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PGMA visits composting facility plant of Kidapawan City

by Edgar B. dela Cruz

Koronadal City (17 February) -- People yells and shake hands with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as she walk to inspect the composting facility plant at Barangay Binoligan in Kidapawan City. The plant enables the conservation of the biodegradable waste of the city and neighboring barangays to organic fertilizer.

The facility shall process into soil conditioner about 10 tons of degradable waste collected daily; to demonstrate viability of household-level composting activities; support the thrust of the city government for the development of agriculture, especially the fruit industry; reduce LGU subsidy for solid waste management services and comply with the mandatory waste diversion requirements of Section 20 of RA 9003.

Said facility is a great help to scavengers earn a living, as it provide jobs for the people working in the plant and additional fund for the city government to support solid waste management program.

Around 12 families with a siblings from 3 to 5 depends their daily living scavenging and collecting any non-degradable or recyclable materials such as cartoons, plastic, metals, sacks, tin cans and others. This materials could not be process into organic fertilizer.

Ronald Capangyarihan and Martin Mateo said scavenging is their only jobs to earn a living. Even though they earn a living out of these thrown materials, they said they are happy they could buy their daily needs as they help clean the city's surroundings of scattered non-degradable materials.

Eight personnel who managed the processing facility and earn a living out of these waste collected and processed daily said that "May pera sa basura. Even though it is odorous to work here but, at least we have an income to feed and buy our families needs."

Processing, compost production and product development is under the management of City Environment and Natural Resources Office of Kidapawan. (aca/PIA12) [top]

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