The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has classified 35 more rivers, bays and lakes for their best uses, bringing to 824 the total number of duly classified water bodies nationwide since the enactment of Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.
Secretary Roy Cimatu issued a memorandum circular providing additional list of classified water bodies pursuant to Administrative Order 2016-08 or the Water Quality Guidelines and General Effluent Standards of 2016.
The classification helps water managers and planners to develop proper water quality management programs and provide the standards to protect aquatic life and human use of their specific water bodies, he said.
“With these classifications, we are able to determine the programs and activities to implement so that we can optimize the use of our water resources and make them beneficial to our welfare and health,” he added.
Under RA 9275, the DENR shall categorize water bodies whether freshwater or coastal according to their quality, area, purpose, and vulnerability to pollution.