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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75 BENEFICIARIES RECEIVE LAND TITLES IN MASBATE

Some 75 beneficiaries receive their land titles from the collective efforts of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Masbate, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Mobo, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mobo through its Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Mobo, the Register of Deeds (ROD) of Masbate on September 24, 2019 at Bituon Beach Resort, Bagacay Mobo, Masbate.

DENR V OIC Regional Executive Director, Atty. Gil A. Aromin extended his gratitude to the participating groups who made the Handog Titulo Program possible for the residents of Mobo, Masbate. He accentuated the significance of these land titles to the locals and promised to carry on with the program to help more residents receive their own land titles. "The DENR is one with the supports local government units of Masbate in their economic development through the Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal/Assessment (RLTA) and the Handog Titulo Program", Aromin said during his message. On the other hand, the RLTA was launched in Mobo and Mandaon, Masbate on September 24 - 25, 2019.

The RLTA is the efficient processing and assessment of the status of the lands in determining its potential and qualification for the issuance of title. A Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) was also signed between the DENR V and the Local Government of Mobo and Mandaon. In the same program, the cadastral survey of the municipality of Mandaon was also presented.

The Handog Titulo Program, RLTA Launching, and the MOPA signing was attended by the municipal mayor of Mobo, Hon. Raymund Osmundo N. Salvacion, Municipal Mayor of Mandaon, Hon. Emily E. Hao, DENR V Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Atty. Ronnel C. Sopsop, the Chief of the Technical Services Division of PENRO Masbate, Mr. Benito B. Salazar, OIC of the Register of Deeds, Mr. Noel C. Artillero, the Chief of the DENR V Licenses, Patents, and Deeds Division, Ms. Dolores C. Vargas, Mobo CENRO officer, Ms. Jean V. Imperial, other DENR PENRO, CENRO, and MENRO staff, and the Local Government Unit of Mobo and Mandaon, Masbate. *DJNJ

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