DENR Sec Cimatu leads Ground Breaking Ceremonies in Bangui Ilocos Norte

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DENR Sec Cimatu leads Ground Breaking Ceremonies in Bangui Ilocos Norte

 

 

Bangui, Ilocos Norte – Despite heavy downpour of rain triggered by typhoon “Inday”, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu made a drizzly working visit in his hometown Bangui, Ilocos Norte to lead the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Re- Development Old CENRO Bangui Building Office situated in Barangay Manayon, Bangui, Ilocos Norte last July 19, 2018. Secretary Cimatu was joined by DENR Region- I key officials led by Regional Director Reynulfo A. Juan, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB ) OIC, Regional Director Carlos A. Tayag, and Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Regional Director Ma. Victoria Abrera.

The Secretary was warmly welcomed by DENR Ilocos Norte officials and personnel led by Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Victor Dabalos, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Laoag City, Noemi Ruadap, OIC CENRO of Bangui Lina Ramoran together with the Secretary’s brother Bangui Municipal Mayor Fidel A. Cimatu, Jr. and Bangui local officials who joined the blessing and Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Old CENRO Bangui Building Office. The present new CENRO Bangui Office is located beside the old building and was constructed last February, 2013 during the term of then DENR Secretary Ramon Paje.

Before the ground breaking ceremonies, Secretary Cimatu had a hearty late lunch with DENR-I officials and cracked jokes with CENRO Bangui personnel and an informal meeting followed conveying the DENR’s important role in the Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Strategies after a Cabinet Cluster Meeting in Malacanang. RD Juan, RD Tayag and RD Abrera likewise, presented a short but vital audio- visual on environmental issues and concerns in the region particularly siltation concerns as a result of quarrying in Bued River, Pangasinan and the shoreline near Holcim Cement Plant in La Union; prohibited constructions and titled lots along navigable or floatable waterways within riverbeds: the issuance of Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) on mineral processing plants without permits: destruction of seabed and among others. In connection with the environmental issues, the Secretary reminded DENR Ilocos Region officials to maximize appropriate penalties regarding environmental laws. He also briefly cited the DENR's accomplishments in the on- going rehabilitation of world famous Boracay Island which he is presently leading together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) after President Rodrigo Duterte gave a six- month period rehabilitation efforts to regain the natural and pristine beauty of the island.

In connection with Boracay rehabilitation, Cimatu discussed the plan of creating DENR Satellite Offices near beach resorts in the region and all over the country aimed to monitor sanitary conditions and environmental violations. Rampant environmental violations have been on- going for decades in coastal communities all over the Philippines and the creation of DENR satellite offices is so far the best solution to protect and conserve coastal environment and educate people residing along coastal areas.

The DENR Secretary’s fruitful working visit lasted until evening entertaining issues and concerns not only on DENR matters but also regarding local environmental issues. (G. Garcia – RPAO)