Benguet learns from Balanga’s eco best practices


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CITY OF BALANGA, Bataan, May 4 (PIA) — Around 100 delegates from Itogon, Benguet visited this city yesterday to learn from the solid waste management programs of an “award-winning local government unit.” 

Balanga City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III welcomed the Lakbay Aral participants in Balanga Elementary School and discussed the current advances of the city in terms of infrastructure and environmental development. 

“This Lakbay Aral is a sharing of the best practices and the best ways in developing a community. We shared our vision of a university town to them,” said Garcia. 

According to Itogon municipal administrator Peter Guibac, their visit to Balanga is a part of improving their human development practices. The delegates also learned of the rich history of Mt. Samat. 

Guibac said they have been visiting municipalities which were awarded for their programs on environmental protection. 

“We are visiting award-winning local government units. Balanga is known to our province for its plans and strategies. We learned the value of love and commitment for education,” said Guibac. 

The Department of Health had awarded various citations to Balanga City and its barangays, including the Red Orchid Award in 2011 for a 100 percent tobacco-free environment, Most Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocate in 2009, and the National Search for Barangay with Best Sanitation Practices also in 2009. 

Annie Tuazon, consultant on solid waste management of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office, briefed the visitors on the ecological strategies that included the “Junk Shop ng Bayan” program. 

The program, she said, engages all schools in the city which were given passbooks that will serve as their account in collecting plastic garbage. Their accumulated trash will be picked by a truck and the points 

saved in their passbook will be tantamount to rice grants. 

“If you have collected three kilos of dry and clean plastic, you will be rewarded with a kilo of rice. You could then accumulate the points to get more rice,” Tuazon said. (CLJD/JMG-PIA3)

By Jose Mari Garcia

Friday 4th of May 2012

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