The Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) will build a Residual Containment Area (RCA) with Septic Vault as an additional facility to the existing Health Care Waste Treatment Facility (HCWTF) of the province located at the Integrated Provincial Environment Management Center (IPEMC) in Tinongcop, Tantangan. Environment Management Specialist I Jobie de Jesus, disclosed in an interview that the RCA will house residual wastes while the septic vault will store the treated infectious hospital wastes generated by health care providers. “The RCA with Septic Vault will be constructed adjacent to the HCWTF so that it will be accessible to the residual and treated wastes which will be stored in the facility,” de Jesus added. PEMO expects the facility, with a P 1 million project cost, to be finished by next year after the lay-out was conducted by the contractor early this week. The HCWTF, which houses the pyro-clave that treats the infectious wastes, have been operational since September 2016.
Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes yesterday led the yearend meeting of the Provincial Development Council (PDC), the province’s highest planning and policy-making body, that was hosted by LGU Polomolok. The highlight of the whole day activity was the presentation of the result of the Naci Dike Assessment presented by Engr. Jessie Manuta, Naci Dike Assessment Team together with his companions from Ateneo De Davao University (ADDU), with their findings and recommendations out from the study endorsed by ADDU to the body. PDC’s 5 Sectoral Committees composed of Infrastructure Development, Economic Development, Environment-Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Change Adaptation Development, Institutional Development and Social Development, and 2 Functional Committees composed of Provincial Multi-partite Monitoring Team on Land Use and Environment Policies Implementation Committee (PMMT-LEPIC) and Provincial Project Monitoring Committee also rendered their respective year-end update. Resolutions endorsed by the respective committee to PDC were likewise approved by the body. Prior to the meeting proper, Mayor Honey Lumayag – Matti presented development updates happening right now in her municipality and her priority programs for next year which are education, health and peace and order. First District Board Member Eamon Gabriel Matti, the better half of Mayor Matti, also attended the meeting, together with members coming from LGUs and NGOs and provincial department heads.
Hundreds of environmentalists, planners and stakeholders are expected to join the National Convention on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction which officially starts today until December 8 at Sofitel, Philippine Plaza, Pasay City. Climate Change Commission, the primary sponsor of the convention led by Secretary Emmanuel de Guzman disclosed that the convention serves as a multi-stakeholder platform for knowledge exchange and cooperation on climate action and disaster risk reduction interventions as well as a venue for peer-to-peer learning exchanges on best practices. The thematic sessions of the 3-day convention include Disasters, Climate Change, and Sustainable Development Nexus; Linking Science, Policy and Practice; Mobilizing Resources for Low-Carbon, Climate-Resilient Development; and, Preparing for the “Big Ones” The national convention aims to gather key stakeholders and development practitioners, including government officials, particularly focal persons for climate change and adaptation and disaster reduction, and the planning and finance officers. South Cotabato will send a delegation composed of representatives from the Provincial Environment Management Office, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Provincial Agriculture Office and Provincial Planning and Development Office.
The Yearend Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting slated on December 12 and hosted by the municipality of Polomolok will tackle the result of the Naci Dike Assessment and updates from PDC Sectoral and Functional Committees, the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) said. PDC members led by Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes, PDC Chair, will listen to the presentation of Manuel Manuta, Naci Dike Assessment Team Leader, as part of the highlight of the meeting. Prior to the presentation, the different sectoral and functional committees will present their respective report for possible endorsements from the council. PDC sectoral committees are Infrastructure Development Committee, Economic Development Committee, Environment/ DRR-CCA Development Committee, Institutional Development Committee and Social Development Committee, while the functional committees are Provincial Multi-Partite Monitoring Team on Land Use and Environmental Policies Implementation and Compliance (PMMT-LEPIC) and provincial Project Monitoring Committee. Host Polomolok led by Mayor Honey Lumayag – Matti will likewise give development updates about her municipality as first part of the agenda. The Provincial Development Council (PDC) is the highest planning and policy-making body of the province that defines the direction of the provincial government.
Personnel manning the operations and management of the province’s Health Care Waste Treatment Facility (HCWTF) located within the Integrated provincial Environment management Center (IPEMC) at Tinongcop, Tantangan have undergone a 3-day technical capacitation training recently. Sponsored by RAD Green Solutions Inc., a Davao City-based company that supplied the pyro-clave system of the HCWTF, the participants were subjected to series of lectures and hands-on training by resource speakers from the company. Topics of the technical training include Proper Handling and Management of Hospital Infectious Wastes, Preparation of Emergency Plan during Spills and Emergency-related Events, Trouble-shooting of Pyro-clave Machine and Hands-on on Troubleshooting the Pyro-clave Machine. The HCWTF was established at the IPEMC on September 2016 to cater th treatment of infectious wastes generated by health care providers such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories and related providers in the province. It operates from Monday to Saturday and manned by 7 personnel.
55 small-scale miners (SSM), composed of tunnel workers and ball mill operators, underwent a one-day training on safety and health recently at the Minahang Bayan Center located in the mining town of T’boli. The said capacity-building seminar entitled “Training on Safety & Health in the Underground and Cyanidation Plant” was sponsored by the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO). Different topics were discussed by the discussants among the trainees during the morning session which were the following: Proper Tunneling and Tips on Monitoring of Tunnels – Lawrence Estana (PEMO Program Assistant); National Laws and Provincial Ordinances – Atty. Marnito Cosep (PEMO – Legal Desk Officer); Policies and Executive Orders – Nencita Acain, Supervising Environment Management Specialist (PEMO – Mines & Geo-Sciences Management Division). Likewise in the afternoon, the topic and discussant was Safety & Health in the Underground and Cyanidation Plant with Aizah Lopez, Trainee Engineer of DENR – MGB 12. Prior to the closing by PLLENRO President Engr. Julian Asion, T’boli MENRO, an Open Forum was conducted. …
South Cotabato’s Sand, Gravel and Mining (SGM) tax collection from January to October this year now totaled P16,991,073.57, the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) reported. The 10-month collection, based on PEMO records, is now nearing its 2016 SGM tax collection of P18,743,092.83, the highest since the creation of the office in 2007. Its October SGM tax collection contributed P2,122,570.00, one of the highest monthly tax collection for this year. The provincial share for the 10--month collection now has a total of P6,665,329.83. PEMO also noted that the SGM monthly average tax collection is now P1,699,107.357, which is far higher than last year’s monthly average of P1,561,924.40 only. Provincial Imposition include Sand and Gravel, Mining Tax, Small-Scale Mining Fee, Ore Transport Fee, Occupational Mining Tax, Verification Fee (Sand and Gravel), Filing Fee, Governor’s Permit Fee, Processing Fee, Fines/Penalties/Surcharges, Miscellaneous/Delivery Receipts and imposition based on PD 1856.
Marbel 1 Central Elementary School of Koronadal City and Colongulo National High School of Surallah bested other schools in their respective category as they emerged as champions in the 2017 Search for Model Schools in Solid Waste Management, an annual contest of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO). It was a sweet victory for Marbel 1 CES as they also garnered 5 Special Awards as Best in IEC, Best in Documentation, Best in Recycling, Best in Composting and Best YES-O Implementer. The school received P60,000 as over-all winner and another P30,000 for the 5 special awards with P6,000 each as cash incentive. Meanwhile Colongulo National High School, which was last year’s champion, also received P60,000 as over-all winner and P12,000 Special Award cash incentives as Best in Community Participation and Best in Organic Garden. Other winners in the elementary category were as follow: 2nd Place – Lugan CES (T’boli) – P40,000; 3rd Place – Polomolok CES (Polomolok) – P30,000; 4th Place – Talahik ES (Surallah) – P15,000; 5th Place – New Iloilo ES (Tantangan) – P10,000; Consolation Prize (P6,000 each) – Belaza Castromayor Community Elementary School (Tupi), Tampakan Central Elementary School (Tampakan), Guinsang-an Elementary School (Sto. Nino), Banga Central Elementary School (Banga). Talahik ES won as Best in Organic Garden and Polomolok CES as Best in Community Participationther in the special awards with P6,000 each cash incentive in the elementary category. In the high school category, the other winners were Sto. Nino NHS, Sto. Nino (2nd Place – P40,000), Poblacion Polomolok NHS, Pol;omolok (3rd Place – P30,000), Marbel 7 NHS, Koronadal City (4th Place – P15,000); Cebuano NHS, Tupi (5th Place – P10,000); Consolation Prize (P6,000 each) – Norala NHS, Norala; Dumadalig IS, Tantangan; Lake [...]
Winners of the 3 contests conducted in the town of Lake Sebu sponsored by the Provincial Environment Management Office – Forest & Inland Water Management Division (PEMO-FIWMD) were awarded their respective cash incentives during South Cotabato Environment Summit cum Ecology Day held on November 22 at KCC Activity Center, City of Koronadal. The contests were the Search for Cleanest and Greenest Household, Best Maintained Area and Search for Best Agro-Forestry Farm which were conducted in 2 evaluation periods in September and October this year. Over-all winners in the Search for Cleanest and Greenest Household after 2 evaluations were as follows: 1st Place - Helen Muyco (P14,000); 2nd Place – Mary Ralla (P10,000); 3rd Place – Rosalyn Ampit (P7,000); 4th Place – Luisa Makilan and Mayra Fernandez (P3,500 each); 5th Place – Jocelyn Klatong (P2,000); 6th Place – Ferdinand Tapel, Rene Sta. Rita, Imelda Fungan and Maria Fe Marcelo (P1,500 each). Ralla and Ampit tied in the Best Ornamental/Flower Garden special award and received an additional P1,000 each while Muyco won the Best Vegetable Garden special award with an additional P2,000 cash incentive. In the Best Maintained Areas, the winners were Minda Bernal (1st Place – P7,000); Renji Centina (2nd Place – P5,000); Reynaldo Tigas 3rd Place – P4,000); Rolly Rubillo ( 4th Place – P3,000); Edna Lagrimas (5th Place – P2,000). Consolation prize winners with P1,000 cash incentive each were Wilma Duenas, Virgie Duenas, Nedina Callosa and Mary Fernandez. Meanwhile, in the Search for Best Agro-Forestry Farm, the over-all winners after 2 evaluations were Romy Quindat (1st Place – P13,000); Dante Logong (2nd Place – P8,000); Yada Gandam (3rd Place – P5,500); Falin Ungkal (4th Place – 5,000); Donya Taluno (5th Place – P4,000); Henry [...]
Sixty-four (64) infrastructure projects with a total project cost of P 198,929,507.24 were completed for the period January to September, the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) reported. But PEO added in their report that the list of completed projects, which are either vertical or horizontal structures, were finished with an actual cost of P143,447,053.60 only. The completed projects consisted of roads, barangay and agricultural development projects, education-related projects, improvement to provincial government and national line agencies facilities and labor expense for other appurtenant structures. Road projects built were in the form of concreting, completion and upgrading of roads particularly the arterial road from Banga to Norala, National Highway – Acmonan farm-to-market road (FMR), Cannery Road, Lambingi – Lampari FMR, road from Poblacion going to Slaughterhouse and Junction Lapu-lapu – Avance Streets in Sto. Nino, and San Jose – Columbio Provincial Road. Likewise, projects implemented in the barangays were completion of barangay halls, construction/completion of Senior Citizen buildings, construction of day care centers, construction of gyms (regular, 1-span, 2-span or curve), construction of stage, construction of covered courts, construction of playground system, construction of drainage canal and repair of water system. Agricultural development projects implemented which directly benefitted the farmers were construction/completion of lined canals, installation of slope protection, construction of multi-purpose drying pavements, rehabilitation/improvement of box culverts and construction of multi-purpose building (for Norala Irrigators Association). Projects implemented as a support to the education sector were the construction of either 2-classroom or 1-classroom buildings (including installation of tiles in some school buildings) to help the education department addressed the lack of school buildings and other education-related facilities. Infrastructure support in the form of labor expense were also implemented in the construction of 2 communal septic tank, [...]