DENR Bicol urges public to observe a trash-free Undas

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol has urged the public to avoid generating unnecessary waste and pollution as they troop to cemeteries to remember their departed loved ones this weekend.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said All Saints Day and All Souls Day in November 1 and 2 respectively, are expected to significantly increase waste generation. 

“These holidays would be more meaningful and memorable experience if everybody will find ways of avoiding trash, like using reusable or recyclable materials so we can generate minimal amount of waste,” Dir. Gonzales explained. 

RED Gonzales added that the easiest way to ensure a trash-free Undas is by abiding with the 3 R’s of solid waste management: reduce, reuse and recycle. “In sum, it is by way of utilizing recyclable or reusable materials in packing food and drinks likewise by throwing garbage in specifically coded bins for proper segregation” he said. 

An estimated 1,022 tons of garbage is generated in Bicol Region everyday and an aggregate 30,000 tons of trash nationwide, but the volume shoots up geometrically during public holidays.  Under the Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, a person caught littering could be fined from P300 to P1,000, or is asked to render community service. 

The DENR also encouraged cemetery administrators to set up enough strategically-located receptacles for different types of waste, and to strictly implement waste-related local ordinances like prohibiting the use of plastic bags. And likewise proposed setting up barangay brigades that would go around cemeteries and monitor littering incidents. 

He advised local governments to conduct immediate cleanup activities since littered garbage would result to clogged waterways that might cause floods and ultimately flushed to the open seas which would put in danger marine biodiversity. 

For the general public, DENR gave the following pointers on ensuring a green celebration of All Saints and All Souls Days:  abide by local ordinances regarding the use of; plastic bags; reduce wastage by bringing only a sufficient amount of food; use fresh flowers and small potted plants; and lessen air pollution by ensuring that vehicles are well-maintained, observing carpooling, or using public transportation.  

Press Release: October 30, 2014

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CIMATU VOWS TO STRENGTHEN CENROs, ENFORCE ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS

“I will strengthen the CENROs,” says Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his message during his recent visit in Bicol. Secretary Cimatu vowed to strengthen the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) being the frontline unit which delivers the services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the people.

According to Secretary Cimatu, he will empower the Forest Protection Officers to ensure their welfare and security. “Hindi tama na binabantayan ninyo ang mga puno, pero hindi ninyo mabantayan at maipagtanggol ang inyong mga sarili. We will train you. Pag-aaralin natin yan,” he said.

Citing his major thrusts for the environment, Secretary Cimatu emphasized clean air, clean water and solid waste management. He vowed to protect the environment by strictly and fully enforcing the laws. “We will do something for the environment, and I need all of you,” he stressed. He is optimistic that with the help of all DENR employees all environmental laws will be implemented to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Secretary Cimatu expressed his awe to Bicol Region being home to the world’s most perfect cone volcano and the world’s smallest commercial edible extant fish. He said that both Mayon Volcano and the Sinarapan or locally known as “Tabios” should be protected including all our natural resources. His orders for their protection were made explicitly to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers where these two (2) wonders are found.

The Environment chief likewise warned employees about zero tolerance on corruption. “Do your work with honesty and integrity. Corrupt officials and employees will be punished. You don’t have a second chance with me,” the environment chief said. 

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