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Section 5 of Republic Act No. 9512, also known as the “National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008”, declared the month of November as National Environmental Awareness Month to promote awareness, especially among the youth, on the importance of protecting the environment and natural resources and the sustainable growth and development of our country.

Signed in December 2008, R.A. 9512 specifically called for the “integration of environmental education in school curricula at all levels, whether public or private, including in barangay daycare, preschool, non-formal, technical vocational, professional level, indigenous learning and out-of-school youth courses or programs”.

The law defined “environmental education” broadly as to include environmental concepts and principles; environmental laws; the state of the international and local environment; local environmental best practices; the threats of environmental degradation and its impact on human well-being; the responsibility of the citizenry to the environment; the value of conservation, protection and rehabilitation of natural resources; and, the environment in the context of sustainable development.

It also said that the method of teaching should cover both theoretical and practicum modules comprising of activities, projects, programs that include, among others, tree planting; waste minimization, segregation, recycling and composting; freshwater and marine conservation; forest management and conservation; relevant livelihood opportunities and economic benefits.

More than a decade or so after the passage of the law, the need for continuously educating and engaging the youth and general public on environmental issues has become all the more urgent. Our country, to name but one of the many pressing environmental issues of the day, has been tagged as the world’s third-largest source of plastic leaking into the ocean and has among the highest trash collection rates in Southeast Asia. This, surely, is a cause of concern, stemming mainly from the lack of awareness on the part of the public on the impact of their decisions and actions on our environment.

The increasing frequency of super typhoons devastating the country is also a cause of concern, unaware as most of us are, if not vehemently resistant to increasing scientific evidence that the way we live—our simplest of decisions like what to eat, wear, and use—contribute a lot to climate change.

In response to the challenges posed on environmental education, DENR National Capital Region is stepping up its efforts by maximizing the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The regional office, in particular, is expanding its use of popular social media platforms to communicate its message and information and to encourage the public as well through its ENR Ambassadors program to create environment-themed content.

DENR National Capital Region is also strengthening its partnership with schools, barangays, and organizations from both the public and private sector at the grassroots level in the conduct of environment-related webinars and activities to build awareness and appreciation of our role as stewards of nature’s creation.

Our environment needs care and protection now more than ever. Let us all work together in changing views, attitudes, behaviors, and practices of people that are damaging to the environment. Help us promote an eco-friendly lifestyle and to remind each and everyone that we are an integral part of nature.

Ano man ang mangyari sa ating kapaligiran at kalikasan ay tiyak na may epekto sa atin. Dahil Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan.

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MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) will lead the observance of the 2021 International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) in Metro Manila this Saturday, 18 September 2021.

Dubbed “ICC in a Bubble”, this year’s cleanup activity encourages volunteers to organize “cleanup bubbles” instead, i.e., cleanups are done in their home or community while observing minimum public health protocols and avoiding the gathering of no more than ten (10) people per team.

The cleanup bubble set-up, according to DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, is in keeping with the recent IATF guidelines on restricting the movement of people outside their homes to contain the spread of COVID-19.

“Due to health and safety concerns, we will be limiting the participation of the public to our cleanup activities in our coastal areas and major waterways during ICC day”, RED Caancan announced.

DENR National Capital Region is set to conduct cleanups at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP); Tanza Marine Tree Park and the shorelines of Barangays Tangos North and the South Coastal Area in Navotas City; Baywalk area in Roxas Boulevard, Manila; and the Gloria Maris area at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay City. The participation of the public in these cleanups, however, will be restricted.

As an alternative, RED Caancan calls on those who want to take part in the ICC to conduct cleanups in their homes, backyards, or immediate surroundings instead.

“Volunteers can still participate in the ICC, only this time we ask them to do their cleanup in the safety of their homes and company of their immediate family members”, RED Caancan said.

“We have done this last year, although we did not call it ‘cleanup bubble’ at the time”, she explained. “Our volunteers collected, segregated, and recorded each type of trash they’ve found inside their homes and submitted the same to us online.  We will just be repeating the process actually, under the GCQ Alert Level 4 issued by the IATF this time around”, RED Caancan added.

Last year, at the onset of the pandemic, DENR National Capital Region was able to mobilize 3,729 volunteers spread out in different locations in Metro Manila. They were able to collect and record a total of 1,169,832 items of trash with a combined weight of 29,183.45 kilograms based on records from www.coastalcleanupdata.org.

Food wrappers (candy, chips, etc.) topped the list of items collected at 65,141 pieces. Discarded PPEs, such as gloves and face masks, on the other hand, reached a total of 6,029.

Proclamation No. 244, S. 1993 declared the month of September as National Clean-Up Month, while Presidential Proclamation No. 470, s. 2003 designated the 3rd Saturday of September as ICC Day. Both observances seek to encourage citizens and communities to support efforts intent on protecting the environment and addressing pollution.

The celebration of the ICC is also in line with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) with the message, "The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want."

“Our participation and continued vigilance amid the threat of COVID-19, is a testament to DENR’s commitment in upholding the people’s right to a balanced and healthful ecology”, RED Caancan declared. “We at DENR need to step up in our efforts to protect the environment and complement the sacrifices our medical front liners are making in their battle against the virus.  We have a battle to win in Manila Bay.”

DENR National Capital Region is leading efforts in Metro Manila to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay and its tributaries.

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 DENR National Capital Region will take part in the celebration of International Youth Day (IYD) 2021 on Thursday, 12 August 2021, through the conduct of online activities.

First in its line of activities is a webinar entitled “EnviYOUTHment: DENR-NCR Youth for Environment” to be participated by youth employees of the regional office.

The regional Youth Desk Office (YDO) and Regional Strategic Communication and Initiatives Group (RSCIG) of DENR National Capital Region will facilitate virtual learning activities in collaboration with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and GREENducation Philippines.

The activity aims to inform and increase the involvement of young employees of the regional office in environmental advocacy. 

According to Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan, it is important that DENR employees, especially the young, are aware of their important role in environmental protection and conservation. “We must continuously educate and inspire our young employees and convince them that our work in DENR is important, not because it is our source of income but because we contribute to efforts to make life on earth sustainable and worth living”, Director Caancan explained.

In line with this, Director Caancan appeals to Filipino youth, especially here in Metro Manila, to be active stewards and protectors of the environment.

“I call on the youth—the millennials and Gen Z out there—to continue and intensify their involvement in environmental activities. And they can do so by simply practicing proper waste management and wise use of our resources like water and electricity at home. These acts will go a long way, especially in the ongoing cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay. Likewise, we call on them to be active in sharing their passion for the environment, to utilize social media in informing and educating other people on the state of the environment and what we can collectively do,” she added.

Aside from the upcoming webinar, DENR National Capital Region has also entered into an agreement with the Schools Division Office (SDO) of Muntinlupa City on Urban Greening and Gardening as part of the program of activities for the celebration of IYD. Part of the agreement with SDO Muntinlupa is the conduct of environmental webinars with the students and parents of public schools in Muntinlupa, along with teaching and non-teaching personnel.

International Youth Day is commemorated every year on 12 August. It was first celebrated in 1985 following the designation of its designation as International Youth Year by the UN General Assembly. Here in the Philippines, Section 30 of Republic Act No. 10742, the Sanggunian Kabataan Reform Act of 2015 mandates the observance of Linggo ng Kabataan in every barangay, municipality, city, and province on the week when the 12th of August falls to coincide with the IYD. ###

 

The Task Force Build Back Better (TF-BBB) will begin its dredging activities for Phase 2 of the Marikina River Restoration Project in Barangay Santolan, Pasig City on Wednesday, 21 July 2021.

A short ceremony to be officiated by DENR Secretary and TF-BBB Chairperson Roy A. Cimatu and Pasig City Mayor Victor “Vico” Sotto will mark the start of Phase 2 of the project.

The Marikina River Restoration project was launched by TF-BBB following the devastation and flooding caused by typhoons Rolly (international name: Goni) and Ulysses (international name: Vamco) in Metro Manila last year.

Experts have pointed out that one reason behind the flooding—which partially or fully submerged more than 40,000 homes in Marikina City alone—is the reduced capacity of the Marikina River to receive and drain excess rainwater. This prompted Sec. Cimatu to order Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan of DENR National Capital Region to conduct an aerial and ground survey of the waterway and to determine encroachments by comparing the survey results with official land records.

Last February, the TF-BBB launched the Marikina River Restoration project at Barangay Industrial Valley Complex in Marikina City together with Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro. Phase 1 of the project involved the removal of identified encroachments, dredging, and widening of Marikina River along Barangays Barangka, Calumpang, and Industrial Valley Complex.

Sec. Cimatu promised Mayor Marcy to complete Phase 1 of the project within seven months or less. The project, however, was completed two months ahead of the deadline.

Phase 1 covered a total area of 6,936 square meters and dredged material amounting to 41,625 cubic meters.

Sec. Cimatu is set to hand over the completed project to Mayor Marcy in a short ceremony preceding the launch of Phase 2 at Olandes area, Barangay IVC in Marikina City.

Phase 2 of the project, on the other hand, will consist of the removal of identified encroachments on the stretch of the Marikina River covering parts of Barangay Santolan and Barangay Ugong in Pasig City.

Lingunan Creek in Valenzuela City was awarded the ‘Most Improved Estero in Metro Manila’ by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources - National Capital Region (DENR NCR) in a simple awarding ceremony held Tuesday, 9 March 2021 at the BMB Amphitheater, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City.

Garnering a total of 86.53 points, Lingunan Creek led the pack of 14 waterways nominated by Metro Manila local government units to the “Gawad Taga-ilog: Search for Most Improved Estero in Metro Manila” conducted by the DENR NCR last year. The other winners are Park Creek 22 located in Marikina City as the first placer, and Bangkulasi River in Navotas City as the second placer. 

Grand winner Lingunan Creek was also awarded the ‘People’s Choice Award,” after getting the most number of “likes” and “hearts” in online public voting held via the official Facebook of DENR NCR, tallied at 10.8k combined reactions. 

The DENR NCR launched the “Gawad Taga-ilog: Search for Most Improved Estero in Metro Manila” in October last year to give recognition to the contribution and efforts of the local government units, particularly the barangays, in keeping their waterways clean and trash-free, as well as for their active participation in the on-going cleanup and rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

 “We would like to extend our gratitude to all the local executives of Metro Manila, including the barangay officials, who made an extra mile in their clean-up drive despite the challenges we are currently facing due to the pandemic,” DENR NCR Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan said during the awarding event. 

Caancan said the cleanup and improvement of esteros and other waterways done in the last two years, 2019 and 2020, are clear manifestations of the people’s support to the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay. Of the 16 cities and a municipality comprising Metro Manila, 14 LGUs participated in the search.  No less than the local executives signed the nomination form for their “best estero” candidate. The estero nominees were judged according to the following criteria:  physical improvement - 40%, social mobilization, and transformation – 30%, sustainability, and replicability – 20%, and partnerships – 10%.

The barangay hosting the winning esteros were given a plaque of recognition and cash prizes amounting to Php 50,000 for the grand winner Lingunan creek, Php 35,000 for second placer Parian Creek 22, and Php 25,000 for Bangkulasi river.  An additional cash prize of Php 20,000 was given to Lingunan creek as the ‘People’s Choice’ awardee. ###