Calamba City, Laguna – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Honorable Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, together with Environment Law Enforcement and Protection Services (ELEPS) Director Reuel Sorilla, DENR CALABARZON Regional Executive Director Nilo B. Tamoria and PENR Officer Noel Recillo regarding the foreshore and legal easements in the area. This also served as a field visit to offices in Batangas, Lipa, and Calaca.

According to PENRO Recillo, Batangas is composed of 14 coastal municipalities and one (1) coastal city. A total area of 3,050 hectares of foreshore, with 1,153 kilometers in length can be found in the province. The province also houses nine (9) river systems, mainly classified as Class A to C, which may be used from public water supply to recreational uses. Secretary Cimatu has challenged the PENRO Batangas to further improve their river system from Class B and C to Class A.

In addition, Cimatu also put an emphasis on the intensified implementation of the Clean Air and Solid Waste Management in the province. According to Cimatu, the mission of the DENR is to conserve, manage, and protect the natural resources and efficiently implement clean air act, clean water, and solid waste management for the use of the present and future generations.

Batangas province is estimated to generate around 3.6 million tons of solid waste this year. Cimatu emphasized the importance of inflicting behavioral change within the communities. “Be a model to our younger generations”, he added.

On the other hand, RED Tamoria ensures continuous initiatives and efforts in support of various environmental laws. “We have actively sought for public support in our efforts. We have maximized the online platforms and crowd-sourced citizen’s reports which yielded a substantial number of enforcement actions. The CALABARZON was able to act on hundreds of complaints related to Solid Waste, Water Pollution, and Air Pollution.”

The 10 Priority Programs of the DENR under the guidance of Secretary Cimatu include Clean Air, Clean Water, and Solid Waste Management. ###