Limang Saringaya Awardees pinarangalan ng DENR

     Ang Kagawaran ng Kapaligiran at Likas Yaman sa Bicol ay kumilala at nagbigay parangal sa apat na pangkat at isang ginang sa taunang patimpalak na ginaganap tuwing buwan ng Hunyo, ang buwang ng kapaligiran.

     Ang Lokal na Pamahalaan ng Calabanga, Camarines Sur ang ginawaran ng parangal-Saringaya 2015 para sa kategorya sa lokal na pamahalaan; ang Catanduanes State College para sa akademya; ang Alliance of Young Professional for Social and Environmental Development, Inc. para sa samahang civil society; ang Aboitiz Power Renewables, Inc. para sa mga industriya at Gng. Luzviminda Oropesa para sa pang-isahang kategorya. Lahat ng pinarangalan ay nakapasa sa masusing pagsuri ng technical working group sa panguna ni Dr. Al O. Orolfo, assistant regional director for Technical Services ng DENR Bicol.

   Sa seremonyang ginanap noong ika 29 ng Hunyo 2015 sa lunsod ng Naga, iginawad ni Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales ang tropeo at sertipiko- tanda ng pagkilala sa mga natatanging nagwagi sa patimpalak. Pinasalamatan rin niya ang mga tumutulong na makamtan ng rehiyon ang mga katangi-tanging tagumpay sa pagprotekta sa kapaligiran. Sa kanyang pambungad na panalita binanggit niya na taon taon dumarami na ang tumutulong sa gawaing pangkapaligiran.

   Panauhing pandangal si Cong Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo ng pangatlong distrito ng Camarines Sur na itinuturing na mahalaga ang Saringaya Awards sa pagpapakita ng mga bagong pamamaraan ng pagsanggalang sa kapaligiran. Anya, “kailangan nating makahanap ng Likas kayang pamaraan, dapat pa nating paghusayan at dapat na makahanap tayo ng murang solusyon sa mga suliranin sa kapaligiran. Itinuturing nya na lubos na mahalaga ang pagtutulungan sapagkat walang isang ubod ng  lakas na kayang tugunan ang suliranin sa kapaligiran ng mag-isa. Ikinatuwa niya na ang mga nanalo ay mula sa iba’t-ibang sector ng lipunan. Anya nararapat na makilahok ang lahat sa usaping ito. Di raw dapat talikdan ang iba dahil lamang sa kakulangan nito ng kaalaman o pamamaraan sapagkat lahat daw ay may papel sa gawaing ito.

    Nagbalik tanaw siya sa kaugnayan ng kapaligiran at ng kanilang buhay pagibig ng yumaong kalihim at kabiyak na si Sec. Jesse Robredo. Ayon sa kanya ang kapaligiran ang dahilan kung bakit aila ay nagkasama nang siya ay sumama sa pangkat ni Robredo sa trabaho nito sa Bicol River Basin Project. Pinasalamatan niya ang mga nanalo at ipinahayag niya ang hangarin na magsilbi silang inspirasyonna higit pang tulungan ang kapaligiran.

   Ayon naman kay Bb. Elizabeth Padilla, pinuno ng DENR Planning ang Management Division ang pagsusuri ay ayon sa mandato ng Kagawaran ng protektahan, panumbalikin at pangasiwaan ang kapaligiran at likas yaman. Bawat kategorya ay may pangkat na nagsagawa ng pagbisita sa kani-kanilang lugar katulong ang ABS-CBN na siyang nag tala sa video ng salaysay ng mga nanalo.

 Sa DENR nag-umpisa ang Saringaya Awards na ngayong taon ay nasa ika 15 taon nang nagpapalaganap ng pagyabong ng kulturang magtatangol at magtataguyod ng kapaligiran at likas yaman ng Bicol at ng buong bansa.

Press Release: July 1, 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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