On Earth Day, Davao City cites pro-environment feats
Talk of being one of Asia’s most livable cities. . . .
DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) — The city government here announced it has
scored in environmental protection and conservation citing feats such as
pro-environment legislation and a solid waste management program that managed
to cut waste disposal by more than half, officials said.
Engr. Jocelyn Espina, City Environment and Natural Resources Office chief,
said the city is in control of its waste management system and cited other
achievements during the city government’s “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa” (From
the masses, for the masses”) television program Sunday.
Espina said the city is complying with Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological
Solid Waste Management Act.In May last year, the city government launched a P200-million modern garbage
disposal system where segregation was mandated from the household level.
The city government has boasted that it is the leading implementer of the
solid management act.
Espina cited the city’s performance in complying with Sec. 20 of the law
requiring at least 25 percent reduction or diversion of solid waste from the
dumpsite to reuse, recycling and composting activities.
Apart from segregation using separate plastic bins for biodegradable and
non-biodegradable materials, the system also calls for the collection of
garbage using 10 state of the art hydraulic compactor trucks.
Espina said the city has at least 20,250 garbage bins and are planning to buy
9,000 more to accommodate the city’s 700-750 tons of solid waste everyday.
She said the city managed to divert 56 percent of its solid waste from
She said they have also required industries and plantations to
manage their own waste disposal system with their “Basura mo, pananagutan mo”
(Your trash is your responsibility) campaign.
Espina said they were able to cut operational expenses in garbage collection
by maximizing the load of the trucks and careful monitoring.
She said from 85 trips a day they were able to cut it down to 70 trips per
day, 40 of the trips run by private trucks.
From its pilot area in GSIS Heights last year, garbage segregation and
collection now runs in 96 of the city’s 182 barangays. She said they have
recommended on-site disposal in the rest of the barangays because they are remote.
Espina announced they have already started this week building the P268 million
sanitary landfill of the city in New Carmen, Tugbok, south of Davao City. The
landfill will be built on a five-hectare property in the next 18 months.
Espina also discussed the waste exchange program, a strategy initiated with
the city’s industrial plantations, to swap useful waste among industry
players. She said they had been running the program since three years ago.
She cited carbon waste that can be used in composting, an alternative for
She did not cite figures but said tons of wastes had been reduced using the
She also cited the “Balik Pabrika” program an effort of the city for recycling
of non-biodegradable solid wastes like bottles, plastics and others in 178
junkshops around the city. She said they link the sources of the materials to
She said the system works with the implementation of materials recovery
facility in each barangay or cluster of barangay and in every plantation or
institution like schools.
She cited Davao’s composting facility which produces five to six tons daily.
She said the city government has used the output for the fertilizer needs of
the city’s center islands, parks and playgrounds.
She said the city has propagated farm-based composting systems among local
partners helping farmers earn more and reduce cost and also environment friendly.
Espina said along with the city’s compliance to the solid waste management
law, it has also continued its other environmental and natural resources
THe city government has recently passed an ordinance banning aerial spraying
of chemicals over plantations. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)