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Oro Chamber member gets grant

by Lorry V. Gabule

Cagayan de Oro City (24 February) -- Salay Handmade Paper Ind., Inc. (SHAPII) was among the lucky applicants for a training grant from the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) in Japan.

The AOTS, through Oro Chamber's umbrella organization in Manila ? the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), conducted a screening last February 4 to ascertain successful grantees for its Logistics Management for Philippines (ENPL) Training Program.

SHAPII, a long-time member of the Oro Chamber, is one of the 25 privileged grantees that will undergo a two-week extensive training in Yokohama, Japan starting March 3.

The program is designed for the participants to gain an understanding of the role of logistics experts and acquire practical methods which are applicable in the Philippines.

The course contents include: a) Logistics and Productivity Improvement (Cost and Service, Inventory Control, 5S, Packaging, etc.); b) Transportation, Responsible Concern for the Environment and Application of Logistics Management; c) Information System of Logistics; d) Key Performance Indicator of Logistics; and e) case studies.

Scholars will also have the chance to do site visits to logistics companies in Japan.

Salay Handmade Paper Industries, Incorporated (SHAPII) is an exporter of handmade paper products that is based in the quaint town of Salay, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.

Headed by Loreta Rafisura, it began in 1987 as a civic organization known as People's Economic Council (PEC). The mission of SHAPII is to help provide livelihood to the people in Salay.

Green group urges consumers to cut on water use and waste

by DTI Iligan

Iligan City (24 February) -- Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition implemented water conservation measures and urged all consumers to do their share by cutting water use and waste.

This was in response to Malacanang's order directing government agencies to come up with water conservation measures due to the El Nino phenomenon this year.

Conserving water is not only a spontaneous response to the dry spell, but an essential one to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gases from the use of fossil fuels used to pump out and deliver water into our homes and neighborhoods, the EcoWaste Coalition stated.

Some of the water ?tipid' (conservation) tips include:

1) Repair faucet leaks; fix all leaky pipes, water containers, and toilet tanks;

2) Place a brick, a jug with stones or a bottle filled with water inside the toilet tank to cut on water used in every flush;

3) Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily, put discarded tissues in the bin rather than in the toilet bowl;

4) Collect water dripping from air conditioners, use it in washing your mop, watering the plants, or flushing the toilet;

5) Do not let the water run when washing the dishes by hand, and collect the grey water for other purposes;

6) Water your plants after 5:00pm when temperature is cooler to minimize evaporation, water them only when necessary, spread a layer of mulch around plants and trees to retain water and reduce evaporation, and;

7) Never waste water served during meals, drink it up. (PIA LDN) [top]

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