Gawad Pangulo sa Kapaligiran (GPK)
THE CORNERSTONE OF GINGOOG CITY’S CLEAN, SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
Gingoog City, tagged as the City of Goodluck and Enchanting Waterfalls, indeed holds the key in preserving and developing its rich natural resources and ensuring the maintenance of environmentally sound areas, public facilities and practices in the city. The City Government through the headship and guidance of Mayor Ruth Guingona has been vigorously pursuing environment related programs and activities through the operationalization of the Agro-Forestry and Solid Waste Management Unit formerly the Environment and Natural Resources Unit ( ENRU) under the City Mayor’s Office to oversee the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Program and/or RA 9003 and Agro-Forestry Projects of the city government, the creation of the City Economic Enterprise Department (CEED) which is tasked to maintain cleanliness and sanitation in the market and terminal areas including public comfort rooms, the Clean, Green and Beautiful Gingoog Program under the City General Services Office which implements the maintenance of city streets, collection and disposal of garbage and other related works and the institutionalization of Gawad Pangulo Sa Kapaligiran (GPK).
In consonance with the rapid operation of the GPK programs and in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), all offices and departments in the Local Government of Gingoog like the CEO,CHO and City Tourism Office to mention a few including the city’s 79 barangays, have combined forces in promoting good and workable environmental management practices thus bolstering their active involvement in various GPK related activities.
Their active and meaningful participation of GPK’s programs has become a cornerstone of the city government’s great efforts in maintaining and ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment.
The Gawad Pangulo Sa Kapaligiran (GPK) was strengthened and placed in the centerfold of the city’s development agenda during the first term of Mayor Ruth Guingona in 2004 thus making GPK an important feature in the city’s development agenda. In 2006, City Mayor Ruth Guingona signed Executive Order No. 06 amending Executive Order No. 03 series of 2004 for the reorganization of the City Awards Committee of Gawad Pangulo Sa Kapaligiran (GPK). The functions of the GPK Committee are as follows:
Through the years, membership of the committee has changed but the core of the mission of the committee has not been altered nor modified. The functions remain in effect with new members coming in and fresh ideas sprouting for the good of GPK.
For year 2008 alone, the city government has allocated a grand total budget of P 14, 478,710.50 for the support, promotion and strengthening of Gawad Pangulo Sa Kapaligiran.
Through GPK and the implementation of RA 9003, the city has accomplished the following:
On Solid Waste Management and the implementation of RA 9003, intensive trainings on waste reduction and proper segregation of waste at source in all 79 barangays were already completed and finished. The City Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) was fully operationalized which salvaged approximately 5 tons of recyclable and reusable wastes in support of the GPK objectives. The city’s controlled dumpsite has intensified its optimum use and preparations for the implementation of the Sanitary Landfill is already in its initial plan.
Under the Clean, Green and Beautiful Gingoog Program (CGBG) supervised by the General Services Office, street sweepers and drainage personnel were able to maintain the cleanliness of 42,960 linear meters of the city streets and sidewalks and de-clogging and maintenance of 30,000 linear meters of drainage canals plus maintenance of tourism and economic facilities such as the Tatak Gingoog Center, Rizal Park, Pahayahay Sa Pantalan, ASL Gym and Tiklas Falls and Resort among others. Some of thses personnel even do the cleaning activities at night or dawn when the area is free from traffic and commotion brought about by the economic activities during daytime.
On Tree Plantation Development, tree planting activities have been institutionalized by the city government. Every celebration of the Civil Service Month and other non-government organization undertakings, tree planting activities were organized and assisted which led to the planting of assorted forests and mangrove tree species in mostly identified areas of the city.
Participants of the Tree Plantation Program:
Non – Government Organization:
80,000 falcata seedlings have been planted in the city’s urban, rural and coastal Barangays.
12 Barangays recognized as Nurseries for tree plantation program.
Kianlagan, San Jose, Kamanikan, Talon, Pangasihan, Sangalan, Lawaan, Hindangon, Malinao, San Juan, Tinulongan, Dinawehan.
The work to create the proper, livable and suitable environment for Gingoognons is an ongoing endeavor that will not stop the present administration to achieve until we reach that certain level where people will live in complete harmony with our environment.