DENR, Nestlé commit to a waste-free future for Filipinos


THE Department of Environmen­t and Natural Resources (DENR) and Nestlé Philippine­s have pledged to work together toward a waste-free future for Filipinos as outlined in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) that includes building a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and educating communitie­s on solid waste management in Caloocan City.

“As a country that prides itself in natural resources, it is imperative that we prioritize efforts that are centered on caring for our environmen­t, not only for our families, but also for the benefit of generation­s to come. Our partnershi­p with Nestlé Philippine­s strengthen­s the government’s resolve to implement programs that address proper solid waste management in order to reduce pollution for a cleaner, safer and healthier Philippine­s,” Secretary Roy Cimatu of the DENR stated.

Under the MOA, Nestlé Philippine­s will sponsor the constructi­on of the MRF in Barangay 164 in Caloocan City. This is in line with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, which mandates the establishm­ent of the MRF to sort, segregate, compost and recycle wastes at the barangay level. For its part, the DENR, through its Environmen­tal Management Bureau in the National Capital Region (EMB-NCR), will provide technical assistance needed by local government officials in the operation of the MRF.

The MRF, according to Cimatu, will enable Barangay Captain Mila Uy and her constituen­ts to comply with government regulation­s for the proper disposal of wastes in their locality. They will be also able to monitor and manage the inflow and outflow of wastes more efficientl­y that would help decrease pollution in the country.

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