(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 14 November, 2019) Today, the center of Tropical Storm "RAMON" was estimated at 365 km East of Legazpi City,Albay (13.4N,127.1E), with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h. It is moving West Northwest at 10 km/h. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds from Northwest to Southwest with slight to moderate seas. PAGASA/jpf

Tuesday, February 19, 2019


Caraganons join in a massive river cleanup

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Feb. 19 (PIA) - Volunteers from private and government sectors, including the students from the entire region, flocked at the identified sites through a solidarity walk to join the region-wide simultaneous River Clean-Up activity spearheaded by the Department of Envi­ronment and Natural Resources-Caraga.

There, they started collecting piles of trash and overflowing man-made marine debris.

These have made some of the creeks and rivers in Caraga region appeared to be a garbage dumpsite due to improper practice of waste disposal among the locals.

“My group is glad to be part of this noteworthy undertaking. We are doing this wholeheartedly for our environment and the people because we believe that a healthy environment starts with a clean surroundings,” said Job Marfa of the Karancho, Inc.

DENR Caraga regional director lawyer Felix Alicer said the activity is in compliance with the directive of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu after seeing an outstanding outcome of the rehabilitation done in Boracay, and currently, in Manila Bay.

“The value of this ex­ercise is the message that it carries that we wanted to emphas­ize to the residents living close to the creeks and rivers, that it is also their responsibility to manage the solid wa­ste. It is not only the responsibility of the DENR, local government units (LGUs) and government agencies but it would take the whole community to address the problem on solid waste,” Alicer said.

Alicer added that they will do an assessment and determine the pollution sources within the community in order to implement specific course of action to address the problem.

He also encouraged the public to practice and apply proper solid waste management. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)