DENR addresses oil leak in Coron Bay

 

Acting on reports of oil leak in Coron Bay, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Coron immediately convened an inter-agency meeting last February 5 to address the issue.

According to the report of the Philippine Coast Guard, the leaks come from boats changing oil regularly right on the coast.

“To address the problem, different government agencies have agreed to set up a Used Oil Collection Facility,” explains EribertoSanos, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer in Coron.

“The facility shall be set up once an area has been identified. For the meantime, each of the barangays affected - Barangays 1, 3, 5 and Tagumpay, were given five empty drums each as temporary storage for used oil,” adds Sanos.

The local government of Coron shall request the Calamian Islands Power Corporation to collect, and if possible, transport and treat the oil used. The company has accredited hazardous waste transporters and treaters.

Mayor AjericoBarracoso shall coordinate with the provincial government to request for an area where the collection facility can be set up.

The DENR, in partnership with the local government and the Coron Tours and Boat Association, shall also conduct a monthly coastal clean up.

Apart from the oil leak, the inter-agency meeting also tackled the issue of damages to corals due to frequent boat anchoring in some tourist destinations.

To minimize the damage, we will install bouys in CYC Beach and SietePicados Island,” Sanos says.

Apart from DENR and the local government, also present during the meeting were representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Port Authority, Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, Coron Tours and Boat Association, and barangay officials. ###

 

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DENR apprehends driver transporting dead wildlife

The Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Puerto Princesa City, together with the Philippine National Police, apprehended today the driver of an unplated elf truck carrying dead marine turtles and pangolins while passing through a security checkpoint station in Brgy. Sta. Lourdes.

Officials of CENRO PPC's Regulation and Enforcement Unit assigned in the station identified the driver as Joshue A. Calinog, who was also found to have an unlicensed .38 caliber pistol.

Palawan’s Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Felizardo Cayatoc said Calinog was driving the truck loaded with 21 pangolins which scales were removed and then frozen; and 16 marine turtles (one green and 15 hawksbill), which intestinal parts were also removed and with only their heads and shells left intact. Pangolins and sea turtles are endangered species according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Authorities reported that the truck was from Roxas town. They have questioned Calinog but he had kept mum about the species. The driver was turned over to the police, while the wildlife species were brought to Palawan Council for Sustainable Development for proper documentation.

As this develops, DENR MIMAROPA Regional Director Henry Adornado has instructed the PENRO and CENRO concerned to coordinate with the authorities for the immediate filing of appropriate charges against the offender in view of the provisions of Republic Act 9147 or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act, and other laws. He also instructed all regional and field personnel to be more vigilant and intensify monitoring operations to track down and prevent unscrupulous individuals or groups from harming nature and wildlife.

“It was clear from the President’s State of the Nation Address. Protection of the environment must be our top priority. It will be a long journey and we are certain we will face a lot of challenges ahead. But we are more than ready to heed the call. Strategic measures are already in place and we are closely working with other agencies to strictly implement environmental laws and improve our operations. We can assure the public that we, at the DENR, uphold the welfare of our environment and natural resources above all else,” he said. ###

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