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DENR NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION SUPPORTED 37TH ICC LED BY SM SUPERMALLS
 
DENR National Capital Region Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan addresses the more than a thousand volunteers that gathered at the SM by the Bay in SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on Saturday, 17 September 2022, to participate in the 37th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC).
Director Caancan thanked the volunteers for joining the #FightForTrashFreeManilaBay and stressed the importance of the activity, especially in light of the report that the Philippines is among the top five countries throwing the most plastic waste into oceans in South East Asia. “While doing volunteer work is most important, we need to do more than participate in the ICC every year. We need to address pollution in Manila Bay and our oceans at source”, she said.
DENR National Capital Region has long been working with the SM Mall of Asia—through SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc.—in the yearly conduct of the ICC. In 2019, the year before the Covid pandemic hit, the regional office and mall authorities successfully hosted the ICC, with close to 5,000 volunteers in attendance.
Director Caancan was accompanied by Assistant Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. Likewise in attendance are officials and staff of the Planning and Management Division (PMD), Production Forest Management Section (PFMS) of the Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG), and DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-West (MEO-West).
The mall waterfront is one of the eight cleanup sites in Metro Manila that DENR National Capital Region has identified for the ICC this year. Mr. Perkin So, SM Supermalls Senior Assistant Vice President for Operations, and Ms. Punky Narvasa, SM Mall of Asia manager, welcomed Director Caancan and the DENR National Capital Region volunteers.
Officials and staff of the Climate Change Commission (CCC) led by its Secretary, Robert E.A. Borje, also joined the program, together with representatives from the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), and the local government of Pasay City.
DENR NCR LEADS 37TH ICC IN BASECO BEACH
 
Thousands join the staging of the 37th International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) in Baseco Beach, Barangay 649, Port Area, Manila, on Saturday, 17 September 2022.
Assistant Regional Director for Management Services Manuel T. Escasura led the DENR National Capital Region contingent. He came with officials and staff of the Legal Division, Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office (MBSCMO), and DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-West (MEO-West).
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Maria Sheilah Honrado ‘Honey’ Lacuna–Pangan came with representatives of the different departments of the Manila City government.
Baseco beach is one of the eight cleanup sites in Metro Manila that DENR National Capital Region has identified for the ICC.
The ICC is the largest volunteer effort in the world to address the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. It is held every third Saturday of September and participated by more than 150 countries. During ICC, thousands of volunteers gather at designated cleanup sites to pick, identify, count, and record the type of trash that ends up on our shores and other waterways. The data collected is then validated and organized for use by researchers, experts, and policymakers in crafting plans and policies.
The ICC in Baseco beach was jointly organized by DENR National Capital Region and the City Government of Manila, with help from mandamus agencies and private sectors.
DENR NCR AND DILG NCR CONDUCTED TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY AT LA MESA WATERSHED RESERVATION AREA
Members of the expanded Executive Committee (Execom) of DENR National Capital Region participated in the simultaneous tree planting activity jointly organized by the departments of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Interior and Local Government (DILG) at the La Mesa Water Reservation area in Fairview, Quezon City on Tuesday, 13 September 2022.
The regional expanded Execom was represented by Administrative Division chief, Jan S. Bautista; Legal Division chief, Atty. Alma Delos Reyes-Lanzo; Conservation and Development Division (CDD) Chief, Aida E. Esguerra; Licenses, Patents, and Deeds Division (LPDD) chief, Atty. Alvin Joseph G. Constantino; Enforcement Division (ED) OIC Chief Maricar Puno-Sanchez; Surveys and Mapping Division (SMD) chief, Engr. Lina L. Mirandilla; and, focal for Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office (MBSCMO), Haidee D. Pabalate. DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-East (MEO-East) also joined the activity.
Assistant Regional Director Atty. Ana Lyn R. Baltazar-Cortez led the DILG-NCR contingent. The Quezon City government, meanwhile, was represented by District Action Officer William Bawag and Parks Development and Administration Department (PDAD) chief Nancy Esguerra. They were joined by officials and employees of the Department of Labor and Employment-National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) led by Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol and Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla.
The participants planted around 2,500 seedlings of indigenous and native trees at La Mesa. The La Mesa Water Reservation area is the largest National Greening Project (NGP) site of the DENR National Capital Region in Metro Manila. It is part of the Angat-Ipo-La Mesa watershed and is the source of Metro Manila’s supply of potable water. The regional office is part of the efforts to rehabilitate, conserve and protect the La Mesa Water Reservation area.
DENR NCR AND DILG NCR CONDUCTED TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY AT BASECO
 
DENR National Capital Region partnered with DILG-NCR in the conduct of a tree planting activity at Baseco lagoon in Barangay 649, Port Area Manila on Tuesday, 13 September 2022.
The regional office was represented by Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr. and DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-West (MEO-West) OIC Director Rodelina M. de Villa while City Directors John A. Visca (Manila) and Gloria C. Aguhar (Muntinlupa City) represented the DILG.
 
The event was participated by volunteers from the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary (PCGA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-Manila), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) of Manila City Hall.
The volunteers were able to plant 1,000 mangrove propagules in the lagoon area, one of the conservation areas of the regional office in Metro Manila. DENR National Capital Region is using mangroves to naturally remove pollutants in the lagoon area and rehabilitate the area.

DENR NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION CONDUCTED CLEANUP AT TMPTP

DENR National Capital Region, through the Manila Bay Site Coordinating and Management Office (MBSCMO) and Conservation and Development Division (CDD), Legal Division, and Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) conducted a cleanup at the Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Navotas City on Friday, 2 September 2022, as part of the on-going cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay. The coastal areas of Metro Manila are often crammed with the trash during Habagat season as the southwest monsoon waves and winds push improperly disposed solid wastes and water hyacinths back onto our shores.