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DENR National Capital Region and the Rotary Club of Quezon City (District 3780) planted around 400 bamboo saplings inside the La Mesa Watershed Reservation Area in Quezon City on Friday, 18 September 2020.

The activity is part of the celebration of World Bamboo Day under the theme: "Pamanang Kawayan: Luntiang Ginto ng Kagubatan". DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, together with Assistant Regional Director for Technical Services, Engr. Ignacio R. Almira, Jr., Conservation and Development Division Chief and concurrent East Field Office (EFO) Chief Environmental Officer, Forester Aida E. Esguerra, and Production Forest Management Section (PFMS) Chief Arturo G. Calderon welcomed the members of the rotary club led by District Governor Johnny Gaw Yu.

The DENR under the leadership of Secretary Roy A. Cimatu is actively campaigning for the adoption of bamboo as an alternative to traditional hardwood building materials. The fast-growing plant—technically a grass, not a tree—could help eliminate the need to cut trees in the forest, thereby mitigating the impact of climate change by reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Director Caancan acknowledged the Rotary Club Q.C. for choosing the La Mesa Watershed as the site for their tree planting activity for World Bamboo Day. She also encouraged them to regularly visit the site and check on the growth of the bamboo they planted. “Tree planting is but the start of the process of our endeavor to regreen Metro Manila. The more important part is ensuring the survival and full growth of each plant that we have planted today, that they receive nurturing from us so that they nurture us back”, Director Caancan emphasized.

Representatives from the DENR Forest Management Bureau led by Assistant Director Edna D. Nuestro also joined the bamboo tree planting activity held simultaneously in other parts of the country.

DENR Undersecretary Analiza Rebuelta-Teh led the inspection of on-going dredging operations in Tullahan- Tinajeros River on Wednesday, 16 September 2020.

The project that was launched in February 2020 by the DENR and San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is an important component of the Manila Bay rehabilitation program, as it is aimed at removing an estimated 1 million cubic meter of silt and garbage from the river bottom. Dredging the 5.12 kilometer stretch of the river system will help clean and, at the same time, deepen and increase its capacity to handle heavy rains and allow floodwaters to drain freely into the Manila Bay. The dredging operation takes place from Barangay Catmon in Malabon City to Barangay Bagumbayan South in Navotas City to eliminate sediments that damage the water quality of the waterway

The project is divided into five phases: Phase 1 would involve dredging the part of the Tullahan-Tinajeros River from Manila Bay to Tonsuya Bridge; Phase 2 from Tonsuya Bridge to Lambingan Bridge; Phase 3 from Lambingan Bridge to Tinajeros Bridge; Phase 4 from Tinajeros Bridge to Tullahan Bridge, and Phase 5 from Tullahan Bridge up to Potrero. The Tullahan-Tinajeros River System spans 27 kilometers, from La Mesa Water Reservoir in Fairview, Quezon City, all the way to the mouth of Manila Bay at Centennial Park in Navotas City. It is one of the most polluted waterways in Metro Manila and a major tributary of Manila Bay.

Joining USec. Teh in the inspection are representatives from the North Field Office (NFO) of the DENR National Capital Region led by DCEO Olga Arzadon.

DENR National Capital Region, through its West Field Office (WFO), conducted a cleanup along the stretch of Roxas Boulevard in Ermita and Malate area on Wednesday, 16 September 2020.

The team was able to recover 10 sacks of residual wastes from the shores of Manila Bay. DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan has directed all four (4) field offices of the DENR National Capital Region to conduct daily cleanups in Manila Bay to reduce the volume of trash in Manila Bay.

The DENR is leading efforts to clean, rehabilitate, and make the waters of Manila Bay safe and fit for swimming and other recreational activities.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) distributed bicycles with sidecar to barangays along Tullahan-Tinajeros River on Wednesday, 16 September 2020.

Known as “padyak” in Metro Manila, the bicycles—which have been equipped with two-by-three feet sidecars—were given to help barangays collect garbage from communities not accessible to dump trucks because of narrow streets or alleys.

According to DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, garbage from these communities, when left uncollected, will accumulate over time and reach in Manila Bay. “The accumulated uncollected wastes do not only pose health risks to the communities but also clog canals, causing flooding in these areas. Uncollected garbage also ends up in coastlines and waters of Manila Bay,” Sec. Cimatu added.

To prevent this from happening, the DENR, through the offices of DENR Undersecretaries Jonas Leones and Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, and DENR National Capital Region, identified 10 barangays within the Tullahan-Tinajeros River System that have a relatively high number of informal settler families and areas that are inaccessible to garbage collection trucks. These are Barangays 160, 162 and 163 in Caloocan City; Potrero, Catmon, Tinajeros, and Maysilo in Malabon City; Ugong and Marulas in Valenzuela City; and Sta. Lucia in Quezon City.

Undersecretaries Leones and Rebuelta-Teh, together with DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan, led the turnover of bikes to the barangay beneficiaries. Aside from the bicycles with sidecar, the barangays also received educational materials on climate and environmental protection, including UNICEF-assisted climate change flip charts and children storybook entitled “Ang Paglalakbay nina Niño at Niña,” and hygiene kits in support of the campaign against COVID-19.

The turnover ceremony also forms part of the local celebration of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day on Saturday, 19 September 2020, with the theme “Safe Oceans Start at Home.” In keeping with the ICC theme, Director Caancan called on Metro Manilans who want to participate in the event to do their cleanup in the safety of their home and communities and to use Ocean Conservancy’ Clean Swell app in recording and submitting their cleanup data.  “If we want to help in the cleanup of our coastal waters and Manila Bay, it is best that we start in our own houses by practicing waste reduction and segregation. That way, we lessen the amount of trash that ends up in Manila Bay”, Director Caancan advised.

DENR National Capital Region, through its South Field Office (SFO) and Coastal Resource and Foreshore Management Section (CRFMS), conducted a cleanup on the shores of the Las Pinas-Paranaque Wetland Park (LPPWP).

Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan has ordered the SFO to conduct daily cleanups in LPPWP and Barangay Don Galo in Paranaque City to help reduce the volume of trash in Manila Bay. The DENR is leading efforts to clean, rehabilitate, and make the waters of Manila Bay safe and fit for swimming and other recreational activities.