LEGAZPI CITY, June 2 (PNA) -- Twenty barangays in this fast-growing city received certificates of commendation from Mayor Noel E. Rosal and City Administrator Pecos Intia on Monday for their effective implementation of a city ordinance and Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
The awardees under the small village category were: Barangays Maoyod headed by Punong Barangay (PB) Manuel Omnes; Sabang, PB Ismael Santillan; Tamaoyan, PB Silvia del Agua; Baño, PB Domingo Alberto Pasano Jr.; Binanuahan West, PB Ma. Teresa Abiera; Sagpon, PB Felixberto Codorniz; Capantawan, PB Evelyn Brizuela; Dap-dap, PB Marites Barcelon; Cabangan East 20, PB Ma. Nimfa Bolaños; and Ilawod West, under PB Ma. Lourdes Baltazar.
The recipients of the award in the large barangay category were: Gogon, headed by its PB Perfecto Nacion; Bigaa, PB Roberto Arienda; Bitano, PB Joel Balinis; Arimbay, PB Rosalina Gervero; Oro Site, PB Joseph Philip (JP) Lee; Peñaranda, PB Beatriz Toledo; Taysan, PB Renato Valladolid; Puro, PB Nicasio Barrios Jr.; San Roque, PB Joselito Martinez; and Buraguis, under PB Jose Alfonso Bariso.
The Solid Waste Management Award is based on the assessment conducted by the Office of the City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) headed by Salve Corral.
The 20 villages satisfied the criteria for the best practices of waste segregation at source; segregated collection; collection coverage; cleanliness/orderliness; operation and maintenance of equipment; barangay initiatives such as recycling, composting, and plastic recovery; and the proper recording/filing and photo documentation of the barangay ecological solid waste management program activities.
In a simple ceremony held at the city hall compound, Rosal said the collection of garbage is the foremost item in the agenda of his administration in order to sustain a healthful community and to maintain the image of this city as an environmental friendly locality of the region.
The city chief executive urged all the village officials to always inform the people in their respective communities that irresponsible dumping of garbage -- especially throwing waste materials in the rivers, canals, esteros and other waterways -- will contribute heavily to flooding in the city and contaminate the water, making it hazardous to the health of the constituents.
Aside from the proper collection of garbage, Rosal said, burning of garbage inside the territorial areas of this city is forbidden to reduce the unintentionally produced persistent organic pollutants (UPOP) from waste materials.
This measure is in line with the with the memorandum of agreement between Legazpi City and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources signed during the term of former mayor Carmen Geraldine Rosal for the implementation of an anti-UPOP project, he added. (PNA) LAM/FGS/EPS/CBD/