PIA News Service - Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

Carrascal receives Award of Excellence as Cleanest and Greenest municipality in Surigao Sur

by Joseph l. Urgel

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 8 (PIA) – After four consecutive years of implementing best sanitation and solid waste management practices in the municipality, the local government of Carrascal received again the award of excellence as the 2010 Gawad Probinsya sa Kapaligiran Program First Placer beating other municipalities 4th to 6th class in the province.

Carrascal is now recognized as "Hall of Famer" for Category B (4th to 6th class municipalities) for winning three (3) consecutive GPK First Place awards.

In the year 2007, the municipality enacted its environmental ordinance with provisions on solid waste management and sanitation regulations. The "No Segregation, No Collection Policy" is implemented to reduce the solid waste volume by 50% and maximizes community engagement on curbing the increased generation of garbage from households affecting the health of the people and the environment. Mayor Vicente Pimentel, Jr. stresses that the taxes from mining operations should be effectively utilized on environmental mitigation measures especially on solid waste management programs. The LGU have been spending more than one million each year for SWM programs and have been developing its ecological park as alternative final disposal facility.

Remarkably, the LGU is consistent on providing incentives and awards for barangays that comply with the said environmental ordinance with its annual clean and green contest. With reports from the Municipal Health Office's Sanitation Department, the municipality has a decreased number of household without sanitary toilets. Barangay Caglayag and Babuyan have no households without sanitary toilets. (PIA-Surigao del Sur)


Agusan Norte, Surigao City, Cagwait are Gawad Pamana ng Lahi 2011 Winners

by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise

BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 8 (PIA) -- The Regional Awards Committee of Gawad Pamana ng Lahi 2011 chaired by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has selected winners for the provincial, city and municipal levels.

Agusan del Norte emerged as the winner for the provincial level. They are entitled to a cash award of three million pesos (Php3,000,000.00). In the case of cities, Surigao City is the winner and is entitled to a two million pesos (Php2,000,000.00) cash award. Lastly, Cagwait, Surigao del Sur is the winner for the municipal level category and will be receiving one million pesos (Php1,000,000.00) award.

This program is the recognition of exemplary performance in local governance based on the different indicators: a.) average result of the service areas of the local governance performance management system for 2010, b.) result of the seal of good housekeeping in 2011, c.) innovations introduced for the last three years and d.) regional or national awards/distinctions received in 2010.

However, since the prizes are to be taken from the Performance Challenge Fund of the DILG, the awards are governed by certain policies as provided under the General Appropriations Act of 2011. The prizes will be used to finance projects that are geared towards the attainment of the MDGs, local economic development or those that relate to adaptation to climate change and preparedness for disasters.

The awarding ceremony will be held on October 11, 2011 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Manila.

Other members of the Regional Awards Committee include Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Propegemus Foundation, Rotary Club of Midtown Butuan and Butuan Chamber of Commerce. (DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)