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To identify and analyze ways for solid waste volume

reduction that could help the city of Baguio.


The city government issued guidelines for the revived no segregation, no collection policy in garbage collection
beginning Sept. 12. Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged residents here to educate themselves and the members their
households on the rudiments of waste segregation to enable them to comply with the revitalized garbage
separation campaign and contribute to the solution of the citys garbage problem. The citys waste management
scheme is presently anchored on the operation of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines which
employ the mechanical conversion of large amounts of biodegradable wastes into high-grade fertilizer.
But up to this time, the operation of the machines can not be maximized due to poor segregation practice in the
barangay level.
The two machines can process 48 tons of biodegradable wastes daily but the output has continually fallen short of
the maximum requirement.
The haphazard segregation practice of the residents also snagged the implementation of the citys deal with the
ERS supplier, Pro Tech Machinery Corporation, to haul out the residual wastes to their waste processing facility at
no cost to the city.
The mayor said the first haul-out operation failed because half of the load turned out to be biodegradable refuse
prompting the company to suspend hauling operations until the city can assure that the wastes are properly
segregated.
So once again the bottomline is for us to segregate our wastes so I appeal again to our constituents to comply to
make our waste management program work, the mayor said.
Let us help each other to make our waste management program work, the mayor reiterated. (PR &AR- PIO
Baguio City/PIA CAR)

To find out if the people of Baguio City is compliant with


the segregation mark: "No segregation; No collection"
policy.
To evaluate the pick-up points for waste prior to collection
in terms of accessibility of the residents and the garbage
collectors.

City issues guidelines on no-segregation no-collection


garbage policy
by Aileen P. Refuerzo
BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 18 (PIA) -- The city government issued guidelines for the revived no segregation, no
collection policy in garbage collection beginning Sept. 12.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged residents here to educate themselves and the members their households on the
rudiments of waste segregation to enable them to comply with the revitalized garbage separation campaign and
contribute to the solution of the citys garbage problem.
At the same time, the mayor lauded the best performing barangays in terms of waste segregation namely Pinsao
Proper and Quirino Hill barangays which he said should serve as role models of other barangays.
The mayor last week ordered a two-truck waste collection system in the city to boost the waste segregation
practice among residents.
Under the scheme, barangays are directed to pinpoint waste pick-up points in their respective areas of jurisdiction
where segregated wastes will be picked up and hauled separately into the two trucks designated for each of the
two types of garbage.
Each type of solid waste materials should be placed in the pick-up point set apart and with corresponding signage.
Every barangay will be pegged for once-a-week collection. Mixed wastes will not be collected and ambulant
scavengers will not be allowed to pull out recyclables while in the curbside or pick-up points.
Residents must segregate their wastes into two types as follows:
Biodegradable or compostable wastes include food waste, fruit and vegetable peelings, vegetable trimmings, leaves
without twigs, toilet wipes, garden wastes, cigarette butts, fish entrails, egg shells, fish shells/scales, spoiled food
leftovers, seeds, wet paper and newspapers and tissues, wet carton/cardboards, expired bakery products, chipped
branches, sawdust, kusot, poultry and livestock manure, pet manure, corn cobs and sheaths, spoiled animal
entrails, rice hulls, peanut shells, animal carcasses, coconut sells and husks, garden/grass clippings and other
similar materials.
Biodegradable wastes should be drained and dried and must be stored in plastic bags properly tied and stored in
dry placed in containers with cover.
Non-biodegradable wastes refer to clean and dry paper products, cardboards/cartons, cellophane, tin can, scrap
metals, styropors, glass containers, bottles, aluminum materials, plastic materials including sando bags, monobloc
materials, plastic bottles, old shoes, baby wipes, diapers, sanitary napkins, rugs, textile/old clothes, old tires,
broken household appliances and other similar materials.
Non-biodegradables must be placed in durable containers like plastic sacks.
Both types of wastes must be brought out only during collection schedule and must never be mixed.
The schedule of waste collection in the barangays has also been revised to allow the two-truck system and is still
subject to changes as deemed necessary.*(AR- Baguio City PIO/PIA CAR)

Waste segregation, answer to garbage problem - Baguio


city govt.
by Aileen Refuerzo & Paul Rillorta
BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 11 (PIA) - - The city government will intensify the implementation of waste segregation policy
all over the city to make the citys waste management plan effective.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday ordered barangay officials here to pinpoint an area in their barangays to serve
as pick-up point for segregated wastes.
He said biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes must be positioned separately in said pick-up points to
facilitate easier collection by waste workers as per the established collection schedules.

The mayor said the city will now use two trucks, each designated for the two types of wastes, to pick up the wastes
in the barangays.
Also please report to us those who do not comply with our obligation to segregate for this is punishable under
Republic Act No. 9003, the mayor said.
The move is backed by barangay captains and barangay sanitation committee members in the city to better
systematize garbage collection at source.
Association of Barangay Councils President Councilor Joel Alangsab said barangay captains here welcome the move
for the two truck collection scheme to remind residents to segregate.
The scheme will follow the same collection schedule being implemented city wide with both trucks going to collect
on the different barangays of the city at the same barangay collection schedule.
Some barangay officials, however, suggested that biodegradable wastes should be collected more frequently as
rotting wastes tend to emit a foul smell.
The mayor earlier identified the improper segregation practice or the lack of it as a major stumbling block in the
citys waste management efforts.
The citys waste management scheme is presently anchored on the operation of the Environmental Recycling
System (ERS) machines which employ the mechanical conversion of large amounts of biodegradable wastes into
high-grade fertilizer.
But up to this time, the operation of the machines can not be maximized due to poor segregation practice in the
barangay level.
The two machines can process 48 tons of biodegradable wastes daily but the output has continually fallen short of
the maximum requirement.
The haphazard segregation practice of the residents also snagged the implementation of the citys deal with the
ERS supplier, Pro Tech Machinery Corporation, to haul out the residual wastes to their waste processing facility at
no cost to the city.
The mayor said the first haul-out operation failed because half of the load turned out to be biodegradable refuse
prompting the company to suspend hauling operations until the city can assure that the wastes are properly
segregated.
So once again the bottomline is for us to segregate our wastes so I appeal again to our constituents to comply to
make our waste management program work, the mayor said.
Let us help each other to make our waste management program work, the mayor reiterated. (PR &AR- PIO
Baguio City/PIA CAR)

33 barangays fail segregation mark; mayor clarifies nosegregation-no-collection policy


Tue, 10/18/2011 - 10:14 paul_rillorta

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BAGUIO CITY The implementation of the no-segregation-no-collection policy in the city that started last
Sept. 12 resulted to a marked improvement in the citys waste collection efficiency but 33 barangays in

the city remained lackadaisical in waste segregation efforts.


Based on the memorandum of solid waste management division head Ruben Cervantes , the barangays
that failed the segregation mark are barangays Padre Zamora, Sto. Nino Slaughterhouse, Magsaysay
Private Road, Holy Ghost Proper, Upper Magsaysay, Lower Magsaysay, Lower General Luna, Holy
Ghost-honeymoon, ABCR, New Lucban, Alfonso Tabora, San Luis Village, Irisan, San Roque Village,
Kayang Extension, Camp Allen., Cresencia Village, AZCKO, Campo Filipino, Happy Homes-Old Lucban,
East Quirino Hill, Upper Market Subd., Kayang-Hilltop, Loakan Liwanag, Camp 7, Camp 8, Poliwes, San
Vicene, BGH, Military Cut-off, Lower Rock Quarry and Pinget.
Relative to his, Mayor Mauricio Domogan directed the heads of said barangays to assign barangay
officials and volunteers to guard the waste pick-up points during the collection schedules to ensure that
the wastes being brought there are properly segregated.
The mayor also ordered the punong barangays to conduct massive information education campaign to
their constituents on the basics of waste segregation at their homes and on the citys no-segregation-nocollection policy.
During the Ugnayang Panlungsod press briefing, the mayor clarified the intention of the citys nosegregation-no-collection policy for which he said the city should take a radical approach.
He said that instead of the conventional and literal approach of refusing to collect the unsegregated
wastes, the city will instead take a revolutionary approach by going after the source of the unsorted refuse
and take them to task for violation of the provisions of Republic Act No. 9003.
Instead of leaving the unsegregated wastes uncollected which will bring more problems because it will
result to health hazards and eyesores, we will strengthen the monitoring and coordination with barangay
officials so that the perpetrators are identified on site and summoned to do the segregation themselves
and execute affidavits and file case against these violators, the mayor said.
The mayor also asked the residents to bear with the city in the implementation of the two-truck
biodegradable-nonbiodegradable collection system.
We are actually experiencing problems on the two-truck system but as we go on, we hope to perfect the
system in the long run. Japan, where the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines came from,
took 30 years to perfect the segregation system. We are only months into the implementation of the
segregation policy so we still have a long way so we beg for your understanding, he said. A Refuerzo

2015 budget, aip approved


Friday, 13 February 2015 16:26 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY The city council on Monday approved the 2015 city budget amounting to P1,501,510,000 along with
the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) but like last year attached a condition that crucial projects will be subject for
approval by the august body before they are implemented.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Wednesday said he is open to any condition as long as it is reasonable and would
ensure the proper use of the funds.
The aldermen asked that the details and contracts for the projects listed under the 20 percent development fund, the
Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS), the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (CDRRM)
and others should go back to the city council for confirmation and approval.
The body also sought a separate deliberation for ISWMS concerns as it approved the budget of the city general
services office which handles waste matters.

Last year, the aldermen posed the same condition in approving the budget saying that in the past, projects funded in
the budget were not returned to the body in view of a ruling that once these projects are approved by the body
through the budget, they can be implemented without going back to the body for approval again.
The approved budget is higher by P61,928,000 than last year's financial plan amounting to P1,439,582,000.
The estimated income will come from the beginning balance of P160,000,000; tax revenue amounting to
P374,450,000; non-tax revenue P194,280,000; and external sources P772,780,000.
The expenses to cover the cost of delivery of basic services are distributed as follows: P536,610,000 for personal
services; P608,025,000 for maintenance and other operating expenses; P109,143,000 for capital outlay;
P67,076,000 for Disaster Risk Reduction Management Fund and P180,656,000 for development fund.
The AIP which lists the projects of the city allots P180,656,000 which is 12.03 percent of the city's total budget.
The mayor said the projects listed under the AIP were selected after a thorough process of project identification and
prioritization.
The projects include solid waste management programs, improvement of Baguio Convention Center, road concreting,
sewerline improvement, traffic and transportation master plan, development of a 15-hectare cemetery phase 1 at the
multi-land use area, greening and landscaping along various roads and disaster management projects.
In his budget message, the mayor said the financial plan addresses the priority thrusts of the city namely sustainable
environment with green governance as core thrust; sustainable economy to focus on prioritizing revenue generation
programs; socially inclusive growth anchored on the inclusion of requirements for the development needs of the
community through grassroots participatory budgeting process; responsible and accountable public servants to focus
on ensuring a more motivated and effective human resource; and safe and resilient Baguio where programs on
climate change mitigation will be prioritized.
Other programs on gender and development, senior citizens and persons with disability, Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome (AIDS) and children protection were also addressed in the budget. A Refuerzo

Mayor cites better garbage collection


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By Giovani Joy Fontanilla


Friday, August 22, 2014

THE increase in garbage in the Summer Capital might just be a result of an improved garbage
collection system.

Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan told media the increase in tipping and hauling fees paid to the
Urdaneta City sanitary landfill may be due to the increased volume of garbage collected.
"Well, siguro naimprove yung collection system kaya talagang nakokolekta lahat yung naproproduce
na basura," he said.
The mayor explained the local government has been trying to clean the city through thorough
collection of garbage which is why there is an increase in the volume of garbage collected.
"Kung hindi kokolektahin (ng mabuti), konti lang ang idedeliver natin (sa Urdaneta)," he explained.
Domogan said either the collection system in the past was not really efficient and not all wastes were
collected or a lot of barangays do not have much garbage before because there was a practice of
composting.
On the other hand, Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management
Bureau regional solid waste coordinator Joyce Mangsat told the media after the City Council session
Monday the increase in the volume of garbage of Baguio may be attributed to inefficient segregation.
Mangsat highlighted a lot of residents still fail to segregate recyclables from biodegradable from nonbiodegradable.
The EMB regional solid waste coordinator also noted some barangays have lost the enthusiasm for
segregation because of the pickers who have been segregating wastes.
With the current situation of the city, Mangsat suggested the urgent establishment of a waste facility.
"We need to fastrack the construction of waste facility," she told councilors adding, "Uubusin po niyan
(basura) ang pera niyo hanggat di nakakapagdevelop ng waste facility."
Mangsat added there should be a massive information education campaign on the proper segregation
of wastes so the people of Baguio are made aware recyclables must no longer be included in garbage
hauled to Urdaneta.
Councilor Peter Fianza agreed stressing, "Greater awareness of people will lead to greater
cooperation."
In the absence of a waste facility, Mangsat said the least the city can do now is to strengthen and
improve the barangays' participation to ensure proper disposal of garbage will start at its source.

P16M compactor trucks approved


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By JM Agreda

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

THE Baguio City Council approved the request of Mayor Mauricio Domogan to purchase two compactor
trucks to ease garbage collection and minimize the use of a transfer and sorting area for solid waste.
Domogan appeared before the City Councils regular session Monday afternoon explaining that there is
an existing appropriation of P16 million in the ordinance crafted then by the Council for the purchase of
dump trucks.
But as per recommendation of the Commission on Audit, the Council must specify that compactors
instead of dump trucks will be purchased.
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"The audit said we should ask the City Council to amend the ordinance to specify the city will be
purchasing a compactor," the mayor said.
The mayor said the City Government needs compactor trucks to complement the 17 dump trucks
collecting garbage in 19 pickup stations in the city and covering 128 barangays.
The compactor trucks will also modify the mode of garbage collection citing trash segregation will be
conducted in barangays and no longer in the trucks and in the transfer and sorting station.
"This way the barangays will be able to see the wastes coming from residences and force them to
comply with RA (Republic Act) 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act," he said.
Domogan also answered an earlier question of Councilor Peter Fianza on garbage leachate stressing
the compactor trucks have leachate storage ensuring liquid waste is not spilled on the streets and risk
going directly to the citys sewerage treatment plant.
Domogan stressed the immediate need to buy two compactor trucks citing the use of the transfer and
sorting station in Sitio Lamtang in Puguis, La Trinidad is nearing its deadline. The compacted trash will
also be easier to transfer to the Urdaneta City landfill, the exec noted.
City Accountant Antonio Tabin said the Council needs to revert and appropriate through a
supplemental budget ordinance the P16 million fund to buy the compactor trucks.
General Services Officer Romeo Concio said a 12 cubic meter compactor can accommodate three loads
of six to eight cubic meter load of an open dump truck.
Concio said the compactor requires lesser manpower. An open dump truck requires at least seven
people including the driver while a compactor truck only requires a driver and two personnel to load
garbage in the vehicle.

"It can facilitate the collection since there will be no sorting in transit. It can also encourage the
barangay to implement segregation and sorting in their areas," he said.
The general services officer said compactor trucks are also more efficient in collecting trash covering
more areas per load compared to open dump trucks.
Councilor Fianza, meanwhile, asked on the lifespan of the trucks and the possible displacement of
collectors. He added the private garbage hauler of the city will be more benefitted from the purchase
than the current collection system.
But Concio said no garbage sorter will be displaced and will continue working in pick-up points
collecting recyclable materials.
Fianza added the purchase of a compactor truck will be rendered useless and ineffective as it is not
compatible with the current solid waste management system. He added these trucks will not work
when wastes are wet which is why he suggests for the city to provide a dry storage area for trash.
Councilor Fred Bagbagen who heads the Committee on Environment recommended approval of the
measure with eight councilors or a majority voting for the measure to be passed.

Baguio folks present alternative solutions for waste


problem
BAGUIO CITY Several cause oriented groups in the city including the Cordillera Womens
Education Action Research Center (CWEARC) organized a workshop that aims to register the
proposed solutions of the people for the prevailing waste problem in the city and plan of actions to
address it on August 29, 2012 at the University of the Philippines Baguio.
The said workshop was entitled, Workshop on Baguio Garbage: Understanding It and Getting
Involved.
Data from GSO (General Service Office-Baguio) shows that at present, Baguio City generates 355
tons of solid waste materials per day or 130,000 tons for the year. The problem is where to dump
these
tons
of
wastes.
In the presentation of Atty. Fran Claver, it was pointed out that the Irisan open dump site which is the
only Citys dumping area had already reached its carrying capacity. It was rehabilitated earlier by the
city government. However, the tragic Irisan trash slide that happened on August 2011 during the
wrath of typhoon Mina that claimed six peoples lives and damaged properties questions the quality
of its structural design and engineering work. The dumpsite has always been a threat to the affected
barangays.
She further said that below the dumpsite is a spring which is the main water source of Barangay
Tadiangan and supply downstream to other areas of Tuba, Benguet reaching Aringgay, La Union.

She stressed that garbage from the dumpsite are going down directly to the water sources especially
during
rainy
season.
In a separate interview with Lucille Lumas-i of CWEARC, she recalled that the problem of the Irisan
dumpsite was raised by the affected communities to the Local Government Unit (LGU) way back
early 80s for their fear of the water pollution. Today, she said that the water is no longer potable for
domestic
use
because
it
was
contaminated
with
E.coli
bacteria.
Affected residents conducted a lot of protests mobilizations since 1987. The 1st protest against the
dumpsite was from the residents of the municipality of Tuba, Benguet due to the contamination of
their water source. Second was the protest of the residents located at the upper part of the dumpsite
because
of
air
pollution
(Sinumlag,
Northern
Dispatch,
2011).
In 2005, the immediate residents especially in the Smokey Mountain area were alarmed by the
cracks on the retaining walls. This led all affected communities to unite and protested (Sinumlag,
Northern Dispatch, 2011). Atty. Claver also stated that on December 15, 2011, Petition for Writ of
Kalikasan with Prayer for TEPO (Temporary Environmental Protection Order) was filed before the
Supreme Court against the Baguio citys local government officials for not complying with the RA
9003. The said TEPO was granted by the Supreme Court several months after the filing of petition.
The
ERS
controversy
Based on Maria Lorena Cletos research, the city government purchased two Environmental
Recycling System (ERS) machines, which cost the city P64 million each, to address the garbage
issue. The purchase of the ERS machines involved an agreement between the city and the ERS
provider, ProTech wherein the latter would be in charge of collecting the solid waste from the Citys
barangays and hauling the residuals to Engineered Sanitary Landfills (ESL) in the lowlands.
However, it did not work as planned. The ERS machines were only able to reduce the volume of
garbage by a maximum of 15% while around 70% of the Citys wastes generated per day were
brought
to
the
Irisan
dumpsite.
Furthermore, the ERS machines were also envisioned as a source of revenue for the LGU once the
compost produced could be sold as fertilizer. However, the City has not yet managed to secure the
necessary permits for this. And according to Atty. Fran Claver, there were hundreds of sacks of this
so-called fertilizer dumped in Irisan dumpsite and the nearby residents were complaining of its foul
smell.
She stressed that the Irisan dumpsite has already filled beyond capacity. The people of the city on
the other hand had been clamoring for the government to address the uncollected garbage but to no
avail. They then initiated several actions according to their capacity to address this issue.
Local
initiatives
to
address
the
waste
problem
Local efforts and initiatives were presented during the workshop. Punong Barangay Ferdie Bay-asen
of Central Guisad shared their effort in managing their waste. In his presentation, Central Guisad

won in the Citys waste management program. They localized the City Ordinance No. 26 that aims to
lessen non-biodegradable wastes. Usage of plastic bags and other plastic materials within their
barangay were prohibited and the Barangay has a common composting area and garden for organic
gardening
demonstration.
Judy Carino of Tebteba Foundation presented the use of vermicomposting as an alternative option of
waste management at the local level. A composting process through a worm named african
nightcrawler that hasten the transformation of biodegradable waste into organic fertilizer. This worm
is flat-bellied, reddish in color, grow to about 1 gram only, does not burrow in the ground, eat
compost and live in the upper 3-4 inches of soil. One kilo of worms Carino added can eat one kilo of
organic wastes in a day and turns this into vermicast, the organic waste is reduced to a fraction of its
original
volume.
Geraldine Cacho from the Organisasyon Dagiti Nakurapay nga Umili iti Siyudad (ORNUS) on the
other hand presented the ayyew initiatives of indigenous migrants and hog growers. Ayyew she
presented means giving value and caring for things to extend its usage and using things properly
and avoiding unnecessary wastes. The migrants carried this practice to the city thus, lots of them
raise hogs to consume the "arasaw" or leftovers from households, canteens, food chains, hotels,
restaurants, vegetable and fruit peelings from the city market and La Trinidad trading post instead of
throwing
it
away.
Hograising Cacho pointed out is not just a means of livelihood; it also contributed in lessening tons
of garbage produced daily. She presented their case study that shows every ten pigs consume
22,649 kilos of food every week and an adult pig consumes 15.8 kilos of food every day. For every
hograiser, raising 100 pigs or more, multiplying the 23 barangays with the volume of consumption of
each pig in a day will lessen the garbage essentially. This livelihood was however, banned by the
Department
of
Health
(DoH)
for
sanitary
reasons.
Cacho then further stressed the contribution of the hog growers in lessening wastes is really helpful
so the city government should conduct public awareness on proper hograising instead of stopping
them.
Lucille Lumas-i said that the city government should look into the Baguio residents initiatives and
support these. Involve the people in issues affecting them like the managing of wastes instead of
imposing the very expensive ERS machine which is not effectively working. The top-down system of
the government in planning she added should be reverse to involve peoples participation. The
workshop shows that the local initiatives are more sustainable and appropriate if only they are being
recognized,
considered
and
supported,
she
further
said.
Since I arrived here in the city ten years ago, the city council had started conducting a study on
waste management. I hope that the City Council had already mastered that study without
conclusion. The Baguio Citys local government should find an effective system on managing wastes
instead of defending that lousy ERS machine, Bishop Carlito Cenzon said.

After the workshop, plan of actions and committees on education, research, campaigns, advocacy,
policy and lobby were formed. The resolutions and results of the workshop was lobbied to the city
councils during the Council Session on September 3 and the results was, the issue on waste
management was referred by the city council to its Committee on Health for them to look into. #

Unfair to label barangays as non-compliant with waste


segregation
EVA MARIE R. FIANZA, punong barangay, Happy Homes, Old Lucban, Baguio City

I am writing this letter in response to the Oct. 9 article of the Baguio Midland Courier stating that
Barangay Happy Homes is not segregating its garbage and is one of the 34 ignoble barangays in
the City of Baguio. One radio station also announced the same issue, not to mention that the
announcer even uttered, Ano ang ginagawa ng barangay officials at ni kapitana, asawa pa naman
ng councilor. May I have this chance to say my piece on the unjust publications and radio
announcements that has caused my barangay officials, tanods, and street sweepers who have
continuously monitored, segregated the unsegregated garbage, and waited for the collection of
garbage with no complaints. Not to mention the residents who are complying with the segregation
policy of the barangay.
Foremost, CEPMO gave the notice of the change of schedule of garbage pick-up in my barangay
from Thursday to Monday on a Sunday morning. Of course, to announce the abrupt change of
schedule to the residents is too short a time. However, as always, to support the programs of the
city, I had no choice but to comply. On that same Sunday I had the notice from CEPMO
photocopied to be distributed by my kagawads to the residents and called for an emergency
council meeting on that same week for us to act on the advisory.
Another notice was given to the residents to reinforce the advisory of CEPMO. From Oct. 2 to
present, my barangay council and staff members have kept vigil monitoring the pick-up points and
segregating unsegregated garbage. However, when we leave the areas after garbage is picked-up,
some residents, including those from East Quirino Barangay and other barangays and those
coming from Trinidad dump their garbage anywhere along Magsaysay Avenue. We have names of
individuals and plate numbers of taxis and private vehicles and even pictures to support our claim.
Second, may I make clear the advisory that CEPMO will have a two-truck system-one
for nabubulokand one for di-nabubulok. To our observation, there is only one truck being used.
After the di nabubulok is picked-up, we will have to wait for the same truck to come back and pickup the di nabubulok. Just imagine the barangay officials waiting for the garbage to be pick-up from
5:30 a.m. to almost 12 noon, sometimes after lunch.
This week, one truck along Magsaysay was seen collecting both nabubulok and di-nabubulok. One
resident commented, Ang gulo ninyo, nalilito kami.
Third, during the Linis Balili activity, we were able to collect about 25 sacks of garbage from the
river. CEPMO promised to collect it as special trip. One of the kagawads called the CEPMO office
and was told they will collect it but no truck came until garbage collection day. Sad to say the
garbage collector did not pick it up since it was not segregated and they are not allowed to bring
unsegregated garbage to the Irisan dumpsite. We again called CEPMO but no collection happened
so we decided to segregate the garbage from the river to avoid health hazards. At the height of
Typhoon Quiel, barangay officials, street sweepers, and tanods, under the rain tediously
segregated the garbage from Balili River so it can be collected.
I am angry and very disappointed with the reports that we have not complied with the no-

segregation, no collection policy. Why then are our garbage collected if it was not segregated. I do
not claim of a 100 percent compliance because of the geographical location of the barangay but we
are complying the best was we can and we know how.
To the print and radio media, please verify your data and mention your sourceand whoever your
source is, please provide us on how you were able to label Happy Homes, Old Lucban as an
ignoble barangay. To the radio announcer who included my husband Councilor Peter Fianza in his
news, if your issue is with me, face me. Trabaho lang, walang personalan.
To the city heads of environment and the city officials, especially our mayor, please act on our long
overdue garbage problem. Do not put the biggest chunk of problem-solving in the hands of the
barangay. Much so, do not put the barangays in bad light and shame campaigns. We feel that you
are already making us scapegoats to the issues on garbage you cannot resolve up to this time. I
challenge you to provide one barangay who has not an official, a tanod, a street sweeper, or
volunteer keeping watch during garbage collection days or acting on advisories of the city
regarding garbage policies.
Lastly, I believe that I share the same sentiments with others who have continually done their part
for the city, barangay official or otherwise. We have seen the tragedy of Irisan, we wept, the city
mournedthat is enough reason for us in the barangays to work harder to prevent another
garbage landslide by doing our mandate as barangay officials.

Baguio starts ground works for integrated solid waste disposal


project
Friday, 29 August 2014 16:01 |

Written by Dexter A. See

BAGUIO CITY August 22 The city government is inclined to develop its own state-of-the-art solid waste disposal
facility as it started the ground works for the putting up of a multi-million integrated solid waste disposal project that
would save the local government more than P100 million in hauling fees annually.
In Wednesday's consultation with the people of sitio Bilis, Sto. Tomas School area, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan
informed barangay officials and local residents that the city will pursue the conduct of the survey of the 130 hectare
land that was earlier declared to be for city needs prior to the determination of the 50 hectares to be utilized for the
integrated solid waste disposal project.
The consultation was organized by the barangay and concerned departments of the city government after the winning
surveyor complained to Mayor Domogan that she had been receiving threats from some disgruntled residents if her
team will push through with the survey of the local government.
"We will pursue with the survey of the metes and bounds of the city-owned property. If you will not cooperate, we will
deploy adequate police personnel who will secure the safety of the surveyors in order to complete the project so that
we will be able to determine the actual number of residents who will be affected by the project," Domogan told the
people who were gathered in the consultation area to reiterate their opposition to the project.
He claimed the integrated solid waste disposal project that would incorporate a materials recovery facility, the
Environmental Recycling System (ERS) and a waste-to-energy facility is still in its identification stage considering that
the 50-hectare area to be identified as the project site would still pass through the evaluation and assessment of the
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the National Solid Waste Commission (NSWC).

Initially, the city government has earmarked around P70 million in this year's city budget to start the project which has
been projected to put an end to the expensive hauling of the city's waste to the sanitary landfill in Urdaneta,
Pangasinan which has been going on over the past seven years.
He explained that after the metes and bounds of the 130-hectare city property has been established, the city
government will again consult with the people considering that the affected residents shall have already been
identified.
"We will deal with the affected residents fairly and honestly. We do not want the interest of the people of Baguio to be
compromised by the interest of only a few individuals," Domogan stressed.
He disclosed the local government will try its best to avoid the displacement of affected residents once the project will
push through but will work out possible relocation of those who will be directly affected provided they would be willing
to sit down and negotiate with the city government.
For those who have valid claims over the said property, Domogan requested them to show pieces of documentary
evidence that will show their proof of ownership and not for them to reason out that they own the property because
they were born and raised in the area.
Part of the 130-hectare city-owned property is the area donated by former Mayor Virginia de Guia to the local
government after she bought the ancestral claim of the heirs of Mateo Carino which was later approved and upheld
by a local court.
He assured the barangay officials and local residents that the necessary processes will be followed and that the units
of equipment to be installed must pass the standards of the NSWC and the DENR which are the agencies in charge
of overseeing the overall solid waste programs of local governments.
In response to questions from the people that there will again be a collapse of retaining walls that would pose a
serious threat to life and limb, Domogan said the tragic Irisan trashslide in August 2012 will no longer happen in the
area because there will be no open dumping of garbage as the operation of open dumpsites has already been
banned by the implementation of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act or Republic Act (RA) 9003.
He added what will be operational in the area will be a state-of-the-art materials recovery facility with segregator and
drying pond, the ERS that converts biodegradable water to compost fertilizer and a waste-to-energy plant that will
produce quality renewable energy which would supply the requirements of households in the area or which could be
sold to the Benguet Electric Cooperative to earn income for the city government and the barangay.
He appealed to the barangay officials and local residents for their cooperation because what the city government is
solving is not the present problem but the future garbage disposal problem of the people of Baguio and that the
interest of the greater majority should not be compromised by the interest of a few individuals.

Baguios garbage woes


refuse to disappear
Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:33 AM | Friday, October 11th, 2013

BAGUIO CITYThe citys continuing garbage problem indicates that residents and businesses here
have failed to comply with a policy on waste segregation, a city official said.
Councilor Peter Fianza, a former city administrator, said the city was able to reduce the wastes
generated here in 2008 due to residents awareness about segregation and recycling.
We observed then that there was success in waste reduction. But lately, we have not noticed any
change. It will appear on our records that the volume of garbage dumped in [landfills in] Tarlac and
Urdaneta City has increased, Fianza said.
We may not have improved the system of handling our garbage, from the storage, to handling, and
then segregation, he added.
Fianza warned that should the city fail to reduce its wastes, the local government would spend more
for hauling and dumping, especially during the rainy season.
He said the city used to generate 117 to 130 tons of garbage a day, but the volume increased to 140
to 160 tons daily.
He said during the rainy season, the city spends more because garbage is heavier due to water
absorption.
Fianza said the amount the city pays to landfill operators depends on the weight of garbage being
dumped in their facilities.
The garbage should be kept dry as much as possible, and if it is doable, the dump should have a
roof or should be covered to avoid water seepage, he said.
The city government, he said, has been spending around P260,000 a day for hauling and tipping
fees.
About P300,000 a day is spent for taking care of biodegradable and nonbiodegradable wastes. This
amount does not even include personnel cost, [garbage] collection from barangays to staging areas
and the cost of dump trucks, Fianza said.
In the multisectoral workshop, Demystifying the city budget for waste management, held at the
University of the Philippines Baguio on Sept. 25, participants assailed the city government for using
more than P214 million of the citys 2013 budget for solid waste management.

Clearly, the solution to the garbage problem in Baguio is nowhere in sight, despite the millions of
pesos that are poured into the office that is tasked to manage the solid wastes of the city. A question
that begs to be answered is: Is the P214-million budget for solid waste management being used
properly and is there room for improvement? the participants said in a statement.
They added: This gives space for concerned citizens of Baguio to exert vigilance in monitoring how
waste management funds are spent, and to get involved in ensuring that public funds are used
properly. Desiree Caluza, Inquirer Northern Luzon

Blistt solid waste forum sought


Friday, 26 September 2014 16:17 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY The city government through the City Solid Waste Management Board (CSWMB) should initiate a
forum among the local government units of Baguio, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tublay and Tuba (BLISTT) to tackle
concerns on garbage.
The city council on Monday approved a resolution authored by Councilor Peter Fianza on this end.
Fianza said it is high time for the city and nearby municipalities to cooperatively brainstorm on the growing waste
problem they are facing to possibly find a common solution beneficial to all.
He said solid waste management has become a major concern not only in the city but also in the neighboring
localities.
"The city of Baguio still struggling to locate an appropriate disposal area is now also seeing the costs of its present
disposal system getting more prohibitive while its neighboring municipalities are now also compelled to haul out
garbage to disposal facilities," Fianza noted.
"While the issues or problems affecting the solid waste management systems of each local government unit may be
different from one another, identifying the same can probably lead to common solutions," he said.
He said the solid waste management boards of each BLISTT LGUs should participate in the forum "to discuss
problems affecting the implementation of their plans and consider possible common solutions to the same with the
assistance of the National Solid Waste Commission and other concerned national agencies.
The help of agencies which are mandated to implement Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste
Management Act of 2000 should also be enlisted to provide technical and other forms of assistance during the forum.
A Refuerzo

City Council to scrutinize Terms for ESL establishment


Friday, 20 March 2015 14:57 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY The city council will scrutinize the terms of reference for the future development of the city's
engineered sanitary landfill in the body's session on April 6.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan submitted the TOR for the council approval after the same was approved by the City Solid
Waste Management Board last December.
The council committee on laws recommended an open discussion of the terms in the presence of the members of the
CSWMB which the mayor chairs.
The TOR provides for a design and build scheme for the construction of a two-hectare ESL that can accommodate
150,000 tons of compacted solid wastes with an approved contract of P80 million.
The TOR provides guidelines, standards and criteria to be applied in designing an ESL consisting of liner, leachate
collection and treatment systems.
As per the terms, the work will involve "developing the most cost-effective design concept to address environmental
impact mitigative requirements and developing final designs with final design drawings, construction details, crosssections, final quantities, costs, technical specifications, tender documents, operating manuals and health and safety
plans."
The detailed engineering design services to be provided are field investigations as part of the site investigation and
confirmation studies; development of the landfill's detailed process design considering all design parameters and
requirements; site development work design to include site preparation, parking, roads, erosion control, sanitary,
water supply and fire protection systems and others; quantity and cost estimates for all works and pay items for each
component of the design; and tender and contract documents.
The construction of an ESL is one of the strategies of the city's Integrated Solid Waste Management System
(ISWMS) to address the city's waste problem.
The city is eyeing its 130-hectare property reserved for the public need at Mt. Sto. Tomas to house the ISWMS which
consists of other strategies intended for long-term management of the city's wastes among which a waste-to-energy
technology, a central material recovery facility, anaerobic digester and health care waste treatment facility and the
Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines.
A feasibility study on the ISWMS is being conducted by the technical working group co-chaired by city planning and
development officer Evelyn Cayat and general services officer Romeo Concio.
The city is fast-tracking the implementation of the project to achieve its target to stop hauling out wastes to
Pangasinan and Tarlac the soonest possible time.
The city is contracting out the hauling of 127 tons out of the 360-ton waste output of the city daily requiring a huge
budget of more or less P100 million in a year. A Refuerzo

City gets recognition for waste management efforts


Friday, 20 December 2013 16:51 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY The city's persistent efforts to address its solid waste management woes did not go unnoticed.

The city was among the three local government units in the country given recognition by the National Solid Waste
Management Commission last December 13 for its "efforts and initiative in enforcing the provisions of Republic Act
9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000."
In a letter to Mayor Mauricio Domogan last December 10, NSWMC executive director Emelita Aguinaldo announced
the commendation which was received by General Services Officer Romeo Concio during the NSWMC meeting last
Dec. 13 in Antipolo City.
The city together with two LGUs from Compostela Valley was cited "for exemplary performance in implementing (RA
9003), as manifested by good practices on reduction and segregation of waste at source, establishment of Materials
Recovery Facilities, closure and rehabilitation of the Irisan dumpsite and utilization of a sanitary disposal facility."
The plaque was signed by NSWMC chair Crispian Lao and Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)
Undersecretary Manuel Gerochi.
Mayor Domogan welcomed the recognition saying it was proof that the city is doing its best to implement an
applicable solid waste management program.
"I am happy that despite the difficulties, obstacles and lack of cooperation by some people, our efforts have been
noticed and recognized by no less than the NSWMC which is a national agency," the mayor said during last Monday's
flag-raising rites.
He credited the award to the teamwork and cooperation of city employees and residents.
"I hope that this will be an inspiration for us to strengthen and sustain our cooperation because this award means that
we are on the right track in all our efforts," he said.
At present, the city is pursuing an Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) to tackle its waste problem.
The scheme is three-pronged consisting of the waste-to-energy technology and the engineered sanitary landfill to
tackle the non-biodegradable and non-recyclable wastes and the existing Environmental Recycling System (ERS)
machines to take charge of the biodegradable wastes.
The city is currently looking for an appropriate location to house the ISWMS.
Solid waste management concerns also dominate the city's budgetary programs for 2014 comprising 73.58 percent
of the total amount allocated for the proposed Annual Investment Plan AIP).
Among the major solid waste projects listed in the plan are the purchase and development of Integrated Solid Waste
Disposal site amounting to P40 million, construction of two materials recovery facility buildings costing P10 million
and the post-closure rehabilitation of Irisan dumpsite (first phase) with a total cost of P8,804,000.

CITY ISSUES GUIDELINES ON REVIVED NO-SEGREGATION-NO-COLLECTION


GARBAGE POLICY
By:
Aileen Refuerzo
Posted: 17-Sep-2011 / 3 years 30 weeks ago

BAGUIO CITY The city government has issued guidelines for the revived no segregation, no collection
policy in garbage collection beginning Sept. 12.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged residents here to educate themselves and the members their households on
the rudiments of waste segregation to enable them to comply with the revitalized garbage separation
campaign and contribute to the solution of the citys garbage problem.
At the same time, the mayor lauded the best performing barangays in terms of waste segregation
namely Pinsao Proper and Quirino Hill barangays which he said should serve as role models of other
barangays.
The mayor last week ordered a two-truck waste collection system in the city to boost the waste
segregation practice among residents.
Under the scheme, barangays were directed to pinpoint waste pick-up points in their respective
areas of jurisdiction where segregated wastes will be picked up and hauled separately into the two trucks
designated for each of the two types of garbage.
Each type of solid waste materials should be placed in the pick-up point set apart and with
corresponding signage.
Every barangay will be pegged for once-a-week collection. Mixed wastes will not be collected and
ambulant scavengers will not be allowed to pull out recyclables while in the curbside or pick-up points.
Residents must segregate their wastes into two types as follows:
Biodegradable or compostable wastes include food waste, fruit and vegetable peelings, vegetable trimmings,
leaves without twigs, toilet wipes, garden wastes, cigarette butts, fish entrails, egg shells, fish shells/scales,
spoiled food leftovers, seeds, wet paper and newspapers and tissues, wet carton/cardboards, expired bakery
products, chipped branches, sawdust, kusot, poultry and livestock manure, pet manure, corn cobs and
sheaths, spoiled animal entrails, rice hulls, peanut shells, animal carcasses, coconut sells and husks,
garden/grass clippings and other similar materials.
Biodegradable wastes should be drained and dry and must be stored in plastic bags properly tied and stored
in dry placed in containers with cover.
Non-biodegradable wastes refer to clean and dry paper products, cardboards/cartons, cellophane, tin can,
scrap metals, styropors, glass containers, bottles, aluminum materials, plastic materials including sando
bags, monobloc materials, plastic bottles, old shoes, baby wipes, diapers, sanitary napkins, rugs, textile/old
clothes, old tires, broken household appliances and other similar materials.
Non-biodegradables must be placed in durable containers like plastic sacks and if possible pressed or tied to
lessen the volume.
Both types of wastes must be brought out only during collection schedule and must never be mixed.
The schedule of waste collection in the barangays has also been revised to allow the two-truck system and is
still subject to changes as deemed necessary.
The new schedule from Monday to Friday with collection time from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.:

MONDAYS: Cluster F -- P. Burgos, Campo Filipino, Guisad, A Bonifaco, Guisad-Surong, Sto. Nino, P. Zamora,
Guisad Central, Pinsao Pilot; except Lower Magsaysay;
Cluster G (Including Aguila, Dizon and Manzanillo Compound; Rich Gate; Middle Quirino Hill, East Quirino
Hill, West Quirino Hill, Lower Quirino Hill, Camdas Subd., Dizon Subd., Happy Homes Old Lucban;
Cluster N Middle Quezon Hill, Upper Quezon Hill, Victoria Village, Pinsao Proper, Quezon Hill Proper,
Fairview;
Cluster H1 Brookside, L. Jaena, East Modernsite, West Modernsite, Aurora Hill Proper;
TUESDAYS: Cluster H2 San Antonio Village, North Central, Bayan Park, Ambiong, East Bayan, West Bayan,
South Central, Brookspoint;
Cluster K San Vicente , Camp 7 (including the different subdivisions therein) Poliwes Camp 8;
Cluster O New Lucban, Purok 7 New Lucban , M. Roxas, Malvar, Quisumbing , Trancoville, Alfonso Tabora,
South Sanitary Camp, North Sanitary, Magsaysay Private \Road ;
Cluster A South Drive, Mines View, Gibraltar, Part of Pucsusan, Lucnab, Pacdal, St. Joseph Village;
Cluster B Marcoville, Teachers Camp-Cabinet Hill, Engineers Hill, DPS Compound, Green water Village;
WEDNESDAYS: Cluster C- Lower Dagsian, Upper Dagsian, Scout Barrio, Sta Scholastica , Hillside , Gabriela
Silang , Military Cut-Off, Pinget;
Cluster D-

Imelda Marcos , Phil-am Compound, Balsigan, Sto Rosario Valley , Ferdinand, Burnham

Legarda;
Cluster E- GEFA, Upper QM Lower/Middle Rock Quarry, Upper Rock Quarry, Upper/ Lower City Camp Proper,
Palma-Urbano.
Cluster M- MRR Queen of Peace, Lower Lourdes, Lourdes Proper, Lourdes Subdivision |Extension, Dominican
Mirador, San Roque, San Luis, Asin Barangay;
THURSDAYS: Cluster L1 Bakakeng Central, Dontogan, Sto Nino Subd., Suello Village, Sto Tomas Proper;
Cluster J- Loakan Apugan, Loakan Liwanag, Pinesville PMA, Loakan Proper, Atok Trail, Kias, Pinesville;
Cluster P- (including Brent School and Yangco St.; M. Roxas T Camp, Imelda |Village , Holyghost Extension,
Honeymoon-Holyghost, Holy Ghost Proper;
Cluster A Ambuklao Road, Siapno, Liteng, M. Basa, |St. Joseph Village;
FRIDAYS: Cluster L2 Justice Village, Chapis Village, Kitma, Bakakeng Norte/Sur, SLU-SVP;
Cluster Q1 San Carlos Heights, St. Patrick/NPC Compound; Purok 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28;
Cluster Q2 Naguilian Road, Holcim Wareshouse down to Lamtang, St. Patrick Road, Cypress Village,
Balenben;
Cluster L3 Sto. Tomas Central, Lualhati, Outlokk Drive, BCC Village. A Refuerzo

City names most improved barangays in sanitation practices


Friday, 27 February 2015 20:19 |

Written by paul rillorta

BAGUIO CITY three barangays topped this year's search for the 'Most Improved Barangay in Environmental
Sanitation Practices' here.
The search was launched in July this year by the City Government of Baguio under the Health Services office Sanitation Division (HSO-SD) to encourage and inspire the different barangays to work towards making a remarkable
dent on environmental sanitation conditions.
From among the 128 barangays of the city, only six barangays from the different health districts made it to the final
validation namely; GEFA (Lower Q.M.), North Central Aurora Hill, Kias, Loakan Liwanang, Poliwes and Victoria
Village.
Accordingly, three validation visits were conducted last year by the team composed of the Health Services Office and
the City Environment and Parks Management Office (CEPMO).
The search yielded GEFA Barangay headed by Punong Barangay Mark Jones Awisan as the most improved
barangay for 2014.
2nd placer is North Aurora Hill Barangay under PB Guillerma Francisco and 3rd place is Victoria Village Barangay
under PB Lilian Somera.
The 4th placer is Loakan Liwanag Baragnay under PB Rosalina Martin and the 5th is Kias Barangay under PB
Timothy Pudlao, Jr.
Finally, taking 6th place this year is Poliwes Barangay under PB Robert Galong.
The barangays were rated according to the indicators on key areas such as water supply, improvement of water
source and increased household with access to safe water for the last 3 years.
Nuisance, drainage, excreta and sewage disposal such that no wastewater or stagnant water along roads and open
spaces, improved wastewater management and improved condition of septic tankor pit.
They were also rated according to the general cleanliness of the barangay on the following, backyard piggeries
should have constructed septic tank, vermin composting for hog wastes, solid waste management practices like
composting, segregation and provision of a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and regular sanitation practices to
include clean-up drives, aso ko tali ko campaign, tapat ko linis ko etc.
Barangay sanitation initiatives were also checked as far as barangay legislations on sanitation, clean and green
program and beautification, community participation and praparedness and readiness plans.
Lastly, the barangay budget for water and sanitation projects and programs were also included as an indicator.
Winning barangays were given cash prizes and certificates and were honored during Mondays Flag raising
ceremony. ***paul rillorta

City to pursue waste management program - mayor

Friday, 19 December 2014 22:12 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY The city government is bent on pursuing its waste management program to finally address the city's
garbage problem, Mayor Mauricio Domogan said on Wednesday.
"Regardless of what others say, we will continue with our plan to set up the Integrated Solid Waste Management
System (ISWMS)," the mayor told the Ugnayang Panlungsod press briefing.
The city is eyeing its 130-hectare property reserved for the public need at Mt. Sto. Tomas to house the ISWMS which
consists of several waste management strategies intended for long-term management of the city's wastes among
which a waste-to-energy technology, a central material recovery facility, anaerobic digester and health care waste
treatment facility and an engineered sanitary landfill if needed and the Environmental Recycling System (ERS)
machines.
Some residents in the area however posed opposition to the plan but the mayor assured that the city will only utilize
50 hectares and if possible the least occupied site.
He also assured that the city will complete the consultations with residents and will address the claims as long as
these are legitimate.
At present, the relocation survey of the 50 hectares has been completed and the city is now evaluating three options
for road constructions for easy access to the site.
The City Solid Waste Management Board (CSWMB) is also finalizing the terms of reference (TOR) for a design-andbuild scheme for the construction of an ESL.
The final draft of the TOR has been submitted last Dec. 18 and approved for review by the mayor as chair of the
CSWMB.
Meanwhile, the feasibility study on the ISWMS is still being conducted by the technical working group co-chaired by
city planning and development officer Evelyn Cayat and general services officer Romeo Concio.
The city is fast-tracking the implementation of the project to achieve its target to stop hauling out wastes to
Pangasinan and Tarlac the soonest possible time.
The city hauls out 127 tons out of the 360-ton waste output of the city daily requiring a hefty sum of more or less
P100 million a year. A Refuerzo

COA: Trash nonsegregation costs


Baguio City over P34M
Hauling expenses could have been spent instead on social services if businesses
complied with the law, auditors say
Rappler.com
Published 9:54 PM, May 23, 2014
Updated 9:54 PM, May 23, 2014

MANILA, Philippines Not segregating trash can be costly.

In the case of Baguio City, garbage hauling expenses in 2013 amounted to P68.9
million because businesses did not segregate solid waste, as required by
Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act.
In an audit report released Tuesday, May 20, the Commission on Audit said, The
Chief of the Solid Waste Management Division stated that the minimal
compliance was due to the refusal of waste generators to conform to the waste
segregation which is evident at the Central Business Districts and the Market
Area where the compliance is at 0 percent.
Auditors said about half of the hauling expenses could have been spent instead
on social services if businesses had complied with the law.
While the city government built 3 materials recovery facilities (MRFs) where
recyclables can be separated from residual, only one is operational.
Early this month, city officials said Baguio City generates around 120 tons of
garbage daily.
As early as 2007, the city government passed City Ordinance No. 26 to
discourage the use of plastic bags and other non-biodegradable packaging
materials.
Penalties recommended for violators were quite severe: P1,000 for the first
offense, P2,500 for the second, and P5,000 and suspension of business permits
for 3 months for the third offense. A habitual offender was supposed to be
closed down, its business license also cancelled.
City officials however admitted there was no strict implementation of the
ordinance and business establishments continued using styro-packs and plastic
bags.
The COA said private junk shops collected an estimated 78% of recyclables,
making a profit from trash. Rappler.com

Concio assures 2014 waste plan to ease hauling burden but


council still in doubt
Saturday, 15 February 2014 09:13 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY General services officer Romeo Concio on Monday assured the city council that the waste
management programs lined up in the proposed 2014 budget will wean the city from the necessity of hauling out its
wastes and the resulting financial requirements but the aldermen need more convincing.
Concio, who was defending his office's proposed budget during the city council session, made the assurance when
asked by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda on what direction the waste program is headed this year.
"If the funds for all the projects identified in the budget will be approved, we can purchase the lot we need and
develop the same for the construction of an engineered sanitary landfill which will take about three to- four months
with provisions for water treatment facility. By December, we no longer have to haul our wastes to Urdaneta," he said.
Concio said they have pinpointed a lot for the purpose which has satisfied the geo-hazard requirements of the Dept.
of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) but they are still accepting proposals from other parties to select the
most suitable lot for its Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS).
He said the social acceptability requirement is currently being facilitated by the lot owner as the city made it as a
requirement for the lot proponents to work out its acceptance by the policy-making body of the local government unit
where the lot is situated.
City council members however remain in doubt if this projection can be fulfilled as easily.
Councilor Peter Fianza presented detailed figures on the city's expenses on solid waste expenses to drive home his
observations that by pursuing the ISWMS, the city is diverting from its 10-year Ecological Solid Waste Management
Plan.
Fianza noted that the city spent roughly P200 million a year for waste management for the past two years with a bulk
being spent on the operation of the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines where no income was
generated as per the 2013 report. He said the direction this year remained unclear.
Vice Mayor Daniel Farinas said Concio's assurance was "very risky" recalling the promises made in 2011 when the
body approved the purchase of the ERS machines which he said were not delivered.
With these points raised, the body deferred approval of the GSO budget and directed Concio to submit a
comprehensive plan on waste management including the budget for this year.
Concio was also asked to ensure that the social acceptability aspect will involve the province covering the area where
the ESL lot is located as suggested by Councilor Richard Carino to ensure reception of the project even in the event
of a change in the leadership.
As to the ESL fertilizer buy-back deal, Concio assured that they will work it out with the Pro Tech Machinery
Corporation (Pro Tech) with the body's information that there is no more need for additional legislative action to
pursue the deal.
Concio said the fertilizer stock is currently at 3,100 tons with around 72 tons used by the CEPMO for the parks and
given away to requesting schools and barangays.

The body also agreed to explore an old offer to rehabilitate the Irisan dumpsite for free to save the budget being
proposed for this project.
Some councilors also pointed out the requirement for the body to first confirm the projects before their implementation
which they said has not been properly done by the executive department.

Council to review Cojuanco's TPLEX re-routing plan


Friday, 27 February 2015 20:30 |

Written by Jho Arranz

BAGUIO CITY - The city council will further study and review the documents presented by former 5th District of
Pangasinan Representative Mark Cojuanco during the Monday's city council session in order to weigh the
advantages and disadvantages of the proposed re-alignment to the original plan of Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union
Expressway .
Cojuanco stressed that his proposal to re-align the last phase of TPLEX will help ease traffic congestion along
Kennon Road and Marcos Highway and at the same time reduce traffic jam situations in Rosario, La Union.
He pointed out the reason for their objection to the original plan of the Department of Public Works and Highways is
because a large number of private properties will be affected most especially that of indigenous people.
"Private properties will be compromised in the said project and there was no any public hearing conducted to take
into consideration the interest of the local community of Sison, Pangasinan. That, being the case, there will be a big
possibility to get an injunction and that would serve no one, the project will be delayed and we will lose," added
Cojuanco.
He further explained the re-alignment may be far-away compared to the original plan, but it will mean saving more
time, gasoline and toll fee for those going to the Cordilleras.
Cojuanco revealed that the re-routing of TPLEX can one way or another help address the problems in solid waste
since there is a land which can be accessed by different cities and municipalities to be used as an engineered
sanitary landfill.
The city council is expected to further study and review to come up with a resolution regarding the TPLEX.
Cojuanco hopes that the council will support his proposal with the same support he got from mayor Mauricio
Domogan. *Jho Arranz

Council wants solid waste plan presented


Saturday, 11 April 2015 12:58 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY City councilors on Monday reiterated their request to have the Integrated Solid Waste Management
Plan (ISWMP) presented to them to serve as basis of all actions they will make relative to solid waste concerns.

This came on the heels of their discussion on the proposed terms of reference for the development of the city's
engineered sanitary landfill with the members of the City Solid Waste Management Board.
The aldermen noted that some of the terms were not clear while other provisions were questionable particularly on
the proposed cost and life span of the ESL.
Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda said they must first have a full understanding of the entire ISWMP to be properly
guided on its proposed components like the ESL.
They scheduled the presentation in their session on April 20 but asked that documents be submitted before April 16
for their study.
Mayor Mauricio Domogan submitted the TOR for the council's approval after the same was approved by the CSWMB.
The TOR provides for a design and build scheme for the construction of a two-hectare ESL that can accommodate
150,000 tons of compacted solid wastes with a life span of 2.5 years. The proposed contract price was P80 million.
The construction of an ESL is one of the strategies of the ISWMS to address the city's waste problem which consists
of other strategies intended for long-term management of the city's wastes among which a waste-to-energy
technology, a central material recovery facility, anaerobic digester and health care waste treatment facility and the
Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines.
The city is eyeing its 130-hectare property reserved for the public need at Mt. Sto. Tomas to house the ISWMS which
is now the subject of a feasibility study. A Refuerzo

DENR: Change mindset on


solid wastes to reduce
garbage
Monday, April 06, 2015

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- A change in outlook and habits in handling household wastes will
help significantly in reducing wastes.
According to Joyce Ann Almoite-Mangsat, Department of Environment and Natural
Resources-Environmental Management Bureau Cordillera Regional Solid Waste
coordinator, the major source of wastes comes from the household and the remaining
wastes from other institutions where people are transients.
There has to be a change in behavior to achieve waste reduction at home, Mangsat
stressed adding proper waste segregation is a matter of attitude or change in mindset.

Mangsat spoke before students of Benguet State University National Service Training
Program in a Kalikasan Camp, March 28-29, at the BSU Integrated Highland Farm Systems
Agriculture Training Center in Longlong, Puguis.
She explained the Ecological Solid Waste Management law or Republic Act 9003, requires
segregation of seven types of wastes such as biodegradable which comprise half of the
total household wastes and the other half as non-biodegradable categorized into plastics,
paper, glass, metal, residual and special wastes.
Sharing her experiences, food waste could be used as pet or animal feeds while kitchen,
yard and animal wastes can be developed as compost for soil conditioner. If this is done,
half of the total wastes will be reduced at the household level, she said.
The setting up of mini- material recovery facility (MRF) at home temporarily serves as
storage for non-biodegradable materials said Mangsat. If accumulated, they could be sold
to recycling centers. Plastic and styro wastes are sold from P0.50 to P1 per kilogram.
Aside from selling the collected recyclable materials, these could be re-used as containers,
organizers or materials for arts craft.
The benefits of recycling in preserving and conserving the environment should be looked
into other than the financial benefits, Mangsat said.
According to the waste analysis and characterization study (WACS) of the Asian
Development Bank, wastes generated per capita per day is one person generates .25 to .50
kilogram wastes.
As per 2006 WACS In La Trinidad, a person generates an average of 0.47 kg.
Whatever status in life is, each person generates wastes at the time of waking up until
sleeping time, she said.
Mangsat challenged the BSU students to help in advocating solid waste management at the
household level in their outreach programs as their office cannot do this alone adding that
they could only be effective advocates if they truly practice segregation.
"You just have to believe in yourself that you can do it and manage your garbage properly
and you will make a difference, she said. (Susan Aro)

FINALLY! Initial works for Baguio's solid waste system


complete - mayor
By: Philippines News Agency
June 24, 2014 8:00 AM

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5
BAGUIO CITY -- Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday said the city's
Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) is in progress and the city
government is bent on operating it.
In an interview, the mayor said initial stages of public consultation have been
conducted to know the sentiments of residents who will be affected by the project.
The city is looking at two possible locations, the city-owned lot at Mt. Sto. Tomas and
a private property in Sablan, Benguet.
Domogan assured the public that before the project starts, the city will comply with all
environmental laws and procedures that the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) requires.
The city will secure the Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and all
environmental requirements and work under the conditions the DENR will
recommend, he said.
The planned ISWMS is not an open dumping system practiced at the Irisan Dumpsite
for years.

In 2009, the Baguio City council has confirmed the Mt. Sto. Tomas property as the
site for the citys Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL) Facility.
But the city looked for other options to comply with Republic Act (RA) 9003.
In 2011, the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) was acquired to manage biodegradable waste and converting it to organic fertilizer.
The closure of the Irisan dumpsite in July 15, 2008 and the eventual hauling-out of
waste caused the city huge amounts, Domogan said.
Domogan said the barangays still need to boost cooperation in the segregation process
and to adhere to the garbage pick-up schedule being implemented by the city.
The city generates 366 tons of solid waste per day, 122 tons are being hauled out, 30
tons are processed by the ERS, and 214 tons are classified as recyclables and taken by
waste pickers.
With the ISWMS, practically all waste will be processed either by the Central
Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), the Waste-to-Energy facility, the Anaerobic
Digester, and the ERS.
A separate Health Care Waste Treatment Plant will also be set up to process waste
coming from the citys hospitals and health centers.

Garbage czar asked to present solid waste plan


Friday, 12 September 2014 15:53 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY The city council will request General services officer Romeo Concio to present the Integrated Solid
Waste Management Plan proposed to be established at Mt. Sto. Tomas or in any other site that may be identified in
the future.
"Recent developments indicate that a possible area has been identified at Mt. Sto. Tomas, Baguio City as a feasible
site for the putting up of a comprehensive solid waste facility which would utilize advanced technologies and other
components," the body noted in its approved resolution authored by Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda.
"However, there is a growing public confusion regarding its impact on the health of the residents and the safety of
their lives and properties because of their perception that what will be established will be similar to the Irisan
dumpsite. Because of these confusion and misconceptions, several groups and affiliations have demonstrated their
opposition to its establishment."

"The people have the right to know the facts, what is going to be established and its possible effects to the people
and the host community," the body said.
The city is eyeing its 130-hectare property reserved for the public need at Mt. Sto. Tomas to house its ISWMS.
The city's ISWMS consists of several waste management strategies intended for long-term management of the city's
wastes among which a waste-to-energy technology, a central material recovery facility, anaerobic digester and health
care waste treatment facility and an engineered sanitary landfill if needed and the Environmental Recycling System
(ERS) machines.
The city is fast-tracking its implementation of the project to achieve its target to stop hauling out wastes to
Pangasinan and Tarlac the soonest possible time.
The mayor said the city intends to use only 50 hectares and is presently conducting a relocation survey in the area
along with consultations with residents who will be affected.
The mayor said the city will address the claims as long as these are legitimate and supported by legal documents.
The city hauls out 127 tons out of the 360-ton waste output of the city daily requiring a hefty budget of more or less
P100 million in a year. A Refuerzo

Integrated solid waste


disposal facility to solve
citys garbage woes
CITY by Dexter See January 16, 2015

BAGUIO CITY The realization of the integrated solid waste disposal facility
in barangay Sto. Tomas Apugan here will put an end to the garbage disposal
problem of the city government that will save hundreds of millions of pesos in
public funds from being used to haul out the citys solid waste to the
engineered sanitary landfill in the lowlands, Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan said
here.
He said the city will initially fence off the 135-hectare property that was
previously identified for city needs using a P5 million budget last year and an

additional P20 million from this years budget to prevent informal settlers from
encroaching into the metes and bounds of the city property.
The city mayor added now that the survey of the area has been completed,
the city general services office was tasked to pinpoint the 50-hectare area
where the citys engineered sanitary landfill, waste-to-energy facility and
existing Environmental Recycling System (ERS) machines will be set up with
clear instructions to exclude parts that are already inhabited in order to prevent
more conflicts in the future.
It will be easier for the city government to push through with the project
because the property is owned by the local government. Further, the city will
have greater control of the situation because it is owned by the local
government, Domogan stressed.
He warned local residents in the area not to be carried away by members of
militant organizations who came all the way from Quirino province, Luisita in
Tarlac among others just to brain wash them into opposing the project to suit
their own personal and political interests.
Once the integrated solid waste disposal facility will be established, he
explained the city government will spending over P100 million in public funds
which is currently being used for the hauling out of the citys solid waste to
Pangasinan and Tarlac, thus, the savings would be used to fund the
implementation of barangay-based priority projects that will improve the living
condition of the people and improve the state of infrastructure in the citys 128
barangays.
According to him, the citys technical team are now studying where to locate
the road whether it will be situated in Camp 7 area or in the Sto. Tomas
Apugan are depending on which site will entail cheaper expenses for the city
government.

In relation to the residents who will be displaced with the put up of the facility,
Domogan explained that the city will continue to consult and dialogue with
them to find ways on how to spare them from whatever damages that they will
suffer once the project will push through.
If the affected residents possess the necessary documents to show proof of
their ownership of the lands that they occupy, then it is but proper for the city
to give due compensation and recognition to such claims, but if they do not
have any document to show proof of ownership, then they have no right to
obstruct the citys project, he said.
What is important, Domogan emphasized, is that the city government had
been honest with the affected residents and that local officials do not intend to
cheat them in whatever way because the city had always been transparent
about the implementation of the project that would eventually solve the
garbage disposal problem of the city.
Domogan appealed for continuous consultations among the affected
stakeholders in order to achieve a lasting solution to the garbage problem.

Mayor assures no open waste in esl site


Friday, 24 October 2014 15:28 |

Written by paul rillorta

BAGUIO CITY the fifty hectare area within the one hundred thirty nine hectare city property in Santo Tomas eyed to
house the city's first Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) has been identified.
This was revealed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan during the Weekly Ugnayan Presser Wednesday where the city is
now undertaking to take the planning stage.
Domogan said, "the 50-hectare area is free from congestion and a single house is within its vicinity."
The city is planning to develop the ISWMS incorporating modern technology to address waste concerns.
The ISWMS will be patterned with the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) of Hesperia City, California which city
officials visited this year.
The technology incorporates waste recovery thru segregation, recycling and conversion to electricity.

It can be recalled that the Santo Tomas area has been approved as the site for a sanitary landfill for the city way back
in 2009 by City Resolution Number 78.
The area was part of five possible sites for an engineered sanitary landfill evaluated and recommended by a
monitoring committee.
Domogan however stressed, "there would be no open dumping of waste at the site as it in contrary to Republic Act
9003 or the Solid Waste management Act."
"We have to change our perception of waste disposal, there are more advanced, environmentally friendly and cleaner
ways to address our garbage," he said.
Domogan said, "the waste facility will have the capability of separating biodegradable from non-biodegradable waste,
recyclables, wet and dry and other forms of wastes."
A separate technology will also be added to address hospital wastes.
The city government and local barangay officials in the community has agreed to open the lines of communication
and conduct series of consultations especially in areas which may be affected by the project.
Modern technologies being eyed as component of the solid waste facility are a central materials recovery facility
(MRF); environmental recycling system (ERS) facility; engineered sanitary landfill (ESL); waste to energy (WTE); and
health care waste treatment plant (HCWTP).
Presently, an evaluation will be conducted by a composite team to know how much would be the cost of site
development including the widening and concreting of its road network and if there are other locations which can be
developed with lower costs. ***paul rillorta

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MAYOR DEFENDS BUDGET ALLOCATION FOR SOLID WASTE


By:
Aileen Refuerzo
Posted: 21-Dec-2013 / 1 year 16 weeks ago

BAGUIO CITY Mayor Mauricio Domogan on Monday said solid waste management
programs were given the bulk of the development fund in the citys proposed 2014 budget
because of these projects merit prioritization to enable the city to advance in its bid for a
permanent solution to its waste woes.
We gave our solid waste program priority because it is the immediate need of our
city. It is high time to finish the programs for a permanent solution to our solid waste problem
in the coming year so we can stop hauling and save on costs, the mayor said.
Solid waste management programs comprise 73.58 percent of the 20 percent
development fund amounting to P107,914,000 allocated for this years Annual Investment Plan
(AIP) . The development fund represents 7.73 percent of the citys proposed budget amounting

to P1,395,822,000.
The programs listed as major development projects under the AIP are the purchase and
development of an Integrated Solid Waste Disposal site amounting to P40 million, construction
of two materials recovery facility buildings costing P10 million and the post-closure
rehabilitation of Irisan dumpsite (first phase) with a total cost of P8,804,000.
During the budget deliberation last Monday, Councilor Faustino Olowan questioned the
allocation of a big amount for the ISWD site and suggested that the city start with just the
purchase of the lot so the city can allocate more fund for its other projects.
But general services officer Romeo Concio said it will be useless if the city will not develop and
utilize the lot for its intended purpose of developing an engineered sanitary landfill which would
enable the city to stop hauling its wastes.
The city at present is working on the acquisition of a 22-hectare lot in one of its neighboring
towns in Benguet as site of its ISWD system.
Domogan said several assessments and studies have to be undertaken to qualify the site for the
citys ISWMS including a geological assessment by the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau of the
Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources Cordillera (MGB-DENR-CAR) DENR and the
National Solid Waste Management Council (NSWMC) to determine its safety and suitability for
the purpose.
The mayor said they have a valid reason for not disclosing the exact location of the place so as
not to preempt the outcome of the negotiations. A Refuerzo

Mayor embarks on 3-year plan to operationalize citys new


waste system
Saturday, 18 January 2014 08:02 |

Written by paul rillorta

BAGUIO CITY Mayor Mauricio Domogan this week called on residents here to be part of solid waste management
efforts the current administration is enforcing to address solid waste woes.
Domogan revealed the current rate of wastes produced per day already reaches 366 tons with an average daily
collection of 194 tons.
30 tons comprising bio-degradable waste is diverted through the operation of the Environmental Recycling system
(ERS), 214 tons comprise recyclables while the remaining residual waste which covers at least 122 tons is hauledout.

"We really have to strengthen our waste segregation and volume reduction at source to effectively address waste
management,"
Domogan said stressing the role of barangay officials in effectively disseminating to its constituents proper waste
handling.
In this light, the city has embarked on a 3-year solid waste management plan banking on the eventual establishment
of an Integrated Solid Waste Management System (ISWMS) that is targeted to be operational by 2014.
Domogan said, "the integrated system will aggressively decrease the expenses of the city in dealing with its waste
and would eventually stop the hauling of residual waste out of the city."
The mayor said the purchase of the lot where the ISWMS is still being worked-out and would still undergo initial site
development.
Additional MRF's in every barangay is also being eyed to increase waste diversion and the purchase of additional
waste collection vehicles and equipments.
The concept of the new system is envisioned to reduce the volume and toxicity of solid waste by utilizing
environmentally-friendly practices and 6 major components.
Domogan said," the system would incorporate a Central Materials Recovery Facility, the Environmental Recycling
System (ERS), Anaerobic Digester (AD), Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL), Health Care Waste Treatment Plant
(HCWTP) and Waste-to-Energy (WTE)."
"Going forward with this system is really a challenge, we know that it would be a difficult process but we have to start
it now," he said.
Domogan added, "while the city is negotiating with proponents of the other components of the system, the ESL will
serve as a temporary disposal facility and bio-degradable waste will still be processed by the ERS."
Part of the plan also incorporates the deputization of Solid Waste Management Enforcers (SWME) which will come
from the barangays primarily tasked in monitoring solid waste management programs of the community and enforce
the Solid Waste Management Act.
An incentive program will also be in place to encourage participation and cooperation of stakeholders who will
significantly contribute to solid waste management efforts in the form of monetary rewards, certificate of recognition
or both.
Currently, the city is implementing a two-truck collection system for biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes
enforcing a mandatory waste segregation at source.
A vacant lot situated at Lamtang, La Trinidad, Benguet is being used as a temporary staging area while a private
hauler is in stand-by to immediately load and haul-out residual waste for disposal to Urdaneta ESL.
Collection is once a week for residential barangays, once a day for commercial and institutional areas and twice a
day for market and nearby growth centers.

Mayor sees new waste system to service city for years


Friday, 18 July 2014 15:48 |

Written by paul rillorta

BAGUIO CITY Mayor Mauricio Domogan is still optimistic that the Integrated Solid Waste Management System
(ISWMS) being prioritized by the city government will see initial implementation before the end of this year.
Domogan said, "the integrated system will aggressively decrease the expenses being incurred by the city in dealing
with its residual waste and would eventually stop its hauling once the system is put in place."
The mayor said the site for the ISWMS is currently undergoing initial stages of inspection and public consultation in
order that everything will go smoothly.
Currently, the rate of wastes generated in the city daily reaches 366 tons with an average daily collection of 194 tons.
30 tons comprising bio-degradable waste is diverted through the operation of the Environmental Recycling system
(ERS) purchased by the city government in 2011 to address bio-degradable wastes.
214 tons comprise recyclables wastes being picked-up by waste pickers while the remaining residual wastes which
covers at least 122 tons is hauled-out in the Urdaneta Landfill.
Domogan said, "strengthening waste segregation efforts will contribute greatly in waste volume reduction and will
effectively help the city government cut on hauling expenses."
"The role of barangays in effectively disseminating proper waste handling and segregation at source is helping the
city save on expenses by decreasing residual wastes collected daily, he said.
The city has also embarked on a 3-year solid waste management plan banking on the eventual establishment of the
ISWMS which is being pushed to be operational this year.
Domogan said, "the city government is making sure that the design and operation of the facility will conform to the
standards and criteria set by Republic Act No. 9003 or the Solid Waste Management Act and other pertinent laws."
"We assure our constituents that before the establishment of the facility, everything will be put in place including the
needed environmental clearances that would be required, he said.
Domogan stressed the establishment of the new waste facility will be sustainable and environmentally safe and could
service the city for years.
Meantime, the city is set to purchase two compactors to augment the existing garbage trucks which are currently
servicing the city.
Currently, the city is implementing a two-truck collection system for biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes
enforcing a mandatory waste segregation at source.
Collection is once a week for residential barangays, once a day for commercial and institutional areas and twice a
day for market and nearby growth centers. ***paul rillorta

MRF revived to boost waste management efforts


Friday, 26 September 2014 16:21 |

Written by paul rillorta

BAGUIO CITY the City Government thru Mayor Mauricio Domogan, the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources, Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB-CAR) thru Regional Director Oscar Cabanayan and
four barangays signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the full operation of the Materials Recovery Facility
(MRF) in barangay Lualhati here.
The MRF which was funded by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo amounting to 8 million pesos has been
constructed way back in 2011.
This time, on concerted efforts by four clustered barangays Lualhati represented by PB Norma Bustarde, Mines View
represented by PB Bonifacio Doques, Pacdal represented by PB Roberto Medina and Gibraltar represented by PB
Edward Aclopen with the close supervision of City General Services Officer Romeo Concio hopes of revenue
generation by this MRF's will be achieved.
The clustered barangays role as stated in the MOA includes, encouraging community participation in the operation of
the MRF, implement information dissemination campaign, facilitate the integration of solid waste management
concerns in the barangay development plan, implantation of barangay ordinances regarding solid waste
management, assist and direct the operation of the cluster MRF among others.
The DENR-EMB will provide technical assistance and direction in the operation of the MRF, conduct IEC activities
and provide management skills, assist the barangay councils in integrating the MRF concern in the community and is
automatically part of the MRF Advisory Committee.
The city government will also provide technical direction in integrating the city's solid waste management program to
the cluster MRF and is also part of the MRF Advisory Committee.
The Cluster MRF is seen as a revenue generator for the cluster barangays and will drastically help reduce the volume
of garbage being hauled to an Engineered Sanitary Landfill (ESL) outside the city.
It can be recalled that there are 3 existing MRF's in the city servicing 12 barangays and plans to construct 17
additional MRF's were also considered to boosts segregation and waste management in the barangays.
Domogan challenged the clustered barangays to work together to inform their constituents to bring their recyclable
waste in the cluster MRF and help in segregation efforts being implemented by the city.
Domogan also appealed anew for cooperation in waste management to ensure that cleanliness in the city is
sustained. ***paul rillorta

PRO TECH DIRECT WASTE COLLECTION EXTENDED UNTIL


JANUARY 15
By:
Aileen Refuerzo
Posted: 04-Nov-2011 / 3 years 23 weeks ago

BAGUIO CITY Pro Tech Machinery Corporation (Pro


Tech) will continue the direct collection of non-biodegradable
wastes from the pick-up points in the barangays after Mayor
Mauricio extended the authority granted to the waste company
until January 15.
The mayor said the direct collection scheme which ran on

experimental basis last month helped improve the waste collection


efficiency of the city.
It also helped lessen the use of the Irisan dumpsite as a transfer
station for nonbiodegradable wastes.
It is the direction of the City Government to discontinue utilizing
the (dumpsite) as sorting and transfer area (and) the city
government is earnestly trying to locate a possible permanent
transfer station for the biodegradable wastes, the mayor noted in
Administrative Order No. 146.
He said the city needs all the help it can get in improving the
waste management system and Pro Techs direct collection
agreement which is free of charge is a welcome move.
Meanwhile, the mayor asked residents to be prepared for the
implementation of the mandatory collection of garbage fees in the
barangay through a barangay-based collection system.
The mayor said the census of households and computation of
present and back fees are now underway so the collection will
start anytime soon. Concerned barangay officials have also
undergone the necessary training to undertake the collection.
The mayor said the barangay-based collection system will
streamline the collection process to make it more efficient with the
end in view of helping the barangays generate resources to support
their own waste management programs.
The collection will be based on guidelines pursuant to the
provisions of the citys tax ordinance.
As per the guidelines, barangays will be empowered to
collect garbage fees from households availing of the solid waste
management service on a monthly basis.
The collected fees will be subject to a sharing scheme
between the city and the barangays at 70-30 percent. Incentives
will also be given to barangays with high collection levels.
Proceeds can be used by the barangays in their waste management
programs and other related projects.
A household refers to a core family that includes parents,
minor and unmarried children and limited extension to househelp

and grandparents Doubled up households include married


children living with their parents, married brothers/sisters and
boarders living with the landlord. Each married child, brother or
sister will be treated and charged as separate households. Every
four boarders shall be considered a household and also to be
charged separately, according to the guidelines.
The billing dates will be during the first ten days of each
month subject to discounts for early payers.
Barangays will also be required to monitor the compliance
to the citys non-segregation-no-collection policy, indiscriminate
dumping and anti-littering laws with the following penalty;
warning for first offense; P500 for second offense and P1,000 for
third offense. A Refuerzo

Waste board asked to look into increase in volume of garbage


Friday, 25 July 2014 16:37 |

Written by A Refuerzo

BAGUIO CITY The city council on Monday tasked the City Solid Waste Management Board (CSWMB) to look into
the alarming increase in the volume of city wastes being hauled out to the landfill facility in Urdaneta City.
The body approved the resolution proposed by Councilor Peter Fianza who said the board should check and
investigate the drastic hike in the volume of wastes from a daily average of 127 tons in 2013 to 155 tons during the
first half of the current year representing an increase of 22 percent.
City general services officer Romeo Concio said he will check on the accuracy of the reported amount of increase
albeit he affirmed that the city normally experiences a significant rise in the volume of wastes usually at 15 percent
during peak tourist months, opening of classes and the rainy season.
He said this is caused by the slackening of collection operations for recyclable wastes due to the rainy season and
the added weight of the wet refuse.
Fianza said the increase was deduced from the record of payment of hauling services to Urdaneta waste facility for
the period January 1 to June 30 this year amounting to P24,318,986.35.
"Unless remedial measures are immediately instituted, the city may have to supplement the budget allocation for the
current year for hauling services of garbage that will include tipping fees with an additional amount of P20,000,000,"
Fianza noted.
He said it should be "encouraging to interpret that the payment of hauling services for the month of December 2013
with a low of 100 tons per day will suggest possible and attainable increase of waste diversion targets as mandated
under section 20 of Republic Act 9003."

He said the solid waste board should be on hand to look into this being tasked to monitor and oversee the
implementation of the city's solid waste management plan and to adopt measures to promote and ensure the viability
and implementation of waste programs in the component barangays.