooke’s Point, Palawan as Best in Sportswear.

Miss Garcellano, whose advocacy is centered on the protection, rehabilitation, and sustainable management of the environment and natural resources especially in PPC, and the rest of the candidates of the Mutya ng Kalikasan MIMAROPA 2016 will serve as the Youth Desk Officers of their respective offices.

 

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DENR removes illegal sewage line in El Nido, Palawan; prepares charges against owners of hidden pipes in the island

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     The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - MIMAROPA Region on Saturday excavated from the beachfront of a hotel establishment in El Nido, Palawan, a  PVC pipeline illegally installed within the town’s declared easement zone.

     Detected through the ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey conducted by the Central and MIMAROPA Regional offices of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau,  the pipeline measuring six inches in diameter and six meters in length was uncovered in front of Outpost Beach Hostel in Brgy. Corong-corong. It was also found discharging black and foul-smelling liquid directly into Bacuit Bay, one of the province’s ecotourism sites undergoing massive rehabilitation. 

     To confirm the source of the wastewater, the regional Environmental Management Bureau used a green tracer solution into Outpost Beach Hostel’s last chamber to which the excavated pipe was connected. After almost 20 minutes, the green solution drained into the said pipe, indicating that the said establishment was the one discharging wastewater from the tank. The EMB shall be conducting further investigation to determine if there are other sources of wastewater discharge aside from the hostel. 

     Paul Sepulveda, one of the co-owners of Outpost Beach Hostel in Brgy. Corong-corong, admitted that they owned the pipe.

     Nevertheless, DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Henry Adornado ordered immediate removal of the sewage line as it violates provisions of PD 1067 or the Water Code of the Philippines, which prohibits any structures within the easement zones without permission from the government. 

      “The law is clear, and so was our appeal to everybody to cooperate with us in rehabilitating El Nido. We will continue to implement measures to find out if there are others who are doing the same and continuously disregarding our call to follow the rule of law. We will hold them responsible,” RED Adornado remarked. 

     The management of Outpost Beach Hostel volunteered to cut the sewage line but contested they were able to secure a discharge permit and the effluent samples taken from their sewage treatment facility passed the water quality guidelines of the DENR. 

     It can be recalled that the establishment was issued a Notice of Violation by the EMB for releasing wastewater exceeding the standards. Sepulveda said they are currently complying their commitments with the EMB. 

     Last year, the DENR created Task Force El Nido to spearhead the restoration of the famous island paradise found beset by environmental problems, such as encroachment of easement zones and high coliform levels in Bacuit Bay. The DENR, together with the local government unit of El Nido, has organized several stakeholders meetings to inform and engage both the residents and business establishments owners in restoring the beauty and cleanliness of the famous beach destination. Under the directive of Secretary Roy Cimatu, the DENR has also also pronounced to be more aggressive in enforcing the laws against anyone who would violate the environment.

      “The Outpost Beach Hostel’s continuous use of hidden sewage lines despite our warnings is a clear violation of the law and a blatant disregard for the environment that provides them livelihood. They are also putting the lives of tourists and residents in danger as they continue to pollute Bacuit Bay,” the director noted. 

      “We have no choice but to perform necessary actions to prevent them from further degrading nature,” he stated.   

     Meanwhile, the excavation site was filled with sand using the backhoe sent by the local government of El Nido. The end of the cut pipe was left open for sampling and analysis by the EMB. 

     “We have to remind everyone that we are preparing Bacuit Bay as Water Quality Management Area so we shall be conducting regular water sampling and analysis not only to Outpost Beach Hostel but also to other establishments to ensure they do not discharge untreated wastewater into Bacuit Bay,” EMB Regional Director Michael Drake Matias said. 

     Besides regular effluent sampling, the DENR and the MGB have been conducting GPR survey of the coastal areas of El Nido since March 18 to detect buried waste pipelines. They are calling business establishments to take Outpost Beach Hostel as an example to avoid interruption in their business operations.

     “You cannot hide them (pipes) forever. We will eventually uncover them so we advise you to remove your illegal sewage lines and comply with the laws for your own good,”  MGB MIMAROPA Regional Director Roland De Jesus stated. 

     The DENR, EMB and MGB in MIMAROPA vowed to impose maximum penalty to any establishments found continuously breaking environmental rules and regulations; and employ unified action to ensure environment protection remains as top priority.### 

 

 

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January 27, 2019. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – MIMAROPA Region supports the “Battle for Manila Bay,” the 192-kilometer harbour that has become part of its home for decades now.

 

"Hindi po magiging ganito kaganda ang El Nido kung hindi ito nai-proklama bilang isang Protected Area."

-Vice Mayor Leonor Corral

DENR Palawan and CENRO PPC personnel joined the 1st SUBARAW Biodiversity Festival Parade and Float Competition last November 11, 2018 at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

"Di po namin kaya kung kami lang sa DENR ang kikilos kaya nagpapasalamat po kami sa ating lokal na pamahalaan at mga partner agencies na kasama namin sa nakaraan at sa susunod pang 20 taon ng pangangalaga sa El Nido."

-Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado

"Napakasarap po sa pakiramdam na sa nakaraan 20 taon, nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon mapangalagaan at maprotektahan ang El Nido, ang ating kalikasan. Makakaasa po ang ating mga kababayan, ang DENR, na patuloy nating poprotektahan ang El Nido, dahil ito ay ating tahanan"

-Mayor Nieves Rosento

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Hataw Tamaraw!

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