Puerto Princesa in­ten­si­fies waste man­age­ment drive

Palawan News - - CITY - By Ger­ardo Reyes Jr. Re­porter

The Puerto Princesa City gov­ern­ment is in­ten­si­fy­ing its in­for­ma­tion and aware­ness cam­paign on waste man­age­ment to gain pub­lic sup­port in ad­dress­ing the prob­lem. Mary Ann Joylle Madriñan, City En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (City ENRO) se­nior en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment spe­cial­ist, said Thurs­day they are in­ten­si­fy­ing their ed­u­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion, and com­mu­ni­ca­tions (IEC) cam­paign on waste man­age­ment amid the press­ing prob­lem of the city’s solid waste. Madriñan said what ag­gra­vates the prob­lem is the lack of seg­re­ga­tion at source. The IEC is also to en­sure that the solid waste gen­er­ated from the house- holds and busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments will not go be­yond the ca­pac­ity of the city land­fill in Barangay Sta. Lour­des, she said.

In a re­cent cam­paign in Barangay Tinigu­iban, Madriñan told res­i­dents that if there will be no waste seg­re­ga­tion at the house­hold level, the city”s san­i­tary land­fill will last only un­til Jan­uary 2019. “Baka by Jan­uary hindi na ipa-op­er­ate ang land­fill dahil puno na sya. Saan na natin dadal­hin ang at­ing mga ba­sura? Obli­gado na tayo la­hat nyan na mag-zero waste. Na­pa­pana­hon na para i-seg­re­gate na ng maayos ang ba­sura,” she said. She said it is not easy to look for an al­ter­na­tive site for the new dis­posal fa­cil­ity once the land­fill is al­ready full and be­yond its ca­pac­ity. “Mag-isip na tayo ng paraan para mabawasan ang mga ba­sur­ang tinat­apon natin. Da­pat ay resid­ual waste na lang ang madadala sa land­fill. Sa ba­hay pa lang ay magsim­ula na tay­ong mag-seg­re­gate, hindi na magh­in­tay kay kap­i­tan o kay ka­gawad na mag­pa­p­atu­pad,” she said. Based on the Waste Anal­y­sis and Char­ac­ter­i­za­tion (WACS) con­ducted in 2015, the city gen­er­ated 50.6 per­cent of its waste as biodegrad­able, 23 per­cent is re­cy­clable, and 0.4 per­cent are spe­cial wastes, while 26 per­cent are resid­ual wastes. If only resid­ual and spe­cial wastes are brought to the land­fill, it will “cer­tainly” pro­long its life­span, she said. Madriñan said that in ur­ban ar­eas, study shows that one per­son can gen­er­ate a half kilo of waste per day. She said by re­fus­ing sin­gle-use plas­tics from the stores and us­ing eco-friendly pack­ag­ing solid waste vol­ume will could sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced.

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