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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

Isabela exec vows to support gov't programs

San Mateo, Isabela (24 June) -- The local chief executive of this multi-awarded municipality vowed to support the programs of the national government specially in the implementation of R.A 9003 otherwise known as Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 even without winning in the search for Zero Basura Olympics.

The Zero Basura Olympics regional evaluation and validation is being led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) in Cagayan Valley, visiting regional qualifiers for the Olympics.

Mayor Roberto Agcaoili made this assurance when he made his welcome message to the regional evaluators and validating team held in the town's legislative chamber.

Agacaoili said the municipality has long been implementing waste segregation since the law on solid waste management was enacted gaining prestigious awards in 2004 for the town's rural barangays of San Marcos and Old Centro.

The two rural barangays were national winners in solid waste management where local government units from across the country often visit the town to emulate the practice of San Mateo in its solid waste management program.

Mayor Agcaoili said he is jubilant for his efforts together with municipal officials in making San Mateo known for its unique initiatives turning the municipality to be now famous in the country and put in the limelight.

Just few months ago, the House of Representatives has enacted a law turning the municipality of San mateo into an Agro-Ecological Destination adding another prestige for the town.

Just recently, San Mateo is again a national winner on the Search for Most Child-Friendly municipality (1st-3rd class category).

"What proved to be an impossible mission, thank God we made it and these are awards of all residents of my hometown who willingly supported our programs," Mayor Agcaoili said.

With the just concluded regional evaluation and validation for Zero Basura Olympics, Mayor Agcaoili is not expecting but if given the opportunity to represent region 2 to the national search for Zero Basura "that is again a pride of San Mateo."

The towns of Lallo in Cagayan, Aritao in Nueva Vizcaya and San Mateo (all of which are under the 1st to 3rd class category) are vying to represent region 2 to the national level search. (PIA Isabela) [top]

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