Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu recently ordered all regional directors of the agency to have all rivers under their jurisdiction cleaned within a one-year period.
Cimatu issued the order in Cebu City during the opening of the 4th International River Summit at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
Cimatu said it is the DENR’s responsibility to improve the conditions of the rivers in the country and he is giving the agency’s regional heads one year to comply with his directive.
“It is the DENR’s responsibility to improve the conditions of the rivers in the country.”
He said he will be checking on all the rivers in the country six months from now and the region with the cleanest river will be duly rewarded and recognized.
Regional directors who fail to comply with the order, according to the environment head, will undergo an evaluation process of their performance and may face sanctions or be replaced.
“Regional directors who fail to comply with the order will undergo an evaluation process of their performance and may face sanction or be replaced.”
The 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 spearheaded by Mandaue City Mayor Luigi Quisumbing and attended by Cimatu and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, among other guests.
The 4th edition of the Summit was hosted by the Mandaue City government in partnership with the League of Cities of the Philippines and the DENR-River Basin Control Office.
With the theme “Raising Awareness, Commitment, and Resources for the Rivers,” the summit provided a venue for information and knowledge exchange on the latest technologies and trends on basin governance, discussions on issues and concerns, and sharing of innovations and solutions to synergize strategies and practices on river basin management.
The rehabilitation of Cebu’s Butuanon River was among the subjects tackled in the three-day summit.