battle for manila bay

DENR MIMAROPA joins “Battle for Manila Bay”

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.

Personnel from the Regional Offices of DENR and Environmental Bureau – MIMAROPA joined the solidarity walk led by Secretary Roy A. Cimatu himself who called for unity and commitment in restoring the beauty and cleanliness of Manila Bay. The employees also took part in cleaning a portion of the shoreline across where the agencies are located.

“It is our duty to keep the bay and the environment clean,” DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Henry A. Adornado stated. Prior to the Manila Bay rehab, personnel of DENR MIMAROPA used to join cleanup efforts in the bay especially during the observance of the International Costal Cleanup Day, which is held every September.

The employees collected bags of debris, mostly disposable plastic materials, such as straws, PET bottle caps and plastic bags.

“This also shows our battle against plastic, which continues to pollute our seas and harm our marine resources. We must take action, now,” the director expressed.

DENR MIMAROPA, which jurisdiction includes the island provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan, responds to the fight against plastic by using Regional Memorandum Order (RMO) No. 2018-006 dated May 16, 2018, prohibiting the use of Styrofoam food containers and single-use utensils in its regional and field offices.

It also observes Regional Development Council (RDC) Resolution No. 2018-065-730 enjoining local government units, agency regional offices, business organizations and other stakeholders in MIMAROPA Region to prohibit the use of single-use plastics.

Meanwhile, in line with the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, and the successful reopening of Boracay last October, 2018, DENR MIMAROPA keeps track of its own cleanup and rehabilitation activities in the region’s famous island destinations, namely El Nido, Coron and San Vicente in Palawan, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro.

The office created task forces to ensure strict enforcement of environmental laws, which not only concern solid wastes such as plastic, but discharge of untreated waste water and encroachment of easement zones as well. In the past months, the task forces has served Notices to Vacate to errant establishments and households; and recommended to the LGUs concerned, demolition of structures that failed to comply with the notices within the prescribed period. Notices of Violation were also issued to commercial establishments that were found to have violated pertinent environmental rules and regulations.

“Just like Manila Bay, MIMAROPA Region is also facing a “battle” in keeping its environment protected and conserved. But we are guided by the President and Secretary Cimatu’s pronouncements to uphold the welfare of the environment above all else. At iyon ang gagawin natin, dahil tayo rin naman ang mahihirapan kung papairalin natin ang pansarili o iba pang interes bago and kapakanan ng ating kalikasan,” RED Adornado concluded. ###



Over 2,500 volunteers to join simultaneous river cleanup in MIMAROPA on March 22


Over 2,5000 volunteers from all walks of life are expected to show up and do their part in cleaning up 11 rivers simultaneously in MIMAROPA region in celebration of World Water Day on March 22.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources - MIMAROPA said on Tuesday, numerous individuals, local government units, non-government organizations, the academe, religious groups, and even multinational companies have been signifying their support to the agency’s simultaneous river cleanup drive.

Dubbed “Water for all now and foRiver,” the activity  takes off from the theme of this year’s World Water Day celebration, “Water for all, leaving no one behind,” and the concerted efforts of various stakeholders to save rivers from pollution, and achieve safe water for the present and future generations.

It targets to clean and eventually improve the water quality of the following rivers in MIMAROPA, namely Sabang River (Sablayan) and Pandurucan River (San Jose) in Occidental Mindoro; Calapan River in Oriental Mindoro; Boac River in Marinduque; Bangon-Bongoy River in Romblon; and Umalad River (Roxas), Abongan River (Taytay), Tagburos River (Puerto Princesa), Sitio Manggahan 1 and 2, and Bakawan Creeks (Coron), Buligay River (Brooke’s Point), and Panitian River (Quezon) in Palawan.

“It is a big event. The preparations are no joke. Our Environmental Management Bureau, our Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices, and even our staff from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau are joining forces to make this activity possible,’ DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Henry Adornado remarked.

“It brings us great relief knowing that we are not  alone in this endeavor,” he said.

As of press time, more volunteers are confirming their attendance, and various groups are signifying their intent to “adopt” a river.

“This only shows that the public is getting more involved in protecting and saving our environment. Kaya ngayon pa lang po, lubos na kaming nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng mga nagpahayag ng kanilang suporta,” the Director expressed.

Rivers are essential to all living beings. It is one of the sources of water, and serves as habitat of various fish species that provide livelihood and food to people. Due to negligence however, many rivers are now polluted and are under threat from human activities.

“Let us not wait for our rivers to die. Let us act together as One MIMAROPA towards a single and noble purpose so that we can achieve water for all, now and foRiver,” RED Adornado concluded.

To those who wish to join the river cleanup drive, please see details on and ###  

Photo Releases

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

Themed "Nurturing shared responsibility for biodiversity conservation, the event celebrates two decades of concerted efforts of various stakeholders in protecting, saving and conserving El Nido

Taytay CENRO Pablo Cruz welcomes guests at the 20th anniversary celebration of ENTMRPA. "We thank you and reconize your roles in making our activities in 2018 successful and meaningful."

Turn-over Ceremony of EMB-MIMAROPA Regional Director

Let's explore the TAMWorld! A photo and art exhibit organized by Far Eastern University in celebration of Tamaraw Month this October.

Hataw Tamaraw!

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