Saturday, December 24, 2016

20 Legazpi City villages get awards on eco-waste management
By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 22 (PNA) -- Some 20 villages from among 70 villages in Legazpi City led by Barangays (village) Gogon and Cabangan East were given top awards in the annual Solid Waste Management awards initiated by the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO).

City Mayor Noel E. Rosal handed the certificates of commendation and cash prizes during today’s Christmas celebration of the “eco-(waste) managers and “eco-aides” to the heads of the villages, 10 in the big barangay category and 10 in the small barangay category, who have shown proper ways of disposing of their waste materials in their respective communities.

During the awarding ceremony, Rosal acknowledged the role of the eco-waste managers and eco-aides for their effective implementation of the city’s “no segregation no collection policy” as mandated in the city’s Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (ESWMP).

“This policy on which is anchored the city’s solid waste management program is proof of Legazpi‘s identity as a strong modern city that maintains a healthful and environmental-friendly community,” said Rosal.

During the award-giving ceremony, CENRO head Salve Corral also distributed motorized collection vehicles to eight new barangays, the additional areas which will adopt the “no segregation no collection policy.”

Rosal said the collection vehicles, which are motorcycles equipped with sidecars for collecting waste materials, were issued through a grant from the World Bank Global Environmental Fund.

He said the collection vehicles will also support the implementation of the City’s Integrated Persistent Organic Pollutant or IPOPS project.

The IPOPS project prohibit the burning of garbage in the community as one way of reducing toxic emissions such as dioxin and furans that are generated by waste materials and contribute to global warming.

Rosal said there are 49 barangays included in its ESWMP, which has been expanded to include eight more villages, for a total of 57 villages now implementing the city’s environmental program.

The top ten villages under the large barangay category, who were commended during today’s awarding ceremony, were Gogon with a total rating of 89.7 percent; Puro-89.1 percent; Bigaa-87.7 percent; Bagumbayan-87.3 percent and Arimbay-87 percent.

Barangay Bogtong with a rating of 86.4 percent was sixth place, followed by Oro Site-83 percent; Penaranda-82.9 percent; Cabangan West-80.42 percent while Bitano was tenth with an average rating of 80.40 percent.

The top ten recipients under the small barangay category were the villages of Cabangan East with 91.30 percent; Dap-dap-90.12; Sabang-90 percent; Maoyod-87.97 percent; and Binanuahan West--87.27 percent.

On 6th place was Barangay Tamaoyan who got an average rating of 84.21 percent; Sagpon- 82.4 percent; Ems Barrio South-82.2 percent; Barangay Bano-81.5 percent; and Ilawod (10th place)-80 percent.

The eight villages who received the motorized collection equipment were the villages of Pawa, Dita, Bagong Abre, San Joaquin, Buyoan, Lamba, Homapon and Banquerohan.

Rosal said his administration is planning to construct another concrete cell at the adjacent area of the sanitary landfill because its lifespan is expected to expire by next year.

The engineered sanitary landfill was constructed by the city government in 2010 at a 1.5-hectare land area in Barangay Banquerohan, an upland village some 20 kilometers away from downtown Legazpi.

A Php100-million grant from the Spanish aid agency Agencia Espanola Cooperacion International Para El Desarollo or AECID has made the landfill possible.

Legazpi City is the only local government unit in the Bicol region which has an engineered sanitary landfill that has made it fully compliant with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. (PNA) LAP/GVR/EPS/CBD