Saturday, February 11, 2012

After gathering P3M aid to calamity areas
Bohol Guv appeals for help
To NegOr quake victims

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 10, 2012, (PIA) –The day Bohol, through Governor Edgar Chatto responded to the calls from its distressed neighbor victims of flashfloods in nearby Mindanao, another desperate wail sounded from Negros Oriental.

That day, February 6, before the Governor stepped foot in Mindanao to hand in two separate checks worth a little over P3 M for Iligan, Negros Oriental  and Cagayan de Oro City, another natural calamity shook most of the Visayas.

That day, at around 11:49 AM, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake with an epicenter traced to a blind fault offshore Tayasan and Guihulngan in Negros Oriental shook most of the Visayas leaving a trail of damaged public infrastructure, countless lives and causing massive landslides that buried villages.

Until this time, rescuers have been reportedly working day and night to recover trapped survivors or at least recover bodies for a decent burial.

The tremor also left villages isolated as bridges were rendered impassable, road networks blocked by land movements and stopping government relief operations dead on its tracks. 

With reports of dwindling supply of food, water, clean blankets and medicines surging, the operations are expected to shift to rehabilitation anytime soon.

Over the development and the dire need for more help, the governor again appealed to local government units and Boholanos in general to look at Negros and pitch in any amount that can help the people recover from the disaster. 

Fresh from a speaking engagement at the Regional Police Office, Chatto and his small entourage of Boholanos was set to deliver the P 1,228,000 to Iligan City and P 1,301,530 to Cagayan de Oro City when a magnitude the tremor that altered the landscapes in Guihulngan and Tayasan in Negros Oriental.

Weeks before that, the governor issued calls to Bohol local government units and well meaning Boholanos to spare a little amount that would be helpful in the rehabilitation of the flashflood victims of the two cities and Valencia and Sibulan of Dumaguete City.

The governor also instructed Capitol Finance Team to set up a mechanism where local government contributions can be facilitated so that they can be spared from the normal government auditing procedures.

Putting in an initial P600,000, Bohol led the LGUs giving financial assistance to Iligan. The amount was propped up with Panglao (P100K), Dauis (P60K), Batuan, Guindulman, Trinidad (P50K each), Jagna (P40K), Valencia and Garcia Hernandez (P30K each), Antequera and Sagbayan (P25K each), Alburquerque, Balilihan, Calape, Mabini, Talibon and Tubigon (P20K each), Sevilla (P18K), Clarin, San Isidro and San Miguel (P10K each), attested Provincial Treasurer Eustaquio Socorin.

For Cagayan de Oro, Bohol again allocated P600K, followed by Panglao (100K), Dauis (P60K), Batuan, Guindulman, Jagna and Trinidad (P50K each), Valencia (P40K), Garcia Hernandez and Mabini (P30K each), Antequera and Sagbayan (P25K each), Alburquerque, Alicia, Balilihan, Bilar, Calape, Sevilla and Tubigon (P20K each), Clarin, San Isidro and San Miguel (P10K each) and Baclayon.

Cash donations from Batuan (P2,800), DepEd Bien Unido (P11,300) Mabini P5K) and Sevilla (P430) totaled the aid to Cagayan de Oro at P1,301, 530.00.

Meanwhile, Jagna town gave Opol Misamis Oriental P20K as its financial assistance to the flood ravaged towns barangays.

For Negros Oriental, Bohol also gave P300K and several local government units also pitched in to round up P526 K.

Responding positively to the calls are Guindulman (P50K), Dauis and Garcia Hernandez (P30K each), Calape, Jagna and Valencia (P20K each), Sevilla (P16K), Alburquerque, Balilihan, San Miguel and Tubigon (P10K each).

The amount was transmitted January 24, according to records from the Office of the Provincial Treasurer. (30)


What to do in an earthquake?
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 10, 2012, (PIA) – When inside a building during an earthquake, a mad dash to safety would seem practical.

It is not, experts at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) say.

In fact, during an earthquake, and when you are inside a structurally sound building or home, stay there and remain calm, Phivolcs says.

The government’s earthquake tracking agency’s advice is not bereft of logic, a foreigner rescue expert reasoned out.

If you run, what are the chances that a falling object hits you, or out of panic, you trip and injure yourself? he asks.

In fact the most apt thing to do is quickly open a door for an easy exit after the tremor, he said, reinforcing a guides on what to do in an earthquake that government is handling out to earthquake prone or threatened communities.

According to Phivolcs, it would rather be helpful if you duck under a sturdy desk or table and hold on to it, or protect your head with your arms.

You hold on to the table because during the shaking, the table may slide off and you would be exposed to falling debris.

On the other hand, Phivolcs said, stay away from glass windows, loose shelves, cabinets and other heavy objects that may topple or fall.

When the shaking has stopped, calmly leave the building and move to an open area, the rescue expert who leads a disaster rescue team in Great Britain shared.

But, before doing that, be aware that aftershocks can occur anytime.

Once the shaking stops, check yourself and others for injuries.

Then, check water and electrical lines for damages, spills of chemical, toxic, or flammable materials and check and control fires which may spread.

Take the fastest and safest way out of a building, bringing along first aid kits, food supplies and communication facilities.

While doing so, but do use elevators, or enter damaged buildings, or use telephone unless needed.  

Phivolcs also said, if you are outside, move to an open area, stay away from trees, powerlines, posts and concrete structures that may topple or live wires may be avoided for potential danger of electrocution.

Move away from steep slopes which may be affected by landslides, if you are near the shore during an earthquake, move quickly to higher grounds.  A tsunami might occur, it reminds.

When on a moving vehicle, stop and move out.  Do not attempt to cross bridges, overpasses, or flyovers which have been damaged, experts suggest.

Before all this, the government agency asserted, local government units must plan ahead for effective disaster prevention.

By this, local authorities should have let their people know the earthquake and other disaster hazards in the area.

For earthquakes, Phivolcs said “follow the structural design and engineering”.

According to a Boholano structural engineer, one big problem with construction is that the contractors do not always follow the specifications in the plan, which results to reduced tensile strength of buildings that its integrity is jeopardized.

People must also evaluate the structural soundness of buildings and houses, strengthen or retrofit them if necessary

To make homes, offices and workplaces safe when earthquakes happen, Phivolcs suggests strapping or bolting heavy furniture and cabinets to the walls.

It also wants people to check the stability of hanging objects like ceiling fans and chandeliers, store properly breakable items, harmful chemicals, and flammable materials and be familiar with the exit routes.  

Phivolcs also suggested: Prepare a handy emergency supply kit with first aid kit, canned food and can opener, water, clothing, blanket, battery-operated radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.

Finally, Phivolcs adds, if you need to evacuate from your residence, leave a message stating where you are going for family members and concerned people to know.  Bring your emergency supply kit with you.

Then, when in a safe place, always be updated on disaster prevention instructions from battery-operated radios. (30)

Help for paramedics…
Put ICE entries
on cell-phones
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol February 10, 2012 (PIA) --- In cases of emergency (ICE), rescuers ask, who do we call?

The question has baffled emergency rescue unit (ERU) paramedics here is in most cases responded by Bohol’s Telephone and Radio Systems Integrated Emergency Responders 117 (TARSIER 117) or town based ERUs, admits Provincial Administrator Alfonso Damalerio, during a casual talk.

Calling next of kin of unconscious or unable to talk accident victims would be an added service by ERUs, but picking out who among the victim’s mobile phones prove to be hard, after all.

In fact, research by an independent phone company bare that fewer than 25% of people carry details of who they would like to be telephoned following a serious accident.

In a specific motor vehicle accident (MVA) which Damalerio and the TARSIER responded to, he admitted it was so hard to notify next of kin about the accident at that time.

The MVA victim was unconscious, and responders could not get the victim’s identification, except a working mobile phone. Now the next question, who among the contacts would be notified?

“So what do we call, in case of emergency?” paramedics ask.

“In cases like this, we have to be extra careful,” shared a Panglao-based foreigner who has been into emergency rescue and response unit as team-leader while in his country.

“You just can not call or text anyone among his cell-phone contacts, for propriety sake,” the rescue expert warns.

“How would you know if the entry listed as “Mom” on the phone is properly disposed to receive the shocking information? What if she has heart complications, receiving the news might trigger another emergency situation,” he adds.

In Bohol cases, it could be generally a hit or miss, as the intention is actually as noble as notifying the family about the incident, TARSIER 117 sources said.

Asked how to possibly resolve that, the emergency medical and rescue service worker said there is in fact a way.

“But it begins by educating people on putting “quick contact entries” on their cell-phones so that it would not be that hard for rescuers to scroll for these numbers and make the call to notify the family,” he hints.

“In Case of Emergency,” he suggests.   

According to Wikipedia, In Case of Emergency (ICE) is a program that enables responders such as firefighters, paramedics, police officers and well as medical personnel to contact the next of kin.

It is not just for quick medical emergencies, sometimes, as a responder, you would need significant information as to items the victim has allergies to, or current medical condition as some emergency responses may be counter to the victims current medical treatments, according to the rescuer. 

In mid 2000, a British paramedic started encouraging people to enter emergency contacts in their mobile phone address books under the heading ICE.

This means, when paramedics pick your phone, by scrolling to ICE, they know at least that the victim has confidence in the person to be notified.

In fact, he said using alternate ICE contacts like ICE1 (Dad), ICE2 (Mom) and so on, can be done, he said.

Asked on cases where some cell-phone owners lock their units, he said some phones should be unlocked and working, or in extreme cases, inserting the victim’s Subscriber Information Module (SIM) pack to another phone may work, he said.

On the idea, Board Member Abeleon Damalerio said ICE makes sense and people should consider using it on their cell phones. 

Responders also said a piece of paper with emergency numbers carried by the persons always works out fine, that way, “we do not have to worry about browsing through other people’s personal communications equipments.” (30)

LPP seeks moratorium
On Philhealth increase
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol February 10, 2012 (PIA) – The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) has formally asked for a moratorium on contributions especially on local government sponsored programs, amidst Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s (Philhealth) plans to increase contributions by 2012.

According to Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto, the LKPP came up with a resolution asking the Philhealth Board not to implement the new Philhealth contribution schedule as yet, amidst recent developments in the government’s medical insurance program.

It may be recalled that Philhealth, in its Board Resolution 1571, series of 2011, approved the increased in contributions to enhance its benefits package.  

This came following calls by people to widen the benefits package the government medical insurance system is giving.

Sources also said the enhanced benefits can only come from an increased premium contribution, adding that the last time the rate was pegged was in 1995.

This too as President Benigno Simeon Aquino III tasks government to implement a universal coverage for all indigents as identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). 

According to Philhealth sources, what used to be a partly subsidized program paid mostly by the national government and some local government counterparts, those indigents in the NHTS are paid in full, through the Sponsored Program.

Here, the national government’s Philhealth contribution for all identified poor families of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Sponsored Program is now P2,400.00 annually, effective 01 January 2012.

This development also delists those who have been enrolled but are found to have better economic conditions than those most needing the service.

For local governments who would like to continue their people’s medical insurance service, Philhelath also opens up a Partial Subsidy Scheme, but total LGU contribution with the agreed amount share of the beneficiary is 2,400.00 annually,  effective July 1, 2012.

To motivate LGUS and sponsors to the program, Philhealth dangled a tempting offer: those who enroll following the calendar year and pays their contribution within the First Semester of CY 2012, the annual premium contribution shall be computed at an annual premium of P 1,200.00.

Even with a possible sharing scheme between Local Government Units and beneficiaries, handling the Philhealth contributions of their not so needy constituents, could be all too heavy for some local governments, Chatto hinted during Kita ug Ang Gobernador Friday.

This has then pushed the LPP to come up with a resolutions asking Philhealth to consider the moratorium proposal.

The governor however added, it is still up for the Philhealth to consider the move.

As this developed, Chatto has met all local dads including district barangay captains to update them of the development. (30)


PhiVolcs validates Negros
“unknown” offshore fault
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol Feb. 8, (PIA) --- The circulated fact that there are no underwater faults near Negros may not exactly be true.

This as the Philippine Institute for Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) sent in its quick response team to Negros Oriental to validate the location of the earthquake’s epicenter that was initially placed offshore Tayasan and Guihulngan, in Negros Oriental.

Engr. Nolan Evangelista of PhiVolcs Bohol confirmed this information as he shared that PhiVolcs has pegged the epicenter of the earthquake that shook most of the Visayas last February 6, at a few kilometers offshore the towns mentioned above.

Evangelista also admitted during an earlier radio interview that PhiVolcs had noted small seismic activities in the area but did not know of any faults in the Tanon Strait until “it triggered a significant event.”

Department of Science and Technology-PhiVolcs, in its website also reported that Secretary Mario Montejo sent in a team of geologists, seismologists and information staff bearing with them portable seismic monitoring equipment to accurately pinpoint the epicenter of the earthquake aftershocks and accurately identify the fault plain that caused the main shock.

Evangelista also confirmed earlier reports of the “blind fault” that PhiVolcs did not consider then, as the source of the tremor that buried villages, killed nearly a hundred and left millions of damaged property and public infrastructure.

PhiVolcs pointed to the “blind fault” as thrust type.

According to the United States Geological Survey, a fault is fracture along which blocks of crust on either side have moved relative to one another parallel to the structure.

This can better be understood when one imagines a plane as a fractured piece, each sitting on a thick crust. When one of these blocks shift vertically, it is technically a thrust. 

Engr. Evangelista named two types of fault: lateral or strike slip, where the blocks move sideways and thrust fault, or otherwise dip slip, where one block is thrust upward and the other dips.

The development is a new concern for people in nearby areas as offshore fault generated earthquakes especially when the magnitude goes beyond 7.5 can cause tsunamis, Evangelista shared on radio.

In an apparent effort to calm people, a facebook post from a proclaimed expert, appearing days after the tremor, erroneously pinpointed the February 6 earthquake epicenter in Cebu.

Its post reads: “If an earthquake will occur underwater between Cebu and Negros, it will take only 5 minutes for the water to reach inland in all directions. But this is very unlikely because THERE ARE NO UNDERWATER FAULT LINES in the Negros-Cebu strait.”

The post however correctly pointed out that “Negros island is surrounded by islands, which will prevent any tsunami from happening.

The island nature “will nullify the tsunami”, the post reads.

It also correctly said that at the event of a tsunami, the water will travel at 500 miles per hour.

At this, Evangelista assured, worse comes to worst, it’s hardly over a meter high waves.

In such cases, PhiVolc’s standard tsunami alert 2 would probably be issued: waves of about a meter high expected and residents are advised to stay away from areas which are 20 meters from coastlines. (30)


PhiVolcs record 736 mild
Aftershocks, Bohol safe
Rey Anthony Chiu

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol February 7 (PIA) --- The local seismology monitors recorded as much as 736 mild aftershocks after the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Visayas February 6.

According to the local Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) through Engr. Nolan Evangelista aftershocks are just ordinary incidents after a major earth movement.

He also hared that the most perceptible aftershocks reached intensity 3 that was recorded at around 6:10 PM yesterday and another one at 7:32 PM, which reached intensity 2.

“There have been numerous aftershocks but most of them were so mild Boholanos did not seem to notice them.”

“Since these are aftershocks, these are never stronger than the major earthquake, unless another movement is caused by another or a similar fault,” he added.

He also explained that the PhiVolcs has earlier issued intensity reference charts or those which help ordinary people measure the intensity of the earthquake while looking at the objects shaken by the tremor.

On the other hand, a magnitude scale usually issued by the PhiVolcs uses the equipment recorded data which are available in their office.

This just means that a magnitude scale reading is a more accurate measurement of the tremor than an intensity scale which can be subjective of one’s personal experience, he hinted.

Surviving with reports of very mild damages in cracked buildings, Bohol has also shuddered at the tremors that came after.

Over this, school authorities have suspended classes in kindergarten to secondary levels so building officials and Department of Education authorities can inspect the integrity of school structures.

Dr. Lorna Rances, schools division superintendent urged local and school officials to help assess the damages in school, buildings in their areas of responsibility and subsequently issue certifications of safe occupancy of school buildings to DepEd so that classes can resume.

Yesterday, residents were also especially shaken when text messages were circulated of an impending tsunami.

This came following a PhiVolcs issued tsunami warning number 2.

On this, engineer Evangelista explained that PhiVolcs tsunami alert 2 means that there is a near certainty that meter high waves do come and that residents in coastal areas are advised to move away from the 20 meter zones from the sea levels for their safety.

It means there is a real possibility that water may rise a meter high, but in yesterday’s case, it should have come to Bohol an hour after the major quake, he said.

He informed that Bohol can only be vulnerable to tsunami if Western Negros fault is the source, he added that it can only happen when the quake generates a magnitude 7.

In that case, Tagbilaran City and some southern Bohol towns can be affected by meter high waves. (30)

BCRMTF deploys probe 
team for B-Unido oilspill 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Feb. 7, 2012, (PIA) – An oil-spill that may lay bare hectares of mangrove plantations and tide flats in critical areas off a rare double barrier reef in Bohol stirred Governor Edgar Chatto to direct authorities for immediate investigations and find those who are culpable.

The incident however, was not reported until a week later, or when oil sludge has reached mangrove areas.

Seeing the damage, the governor ordered Bohol Coastal Resource Management Task Force (BCRMTF) to immediately dispatch a team to investigate the damage in the islets off Bien Unido town here.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources here, through PENRO Nestor Canda leads the Task Force whose members include the Bohol Environment Management Office (BEMO), Philippine Coast Guard, Maritime Police and other key government agencies.  

The BCRMTF is the lead task force in the enforcement of coastal and marine laws including the management of programs and initiatives in coastal resource mobilization and utilization. 

Photographs published in local newspapers showed the oily slime covering mangrove brace roots and split bamboo fences erected along a portion of the affected area.

Reports reaching Bohol papers allege that MV Elizabeth, the only heavy ship that transited the channels within the Danajon Double Barrier Reef on January 6, dumped used oil to the sea.

Although the oil spread could have easily reached further islets due to the currents and the wind direction in the area, the effect was not noticed until the following day.

Fishermen from nearby Bilangbilangan Dako and Jao islets found oil sludge left on the trunks of mangroves after the tides receded the following day.

Residents of nearby islands also report as much as a kilometer stretch of mangroves affected by the sludge, said Jose Garcia, a coastal resource management officer at the BEMO.

A report filed by PC/Insp. Felicito Garcia, Bien Unido Police chief, showed that at around 7 p.m. last January 6, oil from the said vessel was dumped into the sea, which caused "panic to the islanders."

As governor Chatto initially asked local authorities to probe, Bien Unido Mayor Rey Nino Boniel ordered his police to investigate.

The initial police probe revealed that M/V Elizabeth "deliberately dumped/splashed its waste or used oil into the sea", according to police reports.

"When the oil was scattered on the sea it was most probably carried and swept away by the waves and current towards the northern part of the island of Bilangbilangan Dako of this town," Garcia said.

During high tide, the oil spread reached the shoreline of the island, he said.

At the BCRMTF meeting, Canda explained that sludge covering the brace roots of mangroves effectively cover the plants’ breathing organs and so deprive the marine plants of processing nutrients for them to survive.

A movie clip shown at the meeting showed meter-long mangrove plants almost totally covered by black slime.
At the same meeting, it was agreed that a BCRMTF fact finding team would be sent to Bien Unido town to check on the damage, find the one responsible and assess the environmental effects of the incident.

An information education and communication activity is also set there to inform people and residents about the effects of the oil-spill in their lives and communities.

Apart from the critical Danajon Double Barrier Reef, which hosts a high density of marine species including sea horses, dolphins and whale sharks, the area also boasts of wide tideflats which become favorite gleaning areas for migratory birds.

Bien Unido in fact has identified the Danajon as a marine recreational site which could boost their tourism potential of the town.

The oil spill however could practically turn that dream into a nightmare. (30)   

Bohol LMB equips 
peace advocates 
fact-finding skills 
By: Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, February 7, (PIA) –Government and civil society sectors engaged in peace advocacy here participate in the Seminar Workshop on comprehensive human rights and equip them skills on the conduct of fact finding missions (FFM).

Organized by the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) and the Local Monitoring Board (LMB) of the Joint Monitoring Team (JMT) keeping track of the breaches in human rights, the seminar workshop held at the Provincial Agriculture Audio Visual Hall also attempts to re-strengthen the LMB after some of its team members went out of service.

The monitors however are focused on breaches in Human rights brought about by the continuing conflict in the country, advocates said.

The seminar workshop aims to equip more human rights advocates and tool them with the skills to properly conduct fact-finding missions, which verify the meat of complaints filed before the LMB, explains seminar organizer of the PPOC.

The LMB is a special team authorized by the Joint Monitoring Committee composed of representatives of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front to make sure that agents actively engaged in the continuing conflict in the country adhere to the international human rights laws.

Basic among the skills in the seminar is an orientation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), according to the program briefer distributed to participants.

CARHRIHL is one of the substantive agreements between the GRP and the NDF, which put up the JMC to accept complaints on the breaches and which monitors the implementation of the CARHRIHL, the seminar sourcebook states

The LMB is not common to all areas in the country, said Romeo Teruel, LMB coordinator.

The Bohol LMB was established when authorities saw that localized peace talks here continue even when the country’s peace talks stalled.

With a JMC based in Manila, complaints on human rights violations have to be filed and resolved in Manila, where in fact this could be done by a competent board here, explains Teruel.

The inquisitive nature of the LMB however can be enhanced with a skill in conducting fact finding missions to determine the truth behind allegations of violations, so the FFM training is incorporated.

At the end of the training, organizers hope a re-strengthened LMB could help in sustaining the peace gains Bohol has attained after implementing a successful anti-insurgency campaign rooted in addressing poverty issues, Teruel openly hoped. (30) 

“Seeds from trash” Trinidad’s
formula against malnutrition
Rey Anthony H. Chiu

How do you solve a problem like malnutrition?

As grappling a problem as detestable as malnutrition has depleted the most energetic of nutrition trouble shooting local government units, this never goaded Trinidad from tapping out submission.

Identified as one of the problems many third world countries have been trying to shake off its shoulders, malnutrition has its death grip locked on several struggling countries, the Philippines is no exception.  

In fact, provinces and towns saddled by the problem have relentlessly sought for efforts that dent on eliminating or even reducing.

In Trinidad, Bohol, the Local Government Unit, along with the Municipal Nutrition Council (MNC), has looked seriously at a revolutionary way to get to the bottom of the issue quite literally: going to the roots, says information officer Jojeline Ruiz-Buendia.

“Malnutrition in this town is not as prevalent as other towns,” but for Mayor Roberto “Ondoy” C. Cajes, who incidentally chairs the MNC, “it’s high time to look at the malnutrition concern seriously,” Mayor Cajes said in an interview.

Cajes, who also sits as a model for Bohol mayors by sitting as league of mayors president has since then spearheaded the town’s fast-tracked efforts in the implementation of its programs and projects.

From his trailblazing efforts at creating an integrated e-business center in his town hall, the mayor launched “Basura mong prutas at gulay, kausugan at buhay ko: his seed production initiative, and that of the MNC.

Launched last February 8, 2:00 PM at the Trinidad Public Market, the project ties up with the LGU through its MNC members and with the Trinidad Public Market Vegetable Vendors.

“The project is with the fruit and spice vendors’ association of Trinidad, and this non-costly project serves as a way of lessening the burden of the LGU’s collecting wastes and quickly disposing of them,” Cajes explained.
“Now, we have seen that, from the garbage, we still can produce seeds which can be grown into seedlings to be distributed to target households: those with malnourished children and those who are considered marginalized,” Buendia disclosed.

“This way too, we can encourage families to grow vegetables and fruits in their backyards and thus cut on the costs of buying food for the family, plus, as a premium, they get these fresh from their backyards,” the mayor, who was formerly a congressional representative said, according to the town information officer.

“By planting fruits and vegetables, our poor families could not just help themselves, they also help in greening the environment, and buffer the effects of climate change, in their own little way,” the mayor said.

As the project’s title suggests, vendors will donate their rotten seeds of spoiled vegetables and spices to the MNC so that the seeds could be extracted and processed and eventually grown to seedlings.

These then shall be distributed for free to families with malnourished children.

An overview of the seed production initiative shall be conducted by Dr. Analita N. Auza while the formal recognition and issuance of certificate to the program partners: Trinidad Vegetables and Fresh Fruit Vendors, shall be done by Mayor” Cajes himself.

In line with this, the project also provides vendors with receptacles for their rotten vegetables and fruits, which shall be collected on a regular basis for extraction and processing by the Municipal Agriculture Office thru its designated collectors, said Buendia.

Monitoring, recording and reporting of project outputs is done on a quarterly basis, through a mechanism where the Municipal Nutrition Coordinator, Felisa Loreto also reports during the quarterly MNC meeting.

This initiative jibes with this year’s nutrition month theme, “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw araw itong ihain” (30)

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