Barangay workers, officials undergo seminar on waste management
DAGUPAN CITY‚ÄĒCommunity officials and barangay-based workers here are currently undergoing a Reorientation on Barangay Sanitation Program in preparation for the implementation of a more efficient waste management scheme.
¬†The reorientation at City Hall, which started last Wednesday, aims to train the workers and officials, so that they can, in turn, teach barangay folks on proper waste segregation and disposal.
¬†Mayor Belen T. Fernandez said that before people can comply, they have to be informed and taught first on how to properly segregate wastes.
¬†Information dissemination is important in the making our waste segregation scheme successful, she commented, as she underscored the crucial function of the barangay and the community-based workers as front liners for the effort.
¬†‚ÄúNo programs of the city government will ever be successful without your support,‚ÄĚ she stressed.
¬†Fernandez added that the city will refurbish its existing materials recovery facilities (MRF) so that these can be used as demonstration areas for subsequent orientation.
¬†The offices that had already undergone the orientation activity are the City Population Office, City Health Office (CHO), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), along with the city 31 barangay captains.
¬†Led by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and the Waste Management Division (WMD), the orientation taught the participants on how to identify, handle and utilize different kinds of wastes.
¬†Engr. Romeo C. Rosario, head of the CPDO, emphasized that aside from sanitation, waste segregation can also be a profit-making venture.
¬†‚ÄúProper waste segregation also entails profit because residuals and recyclable materials can be solved and we have buyers for both,‚ÄĚ he pointed out.
¬†Meanwhile, Fernandez said the city is also planning to convert plastic wastes and return them as chairs and brick to the communities where they came from.
¬†She expressed hope that the city government could be able to solicit support from the national government if the plan can be properly implemented. (CIO/09062013) By ALEX ROMEO R. FERNANDEZ