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Naga steps up drive vs air and water solution

By Gerald O. Enguero
Bicol Mail

BIO-CLEANER. Mayor John Bongat, along with DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, Vice Mayor Gabby Bordado, Environment Officer Oscar Orozco and Waste Management Manager Joel Martin (top photo) watch from the riverbanks how a Bio-Cleaner (lower photo), loaned by Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA) for a 3-month demonstration, works to boost the oxygen level of the polluted Naga River. ENRO Photo

This city government’s anti-pollution campaign has taken a more aggressive step with the procurement recently of modern equipment to check air quality and a plan to purchase a bio-reactor to boost the oxygen level of the Naga River at any given time.

City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Oscar Orozco said that based on the 22% increase in air pollutants as recorded during the previous two years by the Air Quality Monitoring Station of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) within the confines of the city, the challenge now is to arrest further pollutant gas emissions into the air space and water.

With its recently-purchased Opacimeter, Orozco said they have stepped up the campaign against smoke-belching vehicles which are the heaviest contributors to air pollution. By inserting the equipment into the exhaust system of the vehicle and other gas-guzzling machines, his office can now determine how much pollutants are thrown into the air.

Orozco reported that as of October this year, out of the 231 vehicles on the road tested, 109 failed which have been warned or penalized under City Ordinance 990-84 that prohibits smoke-belching vehicles from plying the city’s roads and highways.

For water preservation and maintenance, Orozco’s office is strictly enforcing the salient provisions of the Clean Water Act, which, among others, call for higher Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) level in the bodies of water such as the river.

Orozco disclosed that with a Bio-Reactor which was recently loaned by the Cities Development Initiative for Asia (CDIA), they were able to sustain the required oxygen level of the Naga River.

He said that upon testing they found out that the river’s oxygen level ranged from 1.8 milliliter to 2 milliliter which was way below the average required oxygen level of 10 milliliter per liter. This means, Orozco said, that the river was no longer suitable for aquatic life formation, unless remedial measures were done.

With the Bio-Reactor that the city government plans to purchase after three months of actual demonstration, Orozco said, his office was able to increase the oxygen level and water quality of the Naga River where the equipment as part of the process also consumed the organic pollutants found in the river.

Ordinansa sa e-trike nakasunad na sa SP

Bicol Mail

Andam na an Sanggunian Panlungsod kan Ciudad nin Naga na aprovaran an ordinansa na nagtutugot sa operacion kan electric trimobiles (e-trikes), alagad tatawan pa nin panahon sagcod sa Diciembre 9 an sector nin trimobile na magsumiter kan saindang position paper nganing dangogon an saindang iba pang kahurotan antes isunad sa en banc session an ordinansa.

Si Consejal Nelson Legacion padreno kan ordinansa nagsabi na tapos na si proceso sa public hearing asin committee hearing, kun igwa pang masumiter kan saindang position paper matalaan nin ultimong pagdangog sa Diciembre 12.

An Pistton Development and Transport Service Cooperative, Inc. na pinamamayohan ni Rafael Duque nagsabi na saindang huhuroton sa consejo na adalan na marhay antes aprovaran an ordinansa huli ta mismo sinda nagvisita sa Ciudad nin Taguig na kun haen si sangatos na unit kan e-trikes anom na sana si natada sa dahilan kun nararaot dai na makadalagan mientras na mayo na nin supply na fiesa na pueding mababakal sa mercado o compania.

Alagad an consejal nagsabi na nagseseguro an compania na magkakaigwa nin stock nin mga fiesa nganing maging regular an pagkayod kan mga operator.

An Enzolutions Inc. asin Gerweiss Motors Corporation iyo an ma-supply kan electric trimobiles sa ciudad.

Mismo si Presidente Benigno Aquino III, an nagtutulod kan operacion kan e-trike makakahawas pa sa problema sa halangkaw na precio sa producto nin petrolio an operators, daing ribok an makina, asin solucion pa sa naglalangkaw na air pollution.

An bagong trimobile dakulang bagay sa campania kan local na gobierno contra sa air pollution huli ta dai magamit nin gasolina na padagos pa an paglangkaw kan precio.

An City Environment and Natural Resources Office naglansar nin campania contra sa vehiculos na nagbuboga nin maitum na aso na saro sa nakakapalangkaw sa air pollution sa ciudad.

Sa propuestong ordinansa dapat magbugtak nin charging station sa estratihicong lugar an proponente asin dai ma-isyu nin franquicia an consejo sagcod na dai ini nasusunod.

Kabali sa mga padreno kan propuestong ordinansa iyo sinda consejales Esteban Abonal, Jose Tuason, Raoul Rosales, Joaquin Perez asin Alex Nero mientras na suportado man ini ni Alcalde John Bongat.

CSNHS is finest eco-friendly school in the country — DENR

By Mar S. Arguelles
Bicol Mail

The Camarines Sur National High School (CSNHS) based in Naga City is this year’s finest eco-friendly secondary school across the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Monday, Nov. 21.

Behind CSNHS in the nationwide high school level search for eco-friendly schools are the University of San Jose Recoletos – High School in Cebu City (2nd place) and Daniel R. Aquinaldo National High School in Davao City (3rd place).

Joselin Marcus Fragada, DENR regional executive director, lauded the CSNHS for garnering the most coveted top award among regional high schools in the country.

“This should serve as an inspiration among our local academe, to do well and strive harder to pursue a green institution, wherein students are highly aware of their roles in keeping our environment sustainable and protected,” Fragada said.

A second placer in the 2009 search, the CSNHS strived even harder and finally triumphed among the country’s eco-friendly schools by coveting the national championship this year.

Recognized for its sustainable environment-friendly programs, CSNHS was adjudged as Bicol’s most eco-friendly school in school year 2011, having pushed its environmental programs and projects to the fore of the school’s curricula.

The DENR, together with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Smart Communications, identified nine schools for the national championships in the 2011 National Search for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools.

Handing out the awards in simple ceremonies held Wednesday last week, Nov. 16, at SM City North EDSA were DENR Assistant Secretary for Management and Finance Corazon Davis, representing DENR Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje; Smart’s Community Partnerships senior manager Darwin Flores; DepEd’s Nutrition Division head Dr. Juan Araojo Jr.; and CHED Director William Malitao.

In a speech read by Davis, Paje described as “overwhelming” the schools’ response to the call for entries to the competition.

“The contest was launched so that schools will participate more actively in environmental programs. We hope that in doing so, the students will also encourage others to adopt sustainable practices,” Paje said.

The nine national champions were chosen from 45 regional champions representing the elementary, high school and college levels. For the elementary level, Iliranan Elementary School of San Carlos City in Negros Occidental, Kibawe Central School in Kibawe, Bukidnon, and San Mariano Elementary School in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro were proclaimed first, second and third placers, respectively.

In the college level, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas in Cavite, Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa City, and Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City were awarded first, second and third placers, respectively.

The national champions each received plaques of recognition and cash prizes of P50,000 for first place, P40,000 for second place, and P30,000 for third place.

The awarding coincided with the celebration of National Environmental Awareness Month this November, as provided for under Republic Act No. 9512, also known as the National Environmental Awareness and Education Act of 2008.

Now on its second run, the nationwide competition aims to recognize educational institutions from elementary to college levels that have the best sustainable and environment-friendly programs and activities.

The activity is the Philippines’ initiative in support of the ASEAN Environmental Education Action Plan (2008-2012), and the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

Sustainable Development (2005-2014).