Department of Energy and Natural Resources (DENR) task force to combat environmental offenders in Metro Manila.
The Commission on Appointments (CA) confirms Roy Cimatu as the new Environment Secretary on October 4, 2017. Cimatu is pushing for a “people-centered agenda in pursuit of environmental protection and sustainable development.” In support of this, the DENR formed a new task force against environmental offenders in Metro Manila.
The new task force is divided into four teams assigned to three-to-seven cities in Metro Manila with twelve members each. Each team is called “The Dirty Dozen” inspired by the 1967 American war film. Members came from the different bureaus of DENR: Environmental Management Bureau, the Forest Management Bureau, and the Biodiversity Management Bureau.
The team is divided into four quadrants: Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, Caloocan-North, Valenzuela, and Mandaluyong; Makati, Pateros, and Taguig: Pasay, Paranaque, Muntinlupa, and Las Pinas; Navotas, Malabon, Manila, and Caloocan-South
Furthermore, the first thing on Cimatu’s agenda is the strict enforcement of the laws of clean air, clean water, and solid waste management. However, according to him, the task force “is still the weakest link to the DENR’s organizational effectiveness despite the sufficiency of existing laws that have been in operation for over a decade now.”
Consequently, Cimatu also encourages civilians to use all means of communication and utilize social media in reporting all possible violations of environmental laws and regulations.
To report a possible environmental violation, DENR can be reached at:
Hotline: 0917 – 868 – DENR | 0917 – 885 – DENR