Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Search for environment-friendly Negros LGUs

OPA Negros Occidental joins evaluation team

The Office of the Provincial Agriculturist in Negros Occidental (OPA) joins the evaluation team of the ongoing Search for Outstanding Local Government Units on Environment Management.

OPA is represented by Vishia Mae Dominic Tolcidas, Regional Applied Communications Representative of its Farmers Information and Technology Services (FITS) Center.

Ma. Joy Maredith Madayag, Provincial Interior and Local Government Officer and chairperson of the Provincial Search Committee, said the evaluation is comprehensive as it covers programs on environmental education and advocacy, greening (includes reforestation projects, vegetable and herbal gardens), solid waste management, special functional programs in upland and coastal areas, sustainability, and documentation.

“It covers the accomplishments of the LGUS for the whole year of 2009 and from January to October 2010,” she said.

The evaluation team inspects as well as commends the efforts of LGUs on preserving, conserving, protecting and rehabilitating the environment with emphasis on sustainable activities, Madayag added.

Other members of the evaluation team are Olive Seruelo of the Provincial Environment Management Office, Ranymond Cadiz of the Provincial Health Office, Jesusa Gumayan of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, and Victor Peroja of the Department of Education.

Winning LGUs will be announced and awarded during the Provincial Environment Week celebration in Bacolod City in June 2011.

Now on its 6th year, the search is spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government Provincial Office. It is supported by the Negros Occidental Provincial Government in line with the Natural Resources Management and Food Security Programs of NEGROS FIRST, the strategic development agenda for Negros Occidental under Gov. Alfredo Marañon, Jr. and Vice-Gov. Genaro Alvarez, Jr.

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