The making of a model barangay that is Panoypoy
By Neil D. Lopido
Calbayog City (15 October) -- Who would imagine that a far-flung barangay in Calbayog City will be adjudged as 1st runner-up in Solid Waste Management, besting other barangays nationwide? Yes, Barangay Panoypoy did it with the active leadership of a young Brgy. Captain, Allan Baņares, and with the support of the city government through Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento and the cooperation of all the barangay folks.
This remote barangay has been actively participating in the government's efforts towards sound waste management endeavors. In fact, this barangay has maintained its being the cleanest barangay of Calbayog for 20 years. Asked what made his barangay win, Brgy. Chairman Baņares said that they do waste segregation, composting and the provision of Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).
Panoypoy Brgy. Captain Allan Baņares poses with his 'giant' rootcrops, ready to show to PGMA. (PIA-8)
It was learned from the barangay chief that the biggest factor that contributed to their being a national winner is the carrying out of these Best Practices accompanied with a daily bayanihan system.
Obviously, the villager's main source of living is farming. They are into vegetable and crop production like palawan, karlang, botig, gabi, cassava and sweet potato. Aside from said root crops, they grow also vegetables like ampalaya, eggplant and beans among others. These agricultural products of Panoypoy will be showcased tomorrow in the city's 2006 Agro-Industrial Fair at the plaza with the fair's theme, "Agro-Industry, Moving Towards Sustainable Production".
Because they have compost pit, they benefit a lot in their agri-production considering that they already have organic fertilizer, Chairman Baņares said.
Before the year ends, Baņares said, they organize a Christmas party where they gave awards to outstanding farmers and to those families with the most number of children sent to school and the like.
Because of hardwork and through agriculture, Baņares and her loving wife were able to sent their daughters to school where the eldest is now a second year college and the next child is graduating in elementary while the eldest daughter is now three years old.
Barangay Panoypoy is a small barangay of Calbayog City which is about 26 kilometers away from the city proper with a population of 486 and 101 households. If before the accessibility to this barangay is so hard because of rough and uncemented road, today, the Brgy. Captain happily informed PIA that the road is almost cemented and their daily living get even better and better with the help of the city government. (PIA-8) [top]