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Cimatu vows protection for environment

MANILA, Philippines -  Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has vowed to prioritize environmental protection through full implementation of existing laws.

During the flag-raising ceremony in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Monday morning, Cimatu said that apart from ensuring clean air and clean water, he would also ensure strict adherence to mining laws by contractors and fight illegal logging.

“But my main effort will be protecting the environment and implementing laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act,” Cimatu told DENR officials and employees.

He said he would work to improve air quality in the country, particularly in Metro Manila.

Under his watch, Cimatu also said the DENR would intensify efforts to rehabilitate the Pasig River, which connects Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay.     

Cimatu is also keen on addressing the issue of solid waste management, with Metro Manila churning out trash that could fill 4,000 dump trucks daily.

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