Province-wide Zero Waste Campaign

“It is high time for human beings to take the right action towards saving the earth.” This was how Gov. Padilla ended her talk where she shared why and how they implemented a province-wide zero waste campaign. With the aims to maximally increase the capacity of all the 275 target barangays in the 15 municipalities of Nueva Vizcaya and to enable Nueva Vizcaya to be the first province to attain compliance to RA 9003 by diverting solid waste from dumpsites and/or landfills, they started conceptualizing and planning their Zero Waste Program in partnership with all the LGUs and For the Love of Mother Earth Inc. Their strategies included motivational and technical trainings, prolonged and continuous assistance to the barangays, coupled with monitoring and evaluation schemes.

The implementation started with an assessment and green audit where they conducted profiling, baseline data survey and waste assessment and characterization. Trainings on Ecological Solid Waste Management were held in the barangays and in

schools. Ordinances were then developed followed by intensive information and education campaigns (IEC). Materials Recovery and Vermicomposting Facilities were also constructed and enforcement support for the barangay and monitoring scheme were put in place.

The accomplishment report as of December 2015, after its second phase, shows that a total of 190 barangays and 20 schools were already covered by the program. One hundred thirty six (136) barangays and 20 school MRFs, and 76 vermi-composting facilities have been constructed and were fully functioning. Organic gardening which uses the biofertilizer produced from the VRF is being practiced and a livelihood development program for the waste processors has been established. Several creative activities like Earth Day Fair, Search for Model Barangay, Best MRF contest and others were also held to further promote the program.

You must be logged in to view this content. Free Virtual Library Registration Here

Leave a Reply