Establishment of composting facility for biodegradable wastes seen

THE 19th City Council during its regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin V. Uy enacted an ordinance authorizing Mayor Oscar Moreno to enter into and sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM) and the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office-Region X (DA-ROF X).

The MOA covers the establishment of a Composting Facility for Biodegradable Wastes (CFBW) under the High-Value Crops Development Program (HVCDP).

The MOA is in line with relevant provisions of RA 10068, otherwise known as the “Organic Agriculture Act of 2010,” which addresses the challenge of waste disposal both industrial and community.

It also intends to further enhance agricultural productivity with the production of organic fertilizer.

Under the MOA, the BSWM shall supply the Biodegradable Waste Shredder and Composter (BWSC), coordinate with DA-RFO all activities related to the establishment of CFBW, provide technical support and assistance in its establishment, among others.

For its part, the DA-RFO shall assist the BSWM in monitoring the status of the project as well as the production data and overall sustainability of the CFBW.

It shall also assist in the preparation of the technical report and documentation of the CFBW status and in evaluating the implementation and its performance.

Finally, the beneficiary shall receive the BWSC and establish and operate it in accordance with the technical protocol of the project, and provide a place to house the same as their counterpart project.

It shall likewise ensure the security and proper care and maintenance of the BWSC, provide the manpower necessary for the operation and management of the CFBW, comply and abide by the implementing guidelines, record monthly accomplishment report on the progress of operation, production and utilization data of the CFBW, among others.

The legislation was endorsed by the committee on laws and rules chaired by Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya.