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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. ###

 

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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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