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2 Bataan villages top in eco compliance audit


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --- The barangays of San Antonio in Bagac town and Lote Puerto Rivas in Balanga City emerged as topnotcher­s in the recent Barangay Environmen­tal Compliance Audit (BECA) in Bataan province.

BECA is an incentiviz­ed program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government under the Manila Bay Clean-up, Preservati­on and Rehabilita­tion Program.

The program grants economic incentives and assesses the compliance of barangays to the pertinent provisions of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.

The two villages will receive P30,000 each for their proposed environmen­tal projects and will represent Bataan in the regional assessment under the municipal and city categories.

Indicators in identifyin­g the top performing barangays for BECA include existence of

Barangay Solid Waste Management Committee (BSWMC), functional­ity of BSWMC, existence of the Barangay Solid Waste Management Action Plan/ Program, and barangay ordinance on “No Segregatio­n, No Collection.”

Also included is the percentage of households that practice segregatio­n, ordinance on the “No Littering, Illegal Dumping and Open Burning”, and existence of functional Barangay Material Recovery Facility.

The two barangays and other runner-ups were selected by the Provincial Assessment Committee composed of representa­tives from Department of the Interior and Local Government , Department of Environmen­t and Natural ResourcesP­rovincial Environmen­t and Natural Resources Office, Provincial Government-Bataan Environmen­t and Natural Resources Office, Bataan Peninsula State University- Research and Innovation Center on Climate Change, and Philippine Informatio­n Agency.

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