Comprehensive Clean-up of Zapote River Kicks off at the Outset of Ocean Month

Comprehensive Clean-up of Zapote River Kicks off at the Outset of Ocean Month

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          The comprehensive clean-up of the Zapote River kicked off in Brgy. Molino 3, Bacoor City on May 2, 2018 along with the commencement of the celebration of the month of May as Ocean Month.

        “’Pag sinabing comprehensive clean-up, talagang ‘yan ay matindi,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Sofio B. Quintana said as he described the seriousness of the activity.

         The director opted to join the clean-up activity despite his already scheduled trip with President Rodrigo R. Duterte to Bondoc Peninsula in Mulanay, Quezon for the awarding of Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOA).

         “It is but my official and moral obligation to be here. Kasi ito pong usapin sa Zapote River ay nasimulan noong isang taon, July 2017, noong ako’y nasa National Capital Region kasama ng ating mahal na kalihim, Secretary Roy A. Cimatu,” Quintana explained.

          Quintana said, at that time, the Secretary instructed him to clean the filthy river. “Sabi ko, ‘sir, iyan pong Zapote River ay boundary ng NCR at Calabarzon Region’, kaya hindi nagtagal, minabuti namin na pumunta kay City ENRO (City Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Bacoor),” he added.

        “Kamakailan, nagkaroon ng pagpupulong doon sa opisina ni kasamang Rolly (Rolando Vocalan, Bacoor City ENRO) at marami pong napagkasunduan at isa lang ito sa activities, itong comprehensive clean-up,” said Quintana.

         The city ENRO related the clean-up activity to a broomstick, saying “hindi puwedeng isang tingting lang, hindi puwedeng dalawang tingting lang, kailangang madaming tingting para maganda ang linis.”

          With lamentation, he called on all the residents of Brgy. Molino 3 to have a sense of responsibility to maintain the cleanliness of the river once it is cleaned.

         “Hindi porket may pumupulot ng basura ay may karapatan na ang taong magkalat… Sana naman po, pag-alis namin dito, meron po kayong responsibilidad na panatilihing malinis ‘yong aming mga nilinis,” Vocalan requested the nearby residents.

          “Kasi ang pagtatapon po sa ilog ay seconds lang, pero araw po ‘yan para angatin, para mawala. Ganoon po kahirap ‘yan, kaya sa komunidad po, napakasuwerte ng barangay na ito na mayroong maglilinis ng manwal dito… Ito po ay isang goodwill at example po. Sana po sa mga taga-rito, i-maintain nyo po ang mga nilinis ng ating mga kasama,” city ENRO Vocalan said, which the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Calabarzon’s Michael Dapdapig strongly supported.

         Meanwhile, the Chief, Technical Services Division, DENR-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Cavite, Reynaldo Belen emphasized the importance of discipline in maintaining the cleanliness in the area. He also appealed that the clean-up be done not only in the barangay but also in the whole province as the wastes disposed at the upper areas will eventually flow down the low-lying ones.

          Director Quintana likewise pointed out that it is important for everybody to have dedication in the conduct of the comprehensive clean-up. He reminded that such activity is a shared responsibility of each and every one, and that the DENR is merely the agency mandated to take the lead in the same.

       Spearheaded by the city government of Bacoor, the comprehensive clean-up was participated in by representatives from the DENR CALABARZON; DENR-PENRO Cavite; Cavite Provincial Government ENR Office; Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA); Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Brgy. Molino 3, Bacoor City; and DENR-EMB Calabarzon.

          During the latest meeting of the DENR and the city government, it was agreed to create a technical working group to formulate the guidelines for the long-term management of the Zapote River.


Scientists Support the Closed Season for Tawilis from March to April

Dr. Francis Magbanua, President of the Philippine Society for Freshwater Science (PSFS) stated their support regarding the declaration of the Tawilis as an endangered species and supports the ordinance issued by the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) to implement the closed season of Taal Lake during March to April, including the implementation of a proper mesh size and establishment of sanctuaries.
Dr. Magbanua also emphasized the need for enforcement in the area. He reminded that not only it is a job for the DENR and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), but also for the Local Government Units and other stakeholders. He also called for the need for continuous monitoring of the Tawilis and the lake to see if the implementation is successful.
During the Tawilis Summit held on February 19, with the theme: “4TS: Talakayan Tungkol sa Tawilis at Taal”, the stakeholders of Taal Volcano Protected Landscape gathered at the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. The whole day event targeted to inform the public about the rationale and other related researches about the Sardinella Tawilis and Taal Lake. The summit provided the venue for stakeholders to discuss the current status and future management prescriptions to conserve the Tawilis population. Tawilis is the only freshwater sardine and can only be found in Taal Lake. According to a study of Reproductive Biology of the Tawilis done by Associate Professor Alicia Pagulayan, “Sardinella Tawilis breeds the whole year round with peak spawning activities from December to March and a less pronounced spawning during the months of July to October”.

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