BIOTECH AND DATA SCIENCE ARE ESSENTIAL TO AGRICULTURE SUSTAINABILITY- DR. YONG GAO


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All Pyrotechnics or “Pa-Ilaw” allowed, Philippine Fireworks Association Clarifies


President of the Philippine Fireworks Association, Jovenson Ong appeals to the Local Government Units (LGUs) and the media to clear the misinformation regarding the Executive Order 28 signed by president Rodrigo Duterte that aims to limit the use of firecrackers or “paputok” but clarifies that the safer pyrotechnics or “pa-ilaw” is totally allowed.

To prevent firecracker-related injuries, EO 28 has been signed by Duterte to limit the use of firecrackers in designated areas under the supervision of the Philippine National Police (PNP). While pyrotechnics can be used everywhere.

The association wishes to clarify to the public that pyrotechnics are not prohibited, restricted or limited.

Though firecrackers and pyrotechnics are both categorized as fireworks, Ong clarifies that firecrackers which main effect is sound, is limited to use in designated areas as stated in EO 28, while pyrotechnics which main effects are lights can be used anytime everywhere.

The association appeals to the LGUs and the media to help clarify this misinformation as it already affects the pyrotechnic industry which supports an estimated of 150,000 people connected to local manufacturing and selling of fireworks nationwide.

They also appeal for support for this local industry as it provides many livelihoods, generates taxes, supports the Philippine economy and has huge export potentials. (Ehlorra Mangahas)

Monsanto joins Davao City DepEd Library Hub in celebrating National Reading Month


Monsanto joins Davao City DepEd Library Hub in celebrating

Monsanto Philippines Corporate Affairs Head Chat Ocampo turns over more copies of Monsanto’s children’s book for the Davao City DepEd Library Hub’s Read-along activities

 

November is reading month and Monsanto Philippines participates in the efforts of the Department of  Education Library Hub in Davao City to encourage young students to spend time reading books that interest them.

The DepEd Library Hub has been using Monsanto’s children’s book titled “Lina’s Town Rises Again” as material for its story-telling sessions along with other books which teach values to elementary school children.

Chat Ocampo, Monsanto’s Corporate Affairs Head and author of the aforementioned Monsanto’s children’s book said that by using the book as material, “not only are we providing ways for children to get interested in agriculture but we are also teaching values such as perseverance, hard work, making sacrifices for the family and faith in God.”

“Lina’s Town Rises Again” is based on the true story of a successful lady farmer, Aling Conching  Reyes, who managed to rise above the devastation of her community caused by Typhoon Pablo. Aling Conching  planted Bt corn and worked very hard. Soon after, her hard work and perseverance paid off so that she eventually recovered all her losses and started enjoying a much better life. She was able to also help her neighbors improve their lives. 

Meanwhile, Rose Antipuesto, Division Librarian II, said that students react positively whenever she reads to them the story of AlingConching. “The story inspires them. There are not so many children’s books on agriculture so this book is definitely a great take off point to discuss agriculture, how it is to grow crops and how farmers help feed our world. We also get to discuss many other related matters after the said story is read to them,” Antipuesto added.

Antipuesto also underscored that encouraging students to read was made easier by the fact that they were able to distribute copies of the books whenever the story is read so that everyone could read together. “They really read-along as I read the story to them and that gets them excited to get hold of and read other books,” Antipuesto said.

Apart from the story-telling sessions, the Davao DepEd Library Hub will also hold a poster-making contest at the end of November. They are also doing an inventory of all the books donated to them through the years so they can send some copies to the libraries of public elementary schools. 

Monsanto PHinspires kids to appreciate ag-biotech, conducts story-telling session in Cagayan Valley


 

Monsanto Philippines recently conducted another story-telling session of Lina’s Town Rises Again, the first Filipino children’s book on biotech corn, to more than 250 pupils ofTuguegarao West Central School in Cagayan.

Lina’s Town Rises Again is authored by Charina Garrido-Ocampo, Corporate Engagement Lead of Monsanto Philippines. In her opening remarks, Ocampo imparted the importance of agricultural biotechnology as a solution to feed a growing nation. “We, at Monsanto wanted to inspire young minds to engage in agriculture because we are an agricultural country and 32% of our population are into agriculture,” she pointed out.

Through the animation viewing of the story which emphasizes on the positive impact of biotech corn (Dekalb®) in the lives of Filipino farmers, Monsanto Philippines wanted to encourage children to embrace farming and the products of agricultural biotechnology as a means of transforming farmers’ lives and farming communities.

The fully-illustrated book was written for elementary students, inspired from the success-story of farmerConsolacion Reyes fromLambayog, Sultan Kudarat. The story revolves on how her family and the whole farming community were able to recover from economic loss brought about by the devastations of typhoon Pablo.Not only does the book inform children on the benefits of agricultural biotechnology, but it also conveys a message of hope, strength, and courage in the face of adversity.

The story is also one that students in Tuguegarao can relate to as Tuguegarao City experienced devastations from two successive typhoons which massively struck the region this year. Cagayan Valley is endowed with rich fertile soil and favorable condition suitable for high-valued crops like corn. Moreover, Tuguegarao City is one of the top corn-growing cities in the country.

Meanwhile, the school’s OIC, Mrs. Laura Tagunod highly appreciated this initiative as a means of developing children’s appreciation on farming and agriculture. “After this session, I know there will be additional colorful pages added to your own storybook in life, what matters most is the learning gained, therefore keep on reading and you’ll keep on learning,” she stressed.

At the end of the story-telling session, the pupils were very much entertained and have shown interest in agriculture as they have cheerfully engaged in the question and answer portion.

UNDERSECRETARY ROSALINA BISTOYONG TAKES THE LEAD IN AGRARIAN REFORM, “IT IS MY HEARTFELT DESIRE TO CONTINUE WHERE KA PAENG LEFT OFF”


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DAR Central employees, as well as representatives of DAR regional offices, waved goodbye to “Ka Paeng” Mariano with a heavy heart.

Mariano was the 16th secretary of the DAR since its formation on September 10, 1971. He was one of the  earliest choices of the President to lead the agrarian reform department following the nomination of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) on May 31, 2016. The NDFP nomination of Mariano as DAR secretary was part of the peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP).

Mariano was a three-term representative of the Anakapawis Partylist from 2004 to 2013. He also served as  the national chairperson of the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP).

In his speech during the turn-over rites held Wednesday, Mariano recounted his accomplishments in his 14 month-long period as secretary.

Beginning with his first move for the DAR to maintain an “open door” policy, Mariano said “Kung inyo pong maaalala, ang una ko pong aksyong ginawa bilang kalihim ng DAR ay ang buksan ang nakapinid na mga pinto ng DAR para sa mga magsasaka [If you would remember, my first act of office as DAR secretary was to open the closed doors of this agency to the farmers].”

According to Mariano, his  “open-door” policy has facilitated 209 consultation-dialogues involving 12,292 farmers with DAR officials from July 2016 to June 2017.  He explained that this is more than double the 97 consultation dialogues conducted the year before and more than 12 times the number of farmers involved in the previous year.

Mariano’s ad interim appointment was rejected by the Commission on Appointments on September 6, Wednesday after hours of grueling  question-and-answer out forth by its members. He was bypassed twice on May 23, and July 22, 2017.

On Friday, September 8, the Palace appointed Rosalina Bistoyong as officer-in-charge secretary of the DAR. Bistoyong, or Rose as fondly called by her friends and close associates, has been the agency’s undersecretary for support services since 2008. She rose from the ranks of government; a career executive spanning 28 years of public service.

At present, Bistoyong  serves as the elected national president of the National Union of Career Executive Officers (NUSECO)—a national association of government executives from the different national and regional government agencies.

In the turn-over rites, Bistoyong said, “atin pong pagsisikapan na ituloy ang magandang gawain na sinimulan ng ating mahal na kalihim at makaabot sa mas malaking bilang ng mga magsasaka [We will try our best to continue with the advocacy started by our beloved Secretary (Mariano) to reach out to more and more numbers of farmers].”

She also said that agrarian reform should not stop from awarding or distribution of lands but must continue with delivery of meaningful support services to farmers and agrarian reform beneficiaries.

Bistoyong promised to expand the various credit programs so that farmers can have enough capital and make the land productive. “Atin pong bibigyan ng pansin ang pagpapalawig ng pautang upang magkaron ng tamang kapital at hindi i-aryendo ang lupa [We will give attention to debt extension, to give farmers sufficient time to pay for the land and so as not to force them to sell their agrarian reform lands],’ she explained.

“Sa Negros at iba pang lalawigan, kabibigay lang ng lupa na-aryendo na agad dahil walang sapat na serbisyo [In Negros, and in other provinces, farmers were forced to sell thei lands under an ‘aryendo’ scheme because they did not have enough access to services,” Bistoyong said.

The arriendo system is  an informal leasing arrangement of lands between agrarian reform beneficiaries and local government officials, relatives and military officers among others. It is considered illegal under agrarian reform law and DAR policies.

Bistoyong also said that she will make an appeal to Land Bank of the Philippines to lower the interest rate of awarded lands which is currently at 8.5 percent to 4 percent.

Bistoyong started her career in 1975 as research assistant for the Population Commission. She was promoted twice. In 1989. She transferred to the Office of the Northern Cultural Community and, from 1989 to 1998, served as its Regional Director, then promoted as Executive Director.

She was appointed DAR undersecretary for support services from 2007 to 2010.  In November 2010, she was undersecretary for special programs and agrarian reform stakeholders relations until her reassignment back to being Undersecretary for Support Services in 2014.

The DAR-Support Services Office (SSO) is the lead office which orchestrates, coordinates and provides overall policy directions in collaboration with concerned CARP Implementing Agencies (CARP-CIAs) relative to the delivery of support services to ARBs and their organizations.

Bistoyong was also instrumental for the implementation of support services to former landowners whose landholdings were covered under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Among Bistoyong’s outstanding accomplishments as Undersecretary for Support Services include the relaxed provision of credit under the Agrarian Production Credit Program (APCP) to ARBs and small holder farmers through their organizations. As of June 2017, the total loan progam amounted to almost PhP1.5B.

Through this provision, according to Bistoyong, the loan program served a total of 54,440 ARBs and paved the way to access the micro-finance services to fund their livelihood and other farm activities.  “Ito po ang ating mahalagang gawain na ating gagampanan upang maging makabuluhan at lalong maging matagumpay ang ating paglilingkod sa ating mga magsasaka,” Bistoyong explained.

Under the Support Services Office, Bistoyong has provided capacity development trainings to more than 239, 183 ARBs in Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs)  and non-ARCs. Her office also facilitated  the increase in membership of 22,909 ARBs to DAR-assisted organizations.

Bistoyong is the current Chairperson of the National Steering Committee on Gender and Development. Through her effort, it paved the way for the issuance of Administrative Order No. 1 mainstreaming gender and development in all programs and projects of the DAR.

She said that “rural peasant women sector is one of most underserved sectors of the society that needs more attention especially in policy formulation.”

KIDDIE BOOK SPREADS AGRI AND SCIENCE AWARENESS AMONG CHILDREN


LINAS TOWN RISES AGAIN

SEVERAL young Filipinos have reached the Kiddie Book “Lina’s Town Rises Again” regardless of their status in life. This only shows how Monsanto Philippines tried to reach up to the grass root level to understand how agriculture, science and technology gives hope and life to human race.

 

Food is very important for a person to live, without food human beings may get sick, acquire diseases and worst die. Food on the table comes from the land where farmers plant rice, vegetables, corn, coconut, and among others. But we know that the agricultural land reduce its size because of land conversion, calamities, pest, etc. These farmer’s challenges enters the importance of the application of science and technology to attain food sufficiency, for the people able to eat.

 

The challenges stated are the factors Monsanto Philippines’ team did not stop to educate the young population of the country, it served as their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

In fact, they have reached Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to donate Lina’s Town kiddie book to public libraries, orphanage, elementary schools, non-governmental organizations, and communities in different barangays.

 

Indeed, it is not surprising Monsanto Philippines was recognized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines to receive a prestigious Anvil Award. (Cathy Cruz)

AFTER PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL CLOSURE, WHAT’S NEXT?


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Katas mula sa bundok ng basura sa Payatas, patunay na “saturated” na ang bundok at namemeligrong gumuho kung patuloy na gagamitin. Malaya ring dumadaloy ang katas na ito sa Calamiong creek. (Rey K. Palacio, PEO II, EMB-SWMD)
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Matarik na bahagi ng bundok ng basura sa Payatas Sanitary Landfill (Rey K. Palacio, PEO II, EMB-SWMD)

(Photo courtesy of Rey Palacio and Ashley Ignacio, EMB-DENR)

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TULUYAN NANG IPINASARA NG DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DENR) ANG PAYATAS LANDFILL DAHIL SA MARAMING PAGLABAG SA BATAS NG REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9003 O THE ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2000.

ENGR. ELIGIO ELPIDIO

SA PANAYAM NG PILIPINO PRESS KAY ENGR. ELIGIO T. ILDEFONSO, SECRETARIAT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NG NATIONAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT AND COMMISSION AT CHIEF NG SOLD WASTE MANAGEMENT DIVISION, ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT BUREAU NG DENR, NANINDIGAN ITO SA NAGING DESISYON NG KANYANG AHENSYA SA PAGPAPASARA NG PAYATAS LANDFILL DAHIL KATAS NG BASURA NA LUMALABAS SA PALIGID NG TAMBAKAN, MASANGSANG NA AMOY DAHIL SA HINDI MAAYOS NA PAMAMALAKAD NG IPM CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION.

 

MATATANDAAN NA OKTUBRE 27, 2009 BATAY SA MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR 2009-168 NANG NAG-ATAS SI DATING KALIHIM NG DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (DILG) RONALDO V. PUNO NANG MAHIGPIT NA PAGPAPATUPAD NG SECTION 17(H) AT 32 NG REPUBLIC ACT 9003 O MAS KILALA BILANG ECOLOGICAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT OF 2000.

 

BAGAMAN, ANG PAYATAS NA ISANG OPEN DUMPSITE AY ISINAAYOS NANG LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN BILANG ISANG SANITARY LANDFILL NGUNIT NANANATILI PA RIN ANG IBA’T IBANG PAGPAPABAYA NG PANGANGASIWA NG IPM.

 

AYON SA MGA RESIDENTE NA NANINIRAHAN SA PAYATAS LANDFILL, 1972 PA NANG SILA AY NAGSIMULANG MANIRAHAN SA PAYATAS DAHIL SA GREEN REVOLUTION PROJECT NG DATING PANGULONG FERDINAND E. MARCOS. SUBALIT PAGKATAPOS NG EDSA REVOLUTION, ANG DATING AMOY BUKIRIN NA PALIGID NG PAYATAS AY NAGING ISANG MARUMI AT MABAHONG LUGAR NA.

MARAMING PAGLABAG SA BATAS ANG NGAYON AY INILALABAS NG MGA RESIDENTE SA LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN KAUGNAY SA OPERASYON NG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL:

  1. TUMATAGAS NA KATAS MULA SA BASURA SA PALIGID NG LANDFILL
  2. UMAALINGASAW NA MABAHONG AMOY MULA SA LANDFILL NA UMAABOT HANGGANG SA KARATIG NA MGA BARANGAY
  3. UMAALINGASAW NA MABAHONG AMOY MULA SA MGA JUNKSHOP
  4. MAKALAT PAGPIPILI, TAMBAK NG NAPILI AT TRUCK NAGDUDULOT NG SAGABAL SA KALSADA NG MGA JUNKSHOP OPERATORS
  5. ABUSADONG MGA JUNKSHOP AT DUMP TRUCK DRIVERS DAHIL SA HINDI PAGSUNOD SA TRAPIKO SA KAHABAAN NG LITEX ROAD NA NAGDUDULOT NG TRAPIKO
  6. MGA WALA AT MALABONG PLATE NUMBER NA JUNKSHOP AT DUMP TRUCK NA NAGBIBIYAHE SA PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL
  7. PAGKASIRA NG KALSADA (SECONDARY AT MAIN ROAD)
  8. PATULOY NA PAGTAAS AT PAGLAWAK NG TAMBAK NG BASURA NA HINDI NA LIGTAS SA MATATAGAL NANG RESIDENTE NG PAYATAS.
  9. NILILIKHANG INGAY NG MAKINA NG PANGEA/IPM.
  10. PUWERSAHANG PAGPAPAALIS SA MGA RESIDENTE DAHIL SA BALAK NILANG PAGPAPALAWAK NG TAMBAK NG BASURA.

 

DANNY LIM

SAMANTALA, KINATIGAN NAMAN NI METRO MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY CHAIRMAN DANNY LIM ANG DESISYON NG PAGPAPASARA NG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL.

“HIHINTAYIN PA BA UMANONG MANGYARI MULI ANG PAYATAS TRAGEDY NA NAGANAP NOONG HULYO 10, 2000? MATAGAL NANG DAPAT IPINASARA YAN. MABUTI NA LANG, KAKAMPI NATIN NGAYON ANG DENR AT NANINDIGAN SA DESISYON NILA,” MARIING SINABI NI MMDA CHAIRMAN DANNY LIM.

 

PAGLILINAW NYA NA ANG SAKLAW LAMANG NG MMDA AY ANG SANITARY LANDFILL PERO ANG ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AY TRABAHO NG DENR.

 

PAGTATAPOS NI CHAIRMAN DANNY LIM, “ANG LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN NG QUEZON ANG DAPAT MAG-ASIKASO NG PROBLEMA NG MGA HAULERS, JUNKSHOP OWNERS AT SCAVENGERS. “WALANG FOREVER SA MUNDONG ITO, DAPAT PINAGHANDAAN NYA ANG PAGSARADO NG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL. ANO ANG GINAWA NILA?

 

SA PHONE INTERVIEW KAY DATING QUEZON CITY TREASURER EDGAR VILLANUEVA, PINATUTUNAYAN NYANG MALAKI ANG NAKUKUHANG BUWIS NG LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN NG QUEZON MULA SA MGA IBINABAYAD NG BUSINESSMEN AT REAL PROPERTY OWNERS. SINUSUBUKAN NAMAN KUNIN NG PILIPINO PRESS ANG PANIG NG BAGONG TREASURER NA SI RUBY ROSA G. GUEVARRA SUBALIT NANANATILING WALANG SAGOT MULA SA KANYANG TANGGAPAN.

 

SA KABILANG BANDA, NANATILING NANANAWAGAN ANG PAYATAS ALLIANCE RECYCLING EXCHANGE COOPERATIVE (PARE) AT PAYATAS LITEX JUNKSHOP OWNERS AND TRUCK HAULERS ASSOCIATION, INC. (PLJOTHAI) SA DENR NA MULI PAGBIGYAN ANG QUEZON CITY GOVERNMENT NA BUKSAN ANG PAYATAS LANDFILL HANGGANG DISYEMBRE NG TAONG ITO UPANG MAISAAYOS NILA ANG MGA NAKABINBIN NA TRANSAKSYON SA PAGITAN NG MGA HAULERS AT PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENTS GAYUNDIN ANG MGA SCAVENGERS AT JUNKSHOP OWNERS.

 

SA PALIWANAG NG ISANG AYAW MAGPAKILALANG ACCOUNTANT NG PRIVATE HAULER, MALAKI ANG ITINAAS NA GASTOS ISANG HAULER MULA NANG IPINASARA ANG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL UPANG MAITAPON LAMANG ANG ISANG 10-WHEELER TRUCK SA MONTALBAN NA NASA PANGANGASIWA NG INTERNATIONAL SOLID WASTER INTEGRATED MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, INC. (SWIMS) NA NASA SITIO LUKUTAN, SAN ISIDRO, RODRIGUEZ RIZAL.

 

SA KANYANG IBINIGAY NA BREAKDOWN NG GASTUSIN:

PARTICULARS MONTALBAN RATE PAYATAS RATE
Entrance Fee 530.00/truck
Dumping Fee 2,400.00/10-wheeler truck
Pathway Fee 289.00/truck
Fumigation Fee 39.00/truck

AYON KAY MANNY GUARIN, PANGULO NG PAYATAS LITEX JUNKSHOP OWNERS AND TRUCK HAULERS ASSOCIATION, INC. NALULUGI NA UMANO ANG MGA HAULERS DAHIL SA BIGLAANG PAGPAPASARA NG PAYATAS LANDFILL DAHIL SA HALOS 5 BESES ANG ITINAAS NG GASTOS NILA SA PAGTATAPON LANG NG BASURA SA MONTALBAN.

 

“SANA PAGBIGYAN NAMAN KAMI NG DENR KAHIT HANGGANG DISYEMBRE LAMANG. KATULAD KO HANGGANG KATAPUSAN NA LANG NG AGOSTO KO KAKAYANING ABONOHAN ANG GASTUSIN NG MGA DUMPTRUCKS PARA MAGHAKOT LANG NG BASURA. SA KATUNAYAN, SUMULAT NA AKO SA MGA PRIVATE ESTABLISHMENT NA KAILANGAN NA KAMING MAGTAAS NG KONTRATA SA KANILA DAHIL SA BIGLANG PAGLIPAT SA MONTALBAN NG DUMPSITE. PAGKATAPOS NG AGOSTO WALA NA AKONG MAGAGAWA KUNDI ANG TUMIGIL.” ANI NG DATING PAYATAS BARANGAY CAPTAIN NG PAYATAS AT MAY-ARI NG MANNY GUARIN HAULING SERVICES.

 

KATULAD NI GUARIN HUMIHINGI RIN NG AWA SI RAFAEL M. BULAN, GENERAL MANAGER NG PARE COOPERATIVE PARA SA MGA MANGANGALAKAL AT SCAVENGERS NG PAYATAS. ANIYA, DAHIL BIGLAAN UMANO ANG PAGPAPASARA NG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL LAHAT AY NAGULAT AT KASALUKUYANG MARAMING PAMILYA ANG NAGUGUTOM DAHIL SA WALANG PINAGKAKAKITAAN.

“MALAKI PA NAMAN ANG LUGAR NA PUWEDENG PAGTAPUNAN DITO SA PAYATAS, BAKA PUWEDENG BUKSAN ULI. ALAM NAMIN HINDI HABAMBUHAY ANG BASURA DITO SA PAYATAS PERO HUWAG NAMAN GANITONG BIGLAAN”, PAGMAMAKAAWA NG LIDER NG MGA MANGANGALAKAL.

 

DAGDAG NI BULAN, NASA 2 LIBONG KASAPI NILA ANG NGAYON AY PROBLEMADO KUNG PAANO BUBUHAYIN ANG KANI-KANILANG PAMILYA.

 

ANIYA, MAS MAAYOS NGAYON ANG GINAWANG PAMAMALAKAD NG IPM KATUWANG ANG PAYATAS OPERATIONS GROUP KAYSA NANG NAGDAANG NANGNGASIWA NG PAYATAS DUMPSITE. BAGAMAN, PINATUNAYAN NYANG MARUMI ANG KANILANG TRABAHO BILANG BASURERO AT MANGANGALAKAL PERO MARANGAL NILANG NABUBUHAY ANG KANILANG PAMILYA DAHIL DITO. MARAMI SA MGA DATING HIKAHOS AY NAPABUTI ANG BUHAY DAHIL LANG SA PANGANGALAKAL. HINDI LAMANG UMANO NAPAPAKAIN ANG PAMILYA KUNDI NAPAG-AARAL PA ANG KANILANG MGA ANAK.

 

PAGTATAPOS NI BULAN, “KAHIT HANGGANG DISYEMBRE MAN LANG MAIHANDA LANG NAMIN ANG AMING BUHAY. HINDI YUNG GANITO…NAUUBOS NA RIN ANG PISI KO PANGGASTOS SA MGA TAUHAN KO SA JUNKSHOP. KUNG AKO NAHIHIRAPAN MAS LALO NA YUNG MGA TAONG NABUBUHAY LANG TALAGA SA PANGANGALAKAL.”

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ISANG KATANUNGAN NAMAN ANG INIWAN NI ENGR. LOUIE SABATER, PLANNING OFFICER NG ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND WASTE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT, QUEZON CITY GOVERNMENT, “BAKIT NILA IPINASARA ANG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL SAMANTALANG MAS MAAYOS NAMAN DITO KAYSA SA SITWASYON SA MONTALBAN AT NAVOTAS DUMPSITE.”

 

AYON SA TEXT MESSAGE NI BARANGAY SECRETARY BHABES OCAMPO, BASE SA DATOS NG PHILIPPINE STATISTICS AUTHORITY (PSA) NOONG 2015, ANG KABUUANG POPULASYON NG BARANGAY PAYATAS AY NASA 133,000. SAMANTALANG ANG MGA BOTANTE NAMAN AY NASA 55,985.

INAASAHAN NAMAN NA BUKAS, AGOSTO 30 AY MAGKAKAROON NG DAYALOGO SA PAGITAN NG MGA HAULERS, JUNKSHOP OWNERS, MANGANGALAKAL, MANGANGALAHIG AT MGA OPISYAL NG DENR.

 

WALA NAMAN UMANONG MAISAGOT SI QUEZON CITY VICE MAYOR JOY BELMONTE SA USAPING ITO NG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL DAHIL HINDI UMANO SYA ISINASAMA SA MGA PAGPUPULONG KAUGNAY DITO. SUBALIT ANIYA, MARAMING MGA RESIDENTE ANG NAGAGALIT SA NANGYARI AT MALAKING TANONG SA KANILA KUNG ANO ANG PLANO NGAYON NG LOKAL NA PAMAHALAAN NG LUNGSOD QUEZON.

 

WALA NAMANG NAKUHANG KASAGUTAN SA PANIG NI MAYOR HERBERT BAUTISTA KAUGNAY SA USAPIN. TANGING PAGHINGI NG EXTENSION NA MABUKSAN ANG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL ANG KANYANG ISINASAGOT AT UMAAKSIYON NAMAN UMANO ANG KANILANG TANGGAPAN SA MGA PROBLEMA HINGGIL SA BASURA. BAGAMAN AMINADO SYA NA BATID NYANG PANSAMANTALANG ITINATAPON NG MGA HAULERS ANG MGA NAHAHAKOT NA BASURA SA KANI-KANIYANG LUGAR NG JUNKSHOP NA NAGDUDULOT NGAYON NG TUMITINDING BAHO SA KAHABAAN NG LITEX ROAD PAPASOK NG PAYATAS SANITARY LANDFILL. (Cathy Cruz)

(Photo source: Rey Palacio, EMB-DENR and Engr. Louie Sabater, EPWMD, QC)