(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 19 September 2019) At 3AM today, the center of TD "NIMFA" was estimated at 785 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes (22.2N, 129.3E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. It is moving Northeast slowly. Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds from South to Southwest with moderate to rough 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)