DENR chief Cimatu orders nationwide river cleanup

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu / photo from Tribune

Manila, Philippines - Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu on Thursday has ordered all regional directors of the agency to conduct clean up of rivers within their jurisdiction within a one-year period.

The order was issued by Cimatu in Cebu during the opening of the 4th International River Summit at Radisson Blu Hotel.

He said it is DENR’s responsibility to improve the conditions of the rivers in the country thus; he is giving the agency’s regional heads one year to comply with his directive.

The DENR chief also said that he will be checking on all rivers in the country six months from now and the region with the cleanest river will be given an award and be recognized.

Meanwhile, regional heads who fail to comply with the order will undergo evaluation process of their performance according to Cimatu and they may also face sanction or be replaced.

The 3-day International River Summit is a biennial multi-partner initiative organized to intensify promotion of clean river advocacy and governance.

The ribbon-cutting and opening ceremonies were headed by Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing and attended by Cimatu and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, among other guests.

The rehabilitation of Cebu’s Butuanon River will be among the subjects to be tackled in during the said summit.

Source: PNA

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