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PGMA to inspect Zambo island town's zero-waste program

Talusan, Zamboanga Sibugay (20 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will strongly highlight the importance of sustainable development under the government's zero waste and environmental program when she visits this island town on Friday.

Presidential Assistant on Climate Change Secretary Heherson Alvarez will update the President on the weekly report of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change (PTFCC) at the Talusan Elementary School at the town proper on Friday.

The President would also be given a briefing by Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR) Undersecretary Demetrio Ignacio on the status of the implementation in the province of Republic Act 9003, or the National Solid Waste Management Program, to achieve zero waste in the province.

Talusan Mayor Orlando Ramiso will also report on his town's proposed solidwaste management plan including the recent acquisition of an 8,000-square meter property in Barangay Florida as potential site for establishing a materials recovery facility (MRF) to properly dispose the more than one ton of garbage gathered from the town's 14 barangays every week.

Talusan is seeking assistance for its capacity building and procurement of needed equipment and facilities to fully implement R.A. 9003 that include the production of compost. In the case of the capital town of Ipil, Mayor Eldwin Alibutdan said their solid waste management and climate change program is supporting the President's food security program in the province.

Last week, Alibutdan said he visited the MRF of Morong, Rizal to be replicated in Ipil's eight-hectare landfill to later become the province's showcase in producing organic fertilizer, a good source of additional income and cheaper input for farmers.

In partnership with the DENR and the Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation, Mayor Alibutdan said they already propagated 20 hectares with mangroves last year and currently planting an additional 80 hectares by July this year.

Mayor Alibutdan said one mangrove planted, in its lifetime, has the potential of providing an equivalent of 1,200 kilos of fish.

"In line with the President's program, mangrove reforestation will giveus food security and at the same time address climate change," the mayor said. The mayor added the Sangguniang Bayan is now in the process of crafting a novel ordinance requiring an environmental users' fee of planting a tree for those applying for permits, licenses including marriage contracts. [top]

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