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CENRO prioritizes climate change adaptation with four major program

CENRO prioritizes climate change adaptation with four major program

The City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Tacloban are implementing four major programs and projects to address and adapt to the effects of climate change. File photo.

TACLOBAN CITY – This city's local government unit, through the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), prioritizes climate change adaptation with four major programs and activities. These include reforestation in watershed areas, upland ecological development, and waste management initiatives.

CENRO, in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), has allocated 35 million pesos to implement these programs.

The Upland Ecological Development program aims to plant trees in the city's denuded uplands and reforest the watershed areas in Tigbao, Diit, which covers 10 barangays, and the Baruguan watershed, which covers four barangays. 

CENRO and barangay leaders are working to improve the water quality and quantity in these areas. Additionally, 38 hectares of indigenous tree planting will be done in Caibaan, Apitong, and Utap to prevent landslides.

The Shed Estero Program is focused on cleaning up the Mangonbangon River, the largest channel in the city, which covers 17 barangays. The program will involve community leaders to ensure the river stays clean. The CENRO is also working on the Septage and Solid Waste Management Programs.

 A septage treatment facility in Barangay 106 Sto. Niño is planned to be rehabilitated in March or April and can collect 25 cubic meters of waste per day. The CENRO is also operating a biowaste composting facility in the public market, which converts 15 tons of waste into organic fertilizer for free to those interested in organic farming.

The department also provides technical assistance for tree planting and clean-up drive activities, urging the public to follow the City Ordinance 2017-13-27, which addresses solid waste management. —iTacloban (Source: CIO)

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