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Zero-waste initiative gains momentum in Puerto Princesa

Published on Manila Bulletin (http://www.mb.com.ph)

Zero-waste initiative in Puerto Princesa City in Palawan has gained its momentum with the compliance of 90 percent of its barangays having at least one materials recovery facility (MRF), a requirement under the provisions of the Republic Act (RA) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001.

In partnership with Mother Earth Foundation (MEF), Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn instituted environmentally-sound projects, such as ensuring that only residual wastes are discarded in the landfill.

Five months after the implementation of the project, MEF said of the total 66 barangays in Puerto Princesa City, only one has no existing MRF to date from 10 percent prior to the partnership.

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MEF creates ripples in Guimaras

After attending a seminar by Mother Earth Foundation (MEF), local officials of Oracon in Guimaras gathered residents and volunteers to construct their own MRF and start the implementation of Ecological Solid Waste Management in the barangay. In the process, they became the first barangay in the province to be compliant to Section 32 of Republic Act 9003 which states that “There shall be established a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in every barangay or cluster of barangays.”

To further encourage the residents to participate in the project, the barangay will also implement the “Basura mo, Palit Grocery” Project , a strategy they also learned in the seminar. In this project, residents will earn points every time they bring segregated wastes to the MRF. The said points can be used to redeem basic household items like rice, sugar, sardines and soap, among others. Initial funding was provided by Add Up! Volunteers, the same group who sponsored the first seminar conducted my MEF in the province.

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