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Tampakan pushes solid waste management program

Tampakan, South Cotabato (3 October) -- Municipal Councilor Relly A. Leysa, reiterated the municipal government's commitment to pursue the implementation of the solid waste management (SWM) program to enhance the capacities of the local government services in the municipality.

Leysa, committee chair in natural resources and environmental protection said as of this period the local government unit here is on the stage of formulating the policy on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) ordinance.

He said just recently, the ESWM board conducted the whole day meeting just to draft the solid waste management ordinance of the municipality.

He also said the SWM ordinance is not just complying the mandatory provisions of RA 9003, also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2004 but it is for the advent of development because if there is development definitely the waste of the municipality will also bloom.

Leysa pointed out that the people of Tampakan including the migrants in coming to Tampakan will be informed about the SWM ordinance and the Information-Education -Communication (JEC) activities is vital tool in implementing the program or ordinance.

Leysa explained, "as chairman of the environment, in behalf of my committee and in behalf of the Sangguniang bayan I am planning to tap the Community Development Information Council (CDIC) for the IEC of this ordinance because definitely we are expecting challenges from the community as far as the implementation is concern."

As to the implementation of the program, Leysa disclosed that Sangguniang bayan will definitely pass and approve the proposed ordinance this year so that the implementation of the said ordinance will commence next year.

In the implementation of the program, Leysa mentioned that the LGU is foreseeing to make piloting in the urban barangays like Kipalbig, Maltana and Poblacion and has considered public places such as public market and the schools to be the prime places for SWM implementation.

"Kabalo man ta nga daghang basura unang-una nagagikan sa atong market kay diha ang atong trading sa atong mga produkto ug naa pod diha ang mga commercial establishments. So, definitely daghang g'yoy ma generate nga mga waste."

"Ang school, aside from being a pilot area for SWM implementation gawin ding center for IEC because as part of the proposed ordinance one of the provisions of the ordinance is that SWM will be included in the school curricula both public and private schools, so that the SWM will be inculcated in the minds of the children attending schools.

As we can see, Leysa continued, "We consider also the other groups like the non-government organizations (NGOs) and some associations so that the spread of the IEC about the ordinance will probably reach up to every individual and to the smallest group in the community."

As to the facilities, Leysa cited that the LGU has already acquired dumpsite located at the barangay Maltana and is now on the process of improvement to conform to the requirements of the DENR and to RA 9003.

He also revealed that this year the LGU have allocated from the 20% development fund in the amount of P200 thousand to purchase the equipment/materials recovery facilities for the SWM implementation. Additional budget will be provided next year if the amount for the purchase of the needed equipment is lacking.

The implementation of the SWM is a partnership undertaking with the local executive and the legislative considering that the ordinance needs a sincere and religious implementation to gain support for the community, Councilor Leysa disclosed. (Efren A. Villarina/PIA 12) [top]

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