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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

Isabela mayor wants his town healthy, zero basura

Cabatuan, Isabela (24 June) -- The Local Chief Executive of this town is aiming for his town to be a healthy and zero waste when his term ends next year.

In hi speech during the regional assessment on Zero Basura Olympics exit conference held last week, Mayor Atanacio Dayrit said he dreamed for his town to be a healthy and zero waste even when he was not yet the town's executive.

Dayrit, who is a medical doctor by profession, has started implementing his dream from the time he assumed his post as the local chief executive of this town.

"The implementation of a program like general cleanliness is not an overnight activity, but needs time to attain it," Dayrit said.

He admitted that there are challenges in implementing such a program and needs political will to do it.

Mayor Dayrit said that he is not after the contest on Zero Basura Olympics instead he wants his constituents to be free from disease.

Cabatuan is the lone qualifier in region 2 for the 4th-6th class municipality category to join the national search on the Zero Basura Olympics.

The local chief executive was alarmed on reported cases of dengue and swine flu in the country that has caused young and adult citizens hospitalized.

He said the key to prevent dengue and flu diseases is to start cleaning the environment.

Dayrit has urged Cabatuan residents to practice cleanliness inside their households and strictly practice waste segregation to attain the town's objective.

In Santiago City, the local chief executive is optimistic that the city will reduced more its garbage collection as more waste materials are being sold for recycling which is additional income for city residents.

Mayor Amelita S. Navarro said the city's wastes may not be as many thousand tons a week but is expected to be reduced because of some interventions to turn recyclable wastes into an earning activity through recycling.

In cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the city is continuing its training program to enhance the knowledge of city residents in waste recycling design and marketing.

The city's Environment and Natural Resources Office is continuously doing its mandate to make the city clean and zero basura. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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