SOPA 2017: Comval Gov. Uy highlights “planet” or environmental governance

Compostela Valley Province–  “To preserve victory, we crafted the idea of One Comval, One Vision,” this was part of the opening message of Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy during his 1st State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan session hall, Provincial Capitol on October 18, 2017.

He summed up the provincial government’s accomplishments for a year into Planet, People, Prosperity and Peace with several of his platforms highlighted.

The “planet” signifies environmental  governance as he encouraged every individual, as stewards in protecting the environment. Mainly, the programs and projects are lodged at the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO).

Through the PENRO, the office leads in the advocacy on Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 which includes, among others, the proper segregation of wastes. Tree-planting and growing activities also continue with a total area of 6,477 hectares. To date, the total dispersed and planted trees reached to 5,505,864 hills of assorted forest and fruit trees to 5,784 farmers. The governor also expound on the Mining and Quarrying Development Program that facilitate on responsible mining, small-scale mining and the issuance of several sand and gravel.

On the other hand, the PDRRMO highlights its Disaster Preparedness. From 2016-2017, the government invested a total amount of P41 Million on capacity building activities, production of information and education campaigns, completion of Provincial Disaster Operation Center and the purchase of disaster response vehicles.

“Pinaagi sa mga trainings nga nahatag sa amoa, ang ‘impact is more capacitated’ na ang mga constituent sa Monkayo, ang awareness sa community labi na tong naa sa high risk area mas na aware na sila unsa pag manage kung dunay mga disaster nga muabot sa among lungsod,” attested Alicia Cabunoc, MDRRMO of Monkayo.

In the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, the province invested P28.3 Million Pesos for this program. “This is where we get the funds for climate change adaptation and mitigation projects for food security…This proactive measure will provide great support especially to families living in flood and landslide prone-areas and ensure everyone that there will be sufficient supply of food in the event of disaster,” Gov. Uy said.

Finally, P35.5 Million is also allotted for the Disaster Recovery and Rehabilitation program which includes repair of roads, bridges, dike and seawalls, and other damaged government infrastructures.

Guided by the  “One Comval, One Vision,” this will serve as the motivator for every sector in the province to work together with a common vision, highlighting a better life for children, a clean and green environment, and a growing economy in a peaceful province. (Jazel N. Sarte//ids comval)