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LGUs, DENR, PIA undertake action-oriented advocacy on climate change in So. Leyte
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 9, 2014, 3:15 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, September 11 (PIA)  --  The advocacy campaign on climate change adaptation here is headed to produce concrete results in terms of waste reduction, especially in the pilot barangay of Asuncion.

This direction developed following an orientation with barangay officials and heads of various sectors within the barangay Monday, September 8, with speakers from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and from the General Services and Disaster Risk Reduction Council of the city government.

Forester Edilberto Alcarde of DENR-CENRO talked about the overall subject on climate change and its ill effects, Benjase Lumen of the City General Services lectured on zero waste management, while Michael Samaco of the CDRRMC briefly took up the integration of risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Asuncion Punong Barangay Narciso Montalbo, Jr. welcomed the selection of his barangay as pioneering site of the activity, saying he had been planning all along on orienting his constituents on the matter.

Since methane in decomposed garbage has been singled out as a great contributor for trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere that can lead to global warming, a project on zero basura at household and purok levels was conceptualized.

Also, a jingle-making contest for youths of the barangay was also introduced as another project that can raise awareness.

The idea on the song-writing and inter-purok zero basura was initially discussed by Servado Acedo of DENR-PENRO, even as details on their mechanics are still being worked out. 

But these contests are scheduled to be launched within this month after a purok-level information drive in the barangays’ seven puroks within this month, with awarding of winners set on November 29 in time for the barangay’s annual fiesta.

The provincial government through its environment management office and the department of agriculture in the city or province will also be tapped to be involved in this undertaking.

Barangay Asuncion is the second largest barangay in the city proper next to barangay Combado..  The seat of the provincial government and the Diocese of Maasin are located there. 

It has a population of about 4,000 people and, at an estimated one-half kilo of thrash per person, the barangay can generate 2,000 kilos of garbage per person per year, according to Benjase Lumen of the city general services.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)


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