Full implementation of environmental laws a top priority for Cimatu

Full implementation of environmental laws a top priority for Cimatu

         Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu on Monday vowed to prioritize environmental protection through full implementation of existing laws on clean air, clean water and solid waste management.

       At his first flag-raising ceremony in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Cimatu said he would also ensure strict adherence of mining laws by mining contractors and fight illegal logging.

          "But my main effort will be protecting the environment and implementing laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act," Cimatu told DENR officials and employees, as he unveiled his environmental programs and management priorities as the new head of the agency.

          The former military chief said he would work towards improving air quality in the country, particularly in Metro Manila.

        Under his watch, Cimatu said the DENR will further intensify efforts to rehabilitate the historic Pasig River, an important water body in Metro Manila that connects Laguna Lake to Manila Bay.

          "If we are able to clean the Pasig River, including the esteros, we will be successful," Cimatu said.

       Cimatu is also keen on addressing the issue of solid waste management, as he expressed concern over the huge volume of garbage being produced in Metro Manila every day.

          Noting that the nation's capital region churns out 4,000 dump trucks of waste daily, Cimatu said he is open to the possibility of creating a task force to deal with the problem.

           Meanwhile, Cimatu promised to promote and safeguard the welfare of all workers in the DENR.

           Cimatu said he would establish meritocracy in the DENR in order to give due recognition to best performing employees.

           At the same time, however, Cimatu said he won't hesitate to expose and punish corrupt DENR officials and employees as he has zero  tolerance for corruption.

        "It is, therefore, expected that every official and personnel of the DENR will serve the people in the highest standars of public service and accountability," he pointed out. 

 

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TO COMMITING TO ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION AND CLIMATE RESILIENCY!

RD TANCHULING

 

          "To this end, we urge you to make a commitment towards building a climate-resilient community among yourselves," said the In-Charge, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON-Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Section, Melinda G. Gordo as she closed the lecture-forum held on November 18, 2017 at the Barangay Lalakay Covered Court, Los Banos, Laguna.

          The recently concluded activity was undertaken in celebration of the month of November as National Environmental Awareness Month, and in anticipation of the Climate Change Consciousness Week slated on November 19-24 which, together, carry the theme "Kilos Para sa Kalikasan: Building Climate-Resilient Philippines".

          "It is but vital that we know the potential impacts of climate change in order for us to adapt to it," said DENR CALABARZON Regional Director Arsenio N. Tanchuling as he delivered his inspirational message during the lecture-forum, which serves as the office's share to the "Sama-sama sa K5: Kilos sa Klima at Kalamidad Tungo sa Kaligtasan at Kaunlaran" activity simultaneously conducted by various DENR offices nationwide.

 

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