QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Environmental Management Bureau – National Capital Region conducted the Closing Ceremony of the one (1) Month Saturation Drive/Intensified Compliance Monitoring within the National Capital Region on Thursday, April 07, 2022, at the Amphitheater of Biodiversity Management Bureau, Quezon City.

DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan started the ceremony by giving her welcome remarks; She congratulated the inspectors on their efforts and mentioned her appeal that the activity must continue with the monitoring and involve the other stakeholders.

Undersecretary for Field Operations – Luzon, Visayas and Environment, Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna also conveyed his opening message by commending the offices that participated and assisting in making this activity possible. He also acknowledged DENR OIC Secretary Hon. Jim O. Sampulna for the idea of Intensified Compliance Monitoring to be implemented here in NCR. He added that eventually, he is confident that Manila Bay will attain its standard water class and be swimmable by the public.

EMB Director Engr. William P. Cuñado, USEC Atty. Juan Miguel Cuna, RED Jacqueline Caancan, EMB-NCR Regional Director Atty. Michael Drake P. Matias, ASEC Engr. Gilbert Gonzales, and MEOs officials – North MEO Director, Engr. Nolan B. Francisco, West MEO OIC, Ms. Rodelina De Villa, East MEO Director Virgilio Edralin L. Licuan, and South MEO Office in Charge Mr. Bobby V. Tagapan presided over the Awarding of Certificates of Appreciation for the inspectors.

Engr. Gilbert Gonzales, the OIC Assistant Secretary for Field Operations- Luzon and concurrent Supervising Assistant Secretary of the Metropolitan Environmental Offices, delivered his closing remarks by appreciating the inspectors and offices for their contribution and exceeding efforts to the activity.

The Saturation Drive Intensified Compliance Monitoring was a collaborative effort of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Central Office, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Central Office, DENR-National Capital Region, EMB-Regional Offices, Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), and DENR- Metropolitan Environmental Offices (MEOs).

The activity started last March 14, and around 332 inspectors from the 15 EMB regional offices, four MEOs, and LLDA participated. A total of three thousand four hundred and ten (3410) establishments were already inspected – North MEO with 1,046 inspected establishments, East MEO with 867 establishments, South MEO with 679 establishments, and West MEO with 818 establishments.

The said activity aligns with the continuous implementation of the Republic Act No. 9275 or Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 and supports the ongoing Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.

Upper left: RED Jacqueline Caancan giving her Welcome remarks
Upper right: Atty. Juan Miguel T. Cuna conveying his opening message
Lower left: Asec. Gilbert Gonzales delivering his closing remarks.
Lower right: From left- Mr. Bobby V. Tagapan, Engr. Francisco, Ms. Villa, RED Caancan, USEC Cuna, ASEC Gonzales, RD Matias and Director Licuan.
Upper left: RED Caancan and USEC Cuna handling out the certificates to the inspectors
Upper right: Engr. Gilbert, Director Cuñado, Atty. Matias, Director Licuan and one of the inspectors.
Lower photo: Engr. Francisco, Ms. Villa, Mr. Tagapan, RED Caancan, USEC Cuna, South MEO inspectors, ASEC Gonzales, Director Cuñado RD Matias and Director Licuan.
Photos during the awarding of Certificates of Appreciation for the Inspectors from North MEO, East MEO, South MEO, and West MEO with the officials