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Mindanao Newsbit for April 28, 2014

Standard Protocol

Davao City — The Davao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) recently convened government agencies and local government units (LGUs) here to create a localized standard protocol of the province for disaster preparedness and mitigation. Its creation is aimed to harmonize and complement a smooth coordination among the line agencies involved when a disaster comes. Romulo Tagalo, executive director of PDRRMC, said the need to localize the protocol is to further strengthen the ties between the line agencies and the PDRRMC in disaster response.  (Cherry Mae Palicte)

Organic Agriculture

Surigao City – The city government here is focusing on organic agriculture as it aimed to increase its farm production for the “food security” program, and wider perspective in regional and national markets in agricultural products. In a wider scope, the city government is also set to distribute more bags of rice seeds, corn seeds, and packets of assorted vegetable seeds to more than 4,000 farmers in the various farming areas in this city. Last year, the LGU already distributed 735 bags of rice seeds, 55 bags of corn seeds, and 1,500 packets of assorted vegetables to the farmers. (Mike Crismundo)

P742-M Water Facility

Zamboanga City – The Prime Water Infrastructure Corporation (PWIC) has earmarked P742-million for the construction of a water treatment facility and bulk water supply project inside the Zamboanga Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (ZamboEcoZone) in this city. The project package investment was sealed and formalized recently with the signing of a lease agreement contract by and between the PWIC and the ZamboEcoZone. The water treatment facility and bulk water supply project will be constructed on a 50-hectare land in the ZamboEcoZone Highlands at Sitio Anuling, Upper Pamucutan. (Nonoy Lacson)

Caving Summit

Surigao City – The city government here will be hosting the 2015 National Caving Summit, a city official disclosed. In his State of Local Governance Report, City Mayor Ernesto T. Matugas said this national event is another milestone in the promotion of the city’s tourism. He said the national cavers found this city as suitable for the caving summit where 14 amazing caves can be found in Barangay Silop). “The many caves here are among the region’s tourism spots that we should be proud of and where we will, hand in hand, preserve for all generations to enjoy,” Matugas said. (Mike Crismundo)

Disposal Permit

Davao City – Bislig Mayor Librado Navarro has appealed to the media to condemn the detonation of about 750 kilos of dynamite at the PICOP Resources, Inc. compound in Barangay Tabon, Bislig, Surigao del Sur, last Tuesday. He said that earlier, his office was informed about the planned detonation of 1.5-ton of dynamite at the compound, but confirmed that he was not able to sign its approval. “We had received the communications of PICOP on Monday, and the following day blew half of it without my knowledge. The other half was said to be burned according to my source,” Navarro said. “I want this to be exposed in the media and I will ask the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to answer as to why they did allow it to happen,” he said. (Cherry Mae Palicte)