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2013 Accomplishment Highlights

The intensification of environmental law enforcement and related activities in coordination with the national, local and NGO partner institutions coupled with a sense of urgency, commitment and unrelenting advocacy for maintaining the integrity of the environment and proper utilization of natural resources, resulted to outputs as highlighted in the OCENR’s program activities covering the period January - December 2013.

1.  Forest Management Services

Maintained and developed a 651.56-square-meter nursery for the propagation of forest tree seedlings/wildlings. The nursery project was able to raise/propagate a total of 27,980 seedlings/wildlings.

Our resident foresters were able to render technical assistance and distributed a total of 13,825 seedlings for the upland reforestation to maintain the planted seedlings stocked. To date, there were twenty three (23) partner institutions/organizations who had participated in the tree planting activity which include: City Abattoir, City Agriculturist Office, BSP- Zamboanga City Council, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Youth Movement Metropolitan Cathedral, National Statistics Office, 905th CDG Army Reserve, Philippine Public Safety College, Lumbangan Barangay Council, ADZU-Jenesis, PNP-SAF/55th/Seaborne, PAF-61st Air Force Group, WMSU-College of Education, ZAMCELCO,  ZSCMST, CMO-Housing and Land Management Division, Ayala Central School and Civil Service Commission, Department of Labor and Employment, UNTV, Zamboanga DeMolay Alumni Chapter #3 and the Philippine Air Force.

A 17.29-hectares of upland area is being maintained for the upland reforestation program, to include the expanded areas at the Mayor Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park, Sitio Abong-Abong and Bgy. Pasonanca.

The Office had maintained and protected the thirty two (32) hectares of old plantations (established in 1994 and 2002) out of the total area of 64.5 hectares as the co-management mangrove forest areas situated at barangays Mampang and Talon-talon under the coastal reforestation program. Also, 16.6 hectares of newly established plantation area is under the National Greening Program (NGP) located in Talon-talon and Mariki bringing to 81.1 hectares the total area currently being maintained.

A total of 89,145 mangrove propagules were collected at the city’s co-managed area and planted/replanted including enrichment planting along existing waterways.

a.  Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga

Proclamation No. 396 enjoined the “active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in the tree planting activity and declaring June 25 as “Philippine Arbor Day”. City Ordinance No. 281, an ordinance declaring and observing June 25 of every year as “Arbor Day na Ciudad de Zamboanga”.

Dia de Siembrada na Ciudad de Zamboanga was held on June 25, 2013 with commemorative program at the open stage of the Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park participated by different sectoral groups for greater public awareness on the importance of trees in environmental health and human life.

A total of 4,964 registered attendants had actively participated in this environmental activity. The highlight of the occasion was the conduct of tree planting activity led by the City Mayor, then followed by the participants at the designated planting sites. A total of 7,149 seedlings were planted with a total area of 2.86 hectares.

The other main activity of the Arbor Day, was the recognition of the “Century-old trees” and “Heritage trees” thriving in Zamboanga City in line with Ordinance 341 by strapping the identified trees with a metal plate bearing appropriate inscriptions.  On this occasion the City Mayor declared “thirteen (13) Century Trees and seven (7) Heritage Trees” (Executive Order No. CL-505-2013).

Below are the locations and number of the declared “Century-old and Heritage Trees”, to wit:

 

Location

Species

(Common

Name)

No. of Century Trees

No. of Heritage Trees

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bgy. Zone IV

Rain Tree

6

-

Zamboanga City Medical Center, Bgy. Sta. Catalina

Siar

-

1

Boalan Elementary School, Bgy. Boalan

Rain Tree

Smooth Narra

4

-

1

1

Zamboanga City Aviary, Pasonanca Park, Bgy. Pasonanca

Rain Tree

1

-

Tañada Swimming Pool, Pasonanca Park, Brgy. Pasonanca

Prickly Narra

Smooth Narra

-

-

1

1

Barangay Hall Compound, Bgy. Pasonanca

Teak

-

2

Holy Trinity Parish Church

Bgy. Pasonanca

Rain Tree

1

-

Camp Jose T. Atilano

Bgy. Pasonanca

Rain Tree

1

-

b.  Watershed and Coastal Management in partnerships with key stakeholders

Relative to watershed management, the OCENR in coordination with National Power Corporation, LGU-Barangay Sangali and DENR had facilitated the establishment of the forest tree plantation for carbon sequestration project in line with R.A. 9136 (Electric Power Industry Reform Act). The project site is situated at Upper Bunguiao which is a portion of the city’s co-managed Manicahan Watershed with an area of 40.0 hectares. The same was endorsed to the City Council by the Watershed Management Council (WMC) in its Resolution No. 06; and concurred by Sangguniang Panlungsod per Resolution No. 439.

It was approved by the Department of Energy (DOE) for funding in the amount of Php 1,584,594.77 with OCENR as the lead agency in the establishment of forest tree plantation in order to protect and conserve the watershed through public and private sectors cooperation with local stakeholders benefitting, specifically its immediate communities. These include the Barangays of Bunguiao, Manicahan, Victoria, Sangali and Bolong. This environmental project was launched on August 7, 2013 at the Garden Orchid Hotel which was attended by the Multi-partite Monitoring Team composed of WMPC, OCENR, EMB-DENR IX and the Office of the City Administrator, among others. Afterward, the City Government had opened and maintained a checking account with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) where the trust funds for this purpose shall be deposited by the DOE in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Under the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team (LPRAT), the OCENR had assessed the upland and marshland forestlands and endorsed and subsequently approved by the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), the following areas for forest development within the scope of the National Greening Program (NGP) for rehabilitation:

Reforestation Project type

Location

Area (Has)

Labor & Material

Cost (Php)

Upland Reforestation Project

Cesar C. Climaco Freedom Park, Abong-abong, Bgy. Pasonanca

15

1,500,000.00

Coastal Reforestation Project

Talon-talon marshland, Bgy. Talon-talon

20

500,000.00

The projects’ pertinent documents, such as purchase request and budget for contracting job order had been forwarded to the City Budget Office for the conduct of the bidding process.

c.  Forestry regulations, enforcement and monitoring

The Office had issued a total of 65 Clearances/Certification to business establishments engaged in the manufacturing, trading of lumber and other minor forest products as well as monitored their compliance to forestry and environmental laws. Similarly, 10 Clearances/Certifications were issued for the trimming/pruning and cutting of trees mainly for purposes of public safety.

This Office had informed the Office of the City Mayor thru the Permits and Licenses Division the revocation of the Certification/Clearance previously issued by this Office to 11 lumber dealer permittees for non-compliance of the conditions regarding the submission of the required Certificate of Registration as Lumber Dealer emanating from DENR.

2.  Wildlife and Fishery Resources Conservation and Protection Services

The OCENR is an active member and regularly attended the meeting/workshop of the Sulu-Celebes Sea Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SCS-SFM) with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as the Project Convenor. The project aim is to improve the condition of the fisheries and their habitats in the Sulu-Celebes Seas through an integrated, collaborative and sustainable tri-national management. The Zamboanga City’s territorial water formed part of the project’s demonstration site for sustainable fisheries. On July 23-25, 2013, the Office was represented in the workshop/consultation held in Cebu City to finalize the draft National Strategic Action Plan that would prioritize issues and concerns of the demonstration and replication sites needing immediate actions collectively by the government and private sectors.

Likewise, the OCENR is a member and had attended meetings scheduled bi-monthly of the Technical Working Group (TWG) chaired by BFAR National Director in connection with the annual close season for the conservation of sardines in East Sulu Sea, Basilan Strait and Sibuguey Bay. The group oversee the implementation of the scientific studies, and ensure that the procedures and process of such studies and closed season are followed.

The City Government thru the OCENR and other concerned departments continuously support the wildlife conservation and protection programs of the DENR in line with R.A. 9147 otherwise known as the “Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001”. The City is continuing in its efforts in spearheading and assisting in the retrieval, release and temporary custodian of the captured, rescued, stranded endangered/rare wildlife species.

On April 22, 2013, the Barangay Chairman of Maasin, had coordinated with the OCENR, BFAR and Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology (ZSCMST) for the retrieval, assessment of one (1) dead Ocean sunfish (Mola mola) at the shoreline of Sitio Caragarasan, Brgy. Maasin. The body was immediately transported and buried at the ZSCMST in situ laboratory at Brgy. Rio Hondo.

The OCENR and DENR staff had retrieved an endangered species of Olive Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), weighing 22 kgs on May 29, 2013 stranded at the shoreline of Brgy. Bolong which was examined and observed to be in good condition. After the tagging, it was immediately released in Bolong Beach, Brgy. Bolong as suggested by the staff of the Pawikan Conservation Project, Protected Area and Wildlife Bureau (PAWB), DENR Central Office.

The Tourism Promotion and Development Services Division of the Office of the City Mayor had turnover marine turtle hatchlings composed of 8 Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) on September 2, 2013 and 96 Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) on June 21, 2013. The Senior Tourism Operation Officer, Richard Aliangan with the presence of his staff had turnover the said turtles to the DENR for safekeeping and observations and eventual release in their natural habitat.

The OCENR staff in coordination with the Barangay Official of Patalon had retrieved an endangered species of Striped Dolphin (Sterella coeruleoalba) on December 28, 2013 at the shoreline of sitio Parfamco, Brgy. Patalon. The body was immediately examined, assessed and buried by the personnel of Barangay Council of Patalon within the property of Atty. Junie Castillo as suggested by the Barangay Kagawad, Eldan P. Tanding.

On December 31, 2013, the Management of Garden Orchid Hotel had turnover one (1) Philippine Hawk Owl (Ninox philippensis) to the City Government thru OCENR and DENR for further observation as to the behavior and provisions of veterinary care. The species was immediately examined and found to be in good condition. Afterwards, it was immediately brought to the Pasonanca Natural Park for eventual release to their natural habitat.

3. Protected Area Management

The multi-sectoral Protected Area and Ecotourism Management Board (PAEMB) of Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape (GLSIPLS) which is co-chaired by the City Mayor and DENR had passed Resolution No.01-2013 on May 25, 2013:

“A resolution recommending to the Honorable City Mayor certain fees, rents, and/or charges to be imposed on tourists, visitors and/or guests of the “Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands Protected Landscape and Seascape for the environmental conservation/rehabilitation of the islands, as well as for the use of the facilities and other amenities therein”

As member of Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of the Pasonanca Natural Park (PNP), the Office participated in the following activities: 2nd Special PAMB meeting on July 18, 2013; Regular PAMB meeting on September 6, 2013 which the representative of this Office was nominated to preside. For CY 2013 there were forty (40) resolutions passed.

4.  Mines and Geo-Sciences Development Services

Vigilance in the enforcement of the City’s Sand and Gravel Ordinance and mining laws continued with 92 site inspection, verification and monitoring conducted while seven (7) offenders were apprehended with cases filed.

Also, this office conducted rehabilitation through tree planting and filing of boulders along embankments.

The Office also issued forty (40) Clearances/Certifications, comprising thirty two (32) commercial permits for sand and gravel quarry; and eight (8) as special permit intended for hollow blocks manufacturing and dealerships. To date, a total of 132 Clearances/Certifications were issued.

Based on the recommendations of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) on August 5, 2013, the office conducted river and estuarine/bucana assessment activities in coordination with the barangays to determine the status and recommend appropriate mitigating measures on the following rivers:

River assessed

Barangay

Length assessed (meters)

Concessionaire

(no.)

1)     Tulungatung River

Tulungatung

3,040

None

2)     San Ramon River

Talisayan / Pamucutan

4,000

None

3)     Saaz River

Talisayan / Pamucutan

8,240

6

4)     Patalon River

Patalon

4,320

5

5)     Labuan River

Labuan

2,260

1

 

Estuarine/Bucana

assessed

Barangay

Length assessed (meters)

Estuarine Condition

 

 

 

 

1.    Sinunuc River

Sinunuc

20

Slightly Silted

2.    Maasin River

Maasin

20

Slightly Silted

3.    San Ramon River

Talisayan

20

Slightly Silted

4.     Saaz River

Talisayan

20

Silted

5.    Tinuba River

Sinubong

10

Slightly Silted

6.    Patalon River

Patalon

20

Slightly Silted

7.    Labuan River

Labuan

15

Silted

8.    Latap River

Limpapa

16

Slightly Silted

9.    Limpapa River

Limpapa

80

Slightly Silted

5. Environmental Quality Management Services

a.  Earth Hour 2013

Zamboanga City joined Earth Hour 2013, a global campaign to reduce the impact of global warming on March 23, 2013, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Mayor Celso L. Lobregat issued Executive Order No. CL 499-2013 on March 22, 2013, declaring the city’s unequivocal support and participation in Earth Hour in recognition of the effects of global warming and climate change, also in response to the  call for action by the Department of Energy (DOE).

The observance of Earth Hour was capped by the ceremonial switch-off countdown program at Zamcelco Multi Purpose Hall which was attended by a total of 175 registered participants representing multi-sectoral groups, such as national and local government units (city and barangay levels), church, academe, electric utility cooperative, water district, business enterprises, associations, hospital, military and police.

The power shut-off, simultaneously done with all other cities and countries worldwide preceded by a countdown led by Mayor Lobregat. The highlight of the ceremony was the lighting of candles; ecumenical prayers and the signing of “Pledge of Commitment”.

b.  Certificates Clearance

The office issued fifty four (54) Certificates/Clearances to business establishments applying for business permits and with subsequent compliance to environmental requirements for environmental quality management.

Fifty four (54) industrial firms/business establishments engaged in the processing/manufacturing of fish, tin cans, ice blocks and other marine products were monitored on the operators’ compliance of the requirements of the Philippine Clean Air Act (RA 8749) and Philippine Clean Water Act (RA 9275).

c.   Public Hearing

Attended eighteen (18) public hearings/consultations per invitation of the City Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals (CZBAA) and conducted twenty five (25) investigations/validations and subsequently issued recommendations to resolve complaints, objection and reported nuisance with probable adverse environmental impact.

6.  Public Services Program

The current efforts citywide on solid waste collection and proper disposal have been continually implemented even during the Zamboanga Seige. Three (3) garbage trucks on a three (3) shift per day basis were assigned at the main evacuation center at the Don Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex, Baliwasan. Different evacuation sites were also accommodated in the collection and disposal of garbage without sacrificing the regular routes served by this Office.

It had installed 250 units of brand new mobile bins from September 11–20, 2013 at the Sports Complex for storage of garbage generated. Likewise, ten (10) mobile bins each were provided to evacuation sites at Sta Maria Elementary School on September 25, 2013 and Tetuan Central School on September 26, 2013.

Furthermore, it had acquired and distributed 250 brooms allocated at fifty (50) brooms for each of the five (5) clusters of evacuees at the Sports Complex headed by the DSWD Cluster Head.

On manpower complement, the OCENR had mobilized sixty (60) personnel which include sixteen (16) garbage collectors and forty-four (44) sweepers on rotational basis. These personnel were sourced from the MRFs of Magay, Lumbangan and Sta. Cruz Bagsakan Center, including those from the groups comprising the Task Force, Reforestation, Styro and beach cleaners.  In order to augment the city’s workforce at the main evacuation center, the Office had organized corps of volunteers from ten (10) canning industries, twenty-one (21) sand and gravel permittees and one (1) desludging company who had voluntarily committed to provide their own manpower for this purpose. Below are the canning industries, sand/gravel permittees and desludger and their respective number of volunteers provided to assist the clean-up operations:

Canning Industries

No.

1.

Ayala Seafoods Corporation

16

2.

General Metal Container Corporation

5

3.

Pepsi Cola Products Philippines Inc.

10

4.

M & S Company

10

5.

Bigfish Foods Corporation

10

6.

Rowell Can Corporation

5

7.

Mega Fishing Corporation

10

8.

Permex Producer & Exporter Corporation

23

9.

Asahi Foods Mfg. Inc.

15

10.

Mega Plywood Corporation

5

 

Total

109

 

Sand & Gravel Permittees

No.

1.

Rosalino Natividad

5

2.

Bonifacio Hernane

5

3.

Efren Resurrecion

17

4.

Alvin Pisan

4

5.

Shirly Ramos

2

6.

Allan Teng Tan

5

7.

Benito Corros

4

8.

Romeo Lim

6

9.

George Bernardo

4

10.

Rommel Basco

3

11.

Cris Anne Salvador

11

12.

Beatriz Reandino

4

13.

Nelinda Dela Cuadra

6

14.

Rodel Revillas

5

15.

Alberto Agustin

6

16.

Frederico Cautivar

9

17.

Wee Sit/ Charlie Reith

8

18.

Ramon Rojas

3

19.

Owen Ongchua

5

20.

Ricardo Arquiza

13

21.

Ronald Ongchua

9

 

Total

134

 

 

 

 

Desludger

No.

1.

Christine Haresco WTF

3

On the onset of the clearing operations at the conflict areas, the Office had provided ten (10) personnel to assist the PNP/Military organized team of Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD), Scene of the Crimes Operatives (SOCO), among others.

Regular and sustained focus for long-term and sustained solid waste management (SWM) in communities were stepped-up by way of information dissemination and education (IEC), with twelve (12) IECs undertaken to develop awareness on waste segregation and timely disposal of solid waste.

The same was backed-up by the recently completed time and motion study; adoption of the newer technologies and soon to operate sanitary landfill in lieu of the present controlled dumpsite.  The time and motion study records the time of arrival and departure of garbage trucks following the usual waste collection services scheduled in the morning, afternoon and night shifts; including areas outside the regular collection routes.

Twenty-two (22) barangays within the 7-km radius formed part of the OCENR service areas while other barangays were assisted in their collection efforts as expansion areas, to include barangays of Sinunuc, Recodo, Maasin, Cawit, Cabatangan, Divisoria and Boalan.

The OCENR served letter dated July 8, 2013 to the concerned barangays, and provided copies of the map with corresponding expected time of arrival and departure in collection routes for observance of the proper and timely disposal of solid waste. This means fifteen (15) minutes prior to the arrival of the waste collection vehicle, garbage will be brought out by concerned citizens/establishments. This is an offshoot of the time and motion study initiated in the previous years and is currently being continued for purposes of updating initial data. To complement the collection of dumped garbage outside the collection period, two garbage collection teams were assigned as strikers to address areas identified for improvements and to cater other request for assistance in clean-ups and similar activities. The whole operation is under the closed supervision of SWM Program foremen who strictly enforce the scheme within the framework of participatory approach of Ecological Solid Waste Management Act (RA 9003).

Street Sweeping is a priority service for the maintenance of cleanliness along the streets within the urban and commercial center. Also, continuing efforts are undertaken on house-to-house awareness campaign, in close coordination with Barangay Officials with corresponding issuance of “Notice of Garbage Collection”.

Aside from regular street sweepings and maintenance, Staff are also involved in scraping of dirt and mud from gutters, leveling of dirt mounds and other waste residue, and grass cutting; as well as waste collection services and proper disposal to the existing controlled dump site at Lumbangan with maintenance of its slopes and benches and monitoring and prohibition of disposal of liquid and infectious waste.

Additional five (5) compactor-type garbage trucks and one (1) open dump are servicing the collection and disposal of garbage on the existing and expanded areas. To date, a total of twenty-seven (27) compactors/units had been replaced; while two (2) units of open dump truck is included in the 2014 annual budget to replace the dilapidated open dump trucks of the Office.

Also, the Program assists other entities in cleaning the city’s major thoroughfare and waterways on certain events or celebrations. Noteworthy is the coastal clean-up at the stretch of R.T. Lim Boulevard which already became regular, every afternoon from Monday to Saturday; and at the Paseo del Mar undertaken daily on both shores as tide allows from Monday to Friday, as well as every morning of Saturday and Sunday.

The complementary activities on solid waste reduction, reuse and recycling activities (3Rs) include the operation and maintenance of four (4) material recovery facilities (MRFs) located at the City Abattoir compound in San Roque, Magay, Bagsakan and Lumbangan. These are continuously maintained utilizing the installed and patented processing system “Happy Soil Technology”  to reduce volume of solid wastes entering the waste disposal facility. The facilities receive the collected mixed wastes and the non-biodegradable materials are segregated from the biodegradable wastes.

Other noteworthy initiative on 3Rs is the DOST-Accredited recycling technology using the Styro/Plastic Densifier and Grinding Machines. The collected waste materials of polystyrene (styrofoam/styropor) and plastics were fabricated into hard styro blocks/bar of different shapes/form which can be used for structural and decorative purposes.

Part of the SWM Program is providing technical assistance to different Barangays and Community Associations. To date, thirty-five (35) urban barangays and forty-two (42) Community Associations (CAs) had created/established the Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) committees in line with the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

a.  Sanitary Landfill Facility in Barangay Salaan

The construction of the sanitary landfill facility is on-going and expected to be in operations by the first quarter of 2014. Perimeter fence was installed to control unauthorized entry of waste pickers, children and illegal settlers and stray animals into the landfill area/disposal site.

Also, the presence of the leachate treatment facility design fr the purpose of treating the generated leachate coming from the landfill area/disposal site.  It is composed of anaerobic baffled reactor (ABR) with pond to be planted with vegetation, such as reed or “tambo” being considered as efficient treatment of wastewater.