About 6,000 seedlings of indigenous trees such as kamagong, narra and jackfruit were planted by more than 2,000 volunteers in barangays Bongol and Balanac in Janiuay town last Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. The three planting activity is in celebration of the 18th Pyesta sa Kakahuyan which is a brainchild of Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr.
“The unabated extraction of sand and gravel along these river systems have resulted to the damage and deterioration of the structural integrity of bridges, irrigation dams, and other public and private infrastructures as reported by the monitoring team of National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) VI…” part of the order reads. The river systems referred to in the order are: Aganan, Jalaur, Sibalom, Suage and Ulian river systems.
The Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) and Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) expressed concern over the ill effects of excessive quarrying on rivers to existing infrastructures. National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 6 regional director Ro Ann Bacal, chair of RPMC, called for an inter-agency meeting to tackle the matter at the Governor’s boardroom on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
SPO1 Jose Ronnie Panes, team leader of the Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force, and some of his men receive their copy of the commendation given by the environmental movement Pasalamat sa Katauhan from Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. and Provincial Administrator Raul Banias after the flag-raising ceremony at the provincial capitol grounds on Monday, July 31, 2017. Environmental advocate Atty. Antonio Oposa presented the said commendation to Gov. Defensor during the Visayan Sea meeting held in Sicogon Island, Carles recently.
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The Iloilo Provincial Bantay Dagat Task Force (IPBDTF) received another commendation for their successful implementation of anti-illegal fishing campaign, this time from the environmental movement Pasalamat sa Katauhan with endorsement from the United Nations (UN) – Environment. The commendation was presented to them by environmental lawyer Antonio Oposa, Jr. last Saturday, July 22, 2017, during the Visayan Sea Governors Meeting in Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo.
The provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Cebu and Masbate have renewed their commitment for the conservation, protection and restoration of the Visayan Sea.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr., Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr., Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III’s representative, and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) director Eduardo Gongona signed the covenant of commitment and cooperation during their meeting in Sicogon Island, Carles, Iloilo on Saturday (July 22, 2017). Masbate Governor Antonio Kho was absent in the meeting.
ILOILO – To avoid wastage of rainwater during rainy days, the provincial government will embark on a massive construction of rainwater harvesting facilities in water constraint villages here this year.
The P16.4-million project involves the construction of 25 rainwater harvesting systems in special areas and 42 ferrocement tanks in public schools, according to a report from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).
The Governor was assisted by OIC Provincial Administrator Dennis Ventilacion and PENRO officer-in-charge Atty. Arturo Cangrejo. Each municipality received the amount of P100,000. The recipients LGUS were: Guimbal, Igbaras, Miag-ao , San Joaquin, Tigbauan, Alimodian, Leganes, Leon, San Miguel, Calinog, Janiuay, Maasin, Anilao, Barotac Nuevo, Dingle, Balasan, Btc. Viejo, Batad, Carles, San Rafael, Estancia, Lemery and San Dionisio.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) Iloilo chief Raul Lorilla (3rd from left) asked the help of Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. for the transport of several heavy equipment of the Army's Engineering Brigade from Negros Occidental to Iloilo during a meeting at the Capitol boardroom on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The army's heavy equipment will be used for the clearing and paving of the 12-kilometer access road from Brgy.
Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. vowed full support to the Enhanced National Greening Project of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). The project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be implemented in the Jalaur River Basin which covers the municipalities of Calinog, Lambunao and Janiuay.