SouthCot’s Clean and Green Program to focus on the barangays

The Clean and Green Program of the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO) in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government  (DILG – Office of the Provincial Director) will undergo a paradigm shift this year to gain more tangible impact in the local communities.

During the Orientation and Briefing with the City, Municipal Technical Working Group (TWGs) on Clean and Green, Solid Waste Management  (SWM) program conducted earlier this week held at Villa Amor Hotel, City of Koronadal,  the Provincial Technical Group plans to focus this years’ implementation in the barangay level through an Inter- Barangay Contest instead of the municipalities.

PEMO – Supervising Environment Management Specialist, Ms. Elbe M. Balucanag said, based on its criteria and mechanics, seventy percent (70%) will be allocated for the Systems and Process, which will include the following:  Proper Waste Management and Disposal (20%);  Environmental Sanitation (10%), Vegetation and Beautification (10%), Support System (15%), as evidence by applicable local ordinances and resolutions, official records, equipment list, annual reports of accomplishment, and Sustainability Mechanism.”

Other criteria also include Fifteen (15) percent each for the community garden and roadside beautification.

It was unanimously approved by the group to exclude in roadside beautification the regular tree planting and nurturing activities and ornamental plants and ornamental boxes.

The  TWG also ruled out that there will no longer be Solid Waste Management (SWM) Model School entries since there were still no face-to-face interactions among schools.

PLGU-South Cotabato has allocated a total of Php2.4Million  for the cash awards to be distributed to ten municipalities and one city.

Winners will receive the following prizes:First Place – Php800k; 2nd Place – Php500k; 3rd Place – Php300k; 4th Place – Php180k; 5th Place – Php100k and 6th Place –Php80k

Dole Philippines, Inc. sponsored Php60k which will be allocated for the major and special awards to be awarded for Best Municipal Nursery and Best Public Market.    The non-winning LGUs will be receiving Php40k each.

The schedule for evaluation is slated on the following timeline: One (1) unannounced evaluation on October-November, 2021; random visit for plan assessments on March to September 2021; and evaluation for Locally Initiated regreening program on September 2021.

Winners will be announced during the Tnalak festival in July 2022