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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.

Pilimania’s eco-endurance challenge reels off this Sunday

IN celebration of this year’s 67th Charter anniversary of this Bicol premier city, Pilimania, in collaboration with the City government and other participating groups and stakeholders, will be launching once again the Mt. Isarog Eco-Endurance Challenge Pintakasi sa Kadlagan this Sunday, June 14.

Now on its second year, the event, with its line-up of related activities, is also in celebration of the Philippine Earth Month, World Environment Day and the Naga City’s Environment Week and Arbor Day, Naga First Lady and Pilimania 2015 chair Farah R. Bongat said.

Opening of the race, a trail bike (19km)-plant (200 meters)-trail run (6km), will commence at the Pili Park fronting the Bicol Central Station (CBD II) near SM City Naga with race marshal briefings to start as early as 3:30 am and participants’ check-in. The gun start will be fired off by City Mayor John G. Bongat at 5:00 a.m.