MRF Revived to Boost Waste Management Efforts
September 27, 2014
BAGUIO CITY – the City Government thru Mayor Mauricio Domogan, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB-CAR) thru Regional Director Oscar Cabanayan and four barangays signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the full operation of the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in barangay Lualhati here.
The MRF which was funded by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo amounting to 8 million pesos has been constructed way back in 2011.
This time, on concerted efforts by four clustered barangays Lualhati represented by PB Norma Bustarde, Mines View represented by PB Bonifacio Doques, Pacdal represented by PB Roberto Medina and Gibraltar represented by PB Edward Aclopen with the close supervision of City General Services Officer Romeo Concio hopes of revenue generation by this MRF’s will be achieved.
The clustered barangays role as stated in the MOA includes, encouraging community participation in the operation of the MRF, implement information dissemination campaign, facilitate the integration of solid waste management concerns in the barangay development plan, implantation of barangay ordinances regarding solid waste management, assist and direct the operation of the cluster MRF among others.
The DENR-EMB will provide technical assistance and direction in the operation of the MRF, conduct IEC activities and provide management skills, assist the barangay councils in integrating the MRF concern in the community and is automatically part of the MRF Advisory Committee.
The city government will also provide technical direction in integrating the city’s solid waste management program to the cluster MRF and is also part of the MRF Advisory Committee.
The Cluster MRF is seen as a revenue generator for the cluster barangays and will drastically help reduce the volume of garbage being hauled to an Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL) outside the city.
It can be recalled that there are 3 existing MRF’s in the city servicing 12 barangays and plans to construct 17 additional MRF’s were also considered to boosts segregation and waste management in the barangays.
Domogan challenged the clustered barangays to work together to inform their constituents to bring their recyclable waste in the cluster MRF and help in segregation efforts being implemented by the city.
Domogan also appealed anew for cooperation in waste management to ensure that cleanliness in the city is sustained./Paul Rillorta