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DENR exec urges line agencies to coordinate with LGUs

By Jean Duron-Abangan

Davao City (27 November) -- Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna directed regional line agencies of DENR to coordinate with local government units (LGUs) in carrying out programs and projects at the local level.

In a recent meeting of Program Monitoring Coordination Center (PMCC), Sampulna made representatives of line agencies realize the importance of coordinating with LGUs as mandated in the Local Government Code.

He explained that LGU executives are elected by the people and that they have the command over local constituents thus, project and program implementation would better be run with local government support.

"Sila ang mga hari dyan; they are elected by the people," he said.

Sampulna explained to representatives of PMCC member agencies that line agencies of DENR have separate operation units though DENR is their mother agency.

Despite the set up, he urged them to work with LGUs in carrying out projects and even in enforcing policies at the local level.

His call for coordination with LGUs came as an offshoot of his effort to resolve the conflict between local government of Barangay Mt. Diwata and the municipal government of Monkayo over Naboc River Clean Up Project.

Attending the PMCC meeting, Interior and Local Government Regional Director Ananias Villacorta noted the conflict as a matter of "observing proper protocol" which calls for barangays to coordinate with municipal governments, and towns to coordinate with provincial governments.

"Ibalik natin ang proper coordination and protocol," he said.

In the same meeting, Provincial Governor Arturo T. Uy of Compostela Valley Province assured that the spirit of coordination be observed in carrying out the Naboc River Clean-up Project through public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

Sampulna, through the PMCC, has given Uy the authority to handle the clean-up project, revoking his previous order given to former Barangay Diwata Barangay Captain Francisco Tito.

"Let us work together. It would be appreciated by the President (Benigno Simeon C. Aquino). This is a clear case of PPP," Uy said as he assured proper coordination and involvement of LGUs down to the barangay level.

Meanwhile, aside from LGUs, Uy welcomes private sector involvement in the clean-up project which would need huge investment.

In revealing that the clean-up project would yield nuggets of gold deposited in the riverbed, Uy assured that LGUs as well as the indigenous people (IP) sector, would also be given their equal share.

Naboc River flows from the mountains of a gold-rush area, Mt. Diwata. It has become a catch-basin of mining wastes coming from small scale mining operation, carrying suspended solids, mercury and cyanide. (PIA XI/jmda) [top]

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