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Iloilo Capitol eyed as prov'l model in solid waste management.

The Iloilo Provincial Capitol will implement a solid waste management program that aims to minimize and eventually ban the use of low-density plastics and styropor containers.

During the flag ceremony on Monday, employees at the Capitol were introduced to the program 'Barangay Kapitolyo Solid Waste Management' to be implemented by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).

The program will immediately be strictly applied upon the issuance of an Executive Order by Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.

Citing the governor, lawyer Arturo Cangrejo, PENRO officer-in-charge, said the Capitol will become the model in solid waste management of the villages in the province.

'The governor said we are going to treat the Capitol as a barangay, and we will promote this program. How can we encourage barangays to come up with their own solid waste management plans if we don't implement it here first in the Capitol?' Cangrejo said.

He said the program covers five major policies such as refuse or reduce strategy; sewage or septage management; segregation or source policy; no segregation, no collection policy; and recycling strategy.

The Capitol produces 470 kilos of wastes daily, the waste analysis and the characterization study of PENRO in 2018 shows. The identified waste generators in the Capitol are the canteen, ambulant vendors, and catering services.

Cangrejo said PENRO has already met with the generators of the wastes, informing them that the Capitol will prohibit the use of single-use plastics and styropor as food containers.

'Plastic wastes are usually generated when employees buy take-out food from the canteen and ambulant vendors. With the program, we will be requiring employees to bring their own container in buying food to avoid the use of single-use plastics,' he said.

The program will also discourage the use of individual trash bins in offices as there are trash bins assigned to biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and recyclable trash at both ends of every floor at the Capitol.

'There will be no collection on offices with unsegregated wastes. The office concerned shall be responsible to bring their uncollected wastes to the material recovery facility of the Capitol,' he said.

The PENRO had already designed a material recovery facility with the Provincial Engineering Office that will be maintained at the Capitol and at the Iloilo Sports Complex.

Cangrejo said the organic wastes generated by the Capitol will be maintained by the Provincial Agriculture Office in the plant nursery in this city's La Paz district.

Thus, only the residual wastes will be turned over to the collector of the Iloilo City government.

"We will minimize the use of plastics, and eventually have a complete ban on the use of it," he said.

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Date:Sep 4, 2019
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