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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ISO 14001:2015 CERTIFICATION FOR DENR BICOL

                             UNDERWAY

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V aims to have an ISO 14001:2015 Certification before the end of 2019.

ISO 14001 is dubbed as the most important standard for organizations within the 14000 series developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a Switzerland-based international standard setting body composed of representatives from national standard organizations of 164 member countries.

One of the requirements of the ISO is the creation or adoption of an Environmental Management System (EMS), which will address the environmental issues of an organization.

Through the EMS, organizations will be able to identify and reduce environmental impacts of its operations in the delivery of its services. 

OIC, Regional Director (RD) Atty. Antonio A. Abawag directed the creation of a team at the DENR Regional Office No. V, which shall ensure the implementation of EMS in accordance with the ISO.

The EMS Core Team of DENR V is headed by the OIC, RD together with the Assistant Regional Director for Management Services (ARD MS) Atty. Arnel P. Rodriguez and ARD for Technical Services (TS) Allan L. Leuterio.

The EMS Core Team consists of seven sub teams, which shall address the seven components namely the waste and management program, conservation program, which includes the electricity, water, fuel, paper communication expenses and internet subscription, emergency preparedness and response program, information, education and communication program, compliance and evaluation program, training program and monitoring program.

One of the interesting components of the EMS is the implementation of a Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Manual. The DENR V already have its DRRM Manual and itsfull implementation is underway and will be hastened by the EMS Core Team.

Primarily, DENR V aims to reduce waste and minimize consumption of resources within its compound by end of December this year, through proper segregation of solid waste through the “3R’s” or the “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” scheme, establish a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and reduce water, electricity and fuel consumption by 5%.

A look back in the year 2016, the DENR Central Office located at Visayas Avenue, Quezon City was the first agency in the Philippines to be certified with ISO 14001:2015.

As the lead agency in environmental governance, DENR recognizes the need to push for excellence in the efficient and effective environmental management within and outside of the organization.

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