Opening Message




RED Crizaldy M. Barcelo, CESO III


on the


Consultative Meeting

“Support to Sustain Save Calbayog River Project”

January 31, 2019



Makakalikasan na pagbati sa inyong lahat.


I would like to commend everyone for your presence here today for this consultative meeting. The attendance and participation of the different stakeholders, both from the government and private sector, is an affirmation of our commitment to protect and conserve our environment. Today, in particular, this meeting hopes to discuss matters in relation to the launching of “support to sustain save Calbayog River”. To everyone, my sincerest thanks and appreciation.


The DENR Secretary, Roy A. Cimatu has laid down his priority programs that will be the hallmark of his leadership of the department. Topmost in his agenda is that of ensuring the implementation of the Philippine Clean Water Act of the Philippines of 2004 or R.A. 9275. Everybody is already aware that the secretary and the department is dead serious in this campaign. We had the ambitious yet successful rehabilitation of Boracay Island and just recently, the on-going rehabilitation of Manila Bay.


The same effort is being replicated all over the country. One of our focus is that of cleaning and sustaining our rivers because they are considered as the lifeblood of the earth and of human civilization.


To emphasize its importance, the Department launched the Search for Recognizing Individuals / Institutions towards Vibrant and Enhanced Rivers (R.I.V.E.R.S.) for Life Award in June 2018 with the aim to raise awareness on the need to protect and conserve the rivers in the country.


Here in Calbayog City, the Calbayog River has been chosen as the official entry of the DENR-8 for the said award. To be nominated is already an honor. Congratulations.


There were already efforts undertaken to rehabilitate and sustain Calbayog River. The city government of Calbayog has already initiated clean-up drives and same effort is also being initiated by some Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) like that of Save Calbayog Rivers Foundation (SACRIFICE). We would like to acknowledge and commend these laudable efforts and we hope that said initiatives be sustained and continued.


But there has to be greater involvement of as many stakeholders as we can. Through this consultative meeting, we hope we can come up with a partnership with all stakeholders that will ensure that initiatives to save Calbayog River will be sustained. Together, we can.


May we be able to come up with ideas and resolutions that will serve as our template for a united stand and determined effort as our support to sustain the save Calbayog River. After all, to care for the environment is the responsibility of everyone. This challenge is aptly captured by the department’s program “tayo ang kalikasan”. A movement envisioned to be a collaborative effort between the government and its citizens toward the protection of the environment. Ikaw, ako, tayo ang kalikasan.


Good luck and mabuhay tayong lahat.