DENR Execs inspect Cagayan river
Top officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inspect today the Cagayan River along the Magapit Narrows in Lallo, Cagayan.
DENR Undersecretaries Analiza Rebuelta-Teh, Jonas Leones and Juan Miguel Cuna, and DPWH Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo personally inspected the site which was identified by the Build Back Better Task Force as priority for rehabilitation following the flooding in the province in November. The Magapit Narrows is the area where water flow is constricted causing the retardation of the flow of floodwater thereby prolonging inundation of water in the floodplains.
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has earlier ordered the immediate dredging of the sandbars starting at the Magapit Narrows.
The DENR in the region is currently conducting assessment for easement recovery simultaneous with the survey of the sandbars by the DPWH through third party surveyors.
Prior to the site visit, the national officials had a dialogue with Gov. Manuel Mamba where the latter reported update on the status of the Cagayan River Restoration Project.
Gov. Mamba is the chair of the Interagency Committee (IAC) on the Cagayan River Restoration Project created by virtue of DENR Administrative Order 2020-07 issued by Secretary Cimatu on February 27, 2020.
In the meeting, DENR Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan who is the vice chair of the IAC said the MOA signing between the DENR and the two operator-dredgers is scheduled on December 10.
Joining the visit and the meeting were DPWH Regional Director Loreta Malaluan, DENR Assistant Regional Director Marcos Dacanay, Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Mario Ancheta, Environmental Management Bureau Regional Director Virgilio Edralin Licuan, Cagayan PENR Officer Ismael Manaligod, Isabela PENR Officer Marlon Agnar, and Cagayan Provincial Administrator Darwin Sacramed.#