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Nationwide clean-up activities, dubbed as “Bayan Ko, Linis Ko: Partnering Towards People’s Environmental Movement” was held on September 17 for the National Cleanup Day organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in collaboration with the local government units, civil society groups/non-government organizations, the private sector, academe and the religious sector.

In the region, several participants from all walks of life joined the National Cleanup drive which  was spearheaded by DENR Regional Office 8 in cleaning the environs including schools, parks, roads, creeks, sewage systems, creeks and rivers. DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said that while the event aims to promote cleanliness in coastal and inland waterways, public places, parks, schools, and churches, it is also an opportunity to boost the spirit of volunteerism in the country.

He added, “We stepped up our approach for a clean environment by adopting the ridge-to-reef mechanism wherein we do not only clear our coastal zones, rivers and creeks from wastes and debris but also the mountains and watersheds down to our communities in the lowland areas. We also encouraged our people in joining this activity and the turnout seems overwhelming.”

In Tacloban City, several barangay communities, students’ organizations, civic groups and individuals joined the clean-up drive around the city including the surroundings, streets, waterways and canals. Volunteers gathered tons of garbage which contains non-recyclable materials including plastics and styrofoam. RD Sibbaluca urged the people to dispose this garbage properly by segregating according to recyclables, bio-degradable, and non-biodegradables.

The National Cleanup Day, celebrated every third Saturday of September, coincides with the International Coastal Cleanup Day. The whole month of September of every year was declared as National Cleanup Month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 244, series of 1993.###

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Area Development, Subsidiarity and Federalism

Manila Times  article by philip camaraby USEC PHILIP CAMARA

(Published in The Manila Times, 05 January 2017)

http://www.manilatimes.net/AREA-DEVELOPMENT-SUBSIDIARITY-FEDERALISM/305243/



TIMES  of  crisis  are  windows  for  great  opportunity.  That  is  an  old Chinese  saying.  But  in  these  troubling  times  (for  many),  what opportunities  indeed  lie  ahead?  There  are  quite  a  few  and the promising thing is they seem to be opportunities that would open up given  current  trajectories  or  the  way  things  are  unfolding.  Indeed, 2017 may be the year that developmental change finally proceeds.

The world is shifting away from the international policies of recent decades that, while they have created well-being for unprecedented billions of people, have likewise resulted in great tensions.  Not  just tensions  between  peoples  but  tensions  between  people  and  their environment  and  even  tensions  inside  people due  to  an  identity  overly  linked  to consumerism  rather  than  their  inherent truths;  consumerism  that  threatens  the  very sustainability of Mother Earth.

One  such  opportunity  is  the  re-emergence  within  government  of  the  area  development paradigm or development framework under Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina  Lopez.  While Sixto  K.  Roxas  was  its  initial  advocate  in  the  late  1960s  it  had unfortunately  been  bastardized  in  several big  government  projects  that  went  puff!  (just  as the autonomous regional experience is going  puff!) due to  wrongful implementation, which in turn was due to a misunderstanding of what area, development is basically about.

With  Secretary  Gina  at  the  helm  of  a  major  government  department  that  has  a  direct  and meaningful role in national development, the area development paradigm is set to take off and  this  time under  the  leadership  of  a  capable  and  knowledgeable  environment  and natural  resources  secretary.  For  one, Secretary  Gina  has  been  a  practitioner  of  area development approaching the various undertakings of the ABS-CBN Foundation in Palawan and other provinces wherein the local people were the implementers and the beneficiaries of the eco-tourism projects that simply highlighted the potential of their area (thus the term area development).

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