February 23, 2024

The city government accessed P2.4 million from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the put up of materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in four barangays.
City General Services Officer Eugene Buyucan said the fund downloaded to the city government was placed under a trust fund until these projects are bid out by the beneficiary barangays, namely Gibraltar, Lualhati, Bakakeng Central, and Irisan.
The DENR earmarked P600,000 each for the proposed MRFs of the four barangays.
The MRFs will serve as repository areas of recyclable garbage collected from households in the barangays.
Buyucan said the establishment of MRFs will not only contribute in reducing the volume of garbage collected by the city’s garbage trucks. It will also help provide the beneficiary barangays additional income from the sale of recyclable materials sorted at the MRFs.
The city produces over 400 tons of mixed waste daily, of which 50 percent is classified as biodegradable and 50 percent is classified as either recyclable or residual wastes.
Buyucan urged the public to practice segregation of wastes at source to help reduce the volume of waste being hauled out of the city.
The Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2001 provides that an MRF shall be established in every barangay or cluster of barangays. It shall be established in a barangay-owned or leased land or any suitable open space to be determined by the barangay through its sanggunian. The barangay or cluster of barangays shall allocate a certain parcel of land for the MRF. – PIO release