LUNTIAN | Aksyon Kalikasan – Barangay Green Governance

The Barangay Green Governance Training, an Aksyon Kalikasan initiative in partnership with ACENRO and MENRO-GMA Cavite, successfully conducted its first training workshop at the Corregidor Inn-Pavilion, Corregidor Island, Cavite, on 23 – 25 November 2015.

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Gov - Mic

The 3-day Barangay Green Governance Training aimed to impart and reinforce best practices in environmental conservation in the barangay level. The first batch of trainees was from three barangays of Cavite: M. Alvarez, M. Trias, and E. Aguinaldo. The training was graced by prominent individuals in the field who shared their knowledge with the participants.

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance Training - Speakers
Speakers on the Barangay Green Governance Training (L – R): Mayor Walter Echevarria, Ms Doris Sagenes, Mr Roy Cabonegro, Mr Michael Templonuevo, and Mr Alexander Mendoza.

PROGRAM PROPER
The participants of the training were welcomed by Councilor Estelita Manalang, and immediately followed by Mr. Michael Templonuevo of Aksyon Kalikasan and GMA MENRO for an overview of the program.

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance - Councilor Estelita Manalang, Welcome Remarks
Welcome remarks by Councilor Estelita Manalang.

Ms Doris Sagenes, Deputy at CENRO, IMUS, was the first to give a lecture which was about the Seven Environmental Principles and Good Governance. It was followed by a 2-part panel discussion headed by Ms Sagenes, Mr Templonuevo, and Mr Alexander Mendoza, MRF Supervisor of GMA, Cavite. The first part of the panel discussion revolved around Government’s Environmental Policies—such as the Water Act, Hazewaste Act, and Clean Air Act—and Cavite Provincial Ordinances like Plastic Banning, all discussed by Mr Templonuevo. Ms Sagenes did a presentation on the Existing Barangay Environmental Ordinances and Best Practices in Imus.

The second part of the panel discussion was about Implementation. Ms Sagenes discussed the functions and responsibilities of a Barangay Solid Waste Management Committee, followed by Mr Mendoza who talked about the Material Recovery Facility (MRF)’s basic operation and maintenance. Mr Templonuevo then introduced the Biogas Technology—its application and operation, advantages and disadvantages, and the different types of biodigester—a promising Barangay Waste to Energy option which the participants could adapt for use in their respective barangays.

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance - Mayor Walter Echevarria Jr
Honorable Mayor Walter Echevarria Jr, GMA, Cavite discussing the importance of local and legislative institutions in implementing environmental programs of the locality.

The topic on policies was discussed further by Honorable Mayor Walter Echevarria Jr. of GMA and Mr Roy Cabonegro, President of Aksyon Kalikasan. Being an advocate for the environment and a public official himself, Mayor Echevarria shared his experiences in implementing environmental programs, and expounded more on the Environmental Laws, Local Ordinances, and the Supreme Court Mandamus.

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangray Green Governance - Mr Roy Cabonegro
Mr Roy Cabonegro, President of Aksyon Kalikasan, giving lecture on Climate Change adaptation to Disaster Risk Reduction Management.

Mr Cabonegro talked about Climate Change Act and addressed the interfacing climate change adaptation to Disaster Risk Reduction Management—mitigation and prevention—and how to implement the Barangay Green Governance framework.

The discussion was followed right after by a writeshop, facilitated by Mr Mendoza, wherein the participants were divided into several groups to discuss among themselves the learning they had acquired from the training. The writeshop aimed to determine if the participants were able to understand the program and to gauge whether or not they could apply this in their respective barangays.

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance - Writeshop with Mr Mendoza
Mr. Alexander Mendoza (far-left) facilitated the writeshop for the Barangay Green Governance Training.
Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance - Writeshop
Barangay Green Governance – Writeshop

The program concluded with the awarding of certificate of appearance to the participants and a closing remark from Mr Michael Templonuevo.

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance - Photo Op
The participants and facilitators / members of Aksyon Kalikasan posing for a photo during the last part of the program.

MORE PHOTOS OF THE EVENT

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance - Historical Tour
The participants, speakers, and members of Aksyon Kalikasan had a chance to have a historical tour of the Corregidor Island.
Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance - Photo Op at Seaside Terminal
The participants and members of Aksyon Kalikasan took a picture with the Honorable Mayor Walter Echevarria and Councilor Elenita Manalang at the SunCruises Seaside terminal after the program.

Aksyon Kalikasan | Barangay Green Governance - Footer

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