𝐊𝐎𝐑𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐃𝐀𝐋 𝐂𝐈𝐓𝐘, 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨 – The readiness of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 12 and its partners was put into test during the Joint Marine Pollution Exercise (MARPOLEX) spearheaded by the Philippine Coast Guard (PSG) District Southern Mindanao on Sunday (March 26) in General Santos City.
The two-hour activity simulated an oil spill scenario to assess the responders’ capability, operational coordination, and communication protocols.
Atty. Felix S. Alicer, regional executive director (RED) of the DENR-12, said it is imperative that the responders from DENR and other agencies are capable and prepared should the oil spill occur in the region.
"Our snappy salute to our personnel in uniform for spearheading this kind of activity which is very significant in saving our marine resources. In the event that an oil spill incident happens in our waters, especially the SBPS, at least we can respond immediately and reduce the possible damages,” he said.
PCG Capt. Dennis A. Pandeagua said, "We acknowledge the role of the DENR in events like this. It is important that all key players are well prepared to help us move forward as one.”
The simulation exercise was also joined by other national government agencies, local government units, and industries. (With report and photos from DENR-PENRO Sarangani) | RSCIGM