The Environmental Management Bureau Region 11 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will conduct an immediate investigation over a reported volume of solid waste recovered during the clean-up drive activities initiated by volunteers and an environmentalist group in the Panigan-Tamugan River recently.

A volume of solid waste, including face masks and face shields allegedly were found in the river which could “spark pollution in our waterbodies and threaten our marine environment”, EMB Region 11 Regional Director Engr. Mario Bulacan commented, as he took note of the reported improper disposal of solid waste found in the river.

Engr. Dulce Hufancia, Chief of the Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division immediately calls for an immediate investigation over the reported issue. “This action on dumping of wastes in our waterbodies calls for an immediate response as we will be closely coordinating with the Local Government Unit-City Environment and Natural Resources Office”.

At this point in time, the City Environment and Natural Resources will conduct an investigation over the reported solid waste carelessly thrown into the waterbody.

“It only shows an irresponsible action and carelessness of individuals who are insensitive to our call” Bulacan added referring to the quantities of solid waste illegally dumped into the river.

As one of the tributaries of the Davao River, EMB Region 11 conducts a water quality monitoring on a quarterly basis in Tamugan River, of which sometime in February, results of the monitoring showed were within the Water Quality Guidelines prescribed in the DENR Administrative Order 2016-08.

SumifruPhils. Corporation and Barangay Tambobong forged a Memorandum of Agreement adopting Tamugan River under the Adopt-An-Estero/Waterbody Program. As stipulated in the MOA, the adopters are responsible to conduct clean-up activities quarterly. This is to ensure “sustainability of maintaining an improved water quality in our waterbodies”, RD Bulacan added.