Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the regional officials and field officers to take the lead in the cleanup of rivers and management of solid wastes.
Cimatu issued the order during the recently held mid-year assessment of the DENR priority programs wherein he committed that the massive cleanup of rivers and management of solid waste will remain at the top of his agenda for the remainder of his term.
“I want an inventory of all rivers with corresponding fecal coliform count within your jurisdiction by next month. Henceforth, all regional offices should rehabilitate and clean degraded rivers and other water bodies starting with those in highly urbanized cities,” Cimatu said.
He stressed that as they continue the other programs such as the Battle for Manila Bay and Boracay rehabilitation, the battle now is against garbage and dirty rivers in the respective Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs) of the regional officials and field officers.
At the same time, Cimatu directed the PENROs and CENROs to participate in the management meetings held at the DENR Central Office “to further boost their morale and sharpen the professionalism of frontline workers.”
“The PENROs and CENROs are to be included in the management conferences because they are the DENR’s frontline managers and should therefore be present in our command conferences,” Cimatu said.
DENR has a total of 76 PENROS and 140 CENROs nationwide.
The management conference is the highest level meeting called by the DENR secretary, which is usually attended by its officials in the central office, bureau and service directors, and regional executive directors.
“I still have a little than a year to go. In the next several months, I would like to see the mark of professionalism from the central office down to the PENROs and CENROs,” Cimatu said.