WTE program banks on residents’ compliance

Ancillary Service Unit (ASU) head Paul Bermejo urges Dabawenyos specially those who work for the government during this week’s I-Speak media forum to start practicing proper waste segregation before the city government of Davao set up the waste-to-energy (WTE) project as not all wastes will be put in the facility. Lean Daval Jr

Compliance begins at home.

The success of Davao City’s Waste-To-Energy (WTE) program will rely heavily on residents practicing proper waste disposal at home according to Paul Bermejo, head of the city government of Davao’s Ancillary Service Unit (ASU).

Bermejo told media in Thursdays I-Speak media forum it is important to equip the Davaoeños first on proper waste segregation before setting up the WTE as not all wastes will be put in the said facility.  Apart from making the solid waste management ordinance more effective, solid waste disposal management compliant residents are an important factor before realizing the WTW project.

“Dapat man gud ready ta kay dili tanan wastes gikan sa households ibutang sa WTE facility. Sayang pud ang mga resources na puwede pa mapakinabangan. Kinahanglan naa ta proper implementation sa segregation. Dapat pud ta mag- reduce of using plastics. Naanad ta nga paghuman ug grocery ipangsulod tanan sa plastic. Kinahanglan ready ta halimbawa man ma- pursue ang implementation sa WTE project sa Davao City,” Bermejo said.  

Bermejo also said that education on waste segregation must begin at home. He said that households must understand the concepts related to waste management such as waste/garbage, waste disposal, waste segregation, biodegradable, non-biodegradable, reuse, reduce, and recycle.  

“Gikan dapat sa atong sariling household mismo bago ta magpatuman ug disiplina sa ubang tao. Tanang makolekta na wastes didto na tanan sa landfill ibutang ug didto pa na kuhaan ug recyclable materials sa mga scavengers. What is ironic kay mas nauna pa atong balaod kaysa sa Kitakyushu City pero gi-implement dayon nila ang segregation. Apan kita hangtod karon, for 19 years murag wala gihapon epekto ang balaod sa atoa,” he said.  

Bermejo also urged government offices and employees to segregate sachets, food packs, and plastic bottles. He said the ASU will be the one to collect these trash because Davao City Environmental and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) only collects residual wastes.

“Dapat kita ang mag-una bilang frontliners. Kami ang mag-kolekta sa sachets and plastics as CENRO only collects residual wastes,” he said.
He said collected plastics and sachets will be turned over to a facility that converted trash into plastic chairs that will be donated to various daycare centers in the city.  He also said there is a need to institutionalize the Information Education Campaign (IEC) of CENRO in barangay level.

Davao City has a sister city agreement with Kitakyushu City since 2018 where the latter committed to provide the technical support in the construction of the WTE.

“Dapat i-implement sa barangay committee on environment kay dili tanan barangays naay MRF unya kung naa man wala sila kabalo kung asa i-transfer ang ilang nakolekta na recyclables. Kitakyushu is now pushing to build the WTE facility in Davao City pero kung mao lang gihapon ang  atong practice nga wala ta naga- segregate dili pud na. Dapat mauna ta sa segregation,” he said.

Mayor Sara Duterte is bringing the city government’s education campaign on proper waste disposal to all schools in Davao City as she makes a stronger stance on protecting the environment.

She emphasized the need to educate pupils on the importance of proper waste disposal and its effects on the environment after meeting Japan’s Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji Kitahashi, who stressed on the proper disposal of wastes and shifting to environment-friendly appliances in October this year.

Dapat kita ang mag-una bilang frontliners. Kami ang mag-kolekta sa sachets and plastics as CENRO only collects residual wastes,” he said.

He said collected plastics and sachets will be turned over to a facility that converted trash into plastic chairs that will be donated to various daycare centers in the city.  He also said there is a need to institutionalize the Information Education Campaign (IEC) of CENRO in barangay level.

Davao City has a sister city agreement with Kitakyushu City since 2018 where the latter committed to provide the technical support in the construction of the WTE.

“Dapat i-implement sa barangay committee on environment kay dili tanan barangays naay MRF unya kung naa man wala sila kabalo kung asa i-transfer ang ilang nakolekta na recyclables. Kitakyushu is now pushing to build the WTE facility in Davao City pero kung mao lang gihapon ang  atong practice nga wala ta naga- segregate dili pud na. Dapat mauna ta sa segregation,” he said.

Mayor Sara Duterte is bringing the city government’s education campaign on proper waste disposal to all schools in Davao City as she makes a stronger stance on protecting the environment.

She emphasized the need to educate pupils on the importance of proper waste disposal and its effects on the environment after meeting Japan’s Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji Kitahashi, who stressed on the proper disposal of wastes and shifting to environment-friendly appliances in October this year.