Atimonan Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) Community Affairs Officer Cyrus Santander explains to the residents of Brgy. Villa Ibaba the proper way of segregating in a seminar held in the barangay last May 7.

 

Atimonan One Energy, Inc. (A1E) in collaboration with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) of Atimonan conducted a seminar on solid waste management in Barangay Villa Ibaba last May 7.

Dubbed as “Usapang Basura”, the seminar was attended by 70 residents including barangay officials, health workers, barangay patrols, and sitio and purok leaders. The project aims to help the barangay in establishing its own solid waste management program.

The seminar discussed the salient features of Republic Act 9003 (RA 9003) also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. It covered the development of sustainable strategies for recycling waste, opportunities for reducing the amount of solid waste, and improving the collection and recycling process in the barangay.

Cyrus Reniel Santander, MENRO Community Affairs Officer, emphasized the importance of implementing RA 9003 by highlighting the significance of proper waste management. He also identified the proper segregation, collection, storage, treatment and disposal of solid waste that should be implemented at the barangay level.

“To strengthen the proper waste management in the barangay, a material recovery facility should be present. The barangay must also adopt a systematic and comprehensive solid waste management program to ensure the protection of the public’s health and the environment,” said Santander.

He added that recycling and selling those recyclables could be an additional source of income for the barangay.

The barangay officials of Villa Ibaba were grateful for the help they are getting in terms of raising residents’ awareness and the drafting of the barangay ordinance since waste management has been an ongoing concern of the community.

“We are thankful to A1E and MENRO for their assistance in addressing the solid waste issue in our barangay and at the same time helping us come up with programs and projects that will solve the current concern,” said Brgy. Villa Ibaba Councilor Antonino Atienza.

A1E committed to work with MENRO in monitoring and guiding the barangay in the implementation of its solid waste program.

“We hope that this activity is the start of a partnership between A1E and Atimonan MENRO especially in the implementation of RA 9003 not only in Villa Ibaba but in other barangays of Atimonan,” Santander added.

A1E’s CSR program for the environment includes raising awareness in the community and the local government in the implementation of its solid waste management program.