MinDA introduces livelihood programs to Lanao del Sur

LIVELIHOOD PROJECT. MinDA Sec. Emmanuel Piñol explains to some Lanao del Sur mayors the livelihood projects that MinDA will be starting in the province this year. At least seven Lanao del Sur towns have signed up for the livelihood projects that the government is introducing, Piñol said on Thursday (Jan. 16, 2020). (Photo courtesy of MinDA) DAVAO CITY — At least seven Lanao del Sur towns have signed up for the livelihood projects that the government is introducing this year, Secretary Emmanuel Piñol of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said Thursday. Lanao del Sur is among Mindanao provinces that have high poverty incidence at 71.2 percent, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority. Piñol said the livelihood projects, which include Cattle Fattening, Dairy Goat Multiplier Farm, Duck Raising and Tilapia Fish Cage Farming, are aimed at addressing poverty incidence in the province, which is a component of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. “The basis for their selection was very simple: the mayors of the towns showed deep interest in the program by attending the livelihood orientation and staying from the opening time in the morning until the ...

The local, nonprofit utility announced last week it will retire coal as of March 31 -

The local, nonprofit utility announced last week it will retire coal as of March 31 – meaning as of Monday, District Energy is no longer burning the carbon-based fuel. Eliminating the use of coal will reduce the plant’s CO2 emissions by about 10,000 tons per year – the equivalent of taking 2,100 cars off the road, the announcement said. And that’s after District Energy already reduced carbon emissions for its heating system by 57 percent from 2000-17. District Energy heats 197 buildings and 300 single-family homes in and around downtown St. Paul. and cools 116 buildings in the same area. One of the ways it generates heat is by burning wood waste from the region (using a renewable-friendly “combined heat and power” plant). The utility company also uses chilled water storage and solar thermal. President and CEO Ken Smith, in the announcement, said the company has to look at new technologies that “benefit our customers and the environment.” The company has more sustainability measures to reduce its carbon footprint planned, which it hopes to announce in July of 2019. The state has put an emphasis on shifting to clean and renewable energy so...