Sto. Tomas gets string of waste management awards
By Jean Duron-Abangan
Davao City (16 September) -- Sto. Tomas town of Davao del Norte has been raking a number of awards for its implementation of Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) program.
The program carries the full blast local implementation of Republic Act 9003 which is known as "An Act Providing for an Ecological Solid Waste Management Program" made into law on January 26, 2001.
The local government has made it a serious business to properly keep its wastes after the enactment of Ordinance No. 006 series of 2004, paving way for the number credits it has gained on waste management.
Sto. Tomas was awarded as the Model Site of ESWM implementation in Region 11 and was the lone recipient of the Certificate of Commendation from then Secretary Angelo T. Reyes during the 2006 Mindanao Island Conference of the League of Municipalities.
It got the Certificate of Commendation awarded by the National Solid Waste Management Commission which tagged Sto. Tomas as a Model Site and Learning Institution being a town frequently visited and emulated by the other LGUs, non-government organizations and the academe nationwide.
Sto. Tomas grabbed in 2008 an incentive prize for its ESWM program from Ryutaro Hashimoto of Asia Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED), and has since then been included in APFED database of Best Practices in solid waste management.
The National Broadcast Network and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) respectively bestowed Sto. Tomas in 2009 the Anak TV Seal and the Linis Ganda Award for being the Cleanest and Greenest town in the country.
Its prestige in solid waste management is directly attributed to the leadership of Mayor Maximo Estella who has been receiving recognition and awards related to ESWM project.
The local government highly credited to ESWM implementation, the honor that Mayor Estella got as the "Outstanding Mayor of the Year" in 2006 given by the Senator Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr, known as the father of Local Government Code.
Aside from the string of awards in recognition of ESWM implementation, Estella has become a member of the pool of speakers of Mayors' Development Center of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines and of the Regional Ecology Center of Region 11.
Aside from local forum, Estela was invited early this year as speaker during the fifth meeting of Kitakyushu Initiative in Japan of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). (PIA XI) [top]