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17th April 2015
Fisherman catches turtle, DENR tags, releases it
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 17, 2015, 7:16 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, April 16 (PIA)  --  A local fisherman in barangay Combado here got the surprise of his life when what he thought was a big catch for the day turned out be a turtle, a Green Sea Turtle, according to personnel of the Office of the City Agricultural Services (OCAS) who examined it.

The fisherman, whose name was not immediately known, was quoted as saying the hook in his fishing line found its mark on the left side of the turtle’s shell just below the head, so the animal was not at all harmed or injured when it was hauled to the shore early morning Tuesday.

Crowd of curious onlookers easily gathered and watched the “catch” brought ashore, tended by OCAS personnel who contacted the DENR-CENRO for tagging and subsequent release.

The shell’s length measured 30 inches from the base of the head to the base of the tail, the width 22 inches, circumference, 90 inches, and its weight was approximately 70 kilos. 

Comments of facebook users from Ormoc, Luzon, and Australia mostly inquired about its condition when pictures of the turtle was posted on PIA-Southern Leyte’s facebook account.

A very brief video also got likes and a share.

In less than two hours since the turtle was brought to shore, DENR personnel released it back to the sea after proper tagging procedures, according to those who saw the “send-off” ceremony.

Turtles are known eaters of the deadly crown of thorns, a kind of sea urchin whose massive number can destroy coral reefs, it was learned.  (esg/mmp, PIA-Southern Leyte)

 


8th April 2015
Fuel wood production in So. Leyte answers need for wood as fuel
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on April 8, 2015, 8:42 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, April 8 (PIA)  --  The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Management Office (PENRMO) in this province has initiated a forest production project specifically aimed to address the common need for wood as fuel for poor households.

Started in earnest last year, with initial harvest of fast growing local species like ipil-ipil expected in three years, the project, aptly named fuel wood production, has covered 19 hectares spread in 14 municipalities and one city, said Melay Labata, in-charge of forest services at the PENRMO.

The ideal set-up for the project was one hectare in a barangay per municipality and city, but four towns  --  Sogod, Libagon, Limasawa, and Padre Burgos  -- could not find any space, so other LGUs have two or more hectares to compensate the shortage in area, Labata said during the Provincial Report cable TV program Tuesday.

The barangay concerned will be the one to maintain the project, as stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) while the provincial government, through the PENRMO, provided for the site development and the seedlings, Labata said.

Eva Abad, head of PENRMO, disclosed that for this year, Libagon has joined the fuel wood production project after finding a suitable four-hectare lot.

Also for this year, Abad said that they will intensify the project by encouraging private landowners whose lands remained idle for years to join, so their untended lands can be productive.

Abad said her vision will be for the local government units to replicate the initiative at their own levels to ensure a steady supply of fuel wood, in which wood gatherers will not cut just about anywhere but in the designated area in the barangay solely for this purpose.

This will also provide a sustainable livelihood to wood gatherers in the long run, Abad also said.  (mmp, PIA8-Southern Leyte)

 


12th February 2015
Highest bridge in PH in danger of collapsing
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 12, 2015, 8:46 pm

Heavy rains in the Eastern Visayas area during the past 12 months have resulted in landslides, eroding the protective covers of the two piers or columns of the 350-meter-long structure, built from Nov. 17, 2006, to Aug. 2, 2009, by the Arroyo administration with a P1.24-billion funding from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica).

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9th February 2015
Graft rap filed vs Vice Gov Tan, mayor Tan and MGB official
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 9, 2015, 6:40 pm

By Jani Arnaiz

MAASIN CITY–A graft complaint was filed against Vice Gov. Sheffered Tan, his wife and an official of the Mines Geo-Science Bureau (MGB) for allowing two private entities to quarry the province's biggest river even if they had no authority to do so.

Aside from the vice governor, named respondents in the complaint filed before the Office of the Ombudsman in the Visayas based in Cebu City were Tan's wife, Sogod Mayor Imelda Uy-Tan and Alilo Ensomo, MGB director for Eastern Visayas.

The complaint was filed by Eriberto Bandibas, official of Sogod Small Scale Fishermen Association who advocates against the quarry of Subang Daku River.

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5th February 2015
Quarry operators owe goverment P8M in fees
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on February 5, 2015, 10:25 pm

By Marcelo M. Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, February 4 (PIA)  --  The treasurer of this province disclosed that sand and gravel concessionaires along the mighty Subangdaku river in the town of Sogod has accumulated unpaid dues in the amount of P 8 Million. 

Provincial treasurer Jesse Go, in a meeting at the RKK Function House Monday which discussed the Subangdaku issue in relation to the recent Court of Appeals ruling, said that his office had sent demand letters to these delinquent operators but to no avail. 

This developed as the provincial government mapped out moves to implement the January 15, 2015 resolution of the Court of Appeals 20th Division overruling an earlier decision of the Regional Trial Court Branch 39 in Sogod. 

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