Emergency Command Center. Senator Bong Go, in a simple ceremony at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Thursday handed over to Baguio City Officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go the P200 million cheque fro President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the establishment of an Emergency Command Center patterned to the 911 On Call system of Davao City. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Cordillera Model OFW Families. Land-based OFW Angelina Calaowa (6th from left - back row) joined by husband and family members on her left side and Sea - based OFW Alfonso Maico (7th from left - back row) with his wife and family in a photo opportunity during the OWWA - CAR led 2019 MOFYA regional awarding ceremony. Joining them at front row are OWWA - CAR Director Manuela Peña (2nd from right) and members of the MOFYA Regional Search and Screening Committee. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Independent PNP Internal Affairs. Regional Internal Affairs Service Advisory Council chairperson Atty. Alan Antonio Mazo (2nd from left) with council members Leonarda Aguinalde (middle) of the academe, Rachelle Ann Velilia (4th from left) of the youth sector and PIA - CAR Director Helen Tibaldo (government sector) presents the council resolution calling for the independence of the IAS from the PNP and supporting a House Bill filed by Davao Rep. Jericho Nograles for its transfer to DILG. Joining them, in the Kapihan media forum at PIA Cordillera office is RIAS - CAR Deputy Regional Director P/Lt. Col. Marcial Paclibon (left). (Lito Dar/PIA CAR

Baguio visitors enjoying the Snow Fall at Baguio Country Club's Christmas Village that formally opened last Saturday, Oct. 26. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Newly Refurbished. DepED OIC Director for Bureau of Learning Service Atty. Mark Bragado (left) with Baguio Teachers Camp Superintendent Dr. Diosdado Medina leads the ribbon cutting and blessing of the camp's administration building and other renovated/rehabilitated buildings inside Teachers Camp, Thursday, that include the Albert, Qurino, Rohas and Carlos P. Romulo Halls for better service to the Education Department's functions and to other clients. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Senior Citizens' Affairs. DSWD - CAR Asst. Regional Director for Operations Amelyn Cabrera (right) administer the oath taking of the newly elected officers of the Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines that include Alfred Anod (President), David Asencio (Vice President), Edita Ibarra (Secretary) and Rufino Dolipas (Treasurer) during the 2nd semester consultation dialogue for Regional Inter - Agency Committee on Senior Citizen/Regional Monitoring Board and RFSCAP at Eurotel Baguio City, Thursday. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

Malasakit Center. Senator Bong Go, in a simple ceremony Thursday, handed over to Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Director Ricardo Ruñez the P5 million check from the office of the President for the initial operations of the BGHMC Malasakit Center, the 50th of its kind all over the country. Go also pledges another P5 million for emergency health assistance for indigent patients. Witness during the ceremony were Baguio officials headed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong and Congressman Mark Go and Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas. (Lito Dar/PIA CAR)

DENR working to ensure fish kill won’t affect Manila Bay rehab-Cimatu

QUEZON CITY, Oct. 18 (PIA)--The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has assured that appropriate measures will be undertaken to make sure the recent fish kill in the Las Piñas-Paranaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) will not affect the ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Manila Bay.

 

In a statement, DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu said the agency is “looking deeply” into the cause of the fish kill in the protected wetland area situated within the Manila Bay region.

“The DENR is now gathering more information on the extent and the cause of the fish kill in LPPWP,” the environment chief said.

Cimatu said the Environmental Management Bureau-National Capital Region (EMB-NCR) had already conducted tests in LPPWP for several key water quality indicators.

He said the results are being fast tracked “to enable us to determine what measures to undertake to mitigate adverse impacts over other marine life in the area.”

“We are also doing this because we want to make sure that the fish kill incident will not cause any delay to the ongoing Manila Bay rehabilitation efforts,” Cimatu added.

DENR-NCR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline Caancan said the water test results will be out “in the next few days.”

The results, she said, would complement studies being done by experts from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of the Department of Agriculture and the city governments of Las Piñas and Paranaque.

“While agriculturists initially assessed that the state of some of the fishes indicate dynamite fishing, our parameter tests on the water quality in the area could pinpoint other factors that may have contributed to the fish kill,” Caancan said.

The DENR-EMB tested the LPPWP waters for dissolved oxygen, pH level, nitrates, phosphates, fecal coliform and cyanide. The results could show whether the fish died through toxic means, or through oxygen saturation that is determined by the level of dissolved oxygen in the water, which is essential to sustain aquatic life.

As of the morning of October 11, personnel from the DENR, the local governments of Las Piñas and Paranaque, and the so-called “bakawan warriors” assigned to LPPWP had already cleared the shore of dead fish, which was causing a heavy stench in the area.

They were able to gather more than 200 sacks and over 5,000 kilograms of different marine species, such as fish, shrimps and crabs.

“The cleanup was necessary to reduce hazards to both human and environmental health,” Caancan said. “We must remove the dead fish before the tide brings them back to the sea and further affect the water quality in the area.”

Pending the results of the water tests, Caancan advised the public against bathing in the area to avoid ingesting through the skin or by accidental swallowing of chemicals which may be present in the water.

Cyanide, one of the test parameters, could cause headache, rapid heart rate, dizziness and vomiting when ingested in small amounts. Exposure to larger amounts could result in loss of consciousness, lung injury, birth defects when exposed during pregnancy, and respiratory failure that could lead to death.

The public is also advised to heed announcements from health officials on the safety of consuming fish gathered from the fish kill.

Around noontime on October 9, residents near the LPPWP saw a portion of the waters surrounding the wetland turning “milky white” in color. Fish then gradually appeared along the shore, with some displaying an erratic “jumping” behavior.

The large fish kill appeared the next morning, with tons of various marine species crowded along a half-kilometer stretch of LPPWP’s Long Island, and about half-ton spread out over Freedom Island.

Personnel from the EMB-NCR, BFAR, Philippine National Police-Maritime Group and the Las Piñas and Paranaque agriculture and environment offices immediately conducted an on-site inspection, identifying at least 33 marine species, including tilapia, talakitok, sapsap, lapu-lapu, eel, malakapas, crabs and shrimp.

In 2013, the LPPWP, formerly known as the Las Piñas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, was recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention because of the critical role it plays in the survival of various migratory bird species.

LPPWP is one of only two protected areas in the highly urbanized Metro Manila, the other being the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center in Quezon City. (PIA-NCR/DENR)

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Baguio

  • Malasakit Center for indigent patients now open at BGHMC

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 12 (PIA) - - Emergency medical assistance for indigent patients is now available at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) with the opening of the government’s 50th Malasakit Center here   on November 7.

  • Baguio crime rate drops by 5 percent this year

    BAGUIO CITY  – The Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) reported the crime rate in the city continues to decrease following the implementation of various programs, projects and interventions by the city police force to sustain the peace and order situation that has placed the country’s Summer Capital’s one of the peaceful cities not only in the country but also in the Southwest Asian region over the past years.

  • 2 Baguio schools get new buildings

    BAGUIO CITY  – The Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and \industry (FFCCCI) and the Baguio Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BFCCCI) formally turned two newly constructed schoolbuildings over to the concerned stakeholders of two public schools in the different parts of the city to help provide additional classrooms for the increasing student population in the said schools.

  • Olowan reports on 100-day council accomplishment

    BAGUIO CITY  – The city legislative body is headed towards the right direction in the legislating appropriate measures in support of the administration’s 15-point collective agenda.

  • DPWH asks for public understanding as Marcos Highway reblocking starts

    BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 7(PIA) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways – Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) appeals for public understanding on the expected traffic build up with the rehabilitation of the two sections of Marcos Highway.

Benguet

  • DILG holds constitutional reform roadshow in Benguet

    DILG - CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan(l) and resource speakers Atty. Lawrence Wacnang and Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr. with PIA Information officer Joseph Zambrano(R) during the media briefing that opened the "Balangayan" Constitutional Reform roadshow. (CCD/PIA CAR)

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 15 (PIA) - - The Department of the Interior and Local Government(DILG) brought  the government’s agenda of amending the 1987 Constitution towards development and progress of the country and the Filipino people thru  the constitutional reform provincial roadshow dubbed as “Balangayan 2019” at the Benguet Sports Complex here on Tuesday.

    Local government units and barangay officials from the 13 municipalities of the province, regional line agency and several community/civil society organization representatives attended the forum which had former Kalinga Congressman Lawrence Wacnang and constitutional reform speaker’s bureau member Professor Alfredo Sureta Jr. as resource speakers.

    DILG – CAR Regional Director Marlo Iringan said Balangayan is a provincial roadshow that DILG has been spearheading in the different parts of the country to provide more public awareness on the importance of the constitutional reforms and to provide a venue to talk about developmental issues and concerns of local communities.  It also aims to have a public dialogue and consultation on constitutional reforms that need to speed up progress for the nation.

  • Mankayan town embraces land banking for future use

    MANKAYAN, Benguet  – The municipal government embraced land banking as one of its main thrust that will allow the realization of the programmed expansion and future development projects that will move the municipality to greater heights.

  • Closure of Kennon road faces stiff opposition

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet  – The tremendous opposition to the proposed closure of the scenic and historic Kennon road to vehicular traffic for at least three years continues to snowball as the provincial board is on the verge of passing a resolution against the said plan.

  • DPWH-SBDEO officials charged for grave abuse of authority

    BUGUIAS, Benguet  – Some officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways – Second Benguet District Engineering Office (DPWH-SBDEO) were charged before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged awarding a multi-million public works infrastructure project amounting to P56.7 million amidst defects in the contractor’s previous projects in violation of pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) 9184 or the Government Procurement Act.

  • Benguet Adivay Festival 2019 opens

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Nov. 7(PIA) -- Gong beating and blowing of bamboo horns signaled the opening of Benguet’s 119th Foundation Anniversary celebration thru the Adivay Festival 2019 on Wednesday (Nov. 6).

Mt. Province

  • 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.

  • Sagada LGU bans entry of live pigs, pork meat and products

    SAGADA, Mountain Province, Oct. 25 (PIA)-- The entry of live pigs, pork meat and pork products is banned in this town to ensure that it remains free from the African Swine Fever (ASF).

  • Mt. Province among high complying LGUs in road clearing operations

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct. 25(PIA)--  The ten   municipal  government  units  in the province  have   diligently implemented the   presidential directive to clear all public  roads  in their jurisdictions  of obstructions  making  Mountain Province   among the high complying provinces  nationwide  based on the assessment released by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

  • DOH-CAR starts feeding program for undernourished kids,pregnant women

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Sept. 26 (PIA) -- The Department of Health Center of Health Development (DOH-CHD) Cordillera under its Nutrition Program started a feeding program for nutritionally-at-risk pregnant women and undernourished under-five children in nine barangays in this town.

IFUGAO

  • Ifugao students trained on basic life support

    HINGYON, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - - Government agencies here are continuously providing enhancement training to students to be disaster first responders in the community to prevent the loss of lives and properties.

  • A. Lista stude tops 1st PhilHealth quiz bee in Ifugao

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 13 (PIA) - -  A student from Alfonso Lista topped  the “First PhilHealth National Quiz Bee”   conducted by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in partnership with the Department of Education  in the province.

  • Ifugao PPOC,PDAC declare NPAs persona non-grata

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Nov. 8 (PIA) - - The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Council (PADAC)  passed a joint resolution declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF)  and other threat groups as persona non-grata.

  • Senior citizens urged to stay healthy, productive

    TINOC, Ifugao, Oct. 31(PIA) - - “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.  Do not regret growing older, it’s a privilege denied to many. Age is not a matter of mind, and if you don’t mind, it does not matter.”

  • Ifugao PDRRMC reorganized

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, Oct.30 (PIA) - - Governor Jerry Dalipog has   re-organized and expanded the membership of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) to help sustain the gains of partnership with and among public and private sectors in building disaster resilience, institutionalizing arrangement and measures for reducing the risks of disasters including the projected climate risks and enhance disaster preparedness and response capabilities at all levels.

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