The Municipality of Miagao is this time a Hall of Fame Awardee as Outstanding Local Government Unit on Ecological Solid Waste Management (SWM) Program (Municipal Level.
The Plaque of Recognition and cash prize was received by Mayor Macario N. Napulan in a ceremony relative with the celebration of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Awareness Week held at the Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center on December 15, 2013.
The forerunners of the LGU program on solid waste management are Ms. T. Arlene Nufuar of the General Services Office and Mr. Isidro Mosura of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office. According to Mr. Mosura, it was an intensive evaluation.
This time, Mr. Mosura said the provincial evaluation team from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office conducted only series of announced visits to the public market, Municipal Recovery Facility (MRF), public buildings, parks and plazas and street canals, and at the municipal eco-park in Brgy. Tugura-ao. They also conducted random house check on whether or not solid waste management program had indeed reached the household level.
The evaluators looked into the segregation and collection facilities, MRF for biodegradable wastes, MRF for recyclable wastes, 10-year Plan, incentives and penalties, waste reduction program and rehabilitation of waterways and drainage, livelihood created and financial returns, pollution control programs initiated, health and sanitation practices, and greening initiated programs
Among the best practices presented to the evaluators during were: use of garbage ticker, No segregation, No Pick-up Policy, established and functional of the Solid Waste Management Board, organized and functional Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee (barangay level), enacted Municipal Environment Code and the active public-private partnership in the implementation of solid waste management programs.
For his part, Mayor Napulan acknowledges the efforts of all sectors involved in this endeavor. Solid waste management is among the top priority concerns of Mayor Napulan’s administration as he aggressively campaigns on zero waste by the end of his term.
Relatively, the local government has successfully launched the Miagao Action on Cleanliness (MAC) program, a school base solid waste management program which aims to draw out participation of schools and its pupils embarking on the rationale that the best time to raise the social awareness on solid waste management among the populace is when they are still young.