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In advance celebration of the First Year Anniversary of the Battle for Manila Bay, PENRO Laguna and CENRO Sta. Cruz led a clean-up activity in San Juan River last January 24, 2020.

A total of 2,600 kilograms of residual wastes were collected along the 400-meter stretch of Brgys. Parian and 2 in Calamba City, Laguna and were hauled by the City-ENRO of Calamba.

“Sa basura, may magagawa tayo... darating ang panahon na itong lawa ng Laguna, kung hindi tayo titigil sa pagtatapon ng basura, magiging isang malaking basurahan at ang salinlahi ang maiiwan”, said For. Ronilo L. Salac, the PENR Officer of PENRO Laguna.

Meanwhile, Engr. John M. Cerezo, Provincial Director of DILG Laguna, emphasized the significant role of the Barangays in cleaning the river. “Kayo pong mga barangay ang maiiwan, ang mamamahala…sa tulong ng mga barangay, sana po malinis natin lahat at  maibalik natin ang ilog sa dating daloy nito. Kami pong mga ahensya ay support lang, kayo po ang bida rito.”

            Further, Mr. Israel Somera of PG-ENRO Laguna relayed the call of Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez to the residents of the province. He said “Sana po sama-sama ang buong Laguna sa paglilinis ng kailugan dito sa lalawigan natin. Isapuso po natin ang ating ginagawa at ibahagi natin ang tamang pagtatapon ng basura sa mga kakilala natin.”

            381 individuals from PENRO Laguna, CENRO Sta. Cruz, PEMU Laguna, PG-ENRO Laguna, LLDA, DILG Laguna, DILG Region IV-A, PCG, BJMP, PNP, City-ENRO of Calamba, Yakult, Brgy. Parian and Brgy. 2 volunteered for the said event. The activity was also graced by CENRO Victor H. Mercado of CENRO Sta. Cruz, Brgy. Captain Rodney P. Perez of Brgy. Parian, and Brgy. Captain Joanne M. de Mesa of Brgy. 2.

            The Battle for Manila Bay was launched by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources last January 27, 2019 along with the other 12 mandamus agencies, by conducting a solidarity walk followed by the nationwide simultaneous clean-ups. Since then, series of clean-ups have been organized by DENR CALABARZON in support to the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.

            On January 26, 2020, CALABARZON volunteers will be joining the Baseco Beach Clean Up. For interested individuals, assembly time is 6:00 AM at Brgy. 649 in Port Area, Manila. For further inquiries, contact Theodore Nepomuceno at tel. no. (02) 8 374-0105. ###

DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Gilbert C. Gonzales acknowledged the accomplishments of the regional and field offices for Calendar Year 2019. He said there was no controversial issue in accomplishing the targets. He mentioned that there was a lack of coordination, nevertheless, the same was not an issue, noting that the personnel are responsible and dependable and are already well-versed of the job.

 RED Gonzales said the conduct of New Year’s Call began during the administration of Former Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes, and that such activity is a first in the DENR CALABARZON. He emphasized the significance of the activity, which is to deliver the directions for the year in a formal and honourable manner. He said the activity also serves as a venue for the DENR CALABARZON Officials to renew their commitment with their respective posts and express dedication to pursue the goals and objectives of the Department.

 He proceeded with the delivery of the marching orders of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for CY 2020 including his top priorities, as follows:

 Clean Air. 20 major firms will be identified and prioritized. The said companies will be required to comply with the emission standards. 

 Clean Water. 20 major rivers draining to Manila Bay will be identified and prioritized. The Department will clean the said rivers and ensure that its water quality is within the criteria.

 Manila Bay Rehabilitation. The Department shall achieve fecal coliform levels not exceeding 20 percent above the average standard for SB waters.

 Boracay Rehabilitation and Replication of its Success in Other Regions. The gains of the Boracay clean-up must be sustained. Other regions shall replicate the success in Boracay by endorsing upon existing beach resorts the compliance with the regulations on sewage treatment and disposal; observing public easements of structures along the shorelines; properly managing the garbage and adopting waste segregation and reduction systems; and not allowing developments unless proper permits and clearances are secured.

 Remedial Measure to the Alleviate Nationwide Garbage Disposal Problem. The establishment and maintenance of Sanitary Landfill (SLF) is too expensive. Most regions have limited available disposal areas or SLF to cover generation rates of all local government units (LGUs) in the region.

 The Environmental Management Bureau shall review and revise the DENR Administrative Order, making SLF more cost-effective. The Bureau can simplify the design criteria for SLF considering that the potential risks posed by segregated wastes are relatively lower than mixed wastes.

Sewage Systems for Urban Centers of the Cities, Municipalities and Provinces. Domestic sewage has been the major cause of water pollution of the public waters. The Department shall impose upon the water concessionaires, water districts and LGUs to provide Sanitary Treatment Plans in every city and municipality.

Protection of Forest Guards. The Department must be smart enough to deal with the criminals and violators. All incidents or situations that can result in threats and risks of the field personnel must be reported to their immediate supervisors. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the field office heads to address these threats. If, in some instances, the field officers cannot protect our personnel, they must report the matter to the RED.

 Improvement of the National Greening Program (NGP). NGP is one of the most ambitious but noble programs of the Department which was implemented without the benefit of a feasibility study. The use of Bamboo as NGP commodity is considered an option to accelerate the greening of the open areas. Forest cover will increase should the bamboo be made as alternative to wood, i.e. engineered bamboo. Bamboo is a potential raw material for building construction and can be a future industry in the country.

Reduction of Illegal Logging Incidence. All Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) will be required to come up with a strategic plan to regulate illegal cutting or poaching within the remaining forestlands, and initiate a joint undertaking with the LGUs for the protection of the NGP plantations within their areas of responsibilities (AOR).

Acceleration of Patent Issuance. Rapid Land Tenure Appraisal (RLTA) and Memorandum of Partnership Agreement (MOPA) shall be applied as tools to achieve this goal. All CENROs shall personally lead these undertakings to ensure that all teams conduct patent drives with utmost efficacy and efficiency.

Management and Protection of Legislated Protected Areas (PAs). The Protected Area Management Boards must be invigorated. The establishment and operation of Protected Area Management Offices will be formalized, and the Protected Area Superintendents with outstanding character and dedication to the work for biodiversity conservation shall be designated.

The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers (PENROs) shall be the overall managers of the PAs. They will ensure that all PAs within their AOR are protected according to the intent of the law that created them and that, Protected Area Management Plans are implemented as planned. They will regulate the use and optimize the benefits and revenues where the same can be sourced.

Research on Pine Tree and the Carrying Capacity of Baguio City. PENROs and CENROs are encouraged to look into potential subject of research in the region.

Promotion of Responsible Mining. The Department will never allow illegal extraction of mineral resources in the region without due compliance with the existing mining regulations, and will not hesitate to file charges against violators. The enforcement task force shall provide operational support in enforcing environment and mining laws and regulations. 

There must be an alternative technology on open pit mining.

Climate Change. Resilience efforts must be sustained. Calamities and disasters can no longer just be ignored nowadays. Earthquakes, typhoons, floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, etc. are happening everywhere.

Human Resource and Administration. Personnel improvement must be continued, and earring personnel must be punished.

RED Gonzales informed the DENR CALABARZON Key Officials that the DENR MIMAROPA Region will be transferring to Mindoro soon. He also advised them that he and the Assistant Regional Directors will visit all the PENR and CENR Offices in the region.###


The community’s participation in the environmental activities, including the clean up and maintenance of the cleanliness of the Manila Bay tributaries, may become their legacy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Rizal head Isidro Mercado said during a clean-up drive along Hulong Bangiad Creek in Brgy. San Juan, Taytay, Rizal on January 17, 2020 in advance celebration of the first anniversary of the #BattleForManilaBay.

Mercado said the residents could make an impact in the lives of the other communities and of the future generations through their active, unceasing and sincere efforts to take care of the environment.

“Dapat may isang bagay na ginagawa ka na hindi malilimutan. Siguro, ito na ‘yon. Ipakita natin sa ibang lugar na mahal natin ang ating kapaligiran”, Mercado urged Brgy. San Juan locals.

Jointly organized by the DENR-PENRO Rizal and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of Taytay, Rizal headed by MENRO Rodolfo De Leon, Jr., the clean-up activity was participated in by a total of 155 persons from the Cash-for-Work Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Municipal and Barangay Government Offices, Exan Builders Corporation, Atgas Compressed Gas Corporation, Marcbuild Construction, Inc., and Damayan Homeowners Association.

The activity was also graced by Rizal Provincial Vice Governor Reynaldo San Juan, Jr., Rizal Board Member Jun Cabitac, Municipal General Services Officer Vic Badagwas, Brgy. San Juan Chairperson Rasel Valera, and Purok 17 Chairperson Marlon Gocalin. 

The volunteers were able to collect a total of 1,207 kg of solid waste along an 867-m stretch of the creek.

Rizal Vice Gov. San Juan reinforced Mercado’s call saying, “Sana ang ating responsibilidad sa pangangalaga ng ating kalikasan ay tumimo sa isip, sa puso, sa salita at, higit sa lahat, sa gawa. Hindi lang puro salita, dapat ang bawat isa dito ay makiisa at tumulong”.

He said, for six years now, the Provincial Government of Rizal is ‘slowly but surely’ doing activities towards the rehabilitation of the province’s water bodies through their OPLAN BUSILAK (Buhayin ang Sapa, Ilog, Lawa at Karagatan) under the YES (Ynares Eco-System) to Green Program of Governor Nini Ynares in support of the programs of the Department.

Another clean-up drive will be conducted along San Cristobal River in Calamba, Laguna on January 24, 2020 in advance celebration of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program. The actual celebration will be undertaken on January 26, 2020, 6:00 am at BASECO Compound, Manila.###

To celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Battle for Manila Bay this January, a series of cleanup activities will be conducted around CALABARZON. DENR CENRO Lipa headed the kick off with a river clean up in San Juan River in Santo Tomas, Batangas.

More than 150 volunteers from various stakeholders such as the Philippine Coast Guard Light Industry and Science Park-III, Aruze Philippines Manufacturing Inc., Lima Technology Center, Toyota Batangas, Philippine Statistics Authority (Region 4A) - Lipa City, Batangas, PNP Batangas/BPPO, City Environment and Natural Resources Office - Sto. Tomas, Barangay Officials and volunteers from the said Barangay (BSPO, BHW, VAWC), DENR-PENRO Batangas, DENR-CENRO Lipa, and DENR CALABARZON Regional Office participated.

A total of 105 sacks weighing 3,150 kgs were collected along the 150 meters stretch of the San Juan river. The wastes were collected by the City ENRO for proper disposal.

Upcoming cleanup activities will be in Taytay, Rizal on January 17; Calamba City, Laguna on January 24; and the culminating clean up activity will be held on January 26 in Rosario, Cavite. Those interested to volunteer, kindly email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ###

A total of 342 Bantay Linis Ilog (BLI) were hired in CALABARZON to further ensure that waterways that drain to Manila Bay are kept clean. The hiring of the BLI started as early as October of this year.

The BLIs assists the DENR CALABARZON in monitoring of cleanup activities, coordination with Barangay Officials and MENRO/CENRO for the collection and proper disposal of collected wastes; patrolling for river protection and maintaining the cleaned-up waterways; reporting of unlawful acts of residents, as well as undertaking other activities as may be assigned by the DENR CALABARZON Task Group for Manila Bay Rehabilitation.

Aside from the hiring of BLI, the DENR CALABARZON Task Group continues to conduct regular cleanup activities, assessment meetings with Mandamus Agencies, Information, Education, Communication (IEC) campaigns, and recently launched the CALABARZON Sanitasyon at Basura Watch (CASABWATCH) Program.

In addition, the installation of trash traps in the rivers is currently underway. As of November 23, 2019, the total waste collected by the BLI is 675,792.75 kg. ###