DENR-7 asks help to clean rivers.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has inked a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the Adopt-a-River or Estero with Maritrans Recycler Inc. and Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. through the "Linis Estero" program.

This is to undertake a cleanup and other rehabilitation activities in Butuanon and Guadalupe rivers and their tributaries.

DENR-7 Regional Executive Director Maximo O. Dichoso said the program is a collaborative undertaking to put in place good sanitation and solid wastes management practices to reduce incidence of water-related diseases and those associated with poor sanitation such cholera, diarrhea, and dengue.

"We have observed and heard reports of flooding incidence elsewhere and mostly they are attributed to clogged waterways with trash, especially in urban areas," he added.

"The adoptors may extend help or assistance in the clean up of a river or estero by providing equipment, human power, and other resources needed to do the actual clean-up," he said.

Dichoso said maintaining clean waterways should be a shared priority as we are very much concerned in improving their conditions which have become threats to public health and safety because of pollution.

Butuanon river is a 23-kilometer water body which originates in the mountain area around Metro Cebu and eventually discharges into Mactan channel with approximately 10-kilometer length of the river crossing Metro Cebu area.

Guadalupe river is a 12-kilometer water body which traverses in the mountain area around Metro Cebu and eventually discharges into Mactan channel with an estimate of 8-kilometer length of the river crossing Metro Cebu area.

In 2011, eleven industries signed an agreement with DENR and these are Cenapro Chemical Corporation, GreenCoil Industries Inc., Maritrans Recycler Inc., JLR Construction and Aggregates Inc., Lami Food Products Corporation, Profood International Inc., Treasure Island Industrial Corporation, Primary Homes Inc., Concrete Solutions Inc., Sunpride Foods Inc, and Cebu Holdings Inc.

For 2012, it aims to seal 18 agreements with various business sectors and other local government units.


Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

 The Manila Times

by Philip Camara on January 5, 2017 Analysis


TIMES of crisis are windows for great opportunity. That is an old Chinese saying. But in these troubling times (for many), what opportunities indeed lie ahead? There are quite a few and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given current trajectories or the way things are unfolding. Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions. Not just tensions between peoples but tensions between people and their environment and even tensions inside people due to an identity overly linked to consumerism rather than their inherent truths; consumerism that threatens the very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One such opportunity is the re-emergence within government of the area development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez. While Sixto K. Roxas was its initial advocate in the late 1960s it had unfortunately been bastardized in several big government projects that went puff! (just as the autonomous regional experience is going puff!) due to wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.


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Bojo river is an 8-km estuarine river with a depth of 3.8 meters during high tide. It shelters 61 species of endemic and migratory birds, 96 species of plants and 22 mangroves species. 

Nursery in CENRO Ayungon which supports the massive reforestation under the National Greening Program.

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