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PIA Press Release
2009/02/13

Kidapawan implements solid waste management

Kidapawan City (13 February) -- PGMA visits the Kidapawan City ecological solid waste management project. PGMA takes time to inspect the composting facility of this city which is said to have contributed economic benefits to some scavengers and to farmer's fertilizer needs.

The act provides for an ecological solid waste management program of every local government unit (LGU).

Local Government Code or RA 7160 provides that the LGU shall primarily be responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the solid waste management within their respective jurisdiction.

The act further provides that Material Recovery Facility shall establish in every barangay or cluster of barangays.

The city government arm within mandate, establish a Material Recovery Facility-Composting Facility Plant for Degradable Waste (MRF-CFPDW) in Barangay Binoligan of all waste collected in the city especially in the market and residential area.

The composting facility plant for Degradable Waste converts solid waste for social and economic benefits. After a series of process, the finish product is a material use as organic fertilizer or soil conditioner ready for use by the farmer and sale to market and as additional job and income for the local government.

The non-degradable waste were use as a landfill for low lying areas which could be use for urban housing. The black gold as they called or organic fertilizer produce series of processes such as garbage collection, segregation, shredding of bio-degradable, composting for an about 15 days, air drying for 15 days, sifting and bagging ready for used.

The Binoligan Composting Facility Plant started last February 2008, with the funding from e-governance of the USAID in the amount of P3.5 million.

The Composting Facility produce at least more or less 240 sacks per month and sold up at P3.00 per kilo to the city resident and additional.50 centavos for non-city resident. To this date, some 3,860 bags of composed were produced and used for various crops.

Collected fund out of these were deposited in a Special Account Solid Waste Management Fund-created pursuant to Section 44, Article 10 of City Ordinance 06-474 otherwise known as the Kidapawan City Integrated Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance.

Accordingly, most of the farmers who used organic fertilizer produce at Binoligan said that their production increases such as palay, banana, sugarcane and planters of ornamental and vegetable amazed that their plant produces more flower, fruit and leafy vegetable were healthy. So they advised their fellow farmers to use organic fertilizers which have cheaper price and plants would be healthy for human consumption and healthy lifestyle. (Edgar dela Cruz/Lgtomas/PIA 12) [top]

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