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Cleanliness ensured at market encounter

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (30 January) -- To address the worsening garbage problem in the City primarily at the Burnham Park, the Baguio Flower Festival Foundation Incorporated Market Encounter Committee will provide 50 trash bins for the month- long Market Encounter in February.

According lawyer Damaso Bangaoet, the erstwhile father of Panagbenga and chairman of the Market Encounter Committee, the placement of trash bins at the Market Encounter area is a simple way to address the garbage problem of the city.

"We are just doing our small share in addressing our garbage problems," Bangaoet said.

Since the market encounter has dry good section, food stalls and the landscapes, the trash bins would be placed inside and outside the skating rink and along the food stalls to prevent people from scattering their trash, Bangaoet said.

The 50 trash bins are classified into biodegradable and non biodegradable for people to learn where to put what trash. It's a simple way of teaching people to segregate their rash even outside their homes.

Bangaoet said that the stall owners have their own trash bins in their respective areas and they are required to keep their areas clean all the time. "If stalls would be untidy, the committee will enforce a fine or penalty to the owners," Bangaoet said.

In addition to the trash bins, the market encounter committee has tasked permanent garbage collectors that would oversee the cleanliness of the park during the month long display at the Burnham Park.

Student volunteers and non government organizations have also signified their intentions to help in the keeping of cleanliness in the park during the duration of the market encounter.

The Market Encounter will feature landscapes of the local flower growers from Baguio City and Benguet. This had a soft opening last Saturday and it will be formally opened on February 1, Monday during the Panagbenga 2010 Grand Opening. (PIA) [top]

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