By Claire R. Gigje
MARAWI CITY, Apr. 23–To address the issue concerning the solid waste management in the city, the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in close coordination with the local government of Marawi look forward to the total realization of the Solid Waste Management Project as it will be inaugurated in next month.
“We are glad to note that by next month, there will be a ribbon-cutting already so that this becomes operational starting May 23 of the year,” announced Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development (DHSUD) Secretary and TFBM Chairperson Eduardo Del Rosario as he disclosed the formal opening of the project for the service of Marawi citizens.
“This is a milestone for Marawi City to have a Solid Waste Management Facility that would really help in ensuring the environment of the city is taken cared of,” he added.
The Solid Waste Management Project being implemented by the DENR lies in a two-hectare land area compounding the administration building, overhauling area, motorpool, powerhouse, and central material recovery facility.
It also has materialized customized garbage bins to be distributed to 72 barangays outside the city’s most affected area which would then pave way for the establishment of segregation at source and recovery of reusable and recyclable garbage.
With the project, procurement of heavy equipment necessary for garbage collection and operation of the Central Material Recovery Facility was also made possible such as nine units each of 4-cubic capacity mini dump trucks and skid loader, four units of 8.5-cubic dump trucks, two units of wheel-type excavator, and a unit each of roller-type excavator, road ruler and backhoe loader.
At the Central Material Recovery Facility, more machineries were stationed which would be serviceable for recycling and reusing non-residual solid wastes. These were two units of conveyor for shredding of biodegradable and non-biodegradable garbage wherein fed garbage would turn to soil conditioner for biodegradable and eco brick for non-biodegradable, eleven units of rapid composters which would decompose food wastes to become soil conditioner, and four units each of glass pulverizer which would shred non-buyback valued bottles to be turned to eco brick and plastic densifier which would melt plastic wastes and its product be molded into a figure.
Del Rosario bared that apart from regulating the solid waste in the city, the project also calls for more manpower entailing employment for the citizens in the city.
Meanwhile, City Mayor Majul Gandamra committed his support to the realization of the said project on behalf of his constituents.
“I am fully supportive of the Solid Waste Management Project being undertaken by the DENR kasi alam namin na kami ang makikinabang once na lahat ng mga project na ito ay matapos [because we know that we will be the ones benefitting once the projects are completed],” he expressed.
Per agreement, the Solid Waste Management Project along with its facilities will be turned over to the care of the local government of Marawi for its continuous operation and implementation. Philippine Information Agency