BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Jan. 28 — A multi-sectoral clean-up day will be conducted in the province next week as part of the activities in support of the Zero Waste Month celebration.
Forester Delia Agunoy, provincial solid waste management officer, said they are coordinating with various colleges and universities including the barangays for the conduct of “Pulot Plastic, Linis Bayan Day”.
“This activity will be participated in by college students, civic organizations and barangay officials to rid of their community with solid wastes and materials,” she said.
At least three major universities and colleges, Agunoy said have already signified their support for the clean-up day such as the King’s College in Bambang town, St. Mary’s University (SMU) and Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) in Bayombong town.
Efforts during the clean–up day focus on portions of the national highway and internal roads in various barangays of the 15 municipalities of the province.
Agunoy said the clean-up day will also serve as a launching pad for its institutionalization in the barangay and municipal levels.
“We expect this to be conducted independently by municipal and barangay officials including other civic organizations in their communities. This is part of instilling the value of proper waste segregation and discipline as a major component of the Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP),” she said.
Agunoy also expressed optimism that the activity will be a regular habit among the municipalities and barangays of the province.
“Ninety percent of the SWMP implementation depends on the barangay level but value transformation of everyone is a long process and we intend to pursue this with the support of various stakeholders,” she said.
Agunoy said part of the Phase 3 of the Zero Waste Management Program(ZWMP) of the provincial government will now be implemented in the 85 upland barangays of the province.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), she said, was already signed recently by at least six municipal local government units and several barangays for the implementation of the ZWMP in their communities. (PNA)