The DENR Metropolitan Environmental Office-South (MEO-South) conducted an orientation for 31 newly hired Estero Rangers (ERs) at their office in Parañaque City last Thursday, 23 January 2023.
The activity was led by MEO-South OIC Director Bobby Tagapan, Deputy Director Mya Caparas, and the River Protection Officers (RPOs).
The RPOs briefed the ERs on their duties and responsibilities. They were also given information about the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program and the mandate of the DENR through the MEOs.
The ERs of MEO South are tasked with assisting the local government in the cleanup and maintenance of priority waterways in the cities of Las Piñas, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Taguig, and the municipality of Pateros. They are also tasked with providing support to the DENR National Capital Region in gathering environment-related information from their respective areas of assignment.
The hiring of ERs, along with closer coordination and networking with local government units (LGUs), non-government organizations (NGOs), private organizations, homeowner’s associations (HOAs), and other stakeholders of MEO South personnel, ensures the sustained implementation of the rehabilitation program for Manila Bay and enforcement of environmental laws within southern Metro Manila.