Posted by Administrator /  01.04.2011
Charlie O. Balanon,Governor's Press Corps-La Union

The newly-designated Environment Management Coordinators (EMCs) of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of La Union attended a training course on Urban Environmental Management (UEM) last March 14-18 at the Southeast Asian Education Ministers Organization Regional Center for Innovation and Technology (SEAMEO INNOTECH) in Quezon City.

The five-day training course was organized by the Center for Advanced Philippine Studies (CAPS), the partner of the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) in the implementation of its sanitation program dubbed “Sanitasyon para Kadatayo Amin.” It is designed for LGU technical personnel who are envisioned to protect the environment in the realization of sustainable progress and development. It also aims to create understanding of urban environment management of both the natural and built environments through the appreciation of the principles, concepts, elements, components and other aspects of human settlement planning and management.

Topics include Human Settlements Planning and Management; Sustainable Urban Land Use and Urban Transport; Traffic Management; Air Quality Management; Energy Use Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation; Integrated Water Resource Management; Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM); Wastewater Management; and Environmental Communication and Professional Ethics.

As a component of the training, participants visited Marikina City to see its best practices on urban environmental management. Presentations of the city’s best management practices and positive impacts to the populace on solid waste, traffic management, composting and septage treatment were also facilitated. A facility-visit was also conducted at the Olandes Septage Treatment Plant (STP) managed by the Manila Water Company which caters to the treatment of septage from commercial and household septic tanks.

The EMCs’ mandate are by virtue of Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 155-2010 which requests all municipalities without Environment Natural Resources Officer to appoint or designate an EMC with appropriate funding. EMCs in attendance were Catalina L. Pang-ot of Sudipen; Tito U. Gorospe and Jandy F. Castillo of Luna; SBM Irene V. Taguiam of Bangar; Arthur S. Lalong of Santol; Romeo H. Ostrea of Bacnotan; Margarita C. Santiago of San Juan; Rizalyn D. Medriano of San Fernando City; Joanna D. Sabado of Bauang; Atty. Marivic Estrada-Rimando of Naguilian; Gaudencio O. Quezada of Burgos; Engr. Patricio A. Dulay of Caba; Joseph Luis A. Estalilia of Aringay; SBM Renato D. Balderas of Agoo; Dr. Jofrey P. Otong of Pugo; Roy A. Arongot of Sto Tomas; and Ms. Mary Ann D. Halog of Rosario. Accompanying them are Also in attendance were PGLU Environment and Natural Resources Division staff led by Dianne M. Orpilla and CAPS personnel headed by Dir. Danilo Lapid.

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