9.10.2011

PIA News Service - Saturday, September 10, 2011

Butuan dad leads implementation of the “Clean Ground, Zero Waste” Program

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) – Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr. strongly push for a Clean Ground, Zero Waste city through the implementaton of proper Solid Waste Management Program. The city shall impose a “No Segregation, No Collection” policy in barangays to ensure that trash will be segregated at source.

According to Mr. Bong Alcala, Technical Consultant/External Resources Technical Working Group of the City Mayor’s Office bared that the volume of waste in Butuan is estimated at 95 tons per day. The highest percentage of this waste is biodegradable.

“The financial burden of waste for the city government here is roughly P80 million annually, he said. (This includes) the cost of the construction of the sanitary landfill...the maintenance cost and the annual operations cost of garbage collection (P.37 cents per kilo or P13M per year)."

Alcala added that this amount could have been spent on basic social and economic services such as "more health care providers and medicines, more teachers, more livelihood programs, more welfare assistance, more seedlings and trees, and the like.”

The Clean Ground, Zero Waste Program was initiated to: 1) Facilitate social transformation processes among residents to manifest the desired behavior of segregating waste at source, cleaning the surroundings and converting wastes into money; and 2) Massive conversion of waste into organic fertilizers (biodegradables) by the organic fertilizer production facilities and useful materials (non-biodegradables).

The program elements elements and approaches include: a) Awarding of Clean Seals as a behavior change strategy to households, puroks, barangay, classrooms, stall, business establishments; b) Deployment of Eco Marshalls to barangays; c) Mobilization of existing community volunteers and employ CD strategies; d) Waste conversion to organic fertilizers (with national, regional and local policy and financial back-up). Setting up of CB Organic Fertilizer Production Facilities and Faith gardens; e) Convergence and multi-sector mobilization; f) Integration with other community “felt” concerns (dengue, anti-rabies campaign); and g) Meaningful community participation and massive community actions.

With this development, Mayor Amante hoped for the full support and cooperation from the general public. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Reg’l Cooperative Dev’t Council to celebrate Cooperative Month

by Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- The Cooperative Month celebration in kick off on October 1 with a simultaneous Tree Planting activity in the provinces of Caraga.

Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Caraga Regional Director Manuela Pelaez said the project aims to plant 3,333 seedlings (666 persons will plant at least five seedlings per person).

On the same date, cooperatives in Surigao del Norte will have their Thanksgiving Mass while cooperatives in San Jose, Dinagat Islands will kick-off with a parade and short program and followed with a coastal clean-up.

The thanksgiving mass by cooperatives in Butuan is set on October 3 at the St. Joseph Cathedral, to be followed with the Motorcade going to the City Hall, where the program proper will be held with Mayor Ferdinand Amante Jr.

Right after the program, officials of the council will face the media through a Press Conference to give updates, issues and concerns on the cooperatives in Caraga.

On October 12, the Provincial Cooperative Summit is set to be conducted by the cooperatives in San Jose, Dinagat Islands while they will also be conducting the Trade Exhibits in the whole month of October.

Also, members of the RCDC in Butuan will also be conducting the educational contest such as Poster-making and Quiz Bee on October 28 with elementary and high school students as participants. This will also serve as culmination activity for cooperatives in Butuan.

Meanwhile, cooperatives in Bunawan, Agusan del Sur will culminate on October 28 with a short program; cooperatives in Sta. Josefa, Agusan del Sur on October 29; and cooperatives in Trento, Agusan del Sur on October 30.

With this, RCDC is encouraging coop members in the provinces of Caraga to witness and participate in the said activities for the month-long celebration. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


BCPO to launch “Basura Ko, Buhat Ko”

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- Living up to its commitment to protect the environment as “maka-kalikasan,” the local police office here will launch the “Basura ko, Buhat ko” Project on September 11, 2011.

The “Basura Ko, Buhat Ko” is a component of the Discipline Zone which emphasizes the enforcement of laws and ordinances in the sidewalks and city streets of Butuan particularly along A.D. Curato Street and JC Aquino Avenue.

The project will enforce the anti-littering ordinances of Butuan City to be predominated by massive cleanliness and information drive focusing only on the city streets thru close coordination with the stakeholders, and with Butuan City Police Office in the lead role.

Police Senior Superintendent Jose V. Carillo, City Director of BCPO and an advocate of said project is confident on the success of this endeavor.

“As the City Director of Butuan City Police Office, I intend to support all environmental protection initiatives of the national and local government by way of initiating and implementing a cleanliness drive along the Discipline Zone areas to instill discipline and environmental concern to the people of Butuan the importance of a clean environment and a healthy community and vibrant society,” Carillo stressed.

BCPO is calling on to public to participate and help the PNP in this campaign. (BCPO/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: Crocodile trappers, mihimo na og bag-ong trap alang sa lain pang buwaya

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- Ukupado karon ang mga crocodile trappers gikan sa Palawan Wildlife Conservation sa paghimo og bag-ong trap alang sa lain pang higanteng buaya samtang nagpahulay pa sila sa pagdakop sa ka-uban ni 'Lolong' (ang bag-ohay pa lamang nadakpang buwaya nga mao usab ang gikatahong pinakadakong buwaya nga nadakpan sa tibuok kalibotan) sa pagputol sa ulo sa usa ka 2-anyos nga kabaw ning mi-aging buwan.

Sigon sa mga trappers, seguraduhon nilang mas lig-on pa sa trap nga gigamit nila kang 'Lolong' ang ilang mahimo aron dili kini maguba kung mas dako pa kang Lolong ang target nilang buwaya.
Una nang gipadayag ni Bunawan, Agusan del Sur Mayor Edwin Elorde nga kinahanglan pa nilang iplastar ang proseso alang sa paghatag og pagtugot sa mga trappers aron mahimong legal ang pagdakop sa buwaya.

Samtang si 'Lolong' wala pa mikaon sa manok nga gibutang sa iyang holding pin og kini posibleng tungod gihapon sa trauma nga iyang gibati human nadakpan hinungdan nga pursigido ang lokal nga kagamhanan nga ipatuman sa hingpit ang ban sa public viewing kay Lolong. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: 1st Siargao Adventure Race, ilusad sa sunod buwan

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) - Subay sa tinguha ni Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas pag-promote sa Siargao isip usa ka Sports Tourism destination, ang munisipyo sa Santa Monica, mag-host sa 1st Siargao Adventure Race karong Oktubre 4 hangtud 6.

Sigon ni Santa Monica Mayor Rosalinda Penera, ang maong lumba usa ka adlaw nga racing series sa nagkada-iyang disciplines sama sa mountain biking, off road kon trail running, trekking og boat paddling nga apilan sa mga mananagat.

Ang gibana-banang 60 ka mga partisipante, dad-on ngadto sa managlahing tourist spots aron ilang ma-enjoy ang nindot nga mga talan-awon sa maong lungsod ilabina nga malabyan nila ang mga coastala reas, mangrove forests, mga bungtod, langob ug white sand beaches.

Mamahimong highlight sa pagsa-ulog sa "Araw ng Santa Monica," ang lumba nga nagtumong pag-promote sa maong lungsod isip alternatibong tourist destination sa Siargao island.

Ang ubang highlights sa tulo ka adlaw nga kalihukan naglakip sa Budol fight, Sapao-Sapao festival, Agri-Aqua Fair, Coastal Clean-up, mangrove planting, paglusad sa Life Saving Games og Santa Monica Discovery Tour.

Ang mga mudaog sa lumba makadawat og kinatibuk-ang siete-mil pesos og medalya samtang ang mga dili makadaug nga partisipante, makadawat usab og Finisher's medals. (BR/PIA-Caraga)

Cebuano News: 2 ka miyembro sa Lupong Tagapamayapa sa Caraga, nat'l finalist sa LTIA National awards

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 10 (PIA) -- Duha ka Lupong Tagapamaya sa rehiyun sa Caraga ang napiling finalist sa Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards kon LTIA National Awards.

Ang maong Lupong Tagapamayapa gikan sa Brgy, Poblacion Barobo Surigao del Sur ug Brgy. Quezon Mainit Surigao del Norte ang gipili sa LTIA National Awards Committee kon NAC isip national finalist alang sa 1st ngadto na sa 3rd class municipalities category ug 4th ngadto na sa 6th class municipalities category.

Ang maong national finalist nga wala pa gikabutyag ang pangalan ang top three lupons sa maong kategorya.

Ang national finalist ang segurado nang mananaug sa Presidential and Cash Awards nga ihatag sa Malakanyang karong Oktobre 2011.

Ang Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards ang giestablisar sukad niadtong tuig 1997.

Kahibaluan nga ang validation visits sa maong mga lupons ang gihimo sa mga miyembro sa LTIA National Board of Judges ug National Secretarial niadtong Agosto 24, 2011 ug Setyembre 6,2011.

Ang validating team nga mibisita sa Lupong Tagapamayapa sa Brgy, Poblacion Barobo Surigao Del Sur ang gilangkauban naila Hon. Bernardo Abesamis kanhi Justice of the Court of Appeals ug karon chairman sa Board of Career Service Executive Board kon CESB, Assistant Director Mariano Gabito ug Celso Batalla ang parehong gikan sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) BLGS.

Samtang ang team nga mibisita saa Lupong Tagapamayapa sa Brgy. Quezon Mainit Surigao del Norte ang gilangkuban nila Fiscal Rosalina P. Aquino sa Department of Justice (DOJ), Dir. Myrna Medina sa National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) ug Ms. Estelita Brondial sa DILG-BLGS. (BR/PIA-Caraga)