DENR Bicol, Handa Na Para Sa Implementasyon Kan Aprubadong Integrated Bicol River Basin Management And Development Master Plan

DENR Bicol, Handa Na Para Sa Implementasyon Kan Aprubadong Integrated Bicol River Basin Management And Development Master Plan

Pormal na pig aprobaran na kan Regional Development Council (RDC) an Integrated Bicol River Basin Management and Development Master Plan sa pigsagibong pagtiripon kan mga stakeholders o mga institusyon na nagbubusol para sa pangataman kan Bicol River Basin, kompowesto nin farmers group, agta bilang indigenous people o IPS, Water District, PASU/PAMB, NGO, LGU, Private Enterprises asin iba pa sa Regional Development Council, Legazpi City kan Marso 6, 2015.

Nakapalaman sa BRB Master Plan an mga isasagibong programa asin mga estratehiya para sa implementayon kaini. Pigbanga sa tolo na plan components na may minasunod na katuyuhan, enot; ngani na maging handa an ekosistema asin komunidad sa huma nin climate change kabale an pagprotehir sa kadlagan asin rehabilitasyon nin mangrove, panduwa; makapag inganyar nin investment sa production areas sa paagi nin pagkonstruhir nin bago na irrigation systems, sanitary landfill asin iba pa, asin pantolo; pagpakusog kan pagmanehar sa Bicol River Basin arug kan pagmukna nin  Sub-Basin Management Council, Information Education Campaign (IEC), capability enhancement training asin iba pa.

An implementasyon kan Integrated Bicol River Basin Management and Development Masterplan may kabilugan na budget na 31 million. An mga ahensya kan gobyerno siring kan PAGASA, LGU, DTI, DPWH, NIA, DA, BFAR, DOT, DILG asin DENR an magtatarabangan sa pag alokar nin pondo para sa kinseng taon na implementasyon kaini.

Segun ki DENR Regional Director asin Bicol River Basin Management Council (BRBMC) Chairman, Gilbert C. Gonzales, kan 2012, sa paagi nin sarung Special Order pigmukna an Bicol River Basin Program Coordinating Office na may katungdan na magtao nin technical asin administrative support sa Bicol River Basin Management Council na nasa lindong man kan Regional Development Council asin technical working group kaini. Ini susog man sa EO 816-2009 asin EO 510-2006 para sa pag crear kan River Basin Control Office sa lindong kan D-E-N-R.

An Bicol River Basin an pangwalo sa pinakadakula sa nasyon asin may kabilugan na 317,103 ektarya na makukua sa mga probinsya kan Albay, Camarines Sur asin Camarines Norte, nahahampang sa mga agyat o challenges siring sa pagbaha na nakakaapektar sa agricultura asin settlements, pagkawara nin forest cover sa laog kan BRB, ini nasa laog nin  typhoon belt kun kaya pig aagihan nin makusog na bagyo kada taon, pagluya sa dakop nin sira dahilan  sa illegal fishing, conversion nin mangrove, pollution asin iba pa. 

Broadcast Release: April 7, 2015

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has assured the public that it is doing its best to tackle air pollution and solid waste problems, consistent with President Rodrigo Duterte's "pro-environment and pro-people" agenda.

 

DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas Leones said that while the department had already put in place clear policies to address those two major environmental issues, a more concrete and decisive measures can be expected under the leadership of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu.

 

Soon after he was appointed by President Duterte to the DENR last May, Cimatu, a former Armed Forces chief, promised that full and strict implementation of laws on clean air, clean water and solid waste management will be on top of his priorities.

 

Prior to Cimatu's appointment, Leones noted that the DENR already finished installing several air quality monitoring stations, which are capable of measuring air pollutants, all over the country.

 

"The DENR's Environmental Management Bureau is now equipped with air monitoring equipment and a laboratory capable of detecting and analyzing toxic gas emissions, such as dioxins and furans," Leones said.

 

Dioxins and furans are environmental pollutants that have highly toxic potential.  Dioxins are largely by products of industrial processes and are tagged as unwanted by-products of manufacturing processes usually involving combustion. 

 

Solid and hospital wastes are often worst sources of dioxin released to the environment due to their incomplete burning.

 

At the same time, Leones said the DENR has been actively implementing its waste to energy (WTE) policy.

 

In fact, he said the National Solid Waste Management Commission (NSWMC) issued last year the guidelines governing the establishment and operation of WTE technologies for municipal solid wastes, as contained in NSWMC Resolution No. 669.

 

The guidelines stipulate compliance with Presidential Decree No. 1586 or the Environmental Impact Statement System Law; Republic Act No. 8749 or the Philippine Clean Air Act of 1999; RA 9275 or the Clean Water Act; RA 6969 or the Toxic Substances and Hazardous and Nuclear Wastes Act; and RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

 

"Given the provisions of these laws, we can expect that all bases are covered in terms of solid waste management," Leones said.

 

To enable the country comply with global emissions standards, Leones said the DENR undertakes a technical cooperation project with the Japanese government on the use of advanced WTE technologies, through thermal processes that eliminate incinerators. The cities of Quezon, Cebu and Davao have been chosen as pilot sites for the project.

 

According to Leones, the DENR has also taken strides in going after local government units (LGUs), which are remiss in their duty to enforce RA 9003.

 

"We have already filed with the Office of the Ombudsman cases against 50 LGUs and evaluated 100 others for their failure to implement RA 9003," he said.

 

RA 9003 specifically mandates all, especially the local government units (LGUs), to adopt a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program that would ensure the protection of public health and environment.

It directs LGUs to utilize environmentally sound methods; set targets and guidelines for solid waste avoidance and reduction; and ensure proper segregation, collection, transport and storage of solid waste; among others. 

Leones also mentioned the firm stand taken by the DENR on the return of Canada's waste shipments, which were rotting in Manila's ports.

This led the Manila regional trial court to order the return what remains of the 50 container vans of mixed garbage from Canada at the cost of the importer. Canada eventually agreed to accept the waste. 

As an offshoot of the Canadian waste issue, the DENR, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of Customs have agreed to intensify collaboration and improve regulations against imported waste to prevent a repeat of the incident. ###

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