Barangay Mapatag Adopts as its Flagship Project the Care for Environment

IN a regular monthly session held November 21, 2015, at the Session Hall, Barangay Mapatag Council officials, headed by Punong Barangay Leonisee Ordenacion Mierla, adopted, as one of its flagship projects, the love and care for the environment. It is not just the cleanliness and ensuring that the place will be a ZERO WASTE Barangay in the end, it is also the creation of a seed bank for fruit trees, aimed at keeping the barrio green.

Punong Barangay Leonise O. Mierla is seen, in red shirt, seated at the head of the table during the session.

Punong Barangay Leonisee O. Mierla is seen, in red shirt, seated at the head of the table during the session.

Attending the meeting, as guest, was National Program Director Arturo Alvarez of the environmentalist group, Let’s Do It Philippines (LDIP), likewise, representing its designated partner and convenor for the Province of Antique, the Overseas Filipino Council International, Antique Subchapter (OFCI Antique). Last September 20, 2015, LDIP initiated a one day nationwide cleaning up of the surroundings all over the Philippines, and the Province of Antique went on board through a partnership forged with OFCI Antique.

LDIP National Program Director Art Alvarez (in white shirt) explains the proposed project for adoption of the Barangay Council.

LDIP National Program Director Art Alvarez (in white shirt) explains the proposed project for adoption of the Barangay Council.

No less than Antique Governor Rhodora “Dodod” Cadiao recognized the initiative and sent letters to all Municipalities and concerned government bodies in the province, requesting participation in the simultaneous clean-up activity, dubbed as #iam5million, which stands for LDIP’s aim to gather 5 million people during the cleanliness campaign.

Some Provincial Government employees flocked to coastal areas in San Jose, capital town of Antique, in participation of the clean-up drive.

Some Provincial Government employees flock to coastal areas in San Jose, capital town of Antique, in participation of the environment clean-up drive.

Reporting to OFCI Antique, sent to me as the lead convenor and sponsor of LDIP for the Province of Antique, Mr. Alvarez noted the following:

The meeting with the barangay council ended up with a collaboration to organize LDI barangay youth volunteers in partnership with OFCI. they will coordinate with you when the orientation will be. They extend also their warmest gratitude and appreciation for your plan to donate another four receptacle waste bins in the barangay plaza… they brought the big issue of waste along the coastal area also and the volunteers will address the issue once they are installed. The project seed bank for fruit trees is a welcoming initiative for them also… I thank them for their support and cooperation on behalf of you and OFCI and looking forward to a close coordination with our environment initiative in the barangay. I was given a ten minutes talk before their session started.”

A day prior to the meeting, Mr. Alvarez gave a lecture on Solid Waste Management to the parents and students, as well as teachers, of Mapatag Elementary School, signaling the OFCI Antique’s initiative to follow through with the cleanliness drive. Four improvised receptacle bins, making use of “tamburongs”, were donated to the school and handed officially to Principal Alfredo Montalban. Mr. Motalban, readily taking up the challenge, pledged his support and willingness to initiate the project in the District of Hamtic, under the Department of Education and Culture. This will also be in partnership with LDIP and OFCI Antique.

Principal Alfredo Montalban and LDIP's Arturo Alvarez shake hands signifying the official adoption of the school's Solid Waste Management protocol.

Principal Alfredo Montalban and LDIP’s Arturo Alvarez shake hands signifying the official adoption of the school’s Solid Waste Management protocol.

With the Barangay Council officials’ lead, in partnership with LDIP and OFCI Antique, Mapatag, one of the 47 Barangays of the Municipality of Hamtic, will now be a pioneering initiator, along with the Mapatag Elementary School, of saving and protecting our Mother Earth from further damage and degradation.

This same waste receptacles will soon be made available at the Barangay Plaza of Mapatag, to be handled by the youth volunteers.

This same waste receptacles will soon be made available at the Barangay Plaza of Mapatag, to be handled by the youth volunteers.

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Writing is a God-given talent which I try to utilize the good way. I used it as a means to earn a living, my very first job after graduating from college, when I got hired as an Information Writer by the Provincial Government of Antique through Governor Enrique A. Zaldivar in January 1982. By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, and was only able to practice it when I got recruited to work in a private hospital in Kuwait. This was in November 1987 and since then I have been living in Kuwait, now retired since June 2002. Because of my knack in writing I got hired in 1994 to write for Kuwait Times and later became an Editor of 'Pinoy News' a weekly supplement of KT. In March 1996 I published the very first independent Filipino newspaper in Kuwait and the Gulf bannered as Pinoy Expat News or PEN. The paper lasted for only 10 weekly issues. This was followed by another publication and came out first as an insert of an ad paper and later as a separate tabloid. I used then 'Pinoy News' as it was my idea the first time it was used for Kuwait Times. This again failed and produced only three weekly issues. I then turned to the Internet and in 1999 I got hired as a Contributing Editor of Suite101.com, a writers' portal on the web. The last of my articles was published December 31, 2002 but my topic 'Overseas Filipino Workers' was still visible until January 2006. All the 38 articles I wrote have been compiled into a book which I published in August 2007. I discovered blogging in 2006 but was not really serious about my writing. I wrote according to my whim. Having this blog under my own domain name is now a welcome development and I plan to concentrate again in writing. As is commonly said: "A writer will always be a writer." http://fredacontreras.com/

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