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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.

LGU Naga’s ASBU undergoes training on roadside inspection

ARREST THE SMOKE BELCHERS

By Jason B. Neola

NAGA CITY — Members of the anti-smoke belching unit (ASBU) of the local government unit here have recently completed a 4-day training/workshop that would arm them with effective knowledge and skills in managing a roadside inspection of motor vehicles that churn out smoke beyond the limits set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The training includes Bantay-Tambutso, one of the three subprograms (Bantay Tsimineya and Bantay Sunog-Basura) of the DENR’s Linis Hangin program, which is intended to sustain better air quality to protect the environment and the disastrous effects of climate change.

Led by City ENRO Chief Oscar Orozco, the team was also reoriented in handling roadside inspection of motor vehicles as deputized agents of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) which is tasked to check, apprehend and penalize smoke-belching automobiles.