By Ben Moises Ebreo
BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Jan 29 (PNA) — The provincial government here will be expanding the reach of its Zero Waste Management Program(ZWMP) in the province in a bid to institutionalize solid waste management in the barangays.
Governor Ruth Padilla said that aside from the initial 40 pilot barangays covered by the ZWMP last year, an additional 124 more will be covered this year.
The pilot barangays were in the towns of Bambang, Bayombong and Solano where P2 million equity fund from the provincial government was allotted for the improvement and enhancement of their Materials Recovery Facility(MRFs) and vermicomposting areas.
This year, P5 million has been set aside for the additional barangays. I hope that other barangays will also establish their own MRFs and vermicomposting facilities so that they can be assisted more, Padilla said.
For 2016, she said another 111 barangays will be covered by the ZWMP with funding equity of P3.5 million.
The ZWMP is a joint project between the provincial government and the Mother Earth Foundation(MEF).
MEF is an non-government organization in the Philippines that seeks to raise the level of public awareness on environmental issues and mobilize people to act positively on the resolution of these issues.
MEF is an active member of Eco Waste Coalition, GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), PNCC (Philippine Network for Climate Change), Partnership for Clean Air, ZWIA (Zero Waste International Alliance)and IPEN (International POPs Elimination Network).
MEF lobbied for the passage of the Clean Air Act and the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act. We were instrumental in changing the title from Integrated to Ecological. (PNA)