Volunteers back PLS Sawaga clean-up drive

MALAYBALAY CITY- The Philippine Life Saving (PLS) Bukidnon Chapter spearheaded a clean-up drive in a portion of the city’s Sawaga River in celebration of the International Coastal Clean-up Day on September 18.

About 147 volunteers cleaned the stretch of the river from Sumpong to Impalambong Bridge covering five barangays, namely; Barangays 3, 4, 7, 10, and 11.

Volunteers were able to collect around 30 sacks of non-biodegradable garbage, according to John Valmores, PLS assistant secretary. The group also cleared tall grasses along the river, particularly at the Impalambong bridge.    Continue reading

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Bukidnon: One of 10 climate change adaptation pilot areas – NEDA

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/12 September) The province of Bukidnon is one of 10 provinces in the country selected as a pilot area for the Joint Programme on Strengthening the Philippines’ Institutional Capacity to adapt to climate change, according to the National Economic Development Authority, which spearheads the program in the country.

The joint program, dubbed MDG-F 1656 JP, aims to influence the institutions of government and their respective key processes by integrating climate change adaptation as one of the critical issues that pose as a serious threat to the achievement of the country’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on environmental sustainability, said Sheila Marie Encabo, MDG-F 1656 JP coordinator in her letter to Gov. Alex Calingasan, a copy of which was obtained by Bukidnon News. Continue reading

Valencia, tornado-prone area – PAGASA Bukidnon chief

MALAYBALAY CITY – Some areas in Bukidnon are prone to tornadoes, the Valencia City barangays along the Pulangui River, included, Anianita Fortich, chief meteorological officer PAGASA Bukidnon said. Continue reading

Malaybalay City water supply interrupted, restored

MALAYBALAY CITY – Most of the city’s water concessionaires did not have water supply starting dawn today as a portion of the main pipeline connecting the source to the distributor burst out, the Malaybalay City Water District announced Friday morning.

Glenn Rose Ledesma, MCWD public information officer, said water from the city’s main source Kibalabag watershed could not flow to the MCWD mainline for distribution because the steel pipe was destroyed leading to the Kimambong Treatment Plant.

Ledesma said over radio station DXDB that their Sumpong treatment facility could only serve a small portion of the concessionaires. Continue reading

Invasive, alien plant species identified in Mt. Kitanglad

MALAYBALAY CITY – A team from the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the University of the
Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) has identified species considered as “invasive”
and “alien” to the Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park in Bukidnon.

Invasive alien species, the DENR said, are plants, animals, pathogens and
other organisms that are not originally from the ecosystem that may cause
economic or environmental harm or adversely affect human health.

The team visited two sites in Mt. Kitanglad Range Natural Park – the
Cinchona Reserve in Lantapan, Bukidnon and Barangay Imbayao in Malaybalay
City.

Found in the park’s Cinchona Reserve are Lantana, Buyo-buyo, Mahogany,
mile-a-minute, African Tulip and Caliandra. In Imbayao, the team found
Lantana, Buyo-buyo, Mahogany, mile-a-minute, African Tulip, Mosisi,
Gapas-gapas and Caliandra.

Felix Mirasol, community environment and natural resources officer, said the
team has yet to come up with an action plan about it.

According to the DENR, the team was conducting preparatory activity in the
identification of potential pilot area for a project on the management of
invasive species in the forests of Southeast Asia.

The project is also being conducted in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

A post at the DENR’s web site said that the invasive and alien species may
“impact adversely upon biodiversity, including decline or elimination of
native species – through competition, predation, or transmission of
pathogens – and the disruption of local ecosystems and ecosystem functions.”

The DENR said the identification of alien invasive species is part of the
international commitment of the Philippine government in the protection of
forests in Southeast Asia.

The other potential sites in the Philippines for the project, the DENR said,
include Maasim Watershed in Iloilo and Sibalom Natural Park in Antique; Mt.
Isarog in Naga City; Bataan Roosevelt Natural Park in Bataan; and Lake Sebu
in South Cotabato. (Walter I. Balane)