DENR supports garbage system in Albay, donates shredder, truck

DENR Secretary Ramon Paje signed an accord with Albay Governor Joey Salceda and Guinobatan town Mayor Ann Ongjoco establishing a pioneer Materials Recovery System (MRS) that he considered a novel effort in Bicol Region. In a ceremonial launch he also handed over a garbage shredder and a garbage truck collector intended to transport and collect solid wastes in the town.

“MRF system is a complete system of recovering wastes that can still be of use – from recyclable materials to kitchen waste that can be turned into compost, which will be implemented here in Guinobatan as their compliance with the ESWM Act,” Engr. Nanette Tidon of the Environmental Management Bureau said.

In a baseline study of the EMB, a projected recovery of 18 percent of recyclables and 73 percent of biodegradable wastes will be diverted from the waste stream, while the remaining 8.72 percent of total waste composition can be disposed of to a final disposal facility or be re-used as functional products by available alternative technologies. 

“There’s a need for compliance of every local government unit to Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, so we are launching this recovery system to help this town, and added to that we are also donating a garbage shredder and a truck for transport and collection,” Sec. Paje explained.

According to Paje almost 700 LGUs have complied with the eco-waste management law and this will be an addition to the statistics of those compliant with RA 9003.

He pointed out that there’s a need to address the problem of municipal waste because of the rising cost that the government is taking in providing medicines for diseases brought about by garbage pollution.

              Citing a report from the Department of Health, he averred that the government spends close to 50 billion pesos every year on treating illnesses due to pollution and 50 percent of the medicine is for upper respiratory ailments, so an imperative solution is to resolve the problem of municipal waste and since establishing landfills is expensive, however, a better alternative is clustering of towns for their own SLF.

Press Release: August 16, 2013