Meeting Held on Zambales Province Dredging Projects

The Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), recently held a meeting to define guidelines for the dredging projects in three lahar-clogged river systems – Bucao, Maloma, and Sto. Tomas – in Zambales Province.

Representatives from MGB, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other local and national government agencies, as well as dredging operators from Zambales Province were present during the consultative meeting.

Various concerns were raised during the open forum, including the suspension of dredging operations, loss of revenue as a result of the former concern, and human health risk due to exposure to lahar.

As a result of these concerns, commercial utilization of minerals and river restoration of the three river systems were also discussed.

During the discussion, Atty Analiza Teh, Undersecretary for Climate Change Service and Mining Concerns (DENR) said that the current system, which requires dredging operators to send their dredging plans to DPWH, is not effective in restoring the river systems.

However, under the proposed Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) on the Guidelines on the Issuance of Clearance and/or Permit of Dredging, DPWH will be the one providing the dredging plan for operators working in the same river system.

Dredging operators will only submit a work program in accordance to the dredging plan.

She also assured everyone that the government is one with the stakeholders in addressing their concerns, and to be successful, economic growth and environmental management must be in equilibrium. She urged everyone to cooperate in order to solve the pressing concerns being faced by the dredging industry.

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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