DENR issues cease and desist order vs Jollibee, Chowking in Calapan, OrMin for illegal discharge of wastewater, polluting Calapan River

Jollibee and Chowking Calapan closure

Fast food restaurants in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro face closure as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources served them today a cease and desist order (CDO) for operating without discharge permits and releasing partially treated wastewater exceeding the allowable DENR effluent standards.

The CDO signed by Environmental Management Bureau - MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Michael Drake Matias specified that Chowking Foods Corporation (Calapan), and Jollibee Foods Corporation (Calapan I and II) continuously release wastewater  without a discharge permit, a clear violation of the provisions of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 9275 or The Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.

The CDO also cited that the establishments discharge wastewater that not only threaten but “in fact contributed to the failing quality of the receiving body of water, in this case, the Calapan River, which is an established Water Quality Management Area.”  

 “Latest results insofar as monitoring of the Calapan River is concerned showed that for most parts, the water quality guideline of 7 mg/L for Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) has been exceeded,” the Order stated.

As such, the CDO was immediately implemented by sealing the restaurants’ water facilities  from their kitchens to the comfort rooms (faucets, kitchen sinks, lavatory, sewer lines, outlet pipes,etc); and by posting a notice of their violations to the public. 

Some of the passersby who saw the notices were quick to share their insights. “Tama lang ang ginagawang yan para masigurong ang natatapong tubig sa ilog ay malinis,” Val Andido said.

Aside from the closure, the establishments are also liable for fines ranging from P10,000 to P200,000 per day of violation in accordance with RA 9275 and its implementing rules and regulations.

“Sana maintindihan nila na ang ginagawa natin ay para lang din masolusyunan ang polusyon sa ating katubigan, hindi lang dito sa Oriental Mindoro kundi sa rehiyon ng MIMAROPA at sa buong bansa,” the EMB Regional Director said. 

DENR Assistant Secretary for Field Operations - Southern Luzon Reynulfo Juan, who was also present in the activity, said that the efforts to clean up bodies of water in the country form part of Secretary Roy Cimatu’s priority programs, which include Clean Water and Solid Waste Management.

“We take off from the rehabilitation efforts done in Boracay and Manila Bay. We are confident that we can also save Calapan River by strictly enforcing the law with the help of the local government unit,” Asst. Secretary Juan remarked.

Prior to the issuance of CDO to the restaurants, DENR officials  met with Mayor Arnan Panaligan and Vice Mayor Gil Ramirez to inform them of the Environment Secretary’s major thrusts as basis of next clean up efforts and implementation of environmental policies in the region.

Alongside Boracay and Manila Bay rehabilitation, DENR is also spearheading efforts to clean up and restore the country’s top tourist destinations found in MIMAROPA, namely El Nido and Coron in Palawan, and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro. 

“I hope this (issuance of CDO) serves as a warning to all establishments that we are serious in our work to protect our oceans, rivers, lakes and all bodies of water,” Regional Executive Director Henry Adornado stated. 

“This is just the beginning, we will be issuing CDOs to establishments found violating environmental laws, soon,” he added. 

“We are constantly monitoring the compliance of establishments with existing policies so we can immediately perform necessary actions should they fail to abide by the law,” Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Oriental Mindoro Mary June Maypa remarked. 

The team that served the cease and desist order was composed of officials and personnel from the DENR and EMB - MIMAROPA. For his part, Mayor Panaligan sent local police headed by Police Superintendent Efraim A. Camara to ensure safety and security in the area.

The Orders were received by the restaurants’ managers, namely Gelai Roxas (Jollibee - Calapan I), Eric Pernia (Jollibee - Calapan II) and Liana Maulion (Chowking).###






Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has vowed to do everything in his power to protect workers of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from “fearless, cunning and greedy” individuals who destroy the environment for their own selfish interests.

Cimatu made the promise as he condemned “in the strongest sense of the word” the brutal killing of DENR forest ranger BienvenidoVeguilla Jr. by suspected illegal loggers in El Nido, Palawan recently.

“I will never allow another crime such as the killing of Mr. Veguilla to happen to any of my people,” the former Armed Forces chief said during a budget hearing held at the House of Representatives last Friday.

“This incident shows how greed and disregard for our laws can have appalling consequences on people and our society,” Cimatu added.

Reports reaching the DENR central office in Quezon City showed that Veguilla—together with fellow forest ranger JenuelCasel, forest extension officer HersonCaliao, and park rangers Marvin Flamiano, Godensio Caber and NorlitoJongay—were conducting a forest patrol in the afternoon of Sept. 4 in an area covered by the National Greening Program when they heard the sound of a chainsaw as they passed through Barangay Pasadena.

Veguilla’s group followed the sound until they saw some men slicing a felled tree with a chainsaw. These men suddenly ran away upon seeing the DENR team, leaving behind the chainsaw which Veguilla’s group was able to secure.

On their way home and about a hundred meters away from the site, the DENR forest officers were chased by a group of six men armed with a bolo. Veguilla was able to fire his service weapon as he and his companions were running for safety.

However, Veguilla was cornered and hacked to death, while the others were able to seek help from the nearby barangay and police offices.

Veguilla sustained deep, multiple stab wounds on the head, arms and other parts of the body.

One of the suspects identified as Filman Flores was wounded by Veguilla’s shots and was brought to the hospital.

Flores and another suspect, Gerardo “Carding” Fulgencio, are now under police custody. A manhunt operation is ongoing for the remaining four suspects.

Cimatu said the incident calls for the enactment of a law creating an Enforcement Bureau within the DENR.

“We believe that the creation of an Enforcement Bureau under the DENR can effectively stop illegal logging, smuggling of wildlife species and other environmental crimes,” Cimatu pointed out.

The DENR chief appealed to House members present during the budget hearing to help the DENR have this Enforcement Bureau in the soonest time possible.

Last Friday, DENR MIMAROPA Regional Executive Director Henry Adornado, on behalf of Cimatu, visited Veguilla’s wake to extend the DENR’s condolences and financial assistance to the family.

Two units of chainsaw, Veguilla’s service firearm and the bolo allegedly used to kill him have been recovered from the crime scene and are now in police custody.

Charges for murder have been filed at the Puerto Princesa City Prosecutor’s Office under Docket NPS No. 1V0s INQ 19I0224. Other charges in violation of Presidential Decree 705 or the Revised Forestry Code of the Philippines and Republic Act 9175 or the Chainsaw Act of 2002 that regulates the use of chainsaw are being prepared.

Veguilla’s remains lie in state at his home in Barangay Bagong Bayan in El Nido. He is survived by his wife Eloisa, an elementary school teacher, and their six children.

The 52-year-old Veguilla served as reserved warden at the DENR MIMAROPA from 1980 to 1997. He then worked as contractual protected area ranger and forest ranger from 1998 to September 2015.

In October 2015, he was appointed as forest ranger in the El Nido-Taytay Managed Resource Protected Area.

Veguilla was described by his family and colleagues as hardworking and dedicated. He diligently reported for work and helped out even during weekends and holidays. ###


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.


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

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

"Today, we celebrate not only the 19th anniversary of Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape. We also celebrate the hard work and dedication of countless men and women, partner agencies and groups who have been one with DENR in protecting our beloved MSPLS, "ARD Vince Tuddao, Jr., expresses his thanks to PENRO Palawam, CENRO Taytay, MSPSLS Protected Area Management Office Management and various stakeholders who have been the agency's partners in upholding the welfare of Malampaya Sound above all else.

ARD Vince Tuddao, Jr., CENRO Allan Valle and PASu Alexander Mancio handed over to partner agencies, NGOs Pos and LGUs plaques and certificate of appreciation for their exemplary dedication and untiring support to the programs and projects of the Department within the Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape and Seascape.

Malampaya Foundation, represented by its Exxecutive Director Karen Ag (second form left) extends to CENRO law enforcers, whom she described as environmental heroes, conservation incentive in the form of one year accident and two sacks of rice each from July-December 2019.

Tank you Malamapaya Foundation!

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