In celebration of World Water Day on March 22, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10) will spearhead the celebration by making people from all walks of life committed to work together for cleaner rivers.

With tagline, FoRIVER – Together forever for cleaner rivers and #riversforlife, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10), local government of Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City and various stakeholders will gather more than 1,000 participants for a clean-up in Barangay Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City.

DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable said the activity aims to raise awareness on the importance of water and sustainable development. He said the celebration will remind the people to value fresh water and promote sustainability for fresh water resources management.

“With the active support of the local government units, private and public sectors, we hope that we can sustain our efforts to cleaner rivers in the region. It is important that residents of the area will do their share in taking care of our environment,” he said.

The celebration will start with a program at 5:45 in the morning in Macabalan Covered Court to be followed with the clean-up of seven areas. A signing of Covenant of Membership on Tayo ang Kalikasan, with partners from the local government unit, other government agencies, civil society organization, business sector, academe, religious groups and other stakeholders, will be part of the program.

The seven clean-up areas include Cilrai, Piaping Puti, Piaping Itum, Punta, Barra Proper, Barra Riverside/Barra Shoreline and Accretion. Purok leaders will lead the participants to their assigned areas. Each participating agency or group will be assigned a clean-up area.

The line bureaus of the DENR namely the Environmental Management Bureau, Region 10 and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region 10 take active part in the activity.

The City Government of Cagayan de Oro with the Hapsay Sapa Project will mobilize its personnel for the activity.

To heighten the awareness of the students on the importance of water and sustainable development, the DENR 10 will conduct school lecture on March 19 in Macabalan National High School.
Clean-up activities will be undertaken on the same day by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Misamis Oriental and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Initao at Bitan-ag Creek, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City while the Community Environment and Natural Resources of Gingoog City will be along Gahub river in Gingoog City. An information campaign will also be conducted in Mapua Elementary School, Balingoan, Misamis Oriental on March 20.

In Lanao del Norte, CENRO-Iligan will conduct a clean-up along Baloi River on March 15, PENRO-Lanao del Norte and CENRO Kolambugan will hold a clean-up along Maranding River on March 22; and the PENR Office of Camiguin will hold a clean-up in Guinsiliban River on March 20. An information campaign in Lawigan Bura National High School, Guinsiliban will be done on March 22.

A bamboo planting and river clean-up along the Aloran River, Aloran, Misamis Occidental will be spearheaded by CENRO Oroquieta. #riversforlife (RSCIS MR# 03-071-2019)



To showcase practices and techniques on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau, Region 10 (DENR-EMB 10) sponsored an Environmental Summit on October 16 – 17, 2019 in Cagayan de Oro City.

The summit gathered officials from the local government units, industries, other government agencies, ESWM practitioners, academe and other environmental partners to discuss updates and information in promoting effective and efficient solid waste management.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu was represented by Undersecretary for Solid Waste Management and Local Government Units Concerns Benny D. Antiporda during the program. He sought the cooperation of LGUs to effectively manage solid waste in their respective area.

USEC Antiporda said that by 2020 all local government units should have their approved 10-year Solid Waste Management (SWM) plan and no LGUs will still be operating their open or controlled dumpsite. “We need to work together to improve our strategy in solving our problem on solid waste”, he added.

He also called on the different stakeholders to help clean our rivers and creeks.

The DENR-EMB 10 provides technical assistance to LGUs in the implementation of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. The DENR is also supporting the LGUs in funding for the purchase of equipment needed like composters, molders and recycling equipment.

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno delivered the welcome message. He said that it is important for all stakeholders to protect and conserve our environment.

Awarding of National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) Resolution on the Approval of 10-Year SWM Plan of 17 local government units (LGUs) was highlighted during the program.

The NSWMC Resolution approved the 10-Year SWM Plan of Jimenez, Misamis Occidental; municipalities of Kapatagan, Lala and Sultan Naga Dimaporo in Lanao del Norte; municipalities of Alubijid and Lugait in Misamis Oriental and El Salvador City. The NSWMC also approved the 10-Year SWM Plan of the Province of Bukidnon, cities of Malaybalay and Valencia and the municipalities of Impasug-ong, Kadingilan, Lantapan, Malitbog, Manolo Fortich, Talakag and Baungon. The local chief executives or their representatives received their respective award from Undersecretary Antiporda. He was assisted by DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable, Environmental Management Bureau 10 Regional Director Reynaldo Digamo, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Efren Carido, Department of Tourism 10 Regional Director Marie Elaine Unchuan.

Clean-up Partners during the World Water Day celebration on March 22, 2019 in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City and Youth Camp Partners were recognized during the activity. Partner agencies for Limpyo Dagat Contest which culminated on September 26, 2019 also received plaques of appreciation.

RD Reynaldo S. Digamo was the resource speaker on Status of SWM Implementation at the National Level and Region 10. Digamo said that there are 93 LGUs in Region 10 and 59 have approved 10-Year SWM plans.

Other speakers were Head Executive Assistant of EMB Eligio Ildefonso on Policy on the Use of Waste Materials as Alternative Fuel; DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe on DILG Memorandum Circular # 2019-62 – Policy and Guidelines on Sewage Treatment & Mgt System and DILG Supervisory Functions over LGUs; Office of Civil Defense Trestan Rey Ebare on Solid Waste Management in relation to Disaster Risk Management (Pre and Post Disaster). Engineers from the EMB 10 Florencio Dominguez, Jr., Chief of the Environmental Monitoring & Enforcement Division delivered the rationale of the activities and Rowena Dorato, Chief of the Environmental Impact Assessment Section delivered a lecture on Environmental Impact Assessment and basic requirements for LGU projects requiring Environmental Compliance Certificate.

An exhibit highlighting best practices of local government units and other organizations was also set-up during the two-day activity. #TayoAngKalikasan (RSCIS MR# 10-314-2019)

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