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.


Creation of an RDC Environment Committee

The Economic Development Committee in its first quarter meeting, passed a Resolution for the creation of an RDC Environment Committee to focus on the environmental and sustainability and risk resilience aspects of the Development Plans, Policies, Programs, Projects (D4Ps).

On June 27, the RDC Environmental Committee Members convened for the first time for the organizational meeting and levelling off presided by the DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales, committee's co-chair at NEDA 7 Conference Hall, Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City.



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As of today, UFTPAI native coffee is now marketed in Ubay and all other neighboring municipalities in Bohol.

Bugnay Wine. Made and produced by partner people’s organization, the Ubay Federated Tree Planters Association, Inc. (UFTPAI) in San Pascual, Ubay, Bohol

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Man-made Molave Forest (Salagdoong, Maria, Siquijor)

Nature’s Mystic Beauty. Lamanoc Island, Anda, Bohol. A newly discovered ecotourism destination in Bohol and is part of the Candijay-Anda-Mabini Mangrove Swamp Forest Reserve and Wilderness Area, a protected area managed by the DENR.

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