Balanga proved that, more than its tech-based assets, it is also a greener city to live in.
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) faced the combined team of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on May 10 for the environmental compliance audit (ECA).
The audit accounted the city’s initiatives on the comprehensive promotion of environmental protection. Being comprehensive, the city’s environmental programs should also cover livelihood issues.
Ms. Nerissa Mateo, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, represented Balanga in the validation. She discussed the city’s current programs on environment, especially those anchored on the principles of waste reduction and recycling.
Since CENRO had already passed the regional ECA, this new wave of validation would allow Balanga to win the national award for environmental compliance.
Make a Greener Balanga City
Mateo focused on at least 11 environmental projects that are all geared towards community empowerment.
The highlight of Mateo’s presentation was the city’s waste segregation policy. To date, all barangays have their own material recycling facilities (MRF) where they conduct the initial segregation of waste.
CENRO achieved strict implementation of the waste segregation policy due to the presence of barangay bike patrollers. These patrollers roam the streets to inspect sidewalks and remind residents of their obligations.
While focusing on waste segregation, CENRO has also implemented programs that will serve the people’s livelihood interests. It encourages community residents to recycle their wastes and turn them into products that can be sold in the market.
CENRO’s recent efforts in environmental protection include the cleaning of Talisay River, a tributary of Manila Bay. To contribute to the rehabilitation of Manila Bay, CENRO launched Talisay River’s joint cleaning drive with Municipality of Pilar in March.
Full Support to CENRO
Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia vowed to support CENRO’s initiatives as he appeared before ECA’s board of validators.
Also present in the compliance audit were City Administrator Rodolfo De Mesa, and Ms. Anna Tuazon, the city’s consultant on environmental concerns.
CENRO’s environmental programs reaped various accolades in the past. It has just recently won the Department of Agriculture’s MMK (Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan contest). |Arli Joshua Atienza