Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Bulacan fetes outstanding Cooperative Dev’t Councils

CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Government of Bulacan through its Provincial Cooperative and Economic Development Office (PCEDO) recently awarded the 2012 Natatanging City/Municipal Cooperative Development Councils  at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city recently.

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said the award aims to recognize the efforts and vital contribution of cooperatives in Bulacan’s development.

“Bukod sa mga fixed projects ng PCEDO, bumuo o gumawa rin ng iba pang proyekto ang mga awardees na ito na siyang lalong nagpalawak sa serbisyo sa mga miyembro nito,” PCEDO head Jovito Saguinsin said.

The first prize was awarded to Marilao Cooperative Development Council, second prize to Doña Remedios Trinidad Cooperative Development Council, San Jose del Monte City Cooperative Development Council got the third prize and Malolos Cooperative Development Council for the fourth prize.

Aside from cash prize, the winners also received certificate of recognition while the non-winners were given certificate of appreciation.

Also part of the event is the Cooperative Fellowship, a culminating activity of the Cooperative and Enterprise Month in Bulacan, wherein approximately 500 Bulakenyo cooperative officers and members gathered at The Pavilion.

Last October, the province joined the nation in celebrating the National Cooperative Month wherein a number of trainings and activities were given to the officials and members of cooperatives in Bulacan.

Cooperative Month is being celebrated every October of the year by the virtue of Proclamation No. 493 dated October 27, 2003. ###

Bulacan, Bataan, and Zambales remain red tide-free

By Joelyn G. Baluyut

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Nov 16 (PIA) -- Bulacan, Zambales, and
Bataan provinces are still free from paralytic shellfish poison or most commonly known as red tide.

“The coastal waters of Bulacan in Manila Bay; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; and coastal waters of Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay, and Samal in Bataan remain free of the toxic red tide,” the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Shellfish Bulletin dated November 8 reported.

BFAR said shellfish from the mentioned areas can still be gathered, harvested, and sold in markets and are safe for human consumption.

Meanwhile, shellfish collected at Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur, and Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison that is beyond the regulatory limit.

All types of shellfish and Acetes ap or alamang from the areas mentioned are not safe for human consumption, BFAR said.

“Fish, squids, shrimps, and crabs are safe for human consumption provided these are fresh and washed thoroughly and internal organs such as gills and intestines are removed before cooking,” BFAR added.(CLJD/JGB-PIA3)