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Mandy Fernandez/BM, GMA News | August 6, 2012 3:12pm

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago

Naghain ng panukala si Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago na nagbabawal sa mga retail establishment na gumamit ng plastic bag na isang beses lamang maaaring gamitin.

“This bill bans single-use, throw-away plastic bags, and creates incentives for the promotion and use of reusable bags,” ayon kay Santiago sa inihain niyang Senate Bill No. 3233.

“It is considered one of the most common forms of litter, pollution, and waste. Plastic bags do not just create visual pollution problems, they are also the cause of major flooding in urban areas since they clog canals, drainages, and waterways. As a common form of pollution, they have harmful effects on aquatic and terrestrial animals as they cannot be digested by such animals easily,” paliwanag ni Santiago.

Sa panukalang nais ipatupad ni Santiago, mahigpit na ipinagbabawal ang paggamit ng single-use, throw-away carry-out bags na gawa sa kahit anong materyal tulad ng plastic, papel at cornstarch, kabilang na ang mga green bags na binibenta ng mall-chain SM.

“Instead, it may provide the customer with areusable bag for a reasonable price; provided, the customer did not bring his or her own shopping bag. Such fee shall be determined by the Department in consultation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). No store shall be a source of supply of a single-use, throw-away bag for a customer,” aniya.

Hindi naman kasali sa panukala ang packaging ng mga karne, isda, gulay, prutas, tinapay at iba pang parehong uri.

Sa ilalim ng Section 5 ng naturang panukala, nakatakda ang mga parusa sa mga lalabag. Ang mga ito ay:

Unang paglabag: Kinakailangang magbayad ng multa na P20,000.

Ikalawang paglabag: Kinakailangang magbayad ng P100,000 na multa at haharap sa anim na buwang suspensyon ng business permit.

Ikatlong paglabag: Kinakailangang magbayad ng P500,000 na multa at haharap sa isang taong suspensyon ng business permit. Kinakailangan ding dumalo sa dalawang araw na forum ang operator ng tindahan tungkol sa pagkalinga sa kalikasan, na pamumunuan ng Department of Environment and Natural Resources at ng accredited pro-environment non-government na organisasyon.

“Continuous offense after the third offense shall cause the revocation of the store’s business license,” ayon sa panukala.

Samantala, mabibigyan naman ng tax incentives ang lahat ng tindahan sa tutupad sa panukala



July 25, 2012/The Manila Bulletin

ANGONO, Rizal – Some 600 individuals coming from poor families have been tapped to assist the local government in its clean-up drive to prevent flooding in this town.
The activity which started two days ago and will end after 10 days is part of the Cash For Work program under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Under the program, the beneficiaries will be paid more than 200 pesos per day in exchange for the community service they rendered.
The office of Mayor Gerardo “Gerry” Calderon said some P1.4 million have been allocated by the DSWD for the program which will benefit the poorest of the poor members of the community who are capable of providing community service.
The DSWD program has a counterpart in the local government which has long been tapping the services of some out of school youth in the clean-up activities in this lakeshore town.
The payment for the services rendered by the Cash For Work workers will be coming from the regional office of the DSWD.
Mayor Gerry Calderon identified the construction of Angono’s Eco-Park and cheaper cost of dredging the Angono River as two of his most significant projects.

Photo shows some of Mayor Gerry’s current and future projects involving physical rehabilitation of Angono, Rizal.

 In a report during the Peace and Order Council recently, Mayor Gerry noted that the former garbage transfer station area has been developed and actually gained recognition.
Earlier, a United Nations Organization watchdog commended the Municipality of Angono, Rizal for its remarkable steps in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in terms of environmental sustainability.
The MDG Achievement Fund cited Angono for its admiring waste management program and for constructing the Angono Eco-Park, which consists of segregation area, dog pound, transfer station area and canal.
The MDG Achievement Fund is an international cooperation mechanism whose aim is to accelerate progress on the MDGs worldwide. It was established in December 2006 and supports national governments, local authorities and citizen organizations in their efforts to tackle poverty and inequality.
The award, signed by UN Resident Dr. Jacqui Badcock and League of Municipalities president Strike Revilla, was received by Mayor Gerry Calderon on February 10 at the University of the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Mayor Gerry explained that dredging the Angono River was less expensive under his watch.
“The previous administration spent worth P1M for dredging 400 meters while in year 2011, we had dredged 4,000 meters amounting to P4M only. The saving was achieved because of the ‘bayad lupa scheme’ a private – public partnership,” Mayor Gerry said, quoting the report of the Engineering Office.
Mayor Gerry also emphasized the Techno-Demo Farm and Gulayan Bayan project in Mahabang Parang, which is part of his Upland Development Program or “Sagip-Bundok, Sagip-Buhay” campaign.
The project aims to protect and preserve the remaining vegetation in the upland area as well as stop building structures in areas both covered and uncovered by Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).The project is managed by Dr. Alejandro Medina, officer-in-charge of the Municipal Agriculture Office.

A component also of this project is disallowing further development of subdivisions.
Other major physical rehabilitation projects of Mayor Gerry include the operational Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) located at Sitio Labahan, Brgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal and managed by former Councilor Danny de Guzman, renovation of the Lakeside Park,  and the construction of the “Malakas and Maganda” sculpture in front of the municipal building.
The MRF produces cement out of the recycled materials such as garbage and plastic, which were eventually given for free or sold lower than the existing price in the market.
The Lakeside Park, on the other hand,  is a favorite jogging and leisure area of many Angono residents, where the Angono scene at dusk is better than the Manila Bay sunset.
Report by Richard Gappi
Photo by Manda Icasiano
MANILA, Philippines—Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s biggest power distributor, plans to start by July this year the implementation of a pilot project that will test the viability of the prepaid retail electricity scheme among an initial 40 households in Angono, Rizal.
In an interview, Alfredo S. Panlilio, senior vice president and head of customer retail services at Meralco, said that from an initial 40 households that agreed to participate, the distribution utility is targeting to increase the number of participants to as many as 400 during the six-month pilot testing period.
“We want to make sure we will be able to get adequate feedback and insights from our customers. We want to take a look at what is going to happen in terms of full customer experience such as in loading of power credits, the technical aspects, consumer habits, among others. We are now in the process of recruiting volunteers,” Panlilio told the Inquirer.
The pilot activities will also test the viability of the existing prepaid platform, the prepaid meters and the various vending solutions that may be deployed. More importantly, the pilot tests will determine if the prepaid retail electricity scheme will not only be a good business case for Meralco, but if it can also provide lasting benefits to its customers.
“The implementation of the pilot phase is key to our decision to pursue the prepaid retail electricity scheme because it will give us a good picture of what customers expect from the service, and at the same time give us internally comfort on the business case and hopefully, we can show the value of this initiative to the Energy Regulatory Commission,” Panlilio added.
Meralco is awaiting clearance from the Energy Regulatory Commission, or ERC, to be able to start the pilot-testing activities. It is also still in discussions with the regulator for the “mechanics” in terms of, for example, the sale of prepaid cards, if these would be currency denominated and if the kilowatt-hours will be determined at the point of consumption, as well as in terms of the recovery of the costs of prepaid meters.
The initial prepaid meters to be used by Meralco are “demo units,” according to Panlilio, and are not part of the 40,000 prepaid meters approved for acquisition. The timing of the acquisition will rely on how successful the pilot phase will be and, eventually, market demand.
The prepaid retail electricity service is one of the innovations introduced by the ERC so that consumers can have more power to control their electricity bills.
Under the prepaid meter scheme, subscribers can monitor their electricity consumption in real time while their meter systems can warn them if and when the load is nearing zero to avoid automatic disconnection.—Amy R. Remo

The Muncipality of Angono, thru its Municipal Environment & Natural Resources (MENRO),  have partnered with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) to conduct a one-day seminar on continuing Environmental Education amongst Pollution Control Officers of the municipality.  The said seminar will be conducted on Friday, March 16, 2012, at Villa Elena, Arveemar Subd., Angono, Rizal.

Angono, Rizal Mayor Gerry Calderon will welcome guests and speakers from the LLDA.  Among the expected speakers are Engr. Paul U. Mistica who will discuss the actual situation of the Laguna Lake by region.  Atty. John Andrew de Guzman will tackle some pertinent Laws on the industry while  Engr. Aloysius Capisonda will have talks on permitting requirements of LLDA.  Climate change issues will have a note from Engr. Angelica Celicious.

Engr. Emilnor B. Pasion of the Angono Municipal Engineering Office will have the opening remarks on the event.

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