ENGAGING BARANGAY OFFICIALS IN ESTERO REHABILITATION

ENGAGING BARANGAY OFFICIALS IN ESTERO REHABILITATION

19.01.24 Engaging barangay officials in estero rehabilitation web

DENR Undersecretary Benny Antiporda (2nd from right) assures barangay leaders in Tondo, Manila  of DENR’s support to their  efforts on preventing relocated informal settlers from returning to the banks of  Estero de Magdalena  which empties into Manila Bay via the Pasig River.   Antiporda met with the 12 barangay officials which have jurisdiction over the six-kilometer waterway  last January 17, 2019 at the DENR main office  in Quezon City to brief them on the “Pag-aalaga ng Estero De Magdalena Action Plan” being implemented by  the Task Force DENR Enforcers  Metro Manila (TF-DEMM) pursuant to the  Supreme Court’s 2008 Writ of Continuing Mandamus. Also in photo is TF-DEMM Chief Ret. Col. Jed Motus (right). ### 





DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN C6

DEMOLITION OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN C6

19.01.24 Demolition of illegal structures in C6 web

Composite team of government operatives from the Metro Manila Development Authority, Laguna Lake Development Authority and local government units of Taytay and Taguig City starts demolishing illegal structures along the C6 road as part of the government effort to the rehabilitate Manila Bay in accordance with the Supreme Court’s continuing mandamus.  ### 





GOZUN SUPPORTS MANILA BAY REHABILITATION

GOZUN SUPPORTS MANILA BAY REHABILITATION

19.01.17 Gozun supports Manila Bay rehab web

REHABILITATION.  Former Environment Secretary Elisea Gozun is welcomed by DENR officials led by DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (to Gozun’s left) and DENR Undersecretary and Chief of Staff Rodolfo Garcia to the Stakeholders’ Meeting for the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program held Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the DENR office in Quezon City.  Around 200 representatives from the 13 mandamus agencies, including local government units, were on hand to express support to the planned rehabilitation of the historical bay, which President Duterte ordered cleaned up by the government to be led by Secretary Cimatu. ### 





CIMATU WELCOMES SENATOR ILARDE

CIMATU WELCOMES SENATOR ILARDE

Cimatu welcomes Senator Ilarde web

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) welcomes former Senator and media personality Eddie Ilarde during the Stakeholders’ Meeting for Manila Bay Rehabilitation held Tuesday (Jan. 15) at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. An environmental advocate, Ilarde is pushing for the expansion of  the Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts to include the Pasig River and the Laguna de Bay, saying the three bodies of water are interconnected, and if cleaned simultaneously, will “help the economy and put to maximum use” the country’s natural resources. ### 





CIMATU INSPECTS ESTERO FOR MANILA BAY REHAB

CIMATU INSPECTS ESTERO FOR MANILA BAY REHAB

Outfall Estero web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu inspects the Estero de San Antonio de Abad in Malate, Manila which drains to Manila Bay. The inspection of the estero is part of the forthcoming rehabilitation of Manila Bay which has been approved by President Duterte. Manila Bay has a fecal coliform level of 330 million most probable number (mpn) per 100ml against the standard 100mpn/100ml. Cimatu said identifying the sources of untreated wastewater that leads to Manila Bay is vital to restore it to Class SB level which means it is fit for swimming and other forms of contact recreation. 





STP FOR MANILA ZOO

STP FOR MANILA ZOO

STP FOR MANILA ZOO web

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (right) discusses with Atty. Jas Garcia, OIC-Public Recreations Bureau and Manila Zoo spokesperson, the need to put up a sewage treatment plant (STP) for Manila Zoo and ensure that no untreated wastewater from the facility shall be discharged to Estero de San Antonio de Abad which drains to Manila Bay and contributes to its pollution. Cimatu issued the instruction during his recent ocular inspection of establishments in Malate, Manila, on learning that the zoo facility has no STP.  Garcia assured the DENR chief that Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada will support the construction of an STP. Also in photo are: DENR Assistant Secretary for Anti-Corruption Atty. Daniel Darius Nicer (green shirt) and Brgy. 719 Captain Jimmy Adriano (behind Garcia). ### 





ALL SET FOR 2019

ALL SET FOR 2019

19.01.03 All set for 2019 web

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (seated, ninth from left) joins the undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, bureau and line directors, regional executive directors, and service directors of the Department during the 2019 New Year’s Call held January 4 at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. Cimatu vowed that the agency would be more aggressive in enforcing environmental laws especially those on clean air, clean water, and solid waste management. He has pinpointed the improvement of water quality in Manila Bay as his top priority, eyeing changes in approach particularly in holding accountable those responsible for discharging untreated wastewater into the bay. ### 





TOAST TO NEW CHALLENGES

TOAST TO NEW CHALLENGES

19.01.02 Toast to new challenges web

Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) leads officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in a toast during the agency's New Year's Call held on January 4 (Friday) at the DENR Central Office in Quezon City. Cimatu commended the agency's officials for their hard work, dedication and perseverance which allowed the DENR to exceed targets for 2018. He also urged them to use the challenges ahead to showcase their passion for public service, and reminded them that the DENR's mandate goes beyond personal needs, wants and interest as the future of the nation is at stake against the impacts of climate change. Also in picture are (from left to right) Undersecretaries Atty. Ernesto D. Adobo Jr., Atty.  Jonas R. Leones, and Sherwin S. Rigor.### 





BAY WATER SAMPLING

BAY WATER SAMPLING

BAY WATER SAMPLING web

Assistant Secretary Daniel Darius Nicer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shows members of the media a reading from water sample taken from the mouth of the  Estero San Antonio de Abad, which drains directly into the Manila Bay near the Manila Yacht Club along Roxas Boulevard in Manila. The estero has been identified as one of the tributaries of the bay within Metro Manila with the highest concentration of coliform. The DENR has vowed to reduce the coliform level in the bay to make it fit once more for swimming, as mandated by the Supreme Court in 2008. ### 





TRACING THE FLOW

TRACING THE FLOW

TRACING THE FLOW web

Assistant Secretary Daniel Darius Nicer (seated) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) shows media a drone video tracing the path of the Estero San Antonio de Abad, identified as one of the most polluted tributaries of the Manila Bay. The estero traverses residential and commercial areas within western Manila, including the area between the Central Bank and the San Juan de Dios Hospital, and ending up at the Manila Bay Yacht Club.  The DENR is set to investigate establishments fronting Manila Bay to check which of them are discharging untreated wastewater or sewage directly into tributaries or the bay itself, which is a violation of the Clean Water Act. This is part of efforts to step up the cleanup of the bay 10 years after the Supreme Court first issued a mandamus to 13 government agencies to restore its water quality to safer levels. ### 



CLIMATE CHANGE BILATERAL TALK

CLIMATE CHANGE BILATERAL TALK

CLIMATE CHANGE BILATERAL TALK web

Philippines’ Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu (left) shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Minister Li Ganjie before the slated bilateral meeting between the governments of the Philippines and China held in consonance with the Climate Change Conference held December 3, 2018 at the China Pavilion International Conference Centre in Katowice, Poland. ###