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Brgy-based strategies to preserve Mt. Isarog protected areas mulled

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — The Mt. Isarog Guardians (MIGs) commissioned by the city government here to preserve the flora and fauna at Mt. Isarog Natural Park (MINP) came together to draw up plans that will spare the highland from poaching and treasure hunting.

One way to do it is to provide offenders and would-be offenders with livelihood opportunities.

The idea came up during presentations in a workshop by 42 forest protectors which include barangay officials and barangay tanod (watchmen) whose villages are within the coverage of the protected areas of this city and the neighboring town of Calabanga.

SWMO intensifies post-fiesta garbage collection

By Jason B. Neola

THE recently-concluded Peñafrancia fiesta here has left the city’s Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) with the gargantuan task of collecting 300 to 350 tons of garbage, which is approximately 71% higher than the volume of garbage collected on normal days.

The huge volume prompted the SWMO to increase the frequency of garbage collection and deploy more garbage trucks from 5 to 8 units.

SWMO’s intensified garbage collection and disposal began on September 16 when the influx of pilgrims and visitors started to come in and the volume of garbage began increased from 94 tons to 150 tons per day. The figure quickly rose to 170 tons on the following day.

  • September 24th 2015
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Workshop on new platform for DRRM set in Naga

Laguerta, Padua are Speakers

CHIEF Volcanologist Ed Laguerta and Senior Typhoon Specialist Mike Padua will be the top presentors when the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD) Philippines, in partnership with the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), holds a workshop forum here under the theme: “Towards a new platform for reducing risk, raising resilience.”

The workshop forum will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday (September 10), at Regent Hotel, in this city.

A-PAD is a transnational disaster aid alliance that works to facilitate cooperation and understanding between governments, private companies, and NGOs in the Asia Pacific Region. It is currently organizing its local counterpart in the country and the forum is part of the overall initiative of creating a national platform where various collaborations could be forged for disaster management initiatives, Edgar A. Ramores, A-PAD’s regional coordinator for Luzon explained. Ramores will also join Laguerta and Padua in presenting the disaster risk situation in the Bicol Region.