(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Saturday, 22 June 2024) Southwest Monsoon affecting the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorms. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southeast to South will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Wednesday, 5 July 2023

Environmental month wraps up with environmental competition in Surigao

SURIGAO CITY, Surigao del Norte - The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Regional Office 13 and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Caraga intensified the campaign against plastic pollution through the conduct of environmental competitions on environmental phtography, poster making and environmental music video at the Philippine Gateway Hotel, this city.

The conduct of the said competitions completed the celebration of the 2023 Philippine Environment Month with the theme, "No to Waste: Advancing Circular Economy to #BeatPlasticPollution."

The celebration strongly  campaigned to end plastic pollution in the country through a circular economy where all plastic applications are reused, recycled, and responsibly managed during and after use while enabling a lower greenhouse gas emissions plastic economy, and the same time increasing awareness and urging all stakeholders to undertake activities to reaffirm their concern for the protection and preservation of the environment.

MGB-13 Regional Director Engineer Larry M. Heradez in his message, encouraged everyone to unlock their  creativity and various innovative ways to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste to contribute in the advancement of a circular economy and be an inspiration on a life of resilience and harmony with nature by increasing greener lifestyle and opportunity, as well as effective positive change in our respective communities.

He said that the environmental competitions are not solely about winning, rather about inspiring plastic change and to showcase our commitment, sustainable practices and set as example for industries worldwide.

“Together we possess the power to beat plastic pollution through collaboration, knowledge sharing and the utilization of advance technologies. We can find groundbreaking solutions to this global challenge in every small step we take towards achieving a greener and cleaner world,” said Director Heradez.

Heradez also encouraged the young generations and students to be part of this green cause  in order for us to see the fruits of our long hope and aspirations in the same way, may they rise to the challenge of becoming catalyst for the much needed change in our community particularly in environmental protection and say no to waste as we work together to beat plastic pollution.  

The competitions were participated by high school students from different secondary schools in the province and different mining industries in Caraga region and supported by Caraga Mine Environmental Management Council Incorporated, Chamber of Mines-Caraga, Caraga Minerals Industries, local government unit of Surigao City and provincial government of Surigao del Norte.

The Environment Month is celebrated by virtue of Proclamation No. 237 on April 4, 1988, declaring the month of June every year as Philippine Environment Month, which allows the general public to give time and effort towards the protection, enhancement and development of the country's environment.


Winners for the Photography and Environmental Message Competitions  are: 1st place, Joshua G. Pareja of Claver National High School; 2nd place, Fergruexette L. Veronque of Surigao del Norte National High School; and 3rd place, Bryan Jay C. Virtudazo of Caraga Regional Science High School.

For the Poster Making Contest: 1st place, Alexander P. Cacho of Claver National High School; 2nd place, Gerald Q. Santos of Gigaquit National High School; and 3rd place, Glen Archie J. Zamora of Alegria National High School.

While the Enviromental Music Video Competition the winners are: 1st place, Yano nga mga Lakang (Paisa-isang Hakbang) of Platinum Groups Metals Corporation; 2nd place, Produktibong Basura of Hinatuan Mining Corporation; and 3rd place, Lihok Na (Kilos Na) of Hinatuan Mining Corporation.

For Enviromental Tiktok Competitions the winners are: 1st place- Hinatuan Mining Corporation, 2nd place- Platinum Group Metals Corporation and 3rd place- CTP Construction and Mining Corporation. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)