Preserving environment: PH government orders nationwide river cleanup

After the comprehensive rehabilitation of Boracay resort island, the Philippine’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) directed all its regional offices to conduct comprehensive river cleanups under their jurisdiction within a one-year period.

DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu issued the order on November 22, 2018 during the opening of the 4th International River Summit at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.

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.

Cimatu 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 will undergo an evaluation process of their performance and may face sanction or be replaced, Cimatu said.

In photo: Agusan River file photo from