December 21, 2009 in Featured
By ADELA WAYAS
BAGUIO CITY – City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO) officer-in-charge Cordelia Lacsamana told the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod that the city can reduce thevolume of its waste by increasing its efficiency to recover the present volume of biodegradable waste.
Lacsamana told the council that “out of what we collect and that will leave us about 35 percent of the total waste volume that will be for hauling out.
According to her, this is possible if the city sets up all the technological intervention needed to aid waste management in the barangays.
Setting up of materials recovery facilities (MRF), said Lacsamana, in target areas in the city. Lacsamana said they have submitted observations for consideration by the technical group.
A proposed MRF site was identified to be at the upper potion of the parking lot of Wright Park in Lualhati Barangay. Familiarization workshops with the equipments will be given to the residents of the concerned barangay. Lacsmana included that Bakakeng Central MRF is on the process of procuring equipment and the purcahse of composting drum facility.
Meanwhile, Philippine Military Academy (PMA) offered an alternative site on the satellite MRF development in the academy. Lacsamana said the city and the PMA will enter into a memorandum of agreement for the use of the facility after it has been inspected. Also, a city engineer who heads the technical team prepared a pre-site development plan estimated to be P6 million except the equipment.
Camp John hay and Teacher’s Camp agreed to the city’s request for setting up of an MRF and promised to offer their respective sites, Lacsamana added.
To put up a centralized MRF at Irisan for biodegradable processing and so with the MRF in Bakakeng, said Lacsamana, is planned to be operated in the next year.
According to her, City mayor Reinaldo Bautista requested an extension to use the Irisan controlled dump facility before the National Solid Waste Management Commission. A representative from the commission was sent to validate the civil works in the area and there are positive signs that the city could reuse the area.
On the other hand, Lacsamana said due to the lack of cooperation of the city barangays the no-segregation-no-collection policy was not fully implemented and failed to its objective to reduce waste in the city.
She said their office is implementing a more aggressive information campaigns from barangay to barangays to implement the policy.# nordis.net