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"Tugbong Tabo" nagpadayon

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CEBU CITY, Philippines - Gatosan ka mga miyembro sa Cebu City Farmers Federation ang padayong natabangan sa "Tugbong Tabo" nga programa ni Mayor Michael Rama pinaagi sa City Agriculture Department kon CAD.

tugbong_tsboTungod sa maong programa direkta na nga makapamaligya sa ilang mga produkto sama sa mga prutas, utanon, lagotmon, buwak, ug uban pa ngadto sa mga kosumidor ang mga mag-uuma ning syudad sa Sugbo ug dili na moagi pa sa mga komprador ug negosyante.

Si Mayor Rama nangunay gyod sa pag-atiman sa mga panginahanglanon sa mga katawhang Sugbuanon hilabina sa kabukirang barangay ning dakbayan nga layo sa sentro sa syudad ug sa dugayng panahon nahikawan sa mga kaayohan ug mejoras.

Ang 36 ka mga kabukirang barangay sa 80 ka mga barangay ning dakbayan gipalambo sa Mayor pinaagi sa pagbubo ug mga proyekto ug programa hilabina sa imprastraktura ug agrikultura. Sa ekonomiya sa syudad sa Sugbo, dako nga porsyento ang natampo sa sektor sa agrikultura nga mokabat sa 20 porsyento.

Sa pakighinabi sa BARUGG News, matod pa ni Mr. Joey Baclayon ang hepe sa CAD nga, "Dili lang ang pagpadangat sa mga bag-ong teknolohiya sa mga kabukiran kun dili apil ang paghatag ug kahigayonan sa mga mag-uuma nga maka-display ug makapamaligya sa ilang mga agricultural products ngadto sa mga areas sa Tugbong Tabo."

Dugang gipasabot ni Baclayon nga ang mga areas sa Tugbong Tabo naglangkob sa Cebu Business Park sa Ayala, Apas, Mabolo, Mambaling, San Roque, Sambag 1, Quiot, Talamban, Plaza Sugbo ug lakip na sa Cordova.

"Sa Plaza Sugbo aduna tay Tugbong Tabo o Agro Fairs kung adunay okasyon ug adunay kini ordinansa nga regular kining ipahigayon. Miabot pod ta sa Cordova gumikan sa request sa mga mag-uuma ug mamalitay," dugang pa sa hepe sa CAD.

Gibutyag usab ni Baclayon nga hugot usab ang pagsuporta ni Mayor Rama sa 'Alternative Marketing for Farmers' ug lakip na sa 'Farmer's Entrepreneurship Program' diin ang mga mag-uuma gitabangan sa pag-ugmad ug pananom ug mga in-demand nga produktong agrikultural uban sa pag-abag sa mga institutional buyers ug mga stakeholders sa programa.

Gikalipay usab sa mga mag-uuma ning Syudad ang paglusad sa naasoyng programa gumikan sa oportunidad nga mapalapdan pa ang ilang kitaan ug aduna na silay laing pwesto diin sila makapamaligya. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)

Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 09:01
 

San Juan to ink sister-city agreement with Cebu

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CEBU CITY, Philippines - Officials and heads of the different departments from San Juan City in Metro Manila led by Mayor Guia Gomez are now in the Queen City of the Philippines.

The group wanted to learn the city's best practices and formalize a sister-city pact between San Juan City and Cebu City.

11206935_880444072032836_7216581670169462955_nEarlier this Wednesday morning July 22, 2015, the 88-person delegation were welcomed by some Cebu City officials in the Mactan Cebu International Airport.

The group then went to Cebu City Hall for a Courtesy Call to Mayor Michael Rama at the Mayor's VIP Lounge, 8th Floor of the city's Executive Building.

Right after the Courtesy Call, Mayor Rama also conducted a lecture on Parliamentary Procedure to the visitors held at the city's Social Hall.

The formal signing of the sister-city agreement of both cities which is slated tonight at Radisson Blu Hotel will highlight the visit.

In their four-day study tour and planning session the delegation will be acquainted with the city's best practices in terms of disaster resiliency, environmental protection, and the delivery of basic services, among others. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)

 

Cebu City Bags 2 Awards From the National Competitiveness Council

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CEBU CITY, Philippines-Cebu City received 2 awards from the National Competitiveness Council during the 3rd Regional Competitiveness summit held at the PICC reception hall, Metro Manila on July 16, 2015. Cebu City secured the 2nd place in Infrastructure in the Highly Urbanized Cities category and 3rd place in the Overall Most Competitive Cities. Mayor Michael Rama accepted the awards.
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The keynote speaker of the event was Secretary Florencio Abad of the Department of Budget and Management. Guillermo M. Luz, the NCC Co-Chairman delivered the welcome remarks and Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras gave the closing message.

Over 1,000 delegates coming from the national government, local government units and the private sector attended the event.  The Regional Competitiveness Summit stressed the importance of local competitiveness as the foundation of national competiveness. 
The National Competitiveness Council is composed of the following: Secretary Gregory Domingo of the Department of Trade and Industry is the Chairman of the Public Sector, Guillermo Luz is the Co-Chairman of the Private Sector. The Board Members for the Public Sector are Department of Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Department of Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr., Department of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro and NEDA Director General Arsenio Balisacan. The Board Members of the Private Sector are Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel De Ayala II, Founder and Chairman of Jollibee Foods Corporation Tony Tan Caktiong, Country Chairman of Shell Companies in the Philippines Edgar Chua and President and CEO of JG Summit Holdings, Inc. Lance Gokongwei. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/CLKA)
Last Updated on Friday, 24 July 2015 09:18
 

Balling-out of Acacia Trees: First time in the Philippines

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CEBU CITY, Philippines – Trees are the lungs of the earth and anyone who says otherwise is ignorant of this universal truth.

The construction of the Cebu South Coastal Road project tunnel section beneath the city’s historical Plaza Independencia affected the trees within its vicinity.

There were 157 trees affected that were classified as palm and forest trees suitable to produce timber and lumber. Of the said trees, at least 155 that are about 15-20 years old were transferred and replanted to the city-owned South Road Properties (SRP) which was designated as the buffer zone after passing the assessment from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) as safe for relocation.

Meanwhile, the remaining two big and century old Acacia trees became an issue as it didn’t passed the DENR’s assessment fearing that they might not survive if transferred.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the DENR suggested cutting down those Acacia trees but the city refused their suggestion and tapped the City Agriculture Department (CAD) to find all ways and means to save those Acacia trees.

Mr. Joelito Baclayon, head of CAD together with Kajima Corporation Engr. Hirokani Maeda, the project manager of the tunnel construction consulted experts to conceptualize the procedure for the safe replanting and transfer of the Acacia trees.

In August 2007 the balling out of the two big and century old Acacia trees took place. In case you care to know, this writer gathered the whole process of the balling out.

First, the branches of the two big and century old Acacia trees were reduced to sixty percent at the same time at least five meters from the trunks of the tree the lateral roots were cut down leaving the tap root.

Second, using the backhoe at least two 6-meter deep holes were dug where the trees will be transferred and the i-beams flat form were prepared for the relocation.

Third, after one week, using the 150 toner crane, the trees were successively and successfully transferred.

Fourth, the 4-inch diameter of the three PVC pipes were installed to serve as irrigation tubes in watering and putting of fertilizers for the trees to survive.

Fifth, the root up to six meters deep was covered with soil, and Sixth, the steel brace were connected and installed to balance, support and protect the trees from strong winds especially during bad weather.

In an interview with the BARUGG News, Baclayon underscored that they have consulted experts before doing anything and because the case of the two Acacia trees didn’t meet with the standards of the DENR for trees capable to survive upon balling-out process, still we go beyond that, we did everything to save those trees and our persistence is paying off.

The one-of-a-kind balling-out process was made successful through the combined efforts, ideas and experiences from the experts and nature lovers applying the same procedures for the small trees.

To date, the two big and century old Acacia trees still exist and continue to grow and flourish. Aside from helping in mitigating pollution and giving shelter, it also boosts the attraction in the historical Plaza Independencia and marking another history in this Queen City of the South. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)

 


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