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Malay LGU seeks DENR’s help for Boracay’s MRF

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 24 –The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 in Aklan province recently coordinated with the local government unit (LGU) of Malay for possible issuance of a Presidential Proclamation and/or Special Patent for the area being utilized as Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) situated in the island of Boracay.

A Presidential Proclamation shall be issued if the area is within a timberland. But if the area falls within alienable and disposable land, a Special Patent shall be given to LGU-Malay.

Aklan PENR Officer Ivene D. Reyes sent a team of land specialists to the island to conduct the necessary inspection of the area applied for by the LGU-Malay.

The LGU-Malay has filed an application for issuance of Presidential Proclamation and/or Special Patent over a parcel of land containing an area of 2,272 sq. m. located in Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island. The area has been utilized by the LGU as an MRF area in the island for several years already.

In view of the continuously expanding tourism activities in the island however, the LGU is now anticipating the need to have a permanent area that shall be solely used for its MRF to address the burgeoning garbage/waste materials collected daily.

Furthermore, the move to have an area for the MRF is in compliance with the requirements set forth under Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. The MRF is a facility designed to receive, sort, process and store compostable and recyclable materials efficiently and in an environmentally-sound manner.

“The daily collected waste materials in a world-famous island like Boracay poses a great challenge to the LGU-Malay. We appreciate their move to apply for a Presidential Proclamation and/or Special Patent for this will provide not only legality of the land use for MRF but also sustainability of their program on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM),” said Reyes.

“In support of the LGU’s environmental projects, the DENR is wholeheartedly extending technical assistance. Boracay’s MRF will address the need to inculcate other provisions of RA 9003 such as segregation-at-source, recycling, and composting. Thus, a Presidential Proclamation and/or Special Patent for their MRF area will serve a good purpose,” DENR 6 Regional Director Jim O Sampulna said.

Boracay’s residents and business establishments had been complying with the segregation policy implemented by the LGU which helped attain a successful Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) program. Now, the island’s MRF with organic gardening within the area has become a tourist attraction. The success of the ESWM program contributed to the sustainability and viability of Boracay as a tourist destination. (PNA)

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