In his first speaking engagement since he assumed office, Governor Hilario Davide III pushed for more People’s Orgnizations (PO) to join the environmental “Quest for the Most Outstanding People’s Organization of Cebu Province.”
Davide said the “environment is the issue of all times” adding that he was happy with the program of the DENR to bring the POs together for one honorable purpose.
“Nalipay kaayo ko sa initiative sa DENR nga nagpatuman sa NGP ug sa mga POs nga niapil. Dako kaayo kita ug tulubagon dili lamang sa karong henerasyon apan apil na sa future generations,” (I’m happy of the initiative of DENR in implementing the National Greening Program (NGP) and the participation of the POs. It is a great responsibility not only of the present but also of the future generations), he said during the awarding ceremony held at the Deped-ECOTECH Center last Wednesday, July 10.
At least 83 POs in the province are joining the quest which was started in 2011. The program is intended to pursue the NGP through the rehabilitation and development of mangroves and the upland ecosystem. The event was hosted by the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) – Cebu Province.
The participants were all registered with Cooperative Development Authority, Securities and Exchange Commission and with the Department of Labor and Employment. They were designated to plant 50,000 propagules in the five hectare land using their own money. Each participant is also subjected to a series of evaluation based on the criteria set by the selected team of PENRO Cebu.
According to Laurentino Bautista, PENRO administrative officer V, seedlings were planted and are now growing. He said some of the plants are already close to two meters tall since their last evaluation.
In the lowland category (mangrove area), the Pangan-an Island Community Cooperative Development emerged as the winner of the competition. It won P80,000 cash prize and livelihood package of five hybrid female piglets. Barangay Suba Olango Farmers’ Association and the Nagkahiusang Mananagat sa Bang-bang emerged second and third and received P55,000 plus livelihood package of three hybrid female piglets and P30,000 plus livelihood package of two hybrid female piglets, respectively.
The Basak Upland Farmers took the first prize in the upland category. It bagged a whooping P100,000 plus five hybrid female piglets. It was followed by Campo 4 Manipis, Minglanilla To-ong Association and Lunas Latab Camiri Pit-os United Farmers Association, which won P75,000 plus three hybrid female piglets and P55,000, plus two female hybrid piglets, respectively.
In a separate competition, Fritz G. Hoyle and Gabriel J. Bautista, high school students of Cebu Institute of Technology (CIT), won first prize in the “Poster and Slogan” contest which will be utilized by the DENR in the environment campaign thrust. (Xerxes Alkuino)