Region 13

Mining companies in CARAGA pledge support to DENR’s “Adopt-a-Estero” program


R13_Adopt_a_EsteroButuan City. – Ten mining companies in the CARAGA region have pledged to support the “Adopt-a-Estero” program mounted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in an effort to rehabilitate the country’s rivers, creeks and other waterways.

DENR-CARAGA Executive Director Leonardo Sibbaluca identified the mining companies to have forged a memorandum of agreement for the development of a comprehensive program to address water pollution in the region as Philisaga Mining Company, MRL Gold Philippines Inc., Celebes Coconut Oil, Taganito Mining Corporation, Oriental Vision Mining Philippines Inc., Platinum Group Mining Corporation, Shenzou Mining Group Company, Marc Ventures Mining Development Company, SMRI and AAM Philippines.

DENR –CARAGA Technical Director for  Protected Area, Wildlife and Coastal  Zone Management Mario L. Eludo and Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Ester Olivades signed the agreement for the DENR during the regional celebration of the World Water Day on March 22, 2011 at the DENR Regional Training Center. 

“Our rivers, water bodies, and waterways have long been exposed to the impact of rapid urban population growth, (while the)  huge volume of silt, wastes, and other debris have affected waterways thus, becoming a threat to public health and safety," Edulo said. There are 28 rivers in Caraga region, according to him.                           

Under the agreement, the parties concerned shall coordinate with each other and agree to determine the necessity of, and to the extent possible, plan for dredging and desilting of the river they have “adopted”,  and provide for other remedial measures such as planting of bamboos and other plant species along the riverbanks, rip-rapping, coco-matting and greening of linear parks. 

The DENR, throught the EMB, shall ensure that measures applied to reduce pollution of the adopted river by the mining companies are consistent with the overall initiative of the DENR in improving the qualities of water bodies in the country.  Further, the EMB shall facilitate actions against violators of Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, and RA 9275 or the Clean Water Act. 

All the participating companies shall also assist the DENR in information and education campaigns and community mobilization as well as in soliciting the cooperation and support for the program with concerned local government units.  

The agreement is effective immediately and shall remain in force for a period of three years. In the long run, the regulated and efficient operation will result in a better and cleaner environment.