The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) – Region 1 of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through its Environmental Education and Information Unit (EEIU) broadcasted its fifth and sixth episodes of the “Sika Ken Ti Aglawlaw” (You and the Environment) radio program on DZNL Aksyon Radyo 783 kHz on March 18–19 which focused on the water quality management programs of EMB.
The “Sika Ken Ti Aglawlaw” is a 30-minute radio program which consists of fourteen episodes aired every Thursday and Friday at 10:00 in the morning on AM Radio DZNL and aims to inform the public about the environmental laws and programs of the DENR-EMB as well as to raise their environmental awareness to get involved in taking care of the environment.
The fifth episode which aired on March 18, 2021 highlighted the salient features of Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 (Republic Act No. 9275), its importance and the various water programs implemented by the Bureau. Ambient Monitoring and Technical Services Section Chief and Senior Environmental Management Specialist Jayson Paolo Resultay was the resource speaker. Mr. Resultay talked about one of the water quality management programs of EMB-I which is the establishment and management of Water Quality Management Areas (WQMA). Currently, there are three (3) WQMAs designated in Region 1, namely Sinocalan-Dagupan River System WQMA in Pangasinan, Naguilian River System WQMA in La Union, and Lower Amburayan River System WQMA in Ilocos Sur. He also mentioned that EMB-I is waiting for the official designation of the Bolo River System in Ilocos Norte as WQMA.
The second episode which aired on March 19, 2021 featured the other water quality management programs of EMB-I which are: Adopt–an–Estero/Waterbody Program, Priority River Program, Beach Eco–Watch Monitoring Program, and Other Classified Waterbody Program. Adopt-an-Estero/Water Body Program was launched in 2010 as a collaborative undertaking between and among the Estero Community, Donor-Partner, Local Government Units, other government agencies and the DENR. The Beach Eco–Watch Monitoring Program aims to protect the water quality of recreational waters through regular monitoring using the primary water quality parameters. The Priority Rivers Program prioritizes activities related to the improvement of the water quality of waterbodies and results of water quality monitoring are regularly submitted to EMB Central Office. Under the Classified Waterbody Program, EMB-I monitors 24 classified rivers in the region. In the previous episodes, the discussions centered on the technical and financial assistance being provided by the EMB-I Ecological Solid Waste Management Section to LGUs.
The fifth and sixth episodes were hosted by EEIU Chief Maynard Cara and Information Officer II Divine Joy Picar. Minimum public health standards were strictly observed during the conduct of the radio program such as the use of face mask, physical distancing and hand disinfection using 70% ethyl alcohol to prevent the spread of COVID-19.