Turnover of leadership and responsibilities at the office of DENR MIMAROPA Assistant Regional Director for Management Services. (From left) Outgoing ARD MS Natividad Bernardino, ARD TS Vicente Tuddao, Jr., incoming ARD MS Bighani Manipula and MGB Roland de Jesus.
Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu navigates the heavily-polluted San Juan River as part his Technical Inspection of the Pasig Riveron September 25, 2019. San Juan Riveris one of the many rivers that flow to Pasig River which drains to Manila Bay. Cimatu, chair of the Manila Bay Interagency Task Force,has stressed the importance of the cleaup of esteros and rivers that drain to the historic bay because these are contributors to its water quality. ###
Environment Secretary and Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) Chair Roy A. Cimatu (in aqua blue ball cap) points to makeshift houses (inset) of illegal settler families (ISFs) under a bridge along the Pasig River. Cimatu, who led a technical inspection of the 27-kilometer river on September 23, 2019, vowed to relocate the ISFs in coordination with the National Housing Authority since they occupy the riverbanks and contribute to the river’s poor water quality. With Cimatu are Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Danilo D. Lim (in blue safari hat), officials of PRRC, Philippine Coast Guard, and Laguna Lake Development Authority. ###
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda (right) accepts a painting from Mina Hanihara (2nd from left) during the DENR’s observance of Cerebral Palsy Awareness and Protection Week in support of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) held at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City on Sept.18, 2019. Dubbed as “September to Remember,” the celebration also coincides with World Bamboo Day. Hanihara is a 23-year old artist with autism whose paintings reflect nature and the environment. Others in photo are: Atty. Susan Mendoza (left) and Mina’s guardian Ms. Miles Viernes (3rd from left).###
Volunteers for the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) held in Brgy. Baseco, Tondo, Manila sort the trash they collected along Baseco Beach during the cleanup on September 21, 2019. Every item picked is recorded in the Ocean Trash Data Form and submitted to the area coordinator or sent to Ocean Conservancy for validation and analysis with the goal of coming up with solutions to marine pollution. More than 6,000 volunteers joined the cleanup in Baseco Beach which was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the city government of Manila. Other DENR cleanup activities were held in various coasts and waterways in the Manila Bay region in support of the ICC and the Battle for Manila Bay.###