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Bulacan successfully holds first Environment Summit
By: PPAO
Friday, 22 June 2012
CITY OF MALOLOS- “The best use of time will save a life,” thus said Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado in his keynote address during the Environment Summit hosted by the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) through Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO), Thursday at the Hiyas Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center here.

Alvarado delivered an integrated and comprehensive report on the good practices of the province particularly in the field of disaster preparedness and mitigation and climate change adaptation.

He said the provincial government is now pursuing a pro-active approach on disaster risk reduction and management programs and climate change adaptation.

Alvarado said that the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) is now actively engaged in a province-wide information campaign and mobilization of resources.

“Our Bulacan Rescue teams and other volunteers are always on call. We provided them with radio equipment. We are also constantly coordinating with several newspapers via press releases for regular updates. Also, together with Liz Mungcal of PDDRMO, nagpo-procure na tayo ng maliliit na bangka na magagamit sa rescue operations. Meron din po tayong darating na additional 10 ambulances from PCSO,” added the chief executive.

Meanwhile, Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) administrator Gerardo A. I. Esquivel announced that the rehabilitation and retrofitting of the 44-year old Angat Dam will be finished by September 2016.

Esquivel, who was one of the resource speakers at the summit, discussed the topic “Angat Dam and dike safety study.”

He said that they are now on the bidding process of the project which has an allocation of P5.7 billion.

Esquivel said that he was glad that aside from the support of President Benigno S. Aquino III, he has also secured the full support of Alvarado, who has been expressing concern on the structural integrity of the 44-year old rock-built Angat dam in Norzagaray town. According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Angat Dam is sitting on the West Marikina fault line.

Moreover, Alvarado said that the environment summit is being done for the youth and for the future of the next generation.

The summit is one of the top programs highlighting the observance of environment month in the province. ###

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