SAN JOSE, Antique, July 13 (PIA) - - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has started the desilting of Malandog River
as an essential undertaking to sustain the sound ecosystem in the area.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Andres T. Undal underscored the necessity to remove the silt materials which block the
natural flow of water from the downstream to estuarine area of the river.
Likewise, the desilting will be of great help in the improvement of discharge flow capacity and enhancement of river ecosystems.
Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla Jr. also said that under the leadership of DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, more projects are in the pipeline for Antique such as new office building of DENR PENRO Antique with a budget of P25 million, and the Sunset View Park in Maybato Sur, San Jose.
Aside from the launching program, there was also a blessing of long-reach amphibious excavator which was done by Fr. Edione Febrero.
The equipment was provided by the Department of Public Works and Highways Central Office - Bureau of Equipment under the supervision of Engr. Nonito Singgo and Engr. Gladwyn Ledesma and Dredge Masters III of DPWH Region VI.
The desilting activity is one of the undertakings under the implementation of Malandog River Rehabilitation and Development Program (MaRiReDeP).
Other stakeholders in attendance during the activity were CENR Officer Louie L. Laud of CENRO Belison, San Jose mayor Elmer C. Untaran, Provincial Planning and Development Officer Juliana O. Cepe and Ms. Annie Camilo of the Office of Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda. (JBG/DENR/PSM-PIA Antique)