By: Rian Niño C. Trinidad
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (City ENRO), held its annual Search for the Cleanest and Solid Waste Management (SWM) Compliant Kiosk during the 46th Dinagsa Festival last January 19-27, 2020.
During the festival, the search aimed to assess that each kiosk was compliant in accordance with RA 9003 otherwise known as “Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000”.
The Act declares that the policy of the state in adopting a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program ensures the protection of public health, environment and the proper segregation, collection, transport, storage, treatment and proper disposal of solid waste through the formulation and adoption of best environmental practices.
Hence, it illustrates the potentials and benefits of recycling not only in addressing waste management problems but also in alleviating poverty.
The search comprised five places that were assessed, namely, Cabahug Street, Abelarde Street, Commercial Complex, Juan Luna, and Lopez Jaena Street.
Along Cabahug Street, the winners were: Cherry Yurag (1st Place), J-boy Gaang (2nd Place), and Liezel Lambayong (3rd Place).
Abelarde Street: JEN’s Food Park (1st Place), Salvacion Fernandez (2nd Place), and Ma. Lourdes Cordova (3rd Place).
And Commercial Complex, Juan Luna and Lopez Jeana Streets: Janet Echavez (1st Place), Eva Ravena (2nd Place), and Cecilia Rebada (3rd place).
Human activities have significantly contributed to the waste management. Hence, recognizing the effects of improper management, garbage crisis can be prevented by practicing waste characterization and segregation at source, proper collection and transfer, recycling, and composting as mandated by the law./*