11.18.2013

PIA News Service - Monday, November 18, 2013

Taguibo river governing board set to implement action plan

By Venus L. Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Nov.18 (PIA) – The Taguibo River Water Quality Management Area (TRWQMA) governing board of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Caraga is now set to execute its plan of actions after finalizing its governing rules.

TRWQMA encompasses the city of Butuan and seven barangays; namely, Anticala, Pianing, Taguibo, Sumilihon, Cabcabon, Bobon, Baobaoan; municipality of Magallanes and two barangays (Guiasan, Taod-oy); and municipality of Remedios T. Romualdez and barangay San Antonio.

Based on the present condition and assessment, the quality of the water in Taguibo watershed worsened due to massive damage resulted from irresponsible activities done by unscrupulous individuals.

The governing board aims to implement plans that will protect and improve the water quality of Taguibo River (TR). It shall be managed consistent with the following water quality objectives: to provide appropriate processes and procedures for the prevention, control and abatement of water pollution of the TR and its watershed through a comprehensive management program for water pollution control; to ensure that TR continues to be a safe source of water supply for Butuan City and its communities, serves as principal sustaining resource to aquaculture in the area, and support food production and industry in the WQMA jurisdiction.

“The board will formulate a program on water quality management which links water quality management issues to ecological protection, water supply, public health and quality of life,” said TRWQMA chair and EMB regional director Metodio Turbella.

TRWQMA governing board also encouraged the government agencies, civil society organizations, academe, and business sectors to take an active role in water quality protection and management through coordinated efforts in sustaining acceptable quality of water of the TR.

Among the environmental and health issues in TR zone that need to be addressed are: dumping of garbage and other domestic wastes; lack of sanitary toilets, open defacadion in TR; presence of illegal small scale mining operators in TR watershed; agricultural waste and run-off that drains to TR, unregulated quarrying that resulted to scouring/erosion of river banks; presence of illegal logging to include fuel gathering; and improper application and disposal of pesticides/fertilizers.

On infrastructure concern, TRWQMA will support the effort of city government of Butuan pertinent to the establishment and operationalization of a septage treatment facility in the city.

Turbella bared that “the governing board shall direct the appropriate standing committee, the formulation of an information, education, and communication (IEC) program to solicit support from the various stakeholders for the sustainanble use and protection of the river.”

He further emphasized that Taguibo river and watershed is the main source of drinking water and its deterioration will threaten the lives of end users. Thus, calling the support of everybody to work out for its preservation and conservation. (VLG/PIA-Caraga)


300 pupils pledge as Junior Environmental Scouts

By Mary Jul Escalante

SURIGAO CITY, Nov. 18 (PIA) – Some 300 pupils from Numancia Central Elementary School pledged as Junior Environmental Scouts during the ceremonial oath-taking held recently at the Surigao State College of Technology Gym, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte.

Governor Sol F. Matugas officiated the ceremonial oathtaking and witnessed by first district congressman Francisco T. Matugas, Del Carmen mayor JR Coro, representatives from MVP Group of Companies and Metro Pacific Investment Corporation.

The Junior Environmental Scout was initiated by the provincial government to emphasize the importance of boy scouts and girls scouts in protecting the environment.

The activity is also part of the long-week Siargao It Up event sponsored by the MVP Group of Companies in coordination with the Surigao del Norte provincial government, Surigao del Norte first congressional district and the municipality of Del Carmen.

Other activities of the Siargao It Up include, clean-up drive, fun run and battle of the bands. (SDR/PIC/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Karancho regional convention gathers 1,000 participants  

By Alvin A. AƱonuevo

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan del Sur, Nov. 18 (PIA) - The Kababayan Riders Association for a New Cultural Harmony and Order, Inc. (Karancho) held its two-day regional convention on November 16-17, 2013 at Lope Asis Memorial Gymnasium, this city.

Around 1,000 strong members of the said organization attended the activity. This year’s event is anchored on the theme: “Fostering National Solidarity, The KARANCHO WAY.”

Highlighting the event include, Chairman’s Meeting and Search for Miss Karancho 2013.

Meantime, Bayugan City Mayor Kim Lope A. Asis led the acceptance of new members assisted by Provincial Karancho Chairman and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Edilberto Bastareche, and Karancho District Chairman Efpraim Badajos.

Karancho, is non partisan, non sectarian and non combatant volunteer organization constituted by the motorcycle owners geared towards Community Assistance and Development program of the Philippine National Police which was established purposely to be conduit to the Local Government Units and other government agencies within its capacity and capability.  (PIA-Caraga)


Cebuano news: Palasyo mipasalig sa pagsustener sa hinabang ngadto sa mga biktima sa bagyong Yolanda

Ni Nida Grace P. Barcena

SURIGAO DEL SUR, Nobyembre 18 (PIA) - Ang Malakanyang niadtong Dominggo mipasalig sa mga biktima sa bagyong Yolanda nga ang gobyerno padayon sa pagsustento ug hinabang kanila.

Si Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. miingon nga kini maoy mando ni Presidente Benigno S. Aquino III.

"Tinitiyak po ng ating Pangulo at ng ating pamahalaan na magiging sustained... tuloy-tuloy po ang paghahatid sa kanila ng pagkain at kagyat na pagtulong hanggang makabangon po sila at mag-umpisa nang makabalik sa normal nilang mga buhay,” si Coloma miingon atol sa pakighinabi kaniya sa sibyahanan sa dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

Siya miingon nga ang Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson mitaho nga ang Greater Leyte Water District mibalik na sa parserbisyo og pagsuplay sa tubig sa Leyte, apil na usab sa Tacloban.

Siya usab miingon nga ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority mipadala na ug mga enhenyero ug mga trabahante aron sa paghawan sa mga apektadong lugar gikan sa mga nagkanat nga mga basura ug apil na ag mga natumpag nga mga  stablistamento sa maong dapit.

Dugang pa ni Coloma nga ang local nga panggamhanan sa Metro Manila misagop sa ubay ubay’ng mga apektadonng lugsod.

Sa parte sa Bureau of Immigration, ilahang gipaluagan ang mga permit nga gikinahanglan sa visa og pagpanarbaho alang sa mga mibuluntaryo gikan sa abrod kinsa gusto motabang alang sa kaayo nga kakugi.

Sa laing bahin, ang Communications Secretary midayeg sa mga trabahante nga mitabang sa paghumpay sa ilahang mga sakripisyo ingon man nga sila miserbisyo isip inspirasyon sa uban.


"Ang kanilang kasipagan at pagmamalasakit ay nagsisilbing huwaran at ispirasyon sa ating mga kababayang nagkakaisa sa pagpupunyagi at pananalangin hinggil sa pagbangon at pagbabagong-tatag ng mga nasalantang pamayanan," si Coloma miingon. (PND/PIA-Surigao del Sur)