Roll out on RA 9003 and Proper Waste Segregation and Classification in the 14 Coastal Barangays of the City of San Fernando, La Union
Three batches of the rollout on RA 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and Proper Waste Segregation and Classification in the 14 Coastal Barangays of the City of San Fernando, La Union were held last April 19-21, 2022. Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Tanods, Business groups, cooperatives and Civil Society Organizations such as the Dalumpinas Oeste Environment Rangers (DOER) took part in these activities.
Project Partners, Engr. Dennis Ronald B. Bolima of EMB Region 1, Mr. Hedrich V. Calderon and Mr. John Jobert Diaz of the Provincial DILG of La Union graced the activities.
Engr. Bolima of EMB Region 1, discussed the waste according to source and classification of waste and management. He also discussed the basic policies, institutional mechanism, comprehensive solid waste management, approach to ecological management, incentives, financing solid waste management, penal provisions and miscellaneous provisions under RA 9003.
According to Mr. John Jobert Diaz from the Provincial DILG, the LGU handles the implementation and enforcement of RA 9003. All barangays should have Barangay Ecological and Solid Waste Management Council (BESWMC) and they should comply with the policies, guidelines and composition of BESWMC, functions and responsibilities.
Mr. Bitantes and Mr. Quillope, project field coordinators, discussed the impacts, prevention, control and management of marine pollution. They also discussed the San Juan Municipality composting practices, recycling and upcycling practices of Barangay Payocpoc Sur and actual waste segregation.
The participants were thankful for the learning they gained and appreciated the information that were provided to them.
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.