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Koronadal solid waste management program impresses Palaro participants, guests

General Santos City (27 April) -- When the 2007 Palarong Pambansa, the country’s leading multi-sports event for elementary and high school students opened here last Sunday, athletes and sports officials participating in the opening parade gave Koronadal a resounding round of applause. It was meant to be an explicit recognition of the city’s efforts in keeping Koronadal clean.

“When I heard the applause, I really felt very proud to be part of the city’s solid waste management program,” said Dominador Samilin, head of the city’s Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Program. “It’s good to know that the city’s efforts are recognized,” he added.

He said although the city has been very active in implementing an honest-to-goodness ISWM Program for the past few years, some additional preparations had to be made for the Palarong Pambansa to ensure that even with the influx of thousands of guests, the city could maintain its cleanliness.

About 60 SWM enforcers had to be fielded and distributed in major venues of the Palaro and other strategic areas, such as the public market, to monitor and maintain the cleanliness of the city. Samilin said on ordinary days, they only have 18 enforcers stationed at different public places. But during the hosting of this major sports event, the city hired 20 more and temporarily assigned workers from Koronadal’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and other offices to help in reminding guests about proper waste disposal and in enforcing the law.

Over a hundred trash bins for biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes were also placed at different strategic places. A Waste Recycling Center, where guests can deposit their empty water bottles and other recyclable wastes, was put at the entrance of Rizal Park, venue of the Palarong Pambansa Trade Fair Exhibit.

“The Waste Recycling Center set up near the entrance of Rizal Park, venue of the 2007 Palarong Pambansa Trade Fair Exhibit.

Koronadal City is one of our model cities in ISWM in Region 12,” said Jim Sampulna, Regional Executive Director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “Our project, the USAID-funded Philippine Environmental Governance Project, assisted the city in the formulation of its 10-year ISWM Plan and is continuously assisting the City in the implementation of its ISWM Program,” he added. “It’s really heart-warming to know that the leaders and the people of Koronadal are now reaping the fruits of their labor in keeping the city clean.” (DENR XII/PIA-SarGen) [top]

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