Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X (DENR X) leads the celebration of Environment Month this June with the theme: “Protect Nature, Sustain our Future.”
DENR X Regional Executive Director (RED) Arleigh J. Adorable disclosed that the office will launch activities to celebrate of Environment Month regionwide consistent with the declaration of June as Environment Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation no. 237, series of 1998.
He said the DENR X hopes to promote the protection, enhancement and development of our environment even as we are facing the COVID-19 pandemic. All sectors of the society are enjoined to support and actively participate in the celebration of Philippine Environment Month.
To drumbeat the celebration, RED Adorable said the regional office will hold a Photo Contest, Video Documentation Contest, Search for Environment-friendly place (by divisions), Solidarity Prayer and Scrap Digester Contest. He said the line bureaus of DENR will also spearhead activities to mark the occasion.
The Environmental Management Bureau, Region X under the leadership of Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo will conduct a Regional Search for Best Urban/Backyard Gardening Contest, Turn-over of Solid Waste Management equipment to the Local Government of Cagayan de Oro, Gardening activity and podcast with the Regional Director.
For their part, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region X with Regional Director Efren B. Carido at the helm, will conduct the GAWAD ORO (Outstanding Responsible Operation) Award. The search will honor the best quarry and mineral processing operations in the region. The personnel of MGB X will participate in a Modified Team Building – Poster/mini mural-making contest based on the World Environment Day theme “Biodiversity” and Modified Quiz Bowl.
The Provincial and Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices will also observe Environment Month through various activities. Information campaign will be undertaken through various media platforms to encourage partnership in the sustainable development efforts of the government.
With the launching of the activities this June, the office will strictly observe the guidelines and policies set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. #TayoAngKalikasan (RPAO #06-137-2020) #WeHealNature4OurFuture
In consonance to the nationwide campaign of the government “We Heal as One,” the DENR 10 upheld the same last May 15, 2020 when it extended a relief goods assistance to the garbage collectors from Barangay Puntod and Macabalan in this city as well as to the maintenance employees of the regional office.
The recipients were invited at the Office Compound where a short ceremony was conducted while at the same time observing the necessary protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. In his talk, DENR 10 Regional Executive Director, Arleigh J. Adorable, acknowledged the garbage collectors as frontliners in this global pandemic. He underlined the essential role of the recipients in maintaining the cleanliness of the surrounding through their regular collection of garbage.
Notably, the activity was through the initiative of Environment and Natural Resources Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. and with the support from DENR Employees Association.
A number of similar activities have already been undertaken by the Regional as well as Field Offices of DENR 10, including the donation of logs and lumbers to some Local Government Units in the region for the construction of COVID-19 quarantine facilities and quarters.
Amidst this global pandemic, DENR 10 aims to continue this undertaking for the benefit of the frontliners. #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO MR No. 05-126-2020
The health risks posed by COVID-19 preclude the DENR 10 to conduct its usual clean-up activity in line with the annual celebration of “Month of the Ocean” (MOO) every May. The agency instead calls to the people of Region 10 to cooperate in conserving and protecting the coastal and ocean resources in the region.
Regional Executive Director, Arleigh J. Adorable, appeals on everybody, especially to those living near the coastlines, to avoid dumping of garbage which will eventually pollute the sea. Moreover, he advocates the protection of our nature to prevent the negative repercussions once it is damage and gone.
This year’s MOO theme “PAra sa tao: Protected Areas for Protected Future” highlights the importance of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Philippines.
There are 145 MPAs in Region 10 wherein 3 of which are established by DENR under the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act (RA 7586, as amended by RA 11038) namely Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape, Initao-Libertad Protected Landscape and Seascape, and Bacolod-Kauswagan Protected Landscape and Seascape. The remaining 142 MPAs managed by the Local Government Units pursuant to the Local Government Code (RA 7160) and the Fisheries Code of the Philippines (RA 8550, as amended by RA 10654.)
DENR is one of the primary government agencies mentioned under Presidential Proclamation No. 57, s. 1999 which is tasked to spearhead the MOO celebration through the conduct of activities that emphasize the conservation, protection and sustainable management of Philippine coastal and ocean resources.
The celebration of MOO serves as a platform for the agency to bridge and intensify the environmental protection consciousness of the people and heighten their awareness on the current plight of our oceans. #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO MR No. 05-116-2020
In response to the letter requests from various Local Government Units (LGUs) of Misamis Occidental, DENR 10 - Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Oroquieta City donated logs and lumbers for the construction of COVID-19 quarantine facilities and quarters in their respective jurisdictions.
These quarantine facilities and quarters shall be used to accommodate the Persons Under Monitoring and Persons Under Investigation in Oroquieta City and municipalities of Aloran and Jimenez. In particular, the LGU of Oroquieta City received 859 pieces of lumbers (mahogany, falcata, marang and gmelina) with a total volume of 3,849.99 bd. ft last April 20, 2020.
Meanwhile, the LGU of Aloran received logs and lumbers (mahogany and narra) with a volume of 4,240 bd. ft. on April 23, 2020. Likewise, a total volume of 3,760.88 bd. ft. of logs and lumbers (mahogany, gmelina and mangium) was received by the LGU of Jimenez last April 28, 2020. The said logs and lumbers given to the two municipalities were derived from the trees affected by the road widening project of the DPWH.
DENR 10 remains committed to support the relentless efforts of the government to suppress the proliferation of COVID-19 pandemic in the country. (With report from PENRO Misamis Occidental) #TayoAngKalikasan RPAO MR No. 05-123-2020
In support to the government’s effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region X - Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) have donated relief goods and other essential items to frontliners and other stakeholders.
The Environmental Management Bureau X continues to enforce environmental laws particularly on Healthcare Waste Management. The EMB X also deployed the Provincial Environmental Management Units to randomly validate reports of compliance of industries to the Enhanced Wastewater Management to combat COVID-19. A Rapid Response Team was also deployed to handle environment-related concerns in select quarantine checkpoints.
EMB X through the leadership of Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo launched project DASIG, a vernacular word which means hopeful, locally used to encourage the community amidst the health crisis brought by COVID-19.
The EMB X distributed on April 7 a total of 69 liters alcohol-based hand rubs to frontliners. Personnel of EMB X produced 24 liters utilizing refined glycerin from Pilipinas Kao Inc. and 45 liters of ethyl alcohol requested from Tanduay Distillers Inc.
Eleven sacks (50 kg) of rice were donated to 110 members of the Macajalar Wharf Porter’s Association, Multi-purpose Cooperative in Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City.
One hundred five food packs containing rice, noodles, canned goods and one whole dressed chicken were donated to the local government of Barangay Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City for distribution to identified Persons with Disability. Barangay Captain Rexie A. Tinampay received the food packs from EMB X.
EMB X donated 1,872 food packs consisting of canned good and noodles. A total of 1,155 kilos of rice with boxes of canned goods, noodles and 1,410 pieces of eggs were distributed to 231 garbage collectors of Cagayan de Oro City through the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Offices.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region 10 under the leadership of Regional Director Efren B. Carido distributed 20 liters of disinfectant, coffee, biscuits and washable face masks to frontliners in the checkpoint in Taboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental.
The J. R. Borja General Hospital in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City was a recipient of the donation of MGB X consisting of 200 pieces of surgical masks and five liters of alcohol.
MGB X donated coffee and biscuit to frontliners at the checkpoint in Villanueva and Jasaan, Misamis Oriental.
As part of the implementation of the realigned Annual Social Development and Management Program (ASDMP), MGB X with Republic Cement Iligan, Inc. provided food packs to 100 indigents of Bonbonon, 87 in Kiwalan, Iligan City and 50 indigents of Pagawan, Manticao, Misamis Oriental. The MGB X and Republic Cement Iligan, Inc. also provided Personal Protective Equipment and medicines to frontliners and Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) in Iligan City checkpoints and Barangay Local Government Units.
Under the ASDMP, MGB X with Oro NQA Enterprises Corporation provided rice to 500 indigents of Sitio Santa Ana, Natumulan, Poblacion and Mohon in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. The MGB X with Epics Motors and General Merchandise provided food packs to 100 indigents in Barangay Villaflor, Oroquieta City.
Also under the ASDMP, MGB X with Holcim Resources and Development Corporation (HRDC) provided relief goods to residents of Barangays Calangahan, Lower Talacogon and Kaluknayan, Lugait, Misamis Oriental. Mining engineering students of Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology who were stranded in Animas Bros. Const. Corporation, Iligan City received relief goods and basic toiletress from HRDC and MGB X.
The MGB X turned-over medicines, medical supplies and tools related to COVID-19 crisis control and mitigation for the community which targeted to cater 100 persons in Barangay Bunawan, Iligan City. Food pack, mineral water, face masks and disinfectants for 290 persons were given to the frontliners and BHERT members manning the checkpoints in Iligan City.
As of April 20, the MGB X with Animas Bros. Const. Corporation provided relief goods to health workers of Barangay Dioyo, Sapang Dalaga, Misamis Occidental.
Through the ASDMP, selected households in Barangays Tambagan and Bulwa, Medina, Misamis Oriental received relief goods from MGB X and Integrated Sand and Gravel permit of Ferdinand H. Dularte. The MGB X with WHK Manufacturing and Trading Corporation provided relief goods to selected households in Sitio Manlauyan, Gango, Bukidnon. Sacks of rice and disinfectant were also provided to the community and checkpoints through the Barangay Council of Barangay Gango, Libona, Bukidnon.
Seventy frontliners manning the checkpoint in Barangay Biga, Lugait, Misamis Oriental received sacks of rice, canned goods, face masks and hand sanitizers while the Barangay Council also received 10 sacks rice from MGB X. (With reports from EMB X and MGB X) #TayoAngKalikasan #WeHealAsOne (RPAO MR # 05-113-2020)