Dayanghirang’s bid to limit WMC power questioned

July 26th, 2016 by

DAVAO CITY – A representative of a civil society organization is strongly opposing a proposal by Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang that will limit the influence of the Watershed Management Council (WMC) in implementing and drafting of environmental legislation.

Civil Society Organization (CSO) representative to the WMC Chinkie Pelino told Mirror that WMC is denouncing the proposal which already passed first reading in the City Council on July 18. The move even puzzled WMC as the item was nowhere in the agenda when they attended the council session last Tuesday.

Pelino said they only found out about the proposal in the records of the City Council secretariat showing the proposed measure passed first reading on July 18.

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Envi group assails attempt to amend Watershed Code

July 22nd, 2016 by

ENVIRONMENT group Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) criticized the move of the city council to amend the Watershed Management Code.

In a statement, IDIS executive director Mary Ann Fuertes called the proposal “anti-environment and contrary to the strategic direction of the City on sustainably managing its watersheds.”

Second district Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang authored the proposal, which seeks to reduce the WMC’s role in issuing “official policies on the expansion of commercial/corporate plantations in the prime agricultural areas.”

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Group wants transparency in Mega Harbour project

July 13th, 2016 by

DAVAO CITY – Environment group Sustainable Davao City Movement (SDCM) calls for transparency in the implementation of the P39-billion Mega Harbour project.

“We are asking for a broader comprehensive consultation about it, in order for us to really understand the issue, since we were not invited to the committee hearings,” said SDCM member and Interface Development Intervention, Inc. (IDIS) Executive Director Mary Ann Fuertes.

The Davao Mega Harbour and Port Development Project, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last month, aims to address the challenges of the community for access to potable water and power supply, well-planned road network that allows free flow of vehicular movement and pedestrian safety and access to facilities that abate calamities like flood and storm surges.

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