2 Mandaue barangays cited for nature conservation projects

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TWO barangays in Mandaue City have received recognition from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for their nature-conservation projects.

Barangay Tabok was awarded the Best LGU (Local Government Unit) in Adopt-A-Waterbody program, while Barangay Subangdaku was one of the nominees for the Best in Solid Waste Management category during the 7th Gawad Tugas Awards of the DENR Central Visayas on July 4, 2022.

The Gawad Tugas Awards is a recognition program spearheaded by the DENR for LGUs and organizations (public and private) that have innovated and demonstrated ingenuity and significant milestones in protecting the environment.

Village chiefs Dario Tarriman of Barangay Tabok and Ernie Manatad of Barangay Subangdaku both expressed their gratitude for the recognition.

Tarriman said the DENR award gave him and his constituents inspiration to never stop in their efforts to revive Butuanon River and conserve nature even more.

He added that it was the second time for Barangay Tabok to receive such a recognition, saying the first one was given by DENR Central Office in Manila.

Some of Tabok’s programs include a regular cleanup drive in the Butuanon River every first Sunday of each month and throwing of bokashi balls introduced to them by the DENR into the river with the help of their private partners.

According to the DENR, the bokashi ball, also known as “mabuhay ball,” is a “Japanese rehabilitation technology made up of all-organic materials, such as garden soil, molasses, and rice hull. It has an effective microorganism solution that breaks down toxins and consumes bad bacteria in the water.”

Tarriman said Butuanon River has been bouncing back to life because of the programs of Tabok and other government agencies that are helping in the water body’s revival.

“There are times we do not get any garbage from the river anymore during our cleanups,” he said.

He said that nowadays they often collect natural waste coming from mountainous areas in Cebu where the river passes.

Even though his barangay got only a nomination, Manatad took it as recognition that they are doing the right thing in maintaining cleanliness to protect the environment.

“Somehow, the impact of this nomination is just like an affirmation that we are doing things right. Hopefully, it will also give a model perspective for other barangays to follow,” Manatad said.

Both village leaders said everyone must value the importance of nature conservation because if the environment is neglected, people’s lives in the present and in the future will be affected.

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