ILOILO CITY, March 29 Participants to the three-day 5th Regional Solid Waste Management Summit that kicked off here Wednesday will be exposed to various practices of this city in responding to garbage problems.
The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) has slated a tour of three facilities here to include the Uswag Calajunan Livelihood Association Center and materials recovery facilities of barangays Sto. Domingo, Arevalo and San Rafael, Mandurriao.
The livelihood center caters to some 200 waste pickers and their families at the Calajunan Dumpsite in Mandurriao district. It was built to provide them with an alternative livelihood in preparation for the closure of the open dump site to be converted into a sanitary landfill.
The center that was built through a fund support from Japan serves as meeting place of the waste pickers, training center for the various alternative livelihood activities, venue for feeding program and for weekly learning activity for their children.
They have been provided with sewing machines and a unit of heavy duty multi-stitching sewing machine and a multi-purpose table. They are engaged in bags and quilt making as well as accessories from out of the biodegradable materials they salvaged at the dump site as well as donated to them by city residents.
On the other hand, the two villages are city pilot areas for materials recovery facilities (MRF), both of which are fully operational. (PNA) LAP/ajp/PGLena/vlo