Saturday, January 24, 2015

DENR 13 exec commends employees for accomplished work targets in 2014

By Eric F. Gallego

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 24 (PIA) - Regional director Nonito M. Tamayo of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga commended the employees of the DENR 13 early this week for the accomplishments of major work targets last year as he encouraged more improvement.

Tamayo made the remarks at the regular Monday Convocation program at the DENR Regional Office covered court in Barangay Ambago, this city.

He said the accomplishment of the different sectors and the field offices particularly on the National Greening Program (NGP), anti-illegal logging, cadastral survey and geo-hazards mapping last year was very satisfactory.          

Tamayo said, however, there are more works to be done particularly about NGP with backlogs in some areas planted with seedlings. “We need to revisit those areas again and guide the members of the organizations involved to replenish those dead seedlings with new ones in meeting with the target,” he said.          

Secretary Ramon JP Paje has likewise recognized the accomplishments made by the DENR and congratulated all the DENR employees nationwide for the milestone reached.

The DENR secretary cited the NGP accomplishment throughout the country which is 11.6 percent above target. He said the DENR employees under the program have reforested 1,005,013 hectares out of the target of 900,000 hectares from 2011 to 2014. “We have also completed 86.84 percent of the cadastral survey nationwide and expected to finish this year.”

The DENR also completed the 1:10,000 scale geo-hazard mapping and all map sheets will be finalized by the end of this year. (DENR-13/PIA-Caraga)


DPWH: SurSur detour bridge restoration almost done

By Greg Tataro Jr.

TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Jan. 24 (PIA) – The complete restoration of the washed out detour bridge traversing the Hubo River in Barangay Buhisan, San Agustin town, 64.5 kilometers south, this city, is almost over.

District Engr. Joseph Calderon of the Department of Public Works and Highways 1st Engineering District in Surigao del Sur, who just came back at around 1:30 p.m. on Friday to check the progress of the restoration work in the area, stressed that to close the gap between banks is only a matter of “putting in place three more rows of culverts.”

However, he learned from the project engineer of Luciano Construction, who is tasked to do the job that they have already run out of culverts.  Said materials are being supplied by L. C. Ting Construction, Calderon bared.

But, the district engineer said that if the needed culverts will arrive in due time and the fair weather will continue, light vehicles can possibly be allowed to cross the river by Sunday.

He also added that after five days, the bridge will already be passable to all types of vehicles.

It can be recalled that the detour bridge was washed out when Tropical Storm Seniang hit the province on December 29, 2014.

Since then, the normal traffic flow along Surigao-Davao Coastal Road (SDCR) has been cut off, prompting commuters to transfer from vehicle to another waiting on either side of the roads.


Also, commercial vehicles bound for Tandag City and other neighboring towns heading north after San Agustin, have been left with no choice but to go via Surigao del Norte. (NGBT/Radyo ng Bayan/PIA-Surigao del Sur)