Valencia City Evaluated Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran 2015
To assess and evaluate Valencia City’s performance in the area of environmental management and protection specifically on Physical Conditions, Space Greening and support System, the Provincial Government of Bukidnon headed by the GPK Evaluation Team Leader Ms. Grace Hope Baily of DILG Provincial Office, conducted its annual Gawad Pangulo sa KAPALIGIRAN (Kaunlaran ng mga PAmahalaang lokal sa kaLInisan at kapaliGIRang lintiAN) on November 11, 2015.
The GPK Evaluation Team comprising of 9 members from different agencies was introduced by Ms. Amalia A. Propia, MPA, CLGOO and they were welcomed by Acting City Administrator Abe P. Gillaco, MPA. The itinerary was presented by Forester Julius M. Parian, City ENR Officer and the areas to be evaluated were presented to the team.
Among the areas evaluated is Barangay Lourdes for the Barangay Category which garnered positive observations: Very productive Gulayan sa Barangay, Well-maintained Barangay Tree Park, Well-developed Sagomata Falls and Highly Beautified Barangay Hall Compound.
The City Dumpsite was recommended for closure and rehabilitation, while the Public Cemetery was generally clean and congested and was recommended for a new site. The Farmers Market was recommended for rehabilitation while the Central Market was observed to be generally clean but was recommended for implementation of waste segregation among stall tenants.
The Old Slaughterhouse was observed to have a high volume of slaughtered pigs and cattle and it was suggested that the modern abattoir must be made functional.
The Old Terminal was witnessed to be generally clean while the Valencia City Central School per observation has very productive Gulayaan ng Paaralan, has a good practice of Vertical Gardening and was commended for best practices.
Meanwhile, the City Materials Recovery Facility was seen to be functional but was recommended for transfer to the new 8-hectare site with the procurement of granulating machines.
The City Nursery was also visited and it was observed that it is very productive with variety of species grown, but was recommended to include Moringa propagation and to monitor disposed seedlings.
The New Terminal was observed to have impressive public comfort rooms for male, female and for PWDs (Persons with Disabilities.)
The New City Health Office was observed to have everything in order and was generally clean and was recommended to make massive distribution of sanitary toilets to zero-in those who still do not have.
For the City Communal Garden, although not maintained, it was informed that it had been transferred to Brgy. Pinatilan and was recommended to maintain the garden to cater feeding needs for malnourished children in the area.
For NGP Site: Urban Space Greening, the observation was remarkable as it is well-maintained and P1M fund has been earmarked for watershed rehabilitation. It was recommended to plant more baliti or bamboo in the coming years for erosion control.
Additional observations include unsightly structures that usually welcome visitors plying Valencia National Highway specifically after the Panlibatuhan Bridge and the observed traffic congestion.
In addition, the BENRO AND PENRO evaluators emphasized the strict implementation on RA 9003 especially on its enforcement or the imposition of penalties to violators.
During the feedbacking and exit conference, City Councilor Hon. Camilo E. Pepito responded that the Tugaya Dumpsite will definitely be closed. He also added that the next year’s round of Serbisyong Tinabangay para sa Barangay will monitor the distributed seedlings and determine whether the 500 bags given to barangay constituents are really planted and grown. He also recommends to DENR that instead of paying back the 25% proceeds of harvested trees, it shall be translated into retained standing trees.
On the other hand, City Councilor Hon. Oliver Owen L. Garcia responded that the Farmer’s Market is a product of several fund support from various funds that resulted to unplanned structure. Hon. Garcia also added that the loan proceeds of the standby fund might include the construction of the new one and the delayed equipping and operationalization of the New Abattoir is the miscalculation of the cost of equipment but will be finally be bid by December to make it functional within the 1st quarter of next year. He also added that the observed unsightly structures near Panlibatuhan Bridge is a thing under litigation and perhaps once acquired by the City Government shall be converted into a Pocket Forest Park.
Meanwhile, City Councilor Hon. Policarpo P. Murillo IV MD responded that the City Gym is among the projects lined up to be funded in the LBP loan converting it into a FIBA approved Basketball Court with 5,000 seating capacity, fully air-conditioned, sound proof with digital scoreboard. Hon. Murillo also added that the Plaza will be converted to a 2-storey structure with ground level parking area minus the basketball court which shall be relocated near the new Pulangui Bridge as the New Ball Park.
The GPK evaluation was facilitated by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office headed by CENR Officer Forester Julius M. Parian.