DENR-ILOCOS ENTRY FOR RIVERS FOR LIFE AWARD

DENR-ILOCOS SELECTS ENTRY FOR R.I.V.E.RS FOR LIFE AWARD

 

DENR RO 1 – The river system which discharges its water flow into the famous Hundred Islands has been adjudged as one of the entries of Region 1 (Ilocos Region) of which nomination is shared with Naguilian River System in the DENR’s R.I.V.E.Rs for Life Award.

R.I.V.E.Rs stands for Recognizing Individuals/Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhance Rivers aiming to raise awareness of the need to protect and conserve rivers as the lifeblood of the earth and human civilization.

Launched in 2017, the award intends to recognize individuals and institutions for their initiative and concerted efforts to protect the country’s rivers from degradation and pollution and to improve their designated use and classification by coming up with appropriate mitigations and interventions.

The Regional Evaluation Committee headed by DENR Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa declared Ilog Alaminos and the Naguilian River System as the region’s entries in the national level.

Ilog Alaminos is a Class “C” river with 35-kilometer length and traverses 29 barangays of Alaminos City. Being a Class “C” river, its water is intended only for agriculture, irrigation and livestock watering and discharges in the Lingayen Gulf where the renowned Hundred Islands are sporadically formed.  While Naguilian River System became a Water Quality Monitoring Area (WQMA) in January 26, 2016 through Department Administrative Order #2016-08.  It has 2 major rivers namely Burgos and Bagulin River.  The Naguilian River System has a length of 38.6 km from Bagulin at the North Eastern part while 23.7 km. from Burgos where it converges with the Naguilian River draining to the West Philippine Sea.

Tuballa said the selection of Ilog Alaminos and Naguilian River System as regional winners and entries in the national level was sparked by the Unity Walk spearheaded by CENRO Western Pangasinan held last February 25 and the on-going efforts and initiatives undertaken by various institutions and organizations for the NRS-WQMA.

For the love of Ilog Alaminos led by CENR Officer Lito Salatan, the Unity Walk was participated in by 250 individuals from the local government here and several national government agencies and non-government organizations.  This was followed by the “Isang Buhos para sa Ilog Alaminos” where almost 500 participants manifested their support to clean the river including the CHC Agritech, a private company which provided the organic activator to help reduce the harmful bacteria present in the river.

“The Unity Walk for Ilog Alaminos has raised awareness of the importance of Alaminos River amid the fast-growing local economy,” said Tuballa adding that the participation of individuals coming from different sectors indicates a clear indication of their willingness to become part in the rehabilitation, restoration and conservation of the river.

Based on the water sampling done in November last year, the coliform level of the water of Ilog Alaminos was 2,800 most probable number (mpn). The standard of a Class “C” river is 200 mpn pursuant to DENR Administrative Order No. 2016-08. While NRS improved significantly from 160,000mpn to 7,836mpn on the most recent sampling.

Appropriate mitigations and interventions are continuously done to reduce the river’s coliform level and to improve the use of its water probably for recreational purpose said Tuballa. 

National winners of the R.I.V.E.Rs for Life will be announced on June 10, 2019 in time with the anniversary of the DENR.  (RPAO/CENRO W-Pang.)

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DENR Youth Camp Held In Cavite

DENR Youth Camp Held In Cavite

 

The Department Of Environment And Natural Resources (DENR) conducted a DENR Youth Camp at Terra Verde Ecofarm, Maragondon, Cavite last May 7-9, 2019.

            The youth camp was spearheaded by the DENR’s Strategic Communication and Initiative Service (SCIS) aimed to mobilize the youth in taking action and sustain the efforts on Manila Bay Rehabilitation; provide experimental learning for the youth to have a greater understanding on their responsibilities and the necessity to make ecologically sustainable decisions, leads to a greater awareness and a sense of empowerment with regard to social and environment responsibilities of the youth; provide youths with disabilities and Indigenous People (IP) access to a special learning experience; and provide an opportunity for the IP’s to share their indigenous knowledge.

            The DENR Youth Camp was participated by DENR Youth Desk Officers (YDOs), youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth from Porac, Pampanga and youths who reside from esteros in Metro Manila particularly along Pasig River. Activities during the Youth Camp were “ environmental games”, river clean-up, series of lectures on Manila Bay Rehabilition Program, Environmental Education Initiatives in the Philippines: The Continuing Challenges. Audio-visual presentation (AVP) of “Estero Ko, Linis Ko” and Kayamanan were shown to the participants. A herbal and rice planting culminated the Youth Camp with a “Pledge of Commitment” to the environment before leading back home . DENR Region – I was represented by Zenaida L. Paday-os, Regional Youth Desk Officer and Information Officer II of Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO). #zlp/rpao

Photo Releases

Photo shows DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (5th from left) leads the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Re- Development Old CENRO Bangui Bldg. together with DENR-I key officials led by RD Reynulfo A. Juan and Bangui Mayor Fidel Cimatu, Jr.

DENR- I spearheads International Coastal Clean-up 2018 in Region- I

MOA SIGNING: (Seated left) Mangatarem Mayor Ramil P. Ventenilla signed as witness on the signing of Memorandum of Agreement between (seated right) Regional Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region I and (middle) District Engineer Edita L. Manuel of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Pangasinan for the Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) at Brgy. Catarataraan, Mangatarem, Pangasinan, within the portion of Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape (MSPL). Witnessing the signing are (standing from left) MSPL Protected Area Supervisor (PASu), Marlyn Banda and Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief, For.Barbara Pernia.

DENR- I delegation headed by OIC, Chief, Administrative Division Mary Ann Escoto joined the opening ceremonies in the AREX Sportsfest 2018 held at DPWH Second Engineering District Office in Bauang, La Union last October 23, 2018. Highlights of the activity include a short program, AREX muse competition and opening of ball games. (G. Garcia- RPAO)

Photo shows from left: Hazel Flores (PIA-I), Generoso Garcia (DENR- I) as panel of judges, Edward Calonge of RIS, La Union- 1st Runner- up in the NSM 2018 Poster- Slogan Making Contest (Regional level in UNP, Vigan City, I. Sur last Oct. 17, 2018. At far right is David Rabelas of DSWD- I.

From L-R: OIC, CENR Officer Romeo Z. Pernia, UAP Pres. Maria Teresa Velasco, LGU Vice Mayor Jesus Franco Sison, Jr., and VWD Gen. Manager Susan Q. Sison

RED Carlito M. Tuballa assumes post as new DENR Region- I head

ENVIRONMENTAL WARRIORS. Over a hundred students from Grade 4 to Junior high school of La Marea Academy actively participated to the different environmental lectures during the environmental campus tour of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environmental Management Bureau I on January 18, 2019. The activity aimed to raise environmental awareness among students and to promote sustainable and eco-friendly practices in schools.

Photo shows Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region- I (DENR- I) key officials led by newly- installed Regional Executive Director Carlito M. Tuballa receiving the PRIME- HRM Bronze Award from Civil Service Commission, Region- I (CSC RO1) Regional Director Hedy Jose R. Lardizabal during the Regional Recognition Rites at the Provincial Capitol, San Fernando City, La Union last January 28, 2019. Also in the photo are DENR- I ARD for Management Services Leduina S. Co, OIC, Chief Administrative Division- Mary Ann Escoto, HRM personnel headed by Julinda Zamoranos.

The “Environmental Dancers” of Amlang-Nagtagaan High School wearing their kaleisdoscopic costumes – represents the Sun, Water and Land.

Photo shows group of Lumber Dealers together with (front row) ARD William C. Savella (in checkered polo), PENRO Rose Jornacion, CENRO Alfredo Racoma, LPDD Chief, Manny Ydia, Enforcement Division Chief, Frank Vincent Danglose, CENRO Francisco Arenas.

In line with the celebration of the World Wildlife Day this 2019 with the theme “Life Below Water: For people and planet”, which focuses on the conservation and sustainable use of marine wildlife, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region I (DENR-1) through the Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Regional Public Affairs Office (RPAO), and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources – La Union (PENRO- La Union) jointly conducted Communication Education Public Awareness (CEPA) through Dalaw Turo activity highlighting the importance of wildlife.

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