March 1, 2024

Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda has proposed an ordinance institutionalizing the Eco-Waste and Sustainability Fair. This move aims to promote environmental consciousness and sustainability in the city.

The proposed annual event seeks to address the growing concerns surrounding waste management and the need for sustainable practices that will strengthen the community’s commitment towards eco-friendly living. 

The first Zero Waste Management Fair was held at the People’s Park from Jan. 26 to 27, 2023 to intensify the city’s efforts in encouraging the community to be continuously mindful about proper waste segregation and disposal as well as enhancing people’s awareness on various practical and doable strategies in reducing and managing wastes.

Anchored on the theme “Basura mo, bawasan mo,” the event was spearheaded by the City Solid Waste Management Board in collaboration with the Environmental Management Bureau, Zero Waste Baguio, Inc., Eco Waste Coalition, and Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives.

This was followed by an Eco Waste and Sustainability Exposition on Sept. 15 to 16, 2023 and an Eco-Waste and Sustainability Fair on Dec. 14 to 15, 2023 at People’s Park and Igorot Park, respectively.

The proposal to institutionalize the Eco-Waste and Sustainability Fair was prompted by the public’s demand to make this event a regular activity of the city in line with the city government’s overarching objective to transform the City of Baguio into an economically-friendly and sustainable city.

Once the ordinance is approved, the fair is slated to take place on a quarterly basis annually at a suitable public venue. Oversight and execution of the event will be entrusted to an Eco-Waste and Sustainability Fair Committee, to be established through an administrative order issued by the mayor.

The proposed ordinance has been approved on first reading and referred to the city council’s committee on appropriations and finance cluster B (Taxes, Fees, and Other Charges) for review. – Jordan G. Habbiling