Negros Oriental braces for TD Auring

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Gov. Roel Degamo of Negros Oriental still continues to call on the public and the local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMCs) concerned to monitor weather condition in their area of responsibility as the LPA is still expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains in the province.

In a Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment and provincial executive meeting today, the governor briefed the department heads and members of the PDRRMC that advisories have been issued to all DRRMOs to be alert for possible flash floods and landslides in their respective areas.

Gov. Degamo asked each department such as PSWDO to be ready all stockpiled food items for would be victims, the PEO, IPHO among others to be on standby.

In any eventuality, Degamo’s concern is to achieve zero casualty when ‘Auring” intensified its movements as the province is still under TCWS No. 1 then.

Meantime, the Department of Social Welfare and Development-Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) reported completion of all necessary preparations of food and non-food commodities to be used in possible disaster response operations in the region.

A total of 14,194 family food packs are now available at the office’s regional warehouses in the cities of Dumaguete and Bacolod and at the LGU warehouses in the cities of Bayawan, Bago, and La Carlota and the municipality of Mabinay.

These LGU warehouses serve as strategic launching points for the distribution of pre-positioned family food packs that may be needed by LGUs within their respective clusters.

OIC-Regional Director, Shalaine Marie Lucero disclosed today that DSWD Central Office has assured the availability of standby funds that can be used to purchase additional commodities if needed.

Lucero advised LGUs to immediately inform her office of any need for augmentation through the agency’s City/Municipality Action Teams.

The Quick Response Team (QRT) of the Field Office and in the two provinces have been activated to monitor the preparedness of the LGUs, to determine the number and assist the LGUs in the distribution of assistance to families and communities that might be affected by TD Auring. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA Website on Jan. 10, 2017)

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Bidding for new city dump trucks to start first quarter of 2017

By Roi Lomotan

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – The City Government of Dumaguete is set to begin the public bidding for two new garbage compacters and four new dump trucks on the first quarter of 2017 in response to alleged frequent breakdown of units from the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (ENRO).

Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Remollo believes that the purchase of the new equipment will ensure efficient garbage collection within the next years.

Remollo appealed to barangay officials and residents of the city to wait until the procurement process is completed in strict adherence to all applicable laws and regulations by the Commission on Audit (COA).

“It is the policy of my administration to consult the Commission on Audit, seek the auditors’ guidance and clearance in all transactions and expenditures of public funds to avoid incurring Notice of Disallowances,” Remollo said.

On the other hand, the city government has also adopted a new scheme which maximized the use of other trucks from other departments while adjusting the collection tome schedule to avoid escalating the traffic congestion in the downtown area.

While the law cites that it is the primary role of the barangays to segregate, collect and dispose garbage within their jurisdictions, the city government will do its best to assist in order to keep the city clean and green, said City Public Information Officer Dems Demecillo. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from Dumaguete City PIO/This article was first published at PIA Website on Dec. 23, 2016)

EDC marks 1st anniversary of ‘10M in 10’ at Silliman University

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

NEGROS ORIENTAL, (PIA) – The Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and its 89 partner-institutions planted a Red Lauan tree (Shorea negrosensis) last December 12 in Silliman University for its one million tree to mark the first anniversary of the ‘10 million trees  in 10 years’ for a Greener Negros movement.

According to EDC Corporate Communications Officer Frances Ariola the planting of the Red Lauan is a fitting and significant way of commemorating 10M in 10’s first anniversary since the tree species’ name – negrosensis, was taken from the name Negros.

The specimen on which this species was described was first collected in Negros Island and it is endemic in the Philippines, said Ariola.

Moreover, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species has identified it as a critically endangered tree.

Belonging to the IUCN’s highest risk category means that this species is facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

“We are thankful to our 89 partners who all worked to meet our target of planting 1 million trees on the first year,” said EDC’s geothermal business unit head for Negros Island Jay Joel Soriano.  “The success of the movement lies on everyone’s cooperation.”

Today’s event caps 10M in 10’s series of events which started with the first Negros Island Positive Energy Battle of the Brains on October 10 and a series of tree planting events with its various partners.

The movement was initiated by EDC in 2015 to expand its BINHI greening legacy program in the region.

As the only private company in the country that has identified and rescued 96 of our country’s endangered premium and indigenous tree species through its BINHI Tree for the Future program, EDC led other organizations from different sectors in this ambitious movement to restore the Negros Island’s forests.

This initiative goes well beyond its need to plant and grow trees to recharge the geothermal reservoir and continuously supply clean, renewable power to the Visayas region.

“We are doing this because it is the right thing to do,” explained Soriano.

He invited other environmentalists to be a part of the movement as well.  “We need more like-minded individuals and organizations to join us in greening Negros Island.”

The event is led by Soriano, the environmental ecologist and Professor of Wildlife Biology from the University of the Philippines’ Institute of Biology Dr. Perry S. Ong; 10M in 10’s Executive Director, Ms. Myrissa Tabao; Venture for Fundraising, Inc.; officials of Silliman University; and the Negros Oriental Association of Corp Commanders.

EDC is the country’s leading producer of geothermal energy and a multi-awarded Filipino company in the areas of geothermal development, environmental excellence, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Dec. 12, 2016)