Naga City leads in ecological waste management in Bicol
By Arthur M. Contreras, DENR
Legazpi City (26 Mar) -- The local government unit of Naga City has made innovative approaches to address its mounting garbage problem.
As early as July 26, 1971, local Ordinance No. 383 was passed promulgating prohibitions and providing penalties on all persons for littering in the City of Naga. On February 4, 1974, Ordinance No. 427 was approved providing for the rules and regulations in the disposal and collection of garbage and prohibiting the throwing or dumping of any kind of refuse or garbage on any public roads, streets, highways, riverbanks, canals, ditch, creeks, public markets, plazas, public buildings and other public places and providing penalties for violators.
Then on August 6, 1986, City Ordinance No. 383 otherwise known as Anti-littering ordinance was amended, expanded in scope and operations and increasing penalties for violations.
On March 9, 1994, the local government of Naga passed City Ordinance No. 94-017 requiring all public utility vehicles plying the City of Naga to provide trash cans/boxes inside the vehicle. And five years prior to the enactment of the Ecological Waste Management Act, the city government approved Ordinance No. 96-49 establishing an Ecological Waste Management Program.
On January 7, 1998, a resolution was passed confirming and ratifying the MOA entered into by City Mayor Jesse Robredo with then DENR Secretary Victor O. Ramos on the implementation of Solid Waste Ecological Enhancement Project. On the same date, a separate resolution No. 98-003 was approved authorizing the conduct of a city-wide Search for a Model Barangay on Environment Care and Management.
An analysis of the resolutions and ordinances passed by the local government of Naga City showed a sustained effort and commitment to effectively address the growing garbage problem in the city.
Last February 2, the city government inaugurated their modern Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) for processing and classification of biodegradable and recyclable solid waste at Barangay Balatas which was technically assisted by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).
Adjunct to the MRF is a previously established fertilizer plant which could convert biodegradable waste materials into organic fertilizers.
The city government has instituted thru its ENRO and Environment Management Council an Information, Education and Communication Action Team to undertake information campaign on the ecological management of waste within the city, with emphasis on the cleanliness and orderliness of its surroundings that include the Naga River. Projects such as Garbage Back-to-Mother Earth Project, Salbar Salog Program and Crusada Laban sa Basura Movement were undertaken.
The concern for the environment of the Naga City government was nationally and internationally recognized. In 1998 it received the Dubai International Award as one of the Top 10 World Best Practices in Improving the Living Environment, for Naga City’s Participatory Planning Initiatives. It received the 1995, 1998 and 1999 Cleanest “AA” Slaughterhouse Awards given by the Department of Agriculture (DA) and the National Meat Inspection Commission (NMIC). In 1994, Naga City was a regional winner as the Cleanest and Greenest in Bicol. While on June 2001, LGU Naga City received the Saringgaya Award from the DENR for Distinguished Contributions in the Development of Environmental Programs in Region V.
With the various laudable environmental activities and projects of the city government, Naga City can truly be called “Ang Maogmang Lugar”. (DENR) [top]