Four barangays passed the evaluation and were named the cleanest and greenest among the 26 in Dumaguete City.
Poblacion 7, Poblacion 8, Motong and Cantil-e were awarded a total of P1.8 million worth of projects, at P450,000 each.
The City Environment and Natural Resources said that the search is one of the city's means to reward those barangays that have strictly adhered to the law on solid waste management, even as the city has been focusing on the closure of the dumpsite in Candau-ay and the establishment of a sanitary landfill.
The winners were judged by a panel of evaluators, composed of Josephine Antonio, Leo Mamicpic, Marlon Tanilon, Corazon Cual, Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, Merci Ferrer, Linda Basmayor, Cynthia Visperas, Councilor Manuel Arbon, and ENRO chief Edgar Caro III.
Under the law, only residual wastes will be collected by the city government to be disposed to a sanitary landfill, the barangays are supposed to handle the biodegradable. Segregation must be at source, meaning households, establishments and barangays, thus requiring the establishment of a Materials Recovery Facility.
Beginning this year, ENRO and other advocates will launch a massive information campaign to educate the residents in their responsibility of managing the solid wastes generated at 80 tons per day.
Strict implementation of the law and other ordinances, including the regulation in the use of plastic bags, are the best means to reduce trash and ensure a healthy community.*RG
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