The 37.8M Enhancing Environmental Laws Awareness and Enforcement Project (EELAEP) of the Provincial Government of Guimaras (PGG) has benefitted 6,225 responsible residents of the island-province.
Ms. Teresita Siason, Local DRRM Officer IV said that the project components were capability building such as raising knowledge, skills and attitude through training of participants-implementers and local folks on major local environment laws; monitoring of the environment and reporting to proper authorities about related violations and implementations outputs.
“We have the ability and desire to share with others about caring for the environment; monitoring and reporting to proper authority any illegal activities on environment including the coastal area; environmental actions like upland coastal clean –up among others, she said.
The said environmental project implemented on March 12 to April 15, 2016 trained the municipalities’ residents in identifying issues and formulate solutions or recommendations for natural resources conservation, targeted to increase the awareness on Guimaras Code of 2005 and Anti-Plastic Ordinance of 2014.
“And information dissemination/advocacy to local residents and major stakeholders about environmental laws, issues and how to care for the environment is also one of the project component” she added.
Moreover, the said project was co-managed by the PGG and Municipal LGUs, in which the PGG was responsible in designing and reproduction of the training module, materials and reporting templates or matrix.
Ms. Juneline S. de la Cruz from Guimaras Environment and Natural Resources Office (GENRO) said that the communities must be active in rehabilitating the environment since everybody has a big role in preserving the nature.
“Paagi sini ma increase guid ang awareness sang pamululyo kag ma-minimize ang violation sa atun environmental laws kag syempre ang atun kabarangayan maging active man sila para ma rehabilitate ang atun palibot since sila, kita, may daku guid nga role nga alatubangon sa pa preserba sang atun palibot” she emphasized.
She further said that the training of the project implementers was conducted by the PGG together with the MLGU representatives.
The said project has 6, 2225 number of implementers 1,968 for the municipality of Buenavista 1, 249 for Jordan, 1, 349 Nueva Valencia, 797 San Lorenzo and Sibunag have 862 implementers wherein the team leaders or coordinators and implementers has a wage of 250 Php per day however the implementers were obliged to work for 20 days while the team leaders or coordinators has 30 number of working days to be complied .
“Ang MLGUs ta sila ang nag take charge sa pag implementar sang project sa mga municipality. Sila ang naga assign sang team leadres ukon monitors sa mga implementers kag sila man ini ang naga lead sa recruitment and payment ka wages sang mga project implementers. Kag sila man ang naga monitor kag aang naga submit sang reports sa PGG. At the same time, ang PGG nag conduct man sang monitoring and evaluation” said de la Cruz.
Anthonio Galves of Baranggay Poblacion, Jordan, one of the beneficiaries, said that the projects has helped him and their community and served as a wake up call for environmental protection.
“Ini nga proyekto makabulig man sa atun palibot tungod nga paagi sini mamintinar ang pag preserba sang atun palibot kag mahagan hagan man ang posibli nga krisis nga maga abot.”
“Isa man ini ka pamukaw sa amun nga kinahanlan indi natun pag abusaran ang palibot kay kita man gihapon nga mga tawo ang maga antos sa ulihi sa posibli nga maga abot nga mga kalamidad” he added.