Bulacan LGU begins trash to school supplies program

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2019   •   2193

The Municipal Agriculture office of the Baliwag, Bulacan local government has begun its program to give away school supplies in exchange for trash.

They launched the project in 2017 where they exchange grocery items for every collected trash.

According to Information, Education and Communication Campaign Program Municipal Environment and Natural Resource Office (MENRO) Ronald Cruz all waste in schools like plastic cups and sachets are exchanged for school supplies like notebooks and pens.

“Mayroon po tayong beneficiary na nabigyan dito sa bayan ng Baliwag regarding po sa eskwelahan, kung ano po iyong nagiging basura sa eskwelahan tulad ng plastic cup iyong mga sachet ng chichiria o mga snack iyon po pinapalit po naming iyon, (We already have school beneficiaries here in Baliwag. They exchange plastic cups, plastic chips or snacks [school supplies]” he said.

In Barangay Makinabang a plastic bottle is equal to a pack of school supplies.

Palit Basura Director Alberto Casanas said this program helps the residents ease their expenses especially during opening of classes.

“Nababawasan at nagagamit sa ibang proyekto ng ating munisipyo, ([waste] is reduced and used in our municipal projects)” he said.

DILG to issue show cause order vs LGUs that fail to submit vaccination data

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said local government units (LGUs) that fail to submit their vaccination data will receive a show cause order.

DILG undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said there are about 10 million vaccination data that have not yet been uploaded in the system because of delays in the submission of vaccination data.

“Mayroon nga pong 30% ng mga LGU’s na hindi nagsusumite ng kanilang updated records every day. Dahil base po doon sa ating polisiya sa National Vaccine Operations Center, at the end of the day kailangan po ay naire-report nila ang nababakunahan nila, (About 30% of LGUs have not yet submitted their updated daily records. Based on the policy of the National Vaccine Operations Center, LGUs need to submit their vaccination data),” Malaya said.

“In the next few weeks the DILG could already tell if there are LGUs that need to be issued a show cause order and charged with negligence or misconduct,” he added.

The department has also instructed the Philippine National Police and the Bureau of Fire Protection to ensure the delivery of vaccines to far-flung areas. AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)

Duterte wants LGU officials to convince constituents to get vaccinated

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged local government officials to ramp up their respective COVID-19 vaccination programs.

“I urge LGUs to come up with the most systematic and efficient way of finding out who among your constituents have not yet vaccinated. Please do everything to convince them to get vaccinated,” he said during his weekly public address.

Duterte reported that as of October 24, the country has administered 55.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine, where around 30 million were given as first doses and 25 million as second doses.

He added that the national government aims to fully vaccinate 50 million citizens by the end of the year.

“We also need to ramp up vaccination rate in various LGUs in order to reach our target of inoculating 50 million fully-vaccinated individuals by the end of the year,” Duterte said.

The president added that vaccine supply allocated for far-flung provinces must not expire and should preserve its integrity.

” Yung mga bakuna na sana umabot na doon sa pinakamalayong lugar and the provincial, city, and
municipal health officials will take over. Ang concern ko lang naman is that they would be able to preserve the integrity of the vaccines. That is very important. Ibig sabihin na hindi expired, walang sira, hindi ma-contaminate and all,” he said. AAC

DSWD to assist LGUs hit by STS Maring

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is prepared to assist local government units (LGUs) hit by Severe Tropical Storm ‘Maring’.

Based on the October 12 report, the DSWD still has P1.06 billion stockpiles and standby funds, where more than P133 million is the available standby funds in the DSWD Central Office and its Field Offices (FOs).

The department also added that a total of 381,893 family food packs (FFPs) are prepositioned in strategic locations around the country.

The DSWD reported that, 762 families or 2,536 persons are currently taking temporary shelter in 58 evacuation centers in the said regions.

The Department’s Quick Response Teams in the affected regions remain on alert status to work with concerned LGUs in assisting their constituents. AAC

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