Manila Bay Rehab in CALABARZON: Inspections, Clean Ups in Progress

Manila Bay Rehab in CALABARZON: Inspections, Clean Ups in Progress

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Nine out of 10 establishments near Zapote River in Bacoor City may face closure, based on the results of the inspections made by DENR CALABARZON together with the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) CALABARZON nearly two weeks since the nationwide launching of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation on January 27, 2019. Of the 60 enterprises already inspected within the first class city, 56 were issued Notices of Violation for operating without discharge permits.
Meanwhile, the Zapote River Drive, has fecal coliform count of over 700 million MPN/100ml, which is 7 million times higher than the normal. The high coliform level may be attributed to the 144,472 informal settlers along the river and coasts of Calabarzon who deliberately dump not only solid wastes but also animal and human wastes into the rivers and lakes that drain to the bay.
During the Manila Bay Rehabilitation kick off activity, the cleanup teams were dispersed in Barangays Zapote V and Talaba II in Bacoor City. A total of 17,166.61 kg of assorted solid wastes were collected from the two Barangays. The activity was participated in by a total of 1,766 individuals coming from the concerned LGUs, government agencies, and other community sectors. DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Atty. Ipat Luna led the Task Group of the CALABARZON cluster. Luna called on everyone, especially, the locals to admit to themselves that the Manila Bay issues are their own and that they, themselves, are the solution to these problems.
“Aaminin at aakuin po natin ang suliraning ito at tayo ay walang dudang magtatagumpay,” she said.
Simultaneously, over 500 kg and 3,700 kg of solid wastes were collected along Saran River in Los Banos, Laguna and Boso-boso River in Antipolo City, respectively. As initiated by the DENR Field Offices in Laguna and Rizal, weekly cleanup activities follow, not to mention the individual cleanup efforts of the concerned local government units (LGUs) in support to the #BattleForManilaBay.
DENR Calabarzon Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office Deputy Manager, Cynthia Rozaldo said the first phase of the Manila Bay rehabilitation includes also the reduction of coliform levels in water bodies leading to the bay, requiring of the installation of Sewage Treatment Plants in establishments, and longer term planning on the relocation of informal settlers.
As a follow up to the #BattleForManilaBay activity and to celebrate the World Wildlife Day in advance on March 1, Friday, from 7 to 9am a simultaneous clean up of rivers will be held, to be led by the DENR CALABARZON Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs), in the following locations: in Barangay Pinugay, Boso-boso River in Baras, Rizal; Barangay Parina, San Cristobal River in Calamba, Laguna; Barangay Barra, Iyam-Dumacaa River in Lucena City, Quezon; Barangay San Roque, San Juan River in Sto Tomas, Batangas; and in Barangay Maliksi III in Bacoor, Cavite. Volunteers are requested to coordinate with the assigned focal persons in the PENROs.
Photo: Before (left) and after (right) a clean-up activity undertaken at a site in Brgy. Zapote V, Bacoor City on January 27, 2019 as part of the launching of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation
Written by: Mimi Gandeza, Communication Development Officer II, Regional Public Affairs Office, DENR CALABARZON


DENR CALABARZON celebrated the World Mangrove Day

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          In line with the celebration of World Mangrove Day on June 26, 2019, the DENR CALABARZON Conservation and Development Division organized a mangrove tree planting activity, conducted at Barangay Talisay, Calatagan, Batangas.

         The mangrove tree planting activity was participated in by 60 volunteers from the DENR CALABARZON, CENRO Calaca, Batangas, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), Local Government Unit of Brgy. Talisay, and the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mangingisda sa Barangay Talisay (SNMBT) People’s Organization. A total of 1,200 propagules of Bakawang Lalaki and Bakawang Bato species were planted.

           According to Ms. Violy Gulapo, Senior Science Research Specialist from the ERDB, a total number of 500,000 hectares of mangrove forest in 1918, has drastically gone down to only 117,000 hectares in 1995. In 2011, it has gradually increased to 257,362 hectares which may be attributed to coastal rehabilitation programs implemented by government, NGO and communities. She added that three main functions of the Mangrove Ecosystems are for fishery production, for environmental protection, and as a carbon sink. She commended the Agency for conducting Mangrove rehabilitation programs but she reminded that people conducting planting activities should have enough knowledge in proper zonation of the mangrove. She emphasized that we have to monitor the success rate of every planting activity.

           Mr. Rodrigo de Jesus, president of the SNMBT, disclosed that their organization does regular mangrove planting activities since 2007.

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