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Outside Catanduanes: SP Bans Sale, Transport of Abaca Suckers for 5 Years - CT

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan has approved an ordinance banning the sale and transport of abaca suckers outside the province of Catanduanes for five years in a bid to safeguard the abaca industry here.

The ordinance, sponsored by PBM Nel Asanza, was enacted in response to reliable reports of the indiscriminate practice of some abaca producers and traders who sell abaca suckers to buyers from the mainland and transporting them outside the province.

"This practice poses a great danger to abaca fiber production as it would result to a probable depletion of abaca plantations and in time would lead to the weakening of the abaca industry in the province, to the prejudice of abaca farmer and traders would be greatly affected," the provincial board stated.

The rampant sale and transport of suckers also present an obstacle to the Catanduanes Unlad Abakamasa (CUA) program of the provincial government which seeks to uplift the quality of life of marginal abaca farmers and at the same tim…

San Andres, Bato SBs Reject Inclusion in Virac Landfill Plan - CT

The municipalities of San Andres and Bato have rejected their inclusion in Virac’s plan considering the two towns as among the source of revenues of the proposed P83-million sanitary landfill project which would be funded through a controversial P75 million loan.

Through Resolution No. 78-2009, the Sangguniang Bayan of San Andres informed the local government of Virac that San Andres is not interested in dumping its garbage in the proposed landfill. The identification of San Andres as a possible landfill client is a welcome development, the municipal council said.

"However, after perusal of the terms in the proposed dumping fees and charges, the Sangguniang Bayan of San Andres found the amount to be hugely prohibitive an d therefore, the financial capacity of the municipality would be inadequate to pay off the corresponding charges," the measure said. The council, led by Vice Mayor Alan del Valle, said the town has decided instead to establish its own landfill.

On the other …

Virac Landfill Study Flawed, Critics Say - CT

The P1.5-million feasibility study made by Woodfields Consultant, Inc. is so riddled with flaws and wrong assumptions that the Virac municipal government should seriously reconsider its decision to secure a P75-million loan for a sanitary landfill as recommended by the consultant.

This was pointed out by critics of the proposed Sangguniang Bayan resolution that would grant Mayor Santos V. Zafe the power to negotiate the loan with the three financial institutions which tendered offers recently. Among the critics are Councilor Lemuel Surtida, DPWH assistant district engineer Gil Balmadrid, barangay officials and school principals who called on the municipality to re-evaluate the Woodfields study and defer the loan until after the 2010 elections.

The title of the study alone, which refers to the conversion of the existing open dumpsite, is in conflict with the content which considers the proposed project a new landfill. This has raised concerns that Woodfields simply lifted the contents …

CNHS Stude is Bicol’s Entry in 2009 National POP Quiz -CT

Another student of the Catanduanes National High School is representing the Bicol region in a national academic competition, this time the 2009 National POP Quiz.

A fourth-year student of the Science and Technology-Oriented Class (STOC), Raffy Canaria topped the regional level quiz held in Legazpi City Sept. 25 on the theme "Educating the Youth to Fight Against Poverty." He was ably coached by Mrs, Bella Rima.

He and his coach will represent DepEd Region V to the National POP Quiz this Oct. 13 at the Baguio Convention Center in Baguio City.

On behalf of the Catanduanes Schools Division office, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Socorro V. dela Rosa congratulated Canaria and Rima for their feat. She likewise congratulated CNHS Principal Rudy Tolentino and his staff for the support given their student.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 07 October 2009

CNHS Student Wins Award in Int’l Earth Science Olympiad - CT

The student of the Catanduanes State Colleges who was one of the top four students in the national qualifying exam held last August has won an award at the 3rd International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) in Taipei, Taiwan recently.

Emmanuel A. Codillo received the best presentation award for international team field investigation.

His fellow delegate, Lance Co Ting Keh of Philippine Science High School main campus got the silver, the Philippine’s first ever in the IESO, while Ralph Ugalino, also of PSHS Main, and Gio Elegado of PSHS-Bicol, got bronze medals

Fifty students from seventeen (17) countries, including the USA, Japan, Italy,Thailand, India, UK, Korea, and other nationa, participated in the event. The gold went to Taiwan (4 students) and Korea (1). The 10 silvers went to Japan (4), Korea (3), Thailand (1), Philippines (1), and Indonesia (1).  There were 19 bronze medals given, with two going to the Philippines.

In an email to Dr. Carlo Arcilla, a Catandunganon who heads the U…