DENR, serious in implementing environmental regulations


DENR, serious in implementing environmental regulations


In his visit to his home province, he took time to inspect the famous Hannah’s Beach Resort in Brgy. Balaoi Malingay and Saud Beach, both in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. There were possible violations observed by the Secretary wherein he instructed the DENR regional officials to investigate. Some of these were encroachment on easements and danger zones, indigenous trees were cut, ensure legitimacy of land titles and permits from those claiming they own portion of the timberland and those occupying the alienable and disposable areas.

He also pointed out the existence of a drainage canal that comes out on the beach area and the quality of the water of the creek that drains from the resort area.

Sec. Cimatu and his team, on the other hand appreciated that the owner of the resort he visited is very proactive in demolishing the structures that are erected on easements and promised the DENR Chief their support in achieving a well-managed coastal environment.

The Secretary however warned those who will be violating environmental laws that they will face necessary charges if they continue to refuse complying with the existing regulations.

In DENR Region 1, RD Reynulfo A. Juan is instructed to create a task force to ensure that the coast along Ilocos Region meets the water quality parameters. Following the order of Sec. Cimatu, he (RD Juan) asked for stricter implementation of environmental laws while he designates Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Gwendolyn C. Bambalan as the “ground commander” for the Region 1 Coast Watch. During the debriefing, RD Juan assured that the 1st Regional Coast Watch Summit in Region 1 will push through in order to gain consistency in the department’s promise to protect and conserve the environment and today’s inspection is just a prelude to this clearly stated goal of the DENR Officialdom.