LAOAG CITY, Aug 7 (PIA) — Laoag city’s solid waste management program received the prestigious Likas-Yaman award from the Department of Environment and Natural Resource, earning a stamp of good environmental governance.
The award, given during the Environment Month celebration, was an example of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between the city government and the Luzon Green Art Technology to address the city’s waste disposal system.
Since the program was adopted, residents no longer resort to open burning, throwing of waste in vacant lots, canals and rivers and bringing of waste outside the yard.
The city government began with information, education and communication campaign in the community to encourage households to switch from their old garbage disposal system and adopt environment-friendly disposal practices from composting to waste segregation.
City officials also enforced the strict implementation of the no segregation, no collection policy to discourage residents from throwing their wastes without first classifying them as biodegradable or non-biodegradable.
It also established a materials recovery facility within the city’s disposal site and converted biodegradable wastes to organic fertilizer and hollow blocks.
The program eventually received support from residents making the city government the recipient of the best LGU-initiated environment project.
Mayor Michael Fariñas also laid down a 10-year integrated solid waste management plan to sustain the city’s waste management campaign as required under the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
The award was received by Perry Martinez, Laoag City Administrator and Revie R. Bayona, the Vice-President for Operations of Luzon Green Art Techology, Inc. during the awarding rites in San Fernando City. (ANL/CCA-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)