San Carlos City
Philippines

Population: 129981
Area of jurisdiction: 452 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: 10% by 2025 (2014) n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a % by 2025 (2014)
Renewable energy target: 15% by 2025 15% by 2025
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
Total ( 2011 ):  32,345 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

Creation of FISHERIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL (FARMC)
The Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council (FARMC) is created in accordance with RA 8550 or the Fisheries Code of 1998 which states that all LGUs abutting municipal/city waters should create its own FARMC. The primary purpose of FARMC is to be the advisory, re-commendatory body to the Sangguniang Panlunglosd in all Fisheries & Coastal Resources Management policies, laws, and regulations. San Carlos City FARMC is one of the earliest formed and most active in the entire region today, having received various awards and citations from different local, provincial, regional and national agencies. Start year  
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UN Millennium Development Goals
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Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP)
The City has been into various environment and natural resources management (ENR) program for the past years. It obtained various awards and recognition on effective solid waste management, watershed rehabilitation and development, Protected Area (PA) enhancement, and various greening and urban forestry initiatives, mangrove rehabilitation, payment for environmental services thru its water levy program for watershed rehabilitation, among others. Encapsulated in the City's vision is to become a green city that demonstrates the proper balance between sustainable development, human habitat, and ecologically sound environment. As one of the growing model City of the North Negros, it puts the environment and natural resource management on top of the development agenda, especially with the growing clamour to respond to climate change as well as disaster risk impacts. Towards this end, it has formally created the City's Environment Management Office (CEMO) with personnel and funding allocation for various environmental projects. Along this line, the formulation of this Forest Land Use Plan (FLUP) is a fitting contribution to this wide-ranging environmental initiatives, taking into account the holistic and integrated management and development of its entire territory. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) and Zoning Ordinance (ZO)
In response to economic growth in the City, social objectives have to be met which include ensuring sufficient housing land that can be accessed by the community in response to the forecast demand; providing the conditions and incentives for improved housing conditions for the urban poor, either through in-situ-upgrading, urban resettlement and/or rural decentralization incentives; and improve and develop education, health, recreation and other community facilities in response to forecast population growth levels. By taking a preventive approach, it likewise aims to reduce the incidence of poor health conditions through improved potable water supply and sanitation. It also aims to provide conditions for a socially stable community and reduce out-migration of the young through the provision of employment opportunities, together with the essential capability support programs as well as community and recreation facilities. For Environmental sustainability, the protection of vulnerable environments and implementing proper pollution control and prevention schemes are aimed at. As such, it involves defining an appropriate strategy for the collection and treatment of liquid wastes, which will meet the needs of new development and improve conditions in the existing urban area (Poblacion). Start year  
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Adopting the Local Climate Change Action Plan(LCCAP) of the City of San Carlos
The Local Government Unit of San Carlos through the City Environment Management Office(CEMO) has already taken initial steps in formulating its Local Climate Change Action Plan(LCCAP) by incorporating climate change interventions and disaster and risk reduction resiliency in its CLUP(Comprehensive Land Use Plan). With parallel initiatives, the City Environment Management Office(CEMO) was able to gather initial data leading to the establishment of greenhouse gas inventory database. Such capability is a product of a private sector participation both local and foreign partners. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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450 has. Mangrove Reforestation Program
The City knew the importance of mangrove as protection of vulnerable coastlines from any wave actions and its role as productive ecosystem that provide numerous good and services both to the marine environment and people thus implementing a program for Mangrove Reforestation. Mangrove Reforested coastline will serve a place for biodiversity and at the same time a carbon filter of the city. Start year  
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
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Coastal Resources Rehabilitation: Mangrove Reforestation/Livelihood Swap to Refo
An agreement between the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental and Pamasol Fishermens Assn. Inc. of So. Maloloy-on, Brgy. Punao, San Carlos City. The program aims to provide alternative sources of income to communities living near the natural resources as well as provide rehabilitation and protection thereof. The first party (Provincial Govt.) shall provide funds to the second party (Pamasol FA) to plant mangrove seedlings in exchange of livelihood project. Start year  
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
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Northern Negros Aquatic Resources Management Advisory Council (NNARMAC)
NNARMAC or Norhern Negros Aquatic Resources Management Council is an alliance of eight (8) LGUs in Negros Occidental, namely the cities of San Carlos, Escalante, Sagay, Cadiz & Victorias and the municipalities of Calatrava, Toboso and Manapla. Aware of the crucial state of their common marine resources including inland waters, such as rivers, waterways, and other common water resources, the participating local government units agreed to severally consolidate and coordinate all efforts towards the preservation and protection of said resources. Aware that in unity, in diversity, and good governance, practicing community empowerment shall manage conflict over the utilization and ensure sustainable management of resources that benefit and provide enjoyment for the future generation of Northern Negros. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Rice Certified Seeds Subsidy
The program aims to increase the rice production of the City by giving the buyer(farmer) a 50% subsidy on its certified rice seeds; promote urban livelihood and increase carbon capture. Start year  
Sector Agriculture, Forest and Other Land Use (AFOLU)
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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FISHFOREVER PRIDE CAMPAIGN
FISHFOREVER Pride Campaign is partnership program between LGU San Carlos City and Rare Inc.; an international NGO based in Arlington, Virginia, USA that specializes in Behavior Change Campaigns to inspire conservation so that people and nature may thrive. FishForever as aGlobal Strategy of Rare aims to optimize fisheries management in pursuit of conservation and social results, which means more and bigger fish, healthy habitats and improved well-being of fishers Start year  
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Creation of Zero Open Defecation Ordinance
The ordinance promotes zero open defecation to safeguard public health and well-being of all the constituents by allocating funds annually for sustainable sanitation programs. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Creation of Sound and Noise Regulatory Ordinance
This ordinance shall govern all commercial and residential establishments and open commercial blocks/spaces, which are engaged in the operation of video and sound systems, video karaoke bars, stereo phonos and the like, mandating to generate allowable sound volume, thereby producing tolerable sounds or vibrations on adjacent establishments or homes. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Creation of City Ordinance for Tipping Fee for its Sanitary Landfill Services in the City's Eco-Center Waste Processing Facility
In aide for the neighboring municipalities and city that doesn't have sanitary landfills, the city of San Carlos created Ordinance No. 15-01 "an ordinance establishing the solid waste management cost recovery mechanism through charging of tipping fee for its sanitary landfill services in the city's Eco-Center Waste Processing Facility" Start year  
Sector Waste
Type Regulatory
Status In progress
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Construction of San Carlos City Eco- Waste Management and Recycling Center
The 5-hectare San Carlos City Eco- Waste Management and Recycling Center, more popularly called the Eco- Center ,started its operation in September 2007. The facility includes a building that serves as the central materials recovery facility (MRF) for final processing of waste, an office, a motor pool, a mechanical-biological treatment/windrow composting area and a 2 hectare clay lined sanitary landfill facility for residual waste. The MRF operation is a unique innovation, which utilizes gravity force to slide down the recyclables to segregation bins during final waste processing. At the same time, the city bought a 3-hectare lot as resettlement area adjacent to the old dump for the displaced former waste pickers. These waste pickers were organized and employed to undertake the various activities within the Eco-Center. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
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Participation of the International Earth Hour Campaign
The city is Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
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Creation of Updated 10 Year Solid Waste Management Plan
The problem of solid waste generation and its management has become a genuine concern of the city. The rapid swelling population, increasing urbanization and intensifying economic activities have all contributed to the generation of solid waste. In response to this pressing concern, the Local Government Unit of San Carlos City has adopted measures to anticipate vis-à-vis expansion of solid waste management services, provision of a more cost-effective waste collection and transport, development and establishment of cost effective solid waste disposal facility. The enhancement of the city’s solid waste management will be done in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 9003 otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. While every citizen is responsible for its waste segregation at source, the city is primarily in-charge of collection and transport of residuals until final disposal. Thus, the City Government formulated and updates the Ten (10) Year Solid Waste Management Plan. The Plan will serve as guide to public and private stakeholders in the implementation geared towards compliance of R.A. 9003. However, the plan will only be effective if all stakeholders will response and cooperate to the call of environmental protection not just merely compliance. The City Government acknowledges the support of various local and international partners to name a few; the Provincial Environment Management Office (PEMO), the German Development Service or DED and the German International Cooperation (GIZ) through its expert/volunteer who rendered technical expertise in the formulation and updating of the Solid Waste Management Plan. The Updated Ten (10) Year Solid Waste Management Plan for the City of San Carlos is being anchored on its vision, mission, goals and objectives. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Creation of the Multi-Partite Monitoring Team (MMT)
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Sector Waste
Type Organizational/Governance
Status Completed
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Fisherfolk School Program in Tañon Strait
The Fisherfolk School Program in Tanon Strait in partnership with Tambuyog Development Center (TDC) with support from Toyota Environmental Activities Program by Toyota Motors Corporation is aimed to enhanced the core competence of thirty (30) or more fisherfolk leaders in Community Based Coastal Resources Management; Conduct local campaigns both as learning exercise and as a concrete means to advance CBCRM in coastal communities along the Tanon Strait and forge stakeholders unity in developing local fisherfolk school. Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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Installation of Camaniangan Public School solar power
The installation at Camaniangan Elementary began in April 2014 and ran for 12 weeks. The project was inaugurated on campus by San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor, Negros Occidental Vice-Governor Eugenio "Bong" Lacson and the project developers on September 25 , 2014. The same team responsible for creating Sacasol implemented the CSR, with the PV modules being provided by Conergy and overall project management handled by Bronzeoak Philippines and Schema Consult. The project was well received, as students and community members alike eagerly welcomed their new solar power connection: 24 panels delivering a total capacity of 6000Wp to the school. To supplement the electricity generated, batteries were fitted into the connection and rechargeable lanterns were donated to the families in need of the units. As explained by Sacasol President, Jose Maria P. Zabaleta, Jr. "Our objective is to institutionalize the community's sustainable use of the solar panel, making it an instrumental component in energy distribution to the isolated regions of our country". Start year  
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
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Creation of Wastewater Management Technical Working Group
Household wastewater contributes to 48% of water pollution in the Philippines and the supply of safe drinking water is very limited, especially in rural areas, and water induced diseases are very common. Improperly treated wastewater pose major treats to public health by contaminating groundwater resources. When discharged to the water bodies, such as rivers, lakes and the sea, it can have serious impacts on aquatic/marine habitats and fishing areas. While the country’s 2004 Clean Water Act mandates that all Local Government Units (LGUs) should share in the responsibility of managing and improving water quality within their territorial jurisdictions within five (5) years, a staggering 94% of urban areas still have not yet comply with the law, posing a big challenge to the government. Immediately following the Act, San Carlos City started its implementation by seeking assistance to the German Development Service (DED) in the period of 2004-2005. The significance of the German contribution lies in its approached to promote and support in the planning of wastewater management project. And in 2009, the city, together with the DENR and ECOGOV2, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to jointly develop and implement Waste Water Management (WWM) interventions for the city. The ECOGOV2 or the Philippine Environmental Governance Project Phase 2 provides technical assistance package that includes training modules, capacity building, cross visits, and practicum on wastewater management. This partnership strengthens the capacity of the LGU to improve wastewater management program. The program aims to improve the basic conditions for the development of the water sector, to introduce sustainable wastewater management and to develop and distribute customized and low cost technological solutions in order to protect the city’s ground water and marine resources along Tanon Strait and to fulfill the legal requirements of the Republic Act 9275, also known as the Philippine Clean Water Act. Anticipating compliance of Republic Act 9275 or the Clean Water Act, the city is already in a strategic position towards full blown implementation of wastewater management related projects in various pilot areas such as; city hospital, public market, city abattoir and city’s major resettlement sites. This would include rainwater catchment and sewage collection for a centralized treatment and disposal. The various program of works related to wastewater has been already approved and already for implementation. The matrix below shows some of the approved projects. Wastewater Management Projects Appropriation: 1. Improvement of City Abattoir Wastewater Treatment Php 483,350.00 2. New City Health Office Wastewater Treatment Facility PhP 280,000.00 3. Rainwater Harvester at the Public Transport Terminal PhP 150,000.00 4. Construction of City Hospital Wastewater Treatment Facility PhP 1,775,000.00 T o t a l Php 2,688,350.00 Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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San Carlos City Lifestyle Change Program
The Local Government of San Carlos went beyond the conventional solid waste management program of using an efficient collection system and infrastructure. Instead, it embarked on a comprehensive education and advocacy that sought to change people’s behavior towards responsible waste management. While information, education and communication is enunciated in R.A. 9003, the Behavioral Change Approach is based on an education platform that enables the target audience to learn the positive or negative consequences of their action. It further focuses on the benefits derived from positive waste management practice thus leading to individual and group motivation. Due to the focus of the Lifestyle Change Project to promote waste diversion at source, such source segregation is already evidently practiced with households, industries, schools, barangays, and different community institutions doing their own respective SWM initiatives. Regular waste characterization revealed the decreasing trend in waste contamination reaching to only 3% in non-biodegradables currently. Waste contamination in bio-degradables is also down to 3%. This makes it easier for the garbage collection team and the Eco-Center to further segregate and divert waste. Currently, waste diversion at the Eco-Center reached an impressive 63% which is more than the 25% required by R.A. 9003. Of this 63%, 46% is bio-degradable and is thus directed for composting, and the other 17% is for recycling. Thus, only 37% of the total garbage is considered residuals and goes to the landfill, thus increasing the lifespan of such landfill to 20 years. Start year  
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Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status Completed
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59MW San Carlos Sun Power (SaCaSun)
P3.5-billion solar-energy power project of Aboitiz Renewables Inc. (ARI) and SunEdison Philippines Helios BV (SunEdison) is set for commercial operations in the first quarter of 2016. This after they have awarded the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract to Japan-based Nari Group Corp., which will undertake the construction of the 59-megawatt (MW) solar project in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Establishment of Bio-ethanol Plant
San Carlos City has the first Bio-Ethanol Plant in the country. It is managed by a private company called the San Carlos Bio-Energy, Inc (SCBI). The SCBI is positioned to deliver on the twin objectives of energy security and environmental sustainability. The project will supply approximately 10% of petroleum requirements in the Philippines through the production of 30 million liters of ethanol each year, and production of 5MW of renewable energy from the sugarcane by-product, bagasse and other renewable fuels, is more than sufficient to satisfy the process energy needs of the project. This substantially reduces the country’s reliance on imported fossil fuel. The surplus renewable electricity will be exported to the local grid. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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18 MW San Carlos BioPower (SCBP)
San Carlos BioPower is a greenfield, stand alone power plant with a generation capacity of 19.99MW supplying baseload power to the local grid. The plant is located on the island of Negros in the Philippines, a prime agricultural area in the region. Feedstock for the plant will consist of sugarcane residues typically left in the fields after harvest and energy crops from dedicated plantations. These principal feedstock sources will be augmented by other, locally available agricultural residue biomass. The facility will provide electricity to an area of short supply and increasing demand for power, and will provide an additional source of income to the local farming community. San Carlos BioPower is committed to providing sustainable power from renewable sources of energy and to maintaining the environmental integrity of the surrounding area upon its completion in late 2013. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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45 MW San Carlos Solar Energy Plant (SaCaSol)
San Carlos City represents an attractive location for a solar farm because it is situated at the right coordinates for maximum solar radiation and, being in the eastern coast of Negros, it is less prone to cloud cover and enjoys more sunshine hours than other places. The area has long supported renewable energy due to the presence of the sugar industry, both for power and transport fuel, thus making it a good hub for several renewable energy technologies. San Carlos Solar Energy Inc. on Friday announced the completion its solar plant expansion to 45 megawatts in Negros Occidental last week. SaCaSol said in a statement the completion made the plant the largest solar power farm in the country. Start year  
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Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Mount Kanlaon Narutal Park Reforestation Program
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Annual Tree Planting Activity (every 4th of July) (Northern Negros Natural Park and Mount Kanlaon Natural Park)
The Annual Tree Planting Activity that is done by the local government(mandatory) and different private sectors(voluntary) every 4th of July aims to increase the carbon filters of the city and at the same time increase urban green space. Start year  
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Type Public Participation/Stakeholder engagement
Status In progress
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Creation of the City Environment Management Office (and Climate Change Division)
The City Environment Management Office(CEMO) was created base on the Local Government Code of 1991 which mandates that it shall be the duty of every national agency or government-owned or controlled corporation authorizing or involved in the planning and implementation of any project or programs that may cause pollution, climate change, depletion of non-renewable resources, loss of cropland, range land, or forest cover, and extinction of animal or plant species, to consult with the local government units, non-governmental organizations, and other sectors concerned and explain the goals and objectives of the project or programs, its impact upon the people and the community in terms of environmental or ecological balance and the measures that will be undertaken to prevent or minimize the adverse effect. With the creation of the City Environment Management Office through Executive Order 13-01 enacted and approved on February 13, 2013 the City Government is able to manage and implement environmental programs on a "ridge to reef" integrated approach. Start year  
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Type Organizational/Governance
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Creation of the San Carlos City Environment Code
This code is enacted to adopt adequate measures to safeguard and conserve land, mineral, marine, forest, and other resources of the City. It also provides authority to the Sangguniang Panglungsod to protect the environment and impose appropriate penalties for acts, which endanger the environment. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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City Resolutions on Earth Hour
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Plastic & Styrofoam Regulation Ordinance
The City Ordinance 14-53 is an ordinance regulating the use of plastic cellophane and sando bags as packaging materials and utilization of polystyrene commonly known as Styrofoam for food and beverages containers in the City of San Carlos.With the City's desire to regulate the "single use" of plastic cellophane and sando bags and eventual prohibition of the use, sale and provision of polystyrene as food and beverage containers, encourages the utilization of alternative packaging materials such as woven bags(bayong), cloth/paper bags and other similar organic packaging materials (e.g banana leaves, taro leaves, etc.) and likewise advocates the "No Plastic Day" and "Bring Your Own Bag-(BYOB)" programs of the City Government. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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No Smoking Ordinance
It is the purpose of this Ordinance to safeguard public health and ensure the well being of all its constituents by protecting them from harmful effects of smoking and tobacco utilization. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
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Adaptation actions

Bantay Dagat Program
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Creation of Law Enforcement Team
To ensure that there is coordinated enforcement of laws and ordinances, it is felt that there should be a unit in the City Government to forefront the implementation of laws and ordinances enacted by the Sangguniang Panglungsod therefore created the Law Enforcement Team(LET) of the City of San Carlos, Negros Occidental. Start year  
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Type Regulatory
Status Completed
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Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) Protection and Rehabilitation Programs
The City of San Carlos is actively engage in the protection and rehabilitation of our forest protected areas. In fact, city allocated Php 2.14 million annually which covers the seedling production, maintenance, riverbank rainforestation, etc. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Integrated Bago River Watershed Development Program
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Type Organizational/Governance
Status Completed
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Water Levy for Watershed Rehabilitation Project
To address denudation of the watershed areas, the city government designed a Watershed Development and Rehabilitation Project using an innovative financing scheme to rehabilitate the denuded watersheds. For each cubic meter of water used, the City Government charges 1.00 Peso which goes to a trust fund for watershed development and protection. Through the San Carlos City Development Board, helps in the reforestation of more than 500 hectares of idle and marginal land, not only helping the environment but also providing 1,000 individuals with additional source of income in seedling production and forest establishment activities. Start year  
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Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status In progress
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Establishment of Marine Protected Areas
The establishment of the Marine Protected Areas(MPA) in the coastal waters of San Carlos City, Negros Occidental is declared as one of the policies of the City to develop, improve and increase the quality, as well as the quantity of the marine resources in its coastal waters. Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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