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.


Stop flying party balloons, DENR-Calabarzon appeals to public

By Saul Pa-a  January 5, 2019, 11:29 am

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna -- A top official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 4A (Calabarzon) on Friday appealed to local government units (LGUs) and the public to refrain from flying balloons on special occasions.

“Sa rehiyon ng Calabarzon, nais naming hikayatin ang mga Pamahalaang Lokal na ituring na littering ang pagpapakawala ng lobo dahil doon na rin naman ito patutungo (In the Calabarzon region, we are appealing to the local governments to consider the release of balloons into the air as littering as it would end up this way, anyway),” DENR-4A Executive Director, lawyer Maria Paz G. Luna, said.
Luna told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that they already ordered funeral homes and other party or event organizers to stop releasing balloons into the air.

“Maaari po kaming mag-file ng kaso ng paglabag sa RA 9003 (We could file a case for violation of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000),” she warned.

Flying balloons has become a practice for many Filipino families during funeral rites, believing that these contain their messages of love to the departed.

Luna, however, said this does not mean that the balloons would reach the skies.

“Hindi kaya't ang ibig sabihin noon ay sa purgatoryo ninyo ipinadala ang mensahe? Siguraduhin pong aabot ang mensahe sa mahal sa buhay at hindi sa purgatoryo. (But could this mean that the messages had been sent instead to purgatory? So, make sure the message would really reach your loved ones and not end up in purgatory),” she said.

The move came after the Cove Manila Balloon Drop at the Okada Hotel Manila, an event that would release some 130,000 balloons to usher in the New Year, drew flak from netizens.

The DENR earlier ordered Okada to cancel the event.

In observance of the National Zero Waste Month this January, the department has been promoting environment awareness and action among the citizenry and institutionalizing public participation in the development of national and local integrated, comprehensive and ecological waste management programs.

Luna also advised the public to send their complaints on littering - from releasing balloons to illegal garbage disposal - to DENR-4A through text +639456215007 or +639083340224; or email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post the photo/message of such violations through or hashtags #DENRCalabarzon and #TayoAngKalikasan. (PNA)


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