Bulacan LGU begins trash to school supplies program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2019   •   2067

The Municipal Agriculture office of the Baliwag, Bulacan local government has begun its program to give away school supplies in exchange for trash.

They launched the project in 2017 where they exchange grocery items for every collected trash.

According to Information, Education and Communication Campaign Program Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office (MENRO) Ronald Cruz all waste in schools like plastic cups and sachets are exchanged for school supplies like notebooks and pens.

“Mayroon po tayong beneficiary na nabigyan dito sa bayan ng Baliwag regarding po sa eskwelahan, kung ano po iyong nagiging basura sa eskwelahan tulad ng plastic cup iyong mga sachet ng chichiria o mga snack iyon po pinapalit po naming iyon, (We already have school beneficiaries here in Baliwag. They exchange plastic cups, plastic chips or snacks [school supplies]” he said.

In Barangay Makinabang a plastic bottle is equal to a pack of school supplies.

Palit Basura Director Alberto Casanas said this program helps the residents ease their expenses especially during opening of classes.

“Nababawasan at nagagamit sa ibang proyekto ng ating munisipyo, ([waste] is reduced and used in our municipal projects)” he said.

DSWD to assist LGUs hit by STS Maring

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is prepared to assist local government units (LGUs) hit by Severe Tropical Storm ‘Maring’.

Based on the October 12 report, the DSWD still has P1.06 billion stockpiles and standby funds, where more than P133 million is the available standby funds in the DSWD Central Office and its Field Offices (FOs).

The department also added that a total of 381,893 family food packs (FFPs) are prepositioned in strategic locations around the country.

The DSWD reported that, 762 families or 2,536 persons are currently taking temporary shelter in 58 evacuation centers in the said regions.

The Department’s Quick Response Teams in the affected regions remain on alert status to work with concerned LGUs in assisting their constituents. AAC

LGU na inalisan ng poder sa pamamahagi ng ECQ ayuda, ayaw tukuyin ng Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Tumanggi ang Malakanyang na tukuyin kung aling local government unit (LGU) sa Metro Manila ang binanggit ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na hindi umano organisado pagdating sa pamamahagi ng ayuda.

Sa kanyang public address noong Lunes ng gabi, sinabi ng pangulo na nagdesisyon siyang alisan ng poder sa financial aid distribution ang isang LGU sa Metro Manila dahil sa hindi organisado nitong pamamahagi ng ayuda.

Inatasan niya rin ang Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), at Department of National Defense na gampanan ang distribusyon sa nasabing lokalidad.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, hindi niya masasabi kung aling LGU ang tinutukoy ng pangulo dahil wala naman aniya itong binanggit na partikular na pangalan.

“Wala pong pangalan at walang pangalan ng siyudad na nabanggit ang ating Presidente. Bilang tagapagsalita, I cannot add doon sa hindi nilabas ng ating Pangulo,” ani Roque.

“I will have to leave it at that… Hindi po binanggit ng Presidente, it’s not for me to say kung sino po yun,” dagdag pa niya.

Gayunman, naging batayan umano sa pasya ng pangulo ang mga ulat sa isang vaccination site sa lungsod ng Maynila kung saan pumila sa gitna ng ulan at baha ang mga residente para magpabakuna kontra COVID-19.

“Ang reklamo ni presidente, hindi niya mapatupad ang mabuting pagbabakuna. Dalawang larawan po kasi yan, yung pagpila sa baha at matinding ulan ng mga kababayan natin at pangalawa nga po, yung pagkakagulo sa bakunahan. Nakita po natin sa mga larawan yan,” ani Roque.

Simula na sa araw ng Miyerkules, Agosto 11, ang pamamahagi ng ayuda ng pamahalaan para sa mga residenteng higit na apektado ng ipinatutupad na enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) sa Metro Manila.

Ngunit pagtitiyak ng Palasyo, hindi maaapektuhan ang pagbibigay ng ayuda sa mga residente ng tumitinding girian ng kampo ng partikular na LGU at ng administrasyong Duterte.

Ipinauubaya naman ng Malakanyang sa DILG ang posibleng pagsasampa ng pormal na reklamo laban sa lokal na pamahalaang inakusahan ng pangulo ng hindi organisadong pamamahagi ng ayuda. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

DENR calls on sea vessel owners to explain dumping of waste in Manila Bay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will summon the owners of sea vessels that dock at the Navotas Fish Port in Baseco, Manila through the Anti-Pollution Task Force.

The DENR, along with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), conducted an inspection at the Navotas Fish Port on Friday (June 4) to check for metal content, fecal coliform, and grease present in the water.

According to DENR Usec. Benny Antiporda, several sea vessels docked at the Fish Port are dumping waste in Manila Bay.

Antiporda said the department will summon the concerned individuals to explain the issue.

“We will talk to them immediately after this kasi ipasu-summon natin sila sa Anti-Pollution Task Force para magkaroon ng dialogue between sea vessels and the government,” he said.

According to the captain of one of the cargo vessels, Angelito Balitaan, there are instances that they would throw waste in Manila Bay because their vessel does not have a sewage system and they do not have enough funds for sewage repairs.

“Starting na natuto ako nang ganiyan iyan na kinagisnan ko, minana na din iyan wala pang implementation ng mga sewage sewage,” he said.

Meanwhile, the test results of the water samples will be released in a week.  AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)

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