A Waste Analysis and Characterization Study (WACS) was conducted at Barangay Daga Ecological Park spearheaded by the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENR) of Santa Barbara, Iloilo on October 14, 2014.
The purpose of the program is for operational awareness and knowledge on how to categorize solid waste accumulated by every household.
“The WACS will aid the development of material resources and energy using municipal solid waste,” said Ms. Remia Capistrano, an officer from MENR.
Being a progressive municipality, the MENR needs to study how much waste is being generated everyday by every Santa Barbaranhon.
Moreover, it reiterated the environmental significance of proper waste segregation as mandated by R.A. 9003 otherwise known as “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.”
The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Kapit‐Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan ‐ Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI‐ CIDSS) program billed ₱21M budget for the Municipality of Santa Barbara.
The KALAHI-CIDSS is a poverty alleviation program that provides resources to poor rural municipalities for public goods investment and promotes people’s participation in governance.
Mr. Vincent Lusaya, the Municipal Planning and Development Officer (MPDO), introduced the KALAHI-CIDDSS NCDDP Area Coordinating Team assigned in the municipality of Santa Barbara in the daily flag ceremony program of the town.
The team will be assigned in different barangays to see to it that activities according to the community cycle will be followed and will be duly implemented to the best interest of the community.
Santa Barbara will also get 20 facilitators as counterpart to do the leg work in identifying and deciding what kind of project under the KALAHI-CIDSS menu will be implemented.
The development objective of KALAHI CIDSS-NCDDP is to have barangays/communities of targeted municipalities become empowered to achieve improved access to services and to participate in more inclusive local planning, budgeting, and implementation.
The Local Government Unit (LGU), Non-Government Organizations (NGO’s) and Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) of the Municipality of Santa Barbara celebrated the Elderly Filipino Week (EFW) last October 7 to 11, held at Santa Barbara Covered Gym.
Members of senior citizen associations from different zones and barangays of the town gathered for this weeklong celebration to highlight their role in nation building.
“Rako gd mga aktibidades para sa senior. Makapoy pay sadya man ah, daw mabatyagan mo gd na ginataw-an kaw ka gobyerno ka importansya,” according to a 79-year-old participant, Felicidad Silarde.
This year’s theme: “Ang Nakakatanda ay Yaman, Katuwang sa Pag Unlad ng Bayan, Paalagaan Kanilang Karapatan” (The elderly are treasures in the development of our Nation, their rights should be protected) focuses the need to continuously promote and protect the rights and welfare of the older persons.
The program was attended by Hon. Gov. Arthur D. Defensor, Sr., DSWD Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre, CESO III and 2nd District Board Member Hon. June Mondejar.
The EFW celebration is pursuant to Proclamation No. 470 issued by former President Fidel V. Ramos on September 26, 1994. The event aims to increase public awareness on the different issues concerning the older persons’ sector.