then there is this potential assistance coming from the Department
of Health (DOH).
When realized, the grant of P 30 Million from DOH would greatly
solve the various water needs of the city for the next five
to ten years following the full development of a vast water
source in barangay Maria Clara, Geraldo said, adding that
the barangay Council there had okayed to tap its natural resource
for the increasing water concessionaires of MWD.
Geraldo gave the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) a copy
of first endorsement letter dated January 12, 2011 from DOH
Regional Director Eduardo Gonzaga, directing the MWD Manager
to "please facilitate the immediate submission of Site
Development Plan and Location Plan, Specifications, Detailed
Estimates and Program of Works, Feasibility Study of the proposed
water supply system project, for his (Geraldo's) information
last week, it was learned that the "action" as required
on the part of MWD has been in full swing, with one Engineer
tasked to survey the elevation at the proposed Maria Clara
site, and all the other pertinent papers for submission be
submitted within this week.
the midst of these generous blessings, both nature-given and
man-made, Geraldo acknowledged the key role played by Cong.
Roger Mercado, in the man-made part, even as he was grateful
to the heavens for the nature part of it.
It was the Southern Leyteno solon who made representations
with Health Secretary Enrique Ona so the basic water service
in the city can keep up with the ever increasing demands brought
about by changing times, where investors are fast locating
into the city coupled with a rising household population.
In December last year, Cong. Mercado also managed to fork
out a financial support from the Local Water Utilities Administration
(LWUA) for a P 22 Million financing of MWD's development plans.
Geraldo said the LWUA-sourced funds are still in the pipeline,
but for the moment time is of the essence to seize the opportunity
offered by the DOH-funded undertaking.
Either coming from LWUA or from the DOH, the fact remains
that both initiatives came from Cong. Mercado.
The concern showed by the lone Southern Leyteno lawmaker is
definitely one other reason why, at least for MWD, when it
rains, it pours. (PIA-Southern Leyte/bp)
NSO So. Leyte spearheads first provincial barangay secretaries
convention for civil registration
CITY, Feb. 3, (PIA) -- In connection with the observance of
February as Civil Registration Month, the National Statistics
Office (NSO) in Southern Leyte will be initiating the first
Provincial Civil Registration Convention of barangay secretaries
this coming February 18.
According to Ms. Faith Genovana of NSO Southern Leyte, the
said event will be held at the Southern Leyte State University
(SLSU) gym in Sogod town, and it will be graced by luminaries
and civil registration experts coming from the NSO central
The visitors will also serve as lecturers during the one-day
orientation seminar for all the barangay secretaries from
all the 500 barangays of the province, Ms. Genovana said.
In fact, she said that this will be the first time such gathering
of barangay secretaries can take place all throughout the
country for the purpose of learning how to handle civil registration
procedures and related matters at the barangay level.
It is expected that the village secretaries can learn the
basics of birth, marriage and death registration, including
the new civil registry laws such as RA 9048 (Clerical Error
Law) and RA 9255 (Illegitimate Children’s Act).
The convention was carried out in coordination and cooperation
with the Southern Leyte Municipal Civil Registrar’s
Association, Inc. (SOLEMCRA).
Also in the month of February, the provincial NSO will be
initiating civil registration symposiums in different schools
and colleges around the province to further create awareness
among students on the relevance of their civil registry documents.
February every year was declared as Civil Registration Month
pursuant to Proclamation No. 682 signed by then President
This year’s theme, “Quality Civil Registration
in Support of the National Development Goals,” enshrines
the importance of quality civil registry data in the formulation
of accurate development plans.
Among the activities suggested to mark the month-long observance
included mobile registration, display of streamers, free issuance
of certification, mass weddings, symposiums, civil registration
quiz, slogan contest, and holding of exhibits promoting civil
registration. (PIA-Southern Leyte/bp)
PNoy signs EO imposing a moratorium on cutting and harvesting
CITY, Feb. 4 (PIA) -- A month after heavy rains brought calamities
to the country, including Southern Leyte, President Benigno
Aquino III issued an executive order to halt logging operations
all over the Philippines.
According to published reports, the President, in signing
Executive Order No. 23, ordered the Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR) to prohibit issuing and renewing
logging agreements and tree cutting permits in all natural
and residual forests.
According to the report published in the Inquirer issue today
said, Pnoy also tasked the DENR to “review all existing
agreements and immediately cancel those whose signatories
have violated forest laws at least twice; and to close and
disallow sawmills and other wood processing plants that are
unable to present proof of sustainable sources of legally
cut logs for a period of at least five years.”
“We want to tighten up ... In the (wood) processing
sector, if you fail to prove that you really have a supply
of (legally cut logs), you won’t be allowed to operate.
Illegal loggers won’t be able to sell,” the President
was quoted as telling reporters during the inauguration yesterday
of a water treatment plant in Muntinlupa city.
EO 23 also specified the creation of an Anti-Illegal Logging
Task Force to enforce the moratorium, composed of the environment
secretary as chair, the interior secretary, the Armed Forces
Chief of Staff, and the PNP Chief.
Exemptions on the prohibition for the issuance of tree cutting
permits are limited to those clearing for road right of way
by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), site
clearing for tree plantations, silvicultural treatment and
other similar activities, “provided that all logs derived
from the said cutting permits shall be turned over to the
DENR for proper disposal,” the report stated.
President Aquino pointed out in EO 23 that “it is the
obligation of the State to protect the remaining forest cover
areas of the country not only to prevent flashfloods and hazardous
flooding but also to preserve biodiversity ... and to allow
regeneration of residual forests and development of plantation
forests.” (PIA-Southern Leyte/bp)