The municipality of Brooke’s Point last week received an award and recognition from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its solid waste management program.
Brooke’s Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano received the Ecological Solid Waste Management Award for the municipality during a DENR-held ceremony in Quezon City last January 27. The award was accorded by the DENR to municipalities which have demonstrated success in implementing solid waste management initiatives.
Feliciano attributed their town’s recognition to the success of their campaign to encourage waste segregation and the conversion of their old dumpsite into a “green park”.
“Dati kasi isang bundok na basura talaga ‘yan. Ngayon naging park na kaya pinapasyalan na ng mga tao. Nakakatuwa dahil a lot of LGU officials ay pumunta dito para tignan ang park,” she said.
Proper implementation of waste segregation is also a factor to be selected for the said award, according to Feliciano.
“Kailangan makita na tatlo o lima ang basurahan. Ang segregation ay talaga iniimplement namin ‘yan,” Feliciano said.
Feliciano said they had been strictly implementing the policy of waste segregation, with monitoring and compliance being done by their municipal environment office.
“Bawat bahay iisa-isahin talaga ng MENRO kasi kung papatawag ka sa barangay iilan lang ang pupunta, kaya mahirap talaga iimplement,” she added.
She acknowledged that proper waste segregation has been difficult for many local government units, but stressed that discipline and setting examples by local leaders were factors to their success.
“Sabi ko tayo mismo, ‘wag na tayo magpakaplastic dito at baka sa bahay natin ay hindi natin ginagawa ‘yan. Kailangan mainternalize lahat nga mga tao kung ano ba ito,” she said.
One of their approaches, she explained, was to hold contests on waste segregation to encourage their citizens to acquire the habit of managing their waste products.
She pointed out that Brooke’s Point had already been an awardee of cleanest and greenest municipality in the past years.
“Disiplina kasi at kapag alam mo na, tuloy-tuloy na. Kahit saan ka magpunta dala-dala mo na ang ganoong ugali,” she said.