PGMA intensifies zero Basura campaign in Baguio

August 28, 2009 10:32 am 

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 28 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo intensified the zero Basura campaign here by ordering all government agencies to allocate space within their areas of jurisdiction for the establishment of material recovery facilities (MRF) in the city.

The President issued the directive to heads of all concerned agencies Friday afternoon during the climate change and waste disposal management briefing at the Mansion House.

The drive is part of the government’s efforts to resolve the garbage problem in the city.

In her brief remarks, the President assured Baguio City Mayor Reinaldo Bautista that upon her instruction, all government agencies based in the city will conduct an immediate inventory to pinpoint the exact location for the MRFs.

“If your problem is your space (for MRF), we can have an inventory of all national government properties located in different barangays and we will locate your MRF there,” the President said.

The President then offered a parcel of lot at the Mansion House for the construction of an MRF for Barangay Luwalhati here.

She also mentioned the spacious property of Camp John Hay, the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, among others.

The President also committed P13 million as the national government’s share for the establishment of MRF in 128 barangays in the city. Of the P21.5 million total budget for the 116 MRF in Baguio City, the city government will only share P8 million.

Since December last year, the President has declared that every Friday is climate change day for the Office of the President. She has devoted her time to visiting different regions, cities and municipalities in the country to discuss environmental issues and look into possible solution at the local level.

The practice is in accordance with Executive Order that created the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change, which she chairs. Under the task force are 17 task groups, particularly the DENR which in-charge of solid waste management.

Climate change is the direct effect of global warming. It refers to any long-term change in the patterns of average weather of a specific region or the Earth as a whole. (PNA)

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