MANILA, Philippines — File complaints against violators of environmental laws in the Marikina watershed, Malacañang told the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Tuesday.
The palace remark came after environmentalists called on President Rodrigo Duterte and the DENR to cancel quarrying agreements in the upper Marikina watershed.
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“We therefore express our concern at reports of alleged development activities, which include resort expansion, in the Marikina watershed,” acting presidential spokesman Martin Andanar said in a statement. a statement.
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“We urge the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Anti-Logging Task Force to look into the matter and bring the necessary charges against violators of environmental laws,” he added.
Environmentalists have also called for putting the welfare of millions ahead of the interests of the few.
They added that environmental conservation must continue.
According to Andanar, “safeguarding the environment and natural resources is an important component of our sustainable development”.
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