Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson has issued Department Order 139, which sets the rules for all river dredging activities for flood-control and quarrying.
Under the new rule, possible ecological damage can now be avoided as all projects now need a series of soil investigation and analysis, which include actual on-set bathymetric and the topographic and hydrographic surveys (in accordance with the department’s Design Guidelines Criteria and Standards).
Project implementors will also be required the Certificate of Non-Coverage (CNC) or the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC).
Also needed is a detailed dredging plan and design report as issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and a compliance to the existing rules and regulations of the Water Code of the Philippines and the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
“We have to implement our flood-control projects in a way that can achieve positive impact and prevent damage to the environment,” Singson said.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Project Management Office (PMO), including all regional and district offices, are directed to comply with the new order to ensure that all waterways in the country are not compromised by flood-control projects or by dredging and quarrying operations.
Local governments are also encouraged to comply with the DENR and DPWH guidelines before issuing quarrying operations on rivers and waterways.