Saturday, June 14, 2014

DENR Caraga initiates tree planting, coastal clean up

By Maria Catherine M. Gonzaga

BUTUAN CITY, June 14 (PIA) - In celebration of the World Environment Day, June 5, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga regional office headed by regional director Nonito Tamayo initiated a tree planting and coastal clean-up activity at Barangay Caloc-an, Magallanes, Agusan del Norte with the theme focusing on Small Islands and Climate Change.

The activity with the slogan, “Raise Your Voice Not the Sea Level” began with a caravan from Libertad Sports Complex to the Centennial Beach Resort at Barangay Caloc-an, Magallanes, which was participated by more than 200 individuals including the DENR personnel, national government agencies, private sectors, local government units, non-government organizations, Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and young volunteers.

A total of 500 Talisay seedlings were prepared by the DENR for the said activity.

Tamayo said that the small islands were the ones most vulnerable to climate change even though they contribute the smallest percentage of carbon emission in the atmosphere and Philippines is equally vulnerable to these islands thus we need to take action now.

“Let’s patronize the wood products,” he said.

The use of woods is preferable than plastics and steels because wood stores carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas which traps heat near the earth surface contributing to global warming.

“Trees play a crucial role in removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere through the natural process of photosynthesis and store carbon on their leaves, branches, stems, barks and roots. Stored carbon on woods manufactured into tables and chairs contributes zero carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Burning them would greatly increase the level of CO2 in the atmosphere making the earth warmer,” Tamayo said.

He stated that based on scientist findings, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has increased last century from 284 parts per million in 1832 to about 387 parts per million in 2009.

Tamayo said that we are experiencing hot weather condition due to greenhouse gases trapped in the atmosphere. Tamayo directed the PENROs and CENROs to intensify activities on the National Greening Program.

“Let us plant more trees and preserve our natural resources for our children and the generations to come,” said Tamayo. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


4Ps recipients in AgSur town avail of Diskwento Caravan

AGUSAN DEL SUR, June 14 (PIA) - Beneficiaries of the government’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the municipality of Rosario, this province availed of the Diskwento Caravan during the town’s Livelihood Day celebration.

The activity conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was organized recently by the municipal government at Covered Court, Brgy. Bayugan 3, Rosario here.

Local townfolks were able to buy consumer goods at discounted prices.

Products sold in the caravan included canned sardines,  processed milk (condensed, condensada, powdered milk), coffee, canned meat products (luncheon meat, meat loaf, corned beef, beef loaf), instant noodles, condiments (vinegar, soy sauce), biscuits, sugar, oil, detergent and laundry soaps,diapers, bath soaps, shampoo and toothpaste.

Locally-made products like pansit noodles, banana chips, salted fish as well as fresh meat (pork and chicken) were also sold.

LGU-Rosario’s Diskwento Caravan was one of three conducted so far by DTI this year in the province of Agusan del Sur.  The other two caravans were held in  in Brgy. Sta. Cruz also in Rosario last April 28, 2014 and in the town of Sta. Josefa on May 2, 2014.

The three activities benefitted a total of 329 consumers with a total sales of P223,500.00.

More Diskwento Caravans are being planned be conducted in the province particularly during the San Francisco Town Fiesta and Naliyagan Festival this coming June 2014. (DTI-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)