Alaminos has most number of MRF in Pangasinan

November 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

ALAMINOS CITY – This tourism city has the most number of materials recovery facilities (MRF) among local government units in Pangasinan, with 30 out of its 39 villages having established such facility.
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA), a partner of Alaminos in its advocacy to attain “Zero Waste Alaminos,” picked five of the villages as outstanding in the zero waste campaign.
GAIA is a global civil society network that is championing zero waste as a vehicle for health, environment and climate protection and green jobs and enterprises.
GAIA regional director Ruth Anna Larracas identified Alaminos’s outstanding barangays as Sta. Maria, Baley-daan, Bisocol, Tawin-tawin and Polo, which were given waste management equipment, cash prizes and certificates of recognition.
City Administrator Wilmer Panabang and Anna Demant of Planet Wheeler Foundation, an Australian-based foundation that supports non-government organization worldwide, led the awarding ceremonies last November 8.
Sta. Maria village received a plastic shredder worth P100,000 while the second to fifth placers were given cash prizes from P6,000 to P10,000.
Panabang said recently, GAIA conducted a three-day evaluation to monitor the compliance of the city’s 39 barangays on the specific key requirements of Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management.
The evaluation sought to offer the villages concrete and individualized suggestions on how they can improve their waste management programs.
It likewise sought to determine the best-performing barangays and barangay officials and give them recognition for the efforts to help Alaminos’ efforts to go zero waste.
City Engineer IsmaelNajera said GAIA has been a partner of Alaminos for almost two years.
“Together with GAIA, we have almost completed our consultations in the barangays and city residents as far as the implementation of RA 9003 is concerned,” he said..
In 2009, Mayor Hernani Braganza and representatives of GAIA entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to achieve a “Zero Waste Alaminos City.”
For almost two years now, the Zero Waste Alaminos City project, with the help of EcoWaste Coalition and Planet Wheeler Foundation, had been pushing efforts to attain its goal.
“We are very happy to announce that we have seen the huge efforts of Alaminos officials, barangay leaders and residents in implementing RA 9003,” Larracas said.
She said after concluding massive consultations in the communities, the next step is to educate tourists and guests of the city about Alaminos’ efforts to go zero waste.
She said GAIA and the city government will be putting up billboards or signboards in major areas around the city to inform residents and tourists about Alaminos vision for a zero waste city.
“This zero waste city marker will further remind and at the same time encourage the public of their responsibility to follow waste segregation and proper solid waste disposal anywhere they are,” she said.
City Administrator Panabang thanked the barangay leaders for supporting and embracing the initiative, but added that there are still much to be done to achieve a zero waste city.

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