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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

EMB-9 chief lauds Bayog town for establishing MRF

By Gideon C. Corgue

BAYOG, Zamboanga del Sur – The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB)-9 and the municipal government here have formally opened the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) building erected at this town’s Agro-Tourism Park.

EMB-9 Regional Director Jacqueline Caancan said Bayog was one of the recipient-municipalities of a financial assistance from the EMB through the National Solid waste Management Commission (NSWMC) for MRF acquisition in 2014 amounting to P250 thousand.

Caancan said the NSWMC had identified Bayog as one of municipalities in the region to receive the MRF financial assistance for calendar year 2014 in order to increase the waste diversion rate and strengthen the town’s waste management practices.

“Part of the EMB’s programs is to support the local government units (LGUs), which have submitted their 10-year solid waste management plan by providing them material recovery facilities.

Caancan lauded the municipal leadership for playing the key role in the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, and highlighting the solid waste management initiatives. 

For his part, Mayor Leonardo Babasa Jr. thanked the EMB for the support extended to the municipality saying “the facility is needed in the implementation of our solid waste management program.”

With the MRF, the municipality will now strictly implement waste segregation in support of RA 9003.

Babasa said the LGU adopted the best environmental practice by doing proper segregation, collection, transport, storage and disposal of solid waste.

“We have also encouraged active participation from the public and private sector in the implementation of solid waste management program,” Babasa concluded.