NEWS ARTICLE

National Conciliation and Mediation Board

Regional Branch No. 5

28 March 2019

 

Legazpi City – As part of the implementation of the Green Our DOLE Program (GODP) as well as the Annual Training Program, a half-day in-house seminar on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) was conducted by the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB) 5 in the afternoon of 8 March 2019.

The activity aimed to enhance the knowledge of the office personnel on ESWM and strengthen its information and education campaign especially on the best practices in the City of Legazpi.

The resource speaker for the topic is Dolores Malagueño, Environmental Management Specialist II of the City Government of Legazpi.

She discussed the legal basis of the implementation of the ESWM, including the compliance requirements, the implementing rules and regulations, and local ordinances.

The purposes of the ESWM are: to maintain the general cleanliness of the City, ensure an effective and efficient SWM, instill discipline among city residents on proper SWM, and, provide awareness and information to owners and operators of business and commercial establishments on the city’s ESWM.

Ms. Malagueño stressed that SWM is not just the responsibility of the government or top local officials; that every individual is responsible in taking care of the environment through proper waste disposal; that this should start in every household, in the barangay, and the communities in general.  She also mentioned the grant received from the Spanish Government in 2009 through the Agencia Española Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) in the amount of 1.7 million euros.  The grant was intended for the implementation of the city’s ESWM Program of which there are two major components: the construction of the Sanitary Landfill Facility and the establishment of Materials Recovery Facility in the Barangays.

The objective of the project is to improve the social-environmental living condition of the people of Legazpi by encouraging resource conservation and promoting greater public participation.

After the lecture, slides on the implementation of the City’s ESWM program were presented wherein the local city government of Legazpi fully complied with the program requirements thereby gaining awards and recognition not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well.  – fin

 

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EFLEDA A. HOURANI                                            REYNALDO S. FONCARDAS

Senior LEO/LIO-designate                                     Regional Branch Director