Dialogues and interaction among members of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) topped the list of activities during the Zero Basura Caravan held July 3 at the Pryce Plaza Hotel, Cagayan de Oro city.
Attended by some 200 local chief executives from Northern Mindanao, the Caraga Region and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, the caravan aimed to empower and promote the interconnectivity of the LMP provincial chapters and strengthen their local action through Health FOURmula One.
Among those present were all municipal mayors of Misamis Oriental with chapter president, Opol Mayor Dixon Q. Yasay, DENR Region-10 Executive Director Ernesto D. Adobo Jr., and DENR Assistant Secretary Gerardo V. Calderon.
“This is actually the 13th cluster of the caravan after those of Luzon and Visayas regions and the 14th cluster will take place on July 9 for those of Regions 11 and 12,” said Adobo.
He also said the highlights of the Green Movement Agenda-Strategy for Local Action including laymanizing SWM strategies, the DENR 2009 thrusts and status of the Solid Waste Management in the region were presented during the meeting.
An open forum was facilitated by Calderon, the DENR assistant secretary for Local Government Concerns and Lands and Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Commission.
The program included a dialogue and interaction to strengthen and empower the LMP provincial chapters, a presentation on the Department of Health’s F1 for health, and presentation of the DENR thrusts for 2009.
At the end of the meeting the participants signed a manifesto of commitment.