Top officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources headed by EMB-DENR Central Office Director Engr. William P. Cuñado and the City Government of Dumaguete led by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo formally inaugurated today the Central Materials Recovery Facility that is capable of treating and converting garbage into useful by-products.
Director Cuñado congratulated Mayor Remollo and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for being the first MRF in the Philippines that is generating income for the LGU at P 500, 000 per month, while providing livelihood for the waste pickers through proper and sustainable solid waste management.
Director Cuñado congratulated Mayor Remollo and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod for being the first MRF in the Philippines that is generating income for the LGU at P 500, 000 per month, while providing livelihood for the waste pickers through proper and sustainable solid waste management.
“I would like to ask our DENR Secretary Jim Sampulna to give a commendation to Mayor Remollo and the City Council for a job well done. And not only that, I would also like to recommend this place as part of the National Ecological Center to train the waste sorters how to improve their skills ,” Cuñado added.
The City MRF is part of the 8-hectare Eco-Park Solid Waste Processing Facility, which is also a recipient of the Plastic to Chair Recycling Equipment, glass pulverizer, bio-shredder, bio-composters from DENR through the efforts of Mayor Remollo.
For his part, Engr. Paquito D. Melicor Jr. Regional Executive Director of DENR Region 7 stressed that he is inspired how Dumaguete City under the leadership of Mayor Remollo was able to close the dumpsite last March 30, 2021 (after 30 years) and in so short a time was able to establish a unique Materials Recovery Facility that not only segregates the collected garbage but also provides treatment so that these solid wastes will not be filthy, infectious and carrier of bacteria before proper disposal.
Director Cuñado also said that he will publicize the success story and accomplishment of Dumaguete City in managing its solid waste through nationwide information dissemination via media interviews, DENR website and newspapers.
Mayor Remollo admitted that there was opposition from some groups and politicians of his plan to establish the Eco-Park Solid Waste Processing Facility in the LGU-acquired property but expressed his appreciation because of the support of the members of the City Council led by Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, the Barangay officials, the department heads, the DENR and Eco-Park workers for the successful operation of the City MRF.
The DENR officials from the Central and Regional Offices joined the ocular inspection after the blessing and inauguration ceremony of the machines already operating inside the City MRF to include the pyrolysis gasification equipment that will turn solid wastes into construction materials like hollow blocks, bricks and pavers to be used in infrastructure projects; plastic shredder and densifiers; bio-shredders and composters to convert solid wastes into organic fertilizer, soil conditioner and mulch to improve plant growth; glass pulverizers/shredder and Plastic Recycling Equipment that can convert plastic wastes to chairs.
Among those present during this morning’s inauguration are Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Councilors Michael Bandal, Lilani Ramon, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Manuel Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores, Retired Police Brigadier General Rey Lyndon Toledo Lawas, former Vice-Mayor Franklin Esmeña Jr., Calindagan Punong Barangay Maisa Sagarbarria, former Councilors Manuel Arbon, Samuel Dicen, Poblacion 8 Punong Barangay Maelyne Rose Mariano, Eco-Park Solid Waste Processing Facility Manager Engr. Leticia Duran, barangays officials from 28 other barangays.