(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Friday, 18 October 2019) At 3AM today, the center of TS "PERLA" was estimated @790km East of Basco, Batanes (19.7,129.5) w/ maximum sustained winds of 65km/h near the center & gustiness of up to 80km/h. It is almost stationary. Northeasterly surface windflow prevailing Luzon. Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies w/ scattered rainshowers & thunderstorms due to Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy-cloudy skies w/ isolated rainshowers due to Localized Thunderstorm. Lightt-moderate winds from SE-E w/ slight-moderate seas. PAGASA/imbb

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

DENR-PENRO AgSur to conduct river clean-up for Ocean Month celebration

By Chello M. Tanjay

PROSPERIDAD, Agusan del Sur, May 21 - In celebration of Month of the Ocean (MOO), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources -Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (DENR-PENRO) in Patin-ay, Prosperidad this province will conduct a river clean-up at Minabang creek, San Francisco on May 24, 2019.

The clean-up activity, that is set to start at 6:00 a.m., will be participated in by approximately 200 volunteers from national and government agencies, local government units , students and residents of the four barangays adjacent to the creek.

Forester Jerome Albia, PENRO incharge, encouraged the volunteers to bring clean-up tools such as sticks, rakes and used sacks and to wear appropriate working attire with rubber gloves and boots.

They are also advised to bring tumbler in lieu of single-use plastics as the PENRO will only provide water for refill.

This year’s theme “Free the Sea From Marine Debris” is centered on the rising issues concerning marine debris and its effects to coastal and marine biodiversity.

This initiative aims to help address the global ocean concern posed by plastic pollution.

The MOO is celebrated annually in the Philippines during the month of May by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 157, which aims to highlight the importance and significance of the conservation, protection and sustainable management of country’s coastal and marine resources.  

The law also mandates the DENR and the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) to spearhead the activities of MOO in collaboration with the different sectors of the society.

As one of the agency’s interventions in sustaining the effective management of the country’s environment and natural resources, PENRO Agusan del Sur embolden all Agusanons to be responsible and to actively participate in this endeavor. (PENRO-ADS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)