GAIRAN - A GARDEN IN THE CITY
Boosting Community Participation in the Quest for Development
To enhance their insights and build capabilities in local governance, barangay officials of Gairan explored Tuburan-Tabuelan and Camotes Island.
“Sa atong unang tuig sa pagserbisyo sa barangay, nagkinahanglan tag mga ideas labi na mahitungod sa Environmental, Cultural and Heritage preservation programs, maong na-agni mi pagpahigayon aning educational tours.” (In our first year of service in the barangay, we need ideas especially on Environmental, Cultural and Heritage preservation programs. Hence, we are enticed to have this educational tours) words of Hon. Nestor Lumongsod, barangay captain.
June 9, 2011, the tour started at the Municipality of Tabuelan where they were shown the municipalities’ gallery featuring their environmental programs, heritage preservation and cultural mapping. In the gallery were essential documentations detailing how they implemented those programs. Th irsty for more ideas, delegation then proceeded to one of the Best Expanded Green and Wholesome Environment that Nurtures program implementers, Barangay Olivo. The barangay’s museum, cultural maps and charts were inspirational and they resolved to have it replicated in Gairan. Competing their Tabuelan experience was Barangay Maravilla. The well-landscaped barangay hall fronting a white sand beach was an astonishing sight. The participants looked in the barangay’s gallery and display center, museum and mini library.
The group then visited barangay Carmelo in Tuburan - a barangay also recognized for its successful implementation of local government programs.
Camotes Island Experience
June 27, 2011-Barangay officials explored Camotes to acquire another set of ideas in local governance.
The first stop was in San Francisco where the group met the Municipal Officials. The group was accommodated in their Session Hall wherein strategies and methodologies in successful implementation of their Solid Waste Management were shared through film viewing and lecture. In his lecture Mr. Cliff Otadoy emphasized how San Francisco’s dumpsite was restored into a clean haven and how they harnessed peoples’ participation for successful implementation of the program. “Pareha ninyo, pagsugod namo nakaingon ming lisud gyud. Pero ang pag-sugod ray lisud” (Like you, when we started we say it’s difficult, but difficulty lies only in the start), Mr. Otadoy added.
The group looked at San Franciso’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Vermiculture Facility. Mr. Rin Estrera, Solid Waste Management Team head explained the process from garbage collection which is already segregated from the household level and recycling the waste. “Importante kaayo ang Material Recovery facility aron ma-reduce ang volume sa garbage nga madispose, and we see to it nga ang mga residual waste ra gyud as much as possible” (Material recovery is very important in reducing the volume of garbage, as much as possible. We see to it that only residual wastes reach the landfill), emphasized by Mr. Estrera.
To prove that the system can be implemented at the barangay-level, the group headed to Barangay San Isidro which had a barangay-operated material recovery facility. The barangay was recognized for its successful implementation of environmental programs through a barangay-based competition.
With a day full of new learning experiences and fun activities, the participants left Camotes Island eager to implement what they have witnessed and learned in GAIRAN. - JNL