Ilocos Norte eyes recycling facility

LAOAG CITY — Hopeful to replicate the recycling initiative of Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) Foundation, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) is planning to purchase a recycling machinery that can turn waste plastic materials into useful tools.

In 2013, Villar SIPAG Foundation inaugurated the recycling plant in Barangay Ilaya, Las Piñas City. It is a factory that molds soft plastics into school chairs. The end products are distributed to Metro Manila schools in order to augment shortage of school seats.   

In a press conference last August 1, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc mentioned that he visited the plastic processing plant himself, together with the department heads of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) to benchmark the facility.

“We are looking into purchasing the machinery. We are in the process of canvassing to make sure that we find the best fit for our province,” he said.

Furthermore, the Provincial Government is coordinating with the city and municipal mayors to implement proper waste disposal measures.

Evaluating the specific needs of local communities, Gov. Manotoc also looks forward to providing garbage trucks, establishing materials recovery facilities, improving landfill areas, among others.

“We will assist our local government units in complying with our environmental laws,” he added.

Aside from streamlining the province’s health sector, Gov. Manotoc is also promoting sustainable measures for the protection and preservation of natural resources through the implementation of anti-littering ordinance strengthened by the anti-plastic ordinance. ●