ARMM’s regionwide waste mgt. campaign launched PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 14:52

Officials on Monday launched in Maguindanao a campaign to disperse 30,000 garbage bins under a program meant to inculcate among local folks the importance of waste segregation and recycling to protect the environment. 
Kahal Kedtag, regional secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, led the project’s kick off rite,  held at Shariff Aguak town in the second district of Maguindanao.
Kedtag said the project aims to protect the environment and educate Maguindanao’s “tri-people,” the Moro, Christian, and non-Moro indigenous sectors, on the importance of waste recycling and proper disposal, which is now a global trend.
The region-wide portable garbage bin distribution project of the DENR-ARMM officially started Monday with a “pro-environment caravan” from the regional government center in Cotabato City to Shariff Aguak.
Kedtag said the caravan would eventually cover the cities of Lamitan and Marawi, and the provinces of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in Central Mindanao, and the islands of Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi,
“This is our way of observing June 2014 as the national environment month,” Kedtag said.
The garbage bins Kedtag and his subordinates transported to Shariff Aguak were personally received by the town’s incumbent mayor, Zahara Upam Ampatuan, who promised to support the project in return.
Upam said barangay officials in her municipality will help disseminate the importance of proper waste disposal and segregation of biodegradable and harmful wastes.
Rural folks in the autonomous region are known for their long-time practice of conveniently disposing off wastes in open fields in their farms and into rivers flowing downstream marshes and seas.
“Some also burn at will their garbage in total disregard of the hazards such practice may cause. This is what we are trying to address and our efforts are supported by the cross-section communities in the autonomous region,” Kedtag said.