Butuan City to implement no segregation, no pick-up policy
By Nora C. Lanuza Molde
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) – Effective October 1, 2016, the city government here, through its garbage collectors, will no longer conduct house to house or street by street collection of garbage.
City Mayor Ronnie Vicente Lagnada, in a memorandum sent to the 86 barangays of the city has ordered the full implementation of waste segregation and waste reduction at source to all barangays.
“The city government shall limit the collection to residual and special wastes from Barangay designated Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) and/or Barangay Pick-up Points,” Lagnada said. This would mean that it will be the responsibility of the barangays to pick-up the segregated waste/garbage from every household and be brought to their respective MRFs, he added.
Also, according to Lagnada, the disposal of non-segregated waste and the usual house to house collection will no longer be allowed as mandated under Executive Order No. 191, series of 2016. Except for what is termed as residuals, garbage that still contains biodegradable as well as recyclable materials will not be allowed to be delivered at the MRF.
Lagnada also enjoined all barangays to follow the order as provided for under Republic Act (RA) No. 10121 or “An Act strengthening the Philippine disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, Providing for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework and Institutionalizing the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan, Appropriating Funds Therefor and for Other Purposes," and RA 7160 or “An Act Providing For a Local Government Code of 1991."
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office-Ecological Solid Waste Management Division will be responsible in transporting and dumping the residual or segregated waste at its final destination at the Dumalagan Sanitary landfill. (NCLM/PIA-Agusan del Norte)
Cantilan mayor is new Surigao Sur LMP president
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 14 (PIA) – Mayor Philip Pichay of the Municipality of Cantilan was elected president of the League of Municipalities of Philippines (LMP) - Surigao del Sur Chapter.
As per data from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the other elected officers were: Mayor William Angos of Cortes was voted vice president; Carmen Mayor Jane Plaza, secretary; Mayor Maria Clarita Garcia Limbaro of Bayabas, treasurer; Cagwait Mayor Lilian Lozada, auditor; Mayor Vicente “VJ” H. Pimentel III of Carrascal, business manager; and Tago Mayor Rogelio Makinano Pimentel, public relations officer (PRO).
The elected directors of the board were: Mayor Roberto Luna Jr. of Lingig, Mayor Generoso Naraiso of Tagbina, Mayor Salvacion Azarcon of Lanuza, Mayor Mary Grace Kimura of Madrid, Mayor Felixberto Urbiztondo of Barobo, Mayor Libertad Alameda of San Agustin, Mayor Paul Cubil of Marihatag and Mayor Shem Garay of Hinatuan.
The said occasion was witnessed by LMP national chapter representative NJ Bernardo. (FEA/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
NEDA Caraga invites students to join knowledge olympics
By Nora C. Lanuza Molde
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Caraga is inviting Grades 7 to 11 students from both private and public schools to join the Ambisyon Natin 2040 Knowledge Olympics on September 22 at NEDA Caraga conference hall, this city,
Contests include Slogan Contest, Pitch a Brilliant Idea Contest, and Quiz Bowl.
For the slogan contest, each team shall compose of two students which shall be accompanied by an adviser. The contest shall revolve around the Long Term Vision (LTV) survey and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) . Reading materials are available at NEDA website 2040.neda.gov.ph/ and www.youtube.com/user/NEDAPhils.
The Pitch a Brilliant Idea contest will also focus on the promotion of the results of the LTV survey. Each team shall compose of four students with an adviser.
For the Quiz bowl, the contest will also compose of two students with an adviser. The contest will cover on the results of the LTV survey as well as topics about NEDA, Regional Development Council, and SDG.
Deadline of registration is on September 16, 2016. Registration form can be downloaded at caraga.neda.gov.ph/about-us/knowledge-olympics/.
Interested participants shall register using the prescribed registration form through email at email@example.com or fax at (085) 815-0308. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)
SurSur solon favors abolition of irrigation service fees
By Nida Grace P. Barcena
TANDAG CITY, Surigao del Sur, Sept. 14 (PIA) – Surigao del Sur 1st District Representative Prospero Pichay said he is endorsing the stoppage of the collection of irrigation service fees (ISF) from farmers.
The ISF is being used by the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) to shoulder the operation and maintenance costs of the country’s irrigation facilities.
Pichay believed that if the ISF would be abolished, it could ease the burden among the farmers. Said initiative was also supported by Department of Agriculture (DA) Secretary Emmanuel “Manny” Piñol, it was learned.
Aside from the no ISF collection, Pichay said there is also a need to provide an additional subsidy to the agricultural sector. (FEA/NGBT/PIA-Surigao del Sur)
DA Caraga reviews its modernization plan
By Fretcher D. Magatao
BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 14 (PIA) - Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga headed by Regional Director Renato Manantan reviews its Agriculture and Fisheries Modernization Plan (AFMP) for 2011–2017 with agricutural stakeholders in the region to prepare for the formulation of next AFMP.
“All of us must coordinate to create a profound AFMP. Making a review for the current plan would guide us on the things that needed to be improved,” said Manantan. “Our plan should not only be limited for six years, but we should also plan beyond,” he added.
Manantan highlighted that the plans for the region should be a direction and a guide for the actions to be taken in the LGUs and the regional office. “The President has given his commitment for agriculture which is also the commitment of the Secretary, let’s work hand in hand for these things to be realized,” he added.
The results of the assessment will be used as inputs to the formulation of new AFMP planning, programming and budgeting process which would serve as a blueprint for the future of agriculture and fishery sector.
The stakeholders’ consultation which was facilitated by Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) in the region also aims to assess the targets against its results with the help of the Department’s Banner Program focal persons.
“The interventions given by the Department has been helpful for the achievement of suistanable agriculture in the region, some of the desired results have been reached; but there are still others that need to improve,” said Jodel Tabada, OIC deputy project director.
Agriculture sector’s resiliency has been threatened by climate change and extreme weather events. “Damage to rural infrastructure; losses to crops, livetock, and fishing grounds; as well as threats to water supply and the competing priorities in water allocation are a few of emerging problems,” Tabada added.
A workshop was also set to solicit ideas and areas for improvement from the attached agencies and bureaus, provincial agriculturists and veterinarians in the provinces and leaders in the private sector.
“Activities such as this gives an idea that the Department truly values its stakeholders. I hope that we can maximize the available resources in line with right priorities,” said Arnie Arreza, chairman of Caraga Organic Farmers Federation.
Common solutions discussed among others were raising the productivity and incomes of agriculture and fishery-based households and enterprises; increasing investments and employment across efficient value chains; and strengthening the agriculture and fisheries insurance system as an important risksharing mechanism.
AFMP has been created to increase the resilience of agriculture communities through the development of climate-sensitive technologies, establishment of climate-resilient agricultural infrastructure and climate-responsive food production systems, and provision of support services to the most vulnerable communities. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)
Surigao City local producers launch OTOP center
SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte, Sept. 14 (PIA) – The Maradjaw Karadjaw Local Producers/Exhibitors Association headed by Elizabeth Mae Manzan has launched recently the Maradjaw Karadjaw OTOP (one town, one product) Express Center located at the Luneta Park, this city.
The said center, which is also called as Pasalubong Center of Surigao City, is a depot of food and non-food products locally manufactured/produced by Surigaonons. The initiative was realized under the 2015 Bottom Up Budgeting (BUB) approved project of the city government.
The association is composed of 40 local producers who convened and united to promote quality and competitive products of the city. It was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry in partnership with the city government here through the help of Surigao del Norte People's Initiative Development Association (SNPIDA), a business development service provider.
The association is open for membership of the other local producers who wants to join and share the same interest and goals. For inquiry, they may visit the OTOP Express Center. (DTI-Surigao del Norte/PIA-Surigao del Norte)