La Trinidad seeks environment officer-A A +A
Monday, August 19, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Valley officials are discussing a proposed ordinance seeking to hire an environmental officer.
The local Environment and Natural Resources Officer (ENRO) will be in charge of formulating measures for the protection of the environment within the Valley for the information and support of the local chief executive as well as the legislative body.
Councilor Roderick Awingan proposed to fill the position of the ENRO in a bid to focus on environmental issues of the Valley.
The ENRO will also be at the helm of developing plans and strategies with the approval of the mayor plans for the environment and natural resources programs and projects which the chief executive is empowered to implement with the local council.
The local council approved the move in its first reading last week.
Among the responsibilities of the ENRO will be to establish, maintain, protect and preserve communal forests, watershed, tree parks, mangroves, greenbelts, commercial forests and similar forest projects like industrial tree farms and agro-forestry projects.
As well as to provide extension services to beneficiaries of forest development projects and technical financial and infrastructure assistance; manage and maintain seed banks and produce seedlings for forests and tree parks; provide extension services to beneficiaries of forest development projects and render assistance for natural resources related conservation and utilization activities consistent with ecological balance and Promote the small scale mining and utilization of mineral resources, particularly mining of gold.
If the proposed ordinance is approved the municipality will be hiring an ENRO within the year.
Mayor Edna Tabanda previously detailed plans to put into order the state of communal forests here, a comprehensive plan for the four forests in the Valley is underway for Alno, Puguis, Alapang and Shilan.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 20, 2013.