AmAmong. Healthier Philippines. DOH USECs Myrna Cabotaje (2nd from left) and Mario Villaverde (3rd from left) with DOH - CAR OIC Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan (left) and Philhealth Regional VP Jerry Ibay (right), answers questions on the Universal Health Care Law and the Fourmula 1 Plus of the Health Department that aims to ensure better health outcomes, more responsive health system and equitable health care financing for all Filipinos. The open forum is part of the DOH - CAR led 2019 Am - Among for Health Plus,

Best DRRM implementer. Officials of the University of the Cordilleras receiving their Gawad Kalasag award - Best DRRM Higher Education Institution from the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council headed by chairperson Albert Mogol. UC will join five other regional winners for the 2019 National GK tilt. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Senior Citizen Booklet. DOH - CAR Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan and PhilHealth Regional VP Jerry Ibay led the launching of the Senior Citizen Booklet and the MOA signing with City Health Office and Senior Citizen Federation for its pilot testing in Baguio City. The booklet, launched at 2019 Am - Among for Health Plus, a regional health forum for Cordillera stakeholders held at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio City Dec. 5, aims to ensure that discounts and other related benefits for senior citizens are properly documented and recorded. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Gawad Kalasag. The educational institution finalists in the 2019 Cordillera Gawad Kalasag in a photo opportunity with members of the Cordillera Regional DRRM Council headed by chairperson and OCD RD Albert Mogol. Top regional GK school awardees are the University of the Cordilleras for HEI category, Manabo Abra National HS for public high school, Mt. Data Elementary School for Public ES and Epiphany Christian Academy of La Trinidad Benguet for Private ES. They will join the Mountain Province Provincial DRRM Council and La Trinidad Benguet Municipal DRRM Council for the National Gawad Kalasag Search. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

HIV/AIDS Awareness. Members of the Baguio Association of Bars and Entertainers Society (BABES) join the Walk for HIV during the AIDS Watch Council led observance of World AIDS Day in Baguio Friday (December 6). This year's WAD observance adopts the theme,

Best DRRM Council. La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda leads other officials and members of the DRRM Council of the municipality in receiving their award as the Best DRRM Council for 1st to 3rd class Municipalities category during the 2019 Gawad Kalasag Regional Awarding at Crown Legacy hotel last Nov. 29. La Trinidad will join 5 other Cordillera GK awardees in the national tilt. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Residents urged to compost own biodegradable wastes

BAGUIO CITY, July 9 (PIA) --  Biodegradable wastes will be collected by the city government with the lifting of the closure of the Irisan dumpsite, however, city  residents  should learn to segregate and  compost their own biodegradable wastes at their households to lessen the wastes being  accumulated.  

Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced during his second day of office that the temporary closure order of the Irisan dumpsite facility which houses the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) was lifted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Cordillera Regional Office.

The city though has to comply with certain conditions that include all accumulated stored mixed waste materials or raw compost mixed with plastics are hauled out of the area; that all equipment or machines to be used in converting raw compost into organic fertilizers are installed and operationalized; that only biodegradable wastes are collected in the area; and that no residual waste is stored in the area. All of these shall be complied with not later than July 31, 2019.

Moreover, the conversion of the Irisan dumpsite into an environmentally-friendly eco-park should also be finished not later than December 31, 2019.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong presides a meeting with the department heads, barangay officials of Irisan and Asin and other stakeholders at the Irisan dumpsite ERS facility on his second day in office.( RMC- PIA CAR) 

The Court of Appeals ruling dated August 10, 2012 ordered the closure of the Irisan dumpsite following a   trash slide in August 2011 that killed five people. The dumpsite was then  used to process biodegradable waste out of the city’s daily trash.

Last  June 26, the DENR  issued a temporary closure order to the City LGU for its failure to implement  the transformation and establishment of an environment-friendly eco-park at the Irisan dumpsite area, and the stoppage of all activities which may hamper, defeat or contradict such.

On the city LGU’s failure  to convert and establish the area of the Irisan dumpsite into an eco-park, General Services Office(GSO) head Eugene Buyucan explained that  the  Irisan Dumpsite Eco-Park Development Plan has been submitted to the Court of Appeals on April 24, 2019. Funding, amounting to P10, 000,000 has been allocated by the City Government of Baguio for the implementation of such. However, the plans could not be immediately push through due to accumulated raw compost in the area and the fact that the soil therein is loose. It has to be made sure that the soil is stable before the plan for an ecological park in the area is implemented.

The DENR-CAR issued relief of the TRO effective July 1, 2019 in view of the city government’s word to comply with the Court of Appeals ruling.

Magalong said that the city government thru the GSO will continue to collect biodegradable wastes from the households including the central business district and the market area to ensure the cleanliness of the city.

He called on the people of Baguio to learn to segregate and learn to compost their own biodegradable wastes at their households to lessen the wastes being collected and processed by the ERS machines in Irisan. “People should learn to segregate and the composting process, dapat matuto na din ang mga tao,” Magalong said.

Baguio City generates 50 metric tons of biodegradable waste in a day, a waste assessment and characterization survey showed.  According to the new contractor of the ERS machines, the Rapport Innovations, about 30,000 metric tons of biodegradable waste   had accumulated at the decommissioned Irisan dump site since the facility stopped operating. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)

By Redjie Melvic M. Cawis

 

Baguio

Benguet

  • Benguet people donate vegetables, non-food items to Apayao

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Dec. 6(PIA) -- Benguet farmers and other stakeholders of the La Trinidad Trading Post donated tons of vegetables and other non-food items to disaster- affected province of Apayao.

  • Salda intervenes in HEDCOR, landowners rift

    La Trinidad, Benguet– The timely intervention of Mayor Romeo K. Salda defused the brewing tension between the management of the Aboitiz-owned Hydroelectric Development Corporation (HEDCOR), Inc. and more than twenty landowners that nearly caused the stoppage of operation of the company’s 19-megawatt Bineng Hydroelectric Power Plant that was recently commissioned.

  • Benguet ‘avang’ sustains ritual ties to swine trade

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — Burly men representing the 13 towns of Benguet province threw themselves into a giant pig pen on Saturday (Nov. 23) to catch the biggest hogs, called “avang” by Ibaloys and “depap” by Kankana-eys, during the 119th Benguet Foundation Day celebration here.

  • Benguet officials appeal on Kennon Road closure

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.21 (PIA) - - The members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan met recently with the members of the Kennon Road Task Force to raise the concerns  of the provincial, municipal and barangay officials including the affected residents on the closure of the Kennon Road.

  • DSWD-CAR holds caravan in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov.19 (PIA) - - The Department of Social Welfare and Development in the region  held a caravan advocating their programs, projects and services to the provincial government and creating a venue to showcase their accomplishments together with their partners in the government and the civil society organizations(CSOs).

Mt. Province

  • Solar-powered rice insect trap leads winners in RICE 2019

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 22 (PIA) - - A solar-powered light trap for rice insect created by three students from Camalog National High School of Pinukpuk, Kalinga wins the SIBOL Award – Student Creative Research for High School category of the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) held  on November 19 – 20 here.

  • DOST brings Reg’l S&T roadshow to the people of Mt. Province

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Nov. 21 (PIA) - - In line with its  goal of bringing science for the people, the Department of Science and Technology(DOST),  holds the annual Regional S&T Week here that generally aims to promote science, technology and innovation as a driver of development especially in the countryside.

  • Besao LGU confiscates frozen pork products

    BESAO, Mountain Province, Nov. 22(PIA) -- The local government here showed that it is serious in implementing the provincial ban on the entry of live swine/pigs, fresh and frozen pork, and pork products into the province to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • Mountain Province share national accounting awards limelight

    BONTOC, Mountain Province – The provincial government and three municipal governments stole the limelight in the recently concluded annual gathering of the Association of Government Certified Public Accountants of the Philippines as the same were adjudged for having the best accounting offices in their categories.

  • Consumers learn about sustainable consumption

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 29 (PIA)--Consumers in the province learned about sustainable consumption in a live kapihan among Consumernet-member agencies led by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in coordination with Radyo Pilipinas in celebration of Consumer Welfare Month.

IFUGAO

  • DILG-Ifugao conducts constitutional reform roadshow

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Dec. 5(PIA)- -The Department of Interior  and Local Government (DILG) provincial office  province conducted  Constitutional reform provincial roadshow at the Ifugao State University (IFSU)-Lagawe Campus open gym here on  December 2.

  • SNAP-Magat cites host communities

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Dec. 6 (PIA) - - Host communities of SN Aboitiz Power – Magat (SNAP-Magat) in the province were cited  for the support toward the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs particularly for their conformance to the CSR 2.0 principles, activity engagement and exemplary watershed management. 

  • New Ifugao Gen. Hospital eyed to operate next year

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Dec. 6(PIA)- - The new Ifugao General Hospital (IGH) is  eyed to start operation next year.

  • IPPO credits drop in crime volume to community support, police

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Nov. 29 (PIA) - - Support of the community and dedication of police personnel in performing their mandates are among the reasons why the crime volume of the province dropped by eight percent, the director of the Ifugao Provincial Police Office (IPPO) said.

  • PFT-ELCAC delivers services to priority barangays

    LAMUT, Ifugao, Nov. 29 (PIA) - - Some member agencies of the Provincial Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (PTF-ELCAC) delivered services to identified barangays of the province.

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