SEPTEMBER 9, 2022. EMB R02 under the leadership of Regional Director Nelson P. Honrado, convenes the Governing Board, TWGs and Multi-Sectoral Group of the WQMA – Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao River for the third quarter meeting held at The Events Place – Hotel Carmelita, Tuguegarao City.

Prior to the meeting proper, Ms. Victoria B. Pattaguan, Chief EEIU reminds everyone on the significance of celebrating the Month of September as National Clean-Up Month and International Coastal Clean Up Day every 3rd Saturday of September of each year with the theme: Fighting for Trash Free Seas – Pilipinas: Ending the Flow of Trash at the Source. This is in relation to the promotion of improvement of water quality of water bodies and proper waste management. Further, it was emphasized that protecting the source of clean water is everyone’s responsibility.

Engr. Miller Tanguilan of the Metro Tuguegarao Water District presides today’s session. Included as part of the agenda is the presentation of each member on the initiatives, programs or activities undertaken during the last quarter. The PdT river system is within the jurisdiction of the municipality of Peṅablanca, Cagayan and Tuguegarao City. The representatives of the two Local Government Units were both present in today’s event.

Engr. Florentino T. Lingan, Jr. Chief – Environmental Monitoring and Enforcement Division urged every member to update the presented list of establishments within WQMA – PdT as basis in computation for pollution loading as basis in generating area water quality management fund.

Representatives from the DOH, BFAR and the Academe also presented their plans and programs in relation to WQMA – PdT.

Ms. Jailaine R. Siriban, OIC Chief of the Ambient Monitoring and Technical Services Section presented the 1st Semester CY 2022 Semi Annual Water Quality of Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao River and the list of industries within WQMA – PdT. She also discussed the Utilization of Area Water Quality Management Fund (AWQMF), the Criteria for Selecting Projects for Funding by the AWQMF and Accrued Collections for WQMA – PdT.