The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) turned over a material recovery and composting facility (MRCF) to the municipality of Alcoy on Thursday, Nov. 21.
Overall, PENRO has already completed and turned over at least 49 MRCFs to various local government units (LGUs) throughout the province.
The P550,000 worth facility was located in Sitio Lalim, Barangay Atabay.
The new MRCF can be used by the town as recovery, temporary storage, composting and final sorting facility as well as a transfer station.
PENRO administrative officer Thebazile Anthony Monserate handed over the symbolic key to Mayor Michael Angelo Sestoso during the ceremonial turnover.
Monserate congratulated the town officials for complying with the provisions mandated under Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.
“Ang probinsya sa Cebu ug munisipyo sa Alcoy nagtinabangay aron masiguro nato ang maayong pagtratar sa basura sa lungsod,” he said.
Monserate announced that the Provincial Government is allocating P40 million for the purchase of equipment that will be placed in a particular local government unit, which has been selected as host of the equipment in a clustered LGUs.
Alcoy belongs to a cluster with Boljoon and Dalaguete.
In this set up, Dalaguete will serve as the host for the equipment that will process biodegradable waste, residuals like plastics and bottles that can no longer be used.
The MRCF of Alcoy will handle the recyclable items.
“Recently, the 10-year solid management plan sa Alcoy na-approved. That’s a very big step para maka-comply sa balaod sa National Government,” said Monserate.
Vice Mayor Jonathan Abajon, Atabay Barangay Captain Mary Joan Antig, Municipal ENRO head Jonathan Alcaria and other local officials attended the activity.
“Pasalamat ta ni Governor Junjun, Vice Governor Magpale ug sa Provincial Board. Ang lungsod sa Alcoy dako kaayo’g pasalamat sa Provincial Government,” Mayor Sestoso said.
On Friday, Nov. 23, the Capitol, through PENRO, also turned over the P536,000 worth MRCF to the local government of Aloguinsan.
Genseric Tabanao of PENRO said a total of 49 MRCF were already turned over by the Province to various towns and component cities. Two more will be turned over soon.
Mayor Caesar Ignatius Moreno of Aloguinsan town received the ceremonial key from Tabanao during the turnover in Barangay Tampaan, which is about five kilometers from the town proper.
Environmental protection has been among the top priorities of the administration of Davide and Magpale under its Six-Key Development Agenda. All these agenda are anchored towards the Capitol’s motto: Kalambuan sa Matag Sugbuanon. FLORNISA M. GITGANO/OSCAR C. PINEDA