Baseline Assessment of the Clean and Green Contest – 14 Coastal Barangays of Bauang, La Union

Materials Recovery Facilities of (L-R) Brgy Baccuit Norte, Brgy Pagdalagan Sur, Brgy Baccuit Sur

A baseline assessment and monitoring was conducted last August 9-10, 2022 in the barangays of Pudoc, Pugo, Taberna, Baccuit Sur, Baccuit Norte, Pagdalagan Sur, Paringao, Parian Oeste, Payocpoc Norte Oeste, Pilar, Santiago, Bagbag and Urayong in Bauang, La Union.

This activity aimed to conduct a baseline assessment of the Solid Waste Management practices of the coastal barangays of the project and document ordinances, plans and other activities on Solid Waste Management implemented by the LGUs.

During the first baseline assessment and monitoring, it was observed that every barangay prepares monthly and yearly accomplishment reports. They have sustainable materials recovery facilities (MRF) which are near the Barangay halls. However, community members do not properly use the MRF. Most barangays’ primary concern is the lack of garbage trucks for the collection of waste and the incessant trash from commuters traveling along the national highway.

These barangays have also been addressing their issues in solid waste management. They enforce policies such as “no segregation, no collection”, no open burning, and no littering. They have sectoral representatives managing the MRF, require the establishment of compost pits, hold palit-basura programs, and undertake upcycling projects.

Despite these efforts, they are still in need of better policies, ordinances, and capacity building to improve their solid waste management. They are asking for LGU Bauang to assist them in collecting waste and expanding their capacity in MRF.

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The Plastic Recovery and Recycling for Clean Coasts project is a two-year project funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, Inc.

The project is in partnership with the Provincial LGU of La Union, the DENR Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region 1, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 1, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) La Union, municipal LGU of San Fernando, municipal LGU of San Juan Municipal LGU of Bauang, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMSU), Saint Louis College (SLC), Lupon ng mga Indibidwal na Nangangalaga sa Kalikasan (LINK), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), La Union Hotel Resort and Restaurant Association(LUHRRA), San Juan Resorts, Restaurant and Hotel Association, Inc. (SJRRHASS), Bauang Tourism Council (BTC), Dragon Eight Junkshop and Sto. Nino Junkshop.

It aims to improve plastic waste management along coastal barangays to ensure sustainable livelihood for residents and local businesses who are dependent on the bounty of the sea.

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