April 15, 2011


     SAN PABLO CITY – Sa maikling pakikipanayam kay City Health Officer Job D. Brion noong Lunes ng umaga, ay kaagad niyang ipinahayag ang kanyang kasiyahan sa pakikiisang ipinagkakaloob ng mga punong barangay, at kanilang mga barangay nutrition scholar at barangay health worker upang maabisahan ang kanilang mga kanayon sa araw at oras ng pagdalaw ng vaccination team ng City Health Office upang magbakuna sa mga bata laban sa tigdas.

     Ang kampanya ng pagbabakuna laban sa tigdas ay sinimulan noong nakaraang Lunes, Abril 4, at matatapos sa Mayo 4. Ang dapat bakunahan ay lahat ng mga batang may gulang na mula sa siyam (9) buwan hanggang pitong taon at 11 buwan, at isinasagawa mismo sa tahanan kung saan nakatira ang bata. O bara-barangay, bahay-bahay, at door-to-door para sa mga naninirahan sa mga apartment. Ang City Health Office ang gumagawa ng eskedyul ng pagdalaw ng vaccination team sa 80 barangay ng lunsod.

     Personal na na-obserbahan ni Dr. Brion na bago dumalaw sa Barangay V-B ang vaccination team ay personal na si Punong Barangay Rosilon C. Exconde ang namahagi ng  abiso o notisya ng araw at oras ng pagdating ng mga nars na magbabakuna sa kanilang tahanan. Samantala sa Barangay Mavenida (VI-A) ay personal na sinamahan ni Punong Barangay Ronald M. Castillo, ilang kagawad at kanilang BNS sa pagkatok sa mga tahanan na may batang ang gulang ay dapat pagkalooban ng bakuna laban sa tigdas. (Ruben E. Taningco)

City unites thousands for Mother Earth, Enforces P-N-P principle

Mayor Arlene Arcillas is among the participating runner

One thousand six hundred eighty Rosenians and environment advocates walked, ran and biked for a cause on April 10 during the Sikad-Lakad-Takbo para sa Kalikasan (SILAKBO), the City of Santa Rosa’s unique way of raising environmental awareness and responsiveness.

     “Our objective to unite all sectors – government, industrial, school, business, non-government organization and civic organizations – was realized through this activity,” said City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Linda Creencia. She also reported that not only Santa Rosa residents but environmental advocates from adjacent cities and town like Calamba City, Biňan City and Cabuyao also joined in the City’s kick-off celebration of Earth Week. 

     According to registration records, 169 biked, 1,055 walked and 456 ran during the event.
     Organized by the City Government of Santa Rosa, in partnership with the Save Silang-Santa Rosa River Foundation Inc. (S3R2), SILAKBO is also a fund raising campaign in the efforts to save the 27-kilometer stretch of the Silang-Santa Rosa River, the major waterway here. For this year, proceeds reached P250,000.

     According to S3R2 President Ronnel Andaya, the Silang-Santa Rosa River runs through four barangays in the City up to the Laguna Lake. Highlighting the timeliness of the theme “Malinis na Ilog, Kayamang Kaloob, Andaya said “In the future, Laguna Lake will serve as major source of water that is why we want to help in keeping it clean through the S3R2.”

     An environmentalist herself, City Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas did not just walk but also ran during SILAKBO. In her message, she said that the City Government has many programs for the environment but admitted that the officials cannot do it alone. “We need the participation of every one; all of us should start within our homes and barangays,” she said.

     “Here in the City of Santa Rosa, we have PNP - we Protect and we Nurture, therefore we Preserve,” said Mayor Arcillas. Serving to validate this principle of protect-nurture-preserve, the City of Santa Rosa is drafting its first ever Environment Code, a compendium of all existing local ordinance and national laws related to environment. Expected to be approved by June this year, the Environment Code contains provisions on air, water, land and solid waste management.

     Other activities for the weeklong-celebration of Earth Week 2011 include a photo exhibit at SM City Santa Rosa on April 11, mural painting on April 12, Green Exposition on April 13, MusiKalikasan Concert featuring The Olay Yapanit on April 15 and Lakeshore Clean-up on April 16. (Aries Zapanta)

Students get award for rainfall monitoring and recording

Seventeen teams  of  primary pupils and secondary students  from all public and private schools will be awarded  outstanding regional  winners of the 2nd Rain Watchers Award.   Qualifiers are those engaged in Project Rain Gauge, which Smart Communications, Inc. started in 2007  in partnership with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

      According to Mr. Darwin F.  Flores,  Smart’s Senior  Manager for Community Partnerships,  Project Rain Gauge is envisioned to create a network of supplementary ground stations across the country to provide additional data on local rainfall measurement in specific areas for a more effective and accurate local weather monitoring.  He said that involvement of  teachers and students  provides sustainability  to the project.

     “Schools are trained to regularly monitor and record rainfall data, which they send to a website (www.projectraingauge.ph ) hosted and maintained by Smart.”  Flores added.

     The search for outstanding rain watchers was suggested  last year by AGHAM Party-List Representative  Angelo  B.  Palmones,  who is also the Chairman of the Philippine Typhoon Committee Foundation, Inc. (TCFI),   aimed at widening the  participation of schools and sustaining  the interest of  students.

     The 2nd Rain Watchers Award was recently launched with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the TCFI, PAGASA, the  Department of Education (DepEd) and AGHAM.

     “We support this effort to recognize the schools that have consistently and conscientiously monitored rainfall because we hope that the data gathered will  support PAGASA,  and complement the agency’s capacity to determine fine-scale rainfall patterns necessary  to describe local climate,”  Palmones said .   He  said that  the work being done by rain watchers  will  help in building data that will form the basis  for early warning systems in flood-prone communities.

          From the  regional,  top three national winners will be selected and awarded by November this year.  Regional winners will receive medals for the team  and laptops for their schools, while national winners will receive cash prizes, plaques of recognition, mobile phones and Smart Bro plug-it units.  Winning schools at the national level will receive desktop computers and Smart Bro plug-it units.    

     Interested schools can register in Project Rain Gauge  until April 30, 2011.   For more information,   access  www.projectraingauge.ph   (AGHAM/Vicky B. Bartilet)

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