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PIA Press Release
2006/08/28

LGUs promote exchange of technologies on waste management

Tacloban City (28 August) -- The local government officials of Tanauan, Leyte led by Mayor Roque Tiu recently visited the Materials Recovery Facility of the municipality of Malvar, Batangas.

The local government of Tanauan observed the facility in order to see what they can do to improve the waste management program of the municipality. Of particular interest is the pulverizer machine which the municipality intends to procure in order to attain zero waste status. Through the pulverizing machine, candy wrappers, wrappers of chuchirias, styrofoams, sandobags which are non-biodegradable are turned into products like decorative blocks.



The pulverizer machine makes non-biodegredable wastes into decorative blocks which can be used for pavements and other purposes. (Photo by courtesy of PIA-8)
 

Tanauan has had training on zero waste management and its trainor is the same trainor which supplied the municipality of Malvar of their pulverizing machine. This is the main reason why the municipality of Tanauan was interested to observe the Recovery Facility of the municipality of Malvar.

The municipal officials of Tanauan together with Governor Petilla, were welcomed by Malvar Mayor Cristeta C. Reyes together with Ms. Babylinda Balbuena who is the municipal planning officer and the one in charge of the municipality's waste management program, Ms. Isabel Pecayo, the municipal local government officer, Ms. Sabina Vanguardia who is the municipal agriculturist, PO2 Minerva Galapin and PO2 Rolly Ugyaban who are incharge of the implementation of waste segregation and three personnel who are in charge of the Facility.

The officials of both municipalities exchanged ideas on how their respective municipalities are doing. The visitors had the chance to observe the process of waste management being implemented in the municipality of Malvar which is a fourth class municipality with 19 barangays.

Waste segregation is being implemented in the six urban barangays while the other interior and smaller barangays just do their own segregation and decomposting. The urban barangays were taught how to segregate their wastes. Only the non-biodegradable are collected and brought to the Materials Recovery Facility of Malvar. The sacks are checked whether or not no biodegradable waste is included.

Those who do not follow the waste segregation program are fined. Even some teachers have been fined because of this. The PNP is in charge of apprehending the violators who are given the corresponding penalties from a fine of P500.00 to imprisonment as the municipality has an ordinance to this effect.

In the Facility a hammermill, dryer and composting machines are present in order to fasttrack the decomposting of the biodegradables which are made into organic fertilizers and given for free to the local farmers.




 

The non-biodegradables as earlier mentioned are shredded and pulverized and used as a component in making blocks which can be used in pavements or even in building homes. For every 95 sacks of plastics and other wrappers and styrofoams, 13 sacks of pulverized materials are obtained.

Indeed, this pulverizer will be a big help because it is usually the plastic bags and the polyethylene wrappers which are seen along the seacoasts and beaches.

The Tanauan officials are now able to decide whether to buy the pulverizer from the trainer. In return, the Malvar officials are determined to visit Tanauan and see how a fourth class municipality in 1992 became the second class municipality it is today. (PIA 8) [top]

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