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Maasin City, 5 others attend GTZ-initiated solid waste management training in Germany

By RG Cadavos

Maasin City, Southern Leyte (9 October) -- Maasin City was lucky enough to be chosen by GTZ, a German government organization to attend the three weeks training-workshop in Germany, September 12-October 1, 2009 to learn more on the modern ways of solid waste management.

Maasin City Administrator Atty. Feorillo Demeterio Jr., the City General Services Officer-designate, who participated the training in Minden, Germany reported that the 3-week training enabled them to observe on how to enhance the environment through pollution control and how to utilize recyclable wastes to be useful to the people. "All German citizens followed the waste segregation program and other regulations so that air, water, and the whole environment will not be polluted," Demeterio narrated what he learned from the GTZ-AHT-funded study-tour.

"Actually, there were six cities who were invited by GTZ-AHT," Demeterio bared during the regular program aired at radio station DyDM, October 8. The other five cities mentioned were Iloilo City, Bais City, Bayawan City, San Carlos City and the City of Ormoc.

The Solid Waste Management Program For Sanitary Landfill Officer-in-Charge training-workshop is one of GTZ's approach to provide the responsible officials of the identified areas proper waste management, though, waste segregation has already been improved, it was learned.

Demeterio revealed that Germany is about 20-30 years advanced from some other countries in terms of waste management. " Waste management in Germany is machine-automated, and composting of garbage are managed by computers," he reported.

"While Maasin City, though, can manage proper waste segregation manually, but we can't cope with the equipments they used, probably," he added.

Proper waste management in Maasin City will be fully implemented as soon as the sanitary landfill will be fully utilized, hopefully next year. By then, waste segregation implementation will be enforced. The city appropriated about P20 million for the sanitary landfill project, he disclosed.

Maasin City, in close coordination with GTZ through their technical assistance like the construction of a sanitary landfill, solid waste ordinances, the implementation of waste segregation, and the like, "hopefully the teachings we learned from them will be practiced here," Demeterio further said. (PIA-soleyte) [top]

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