By Cherry Joy S. Discaya, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte
LAOAG CITY- The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) is pushing for a garbage-free Ilocos Norte with the installation of travelers’ garbage bins in tourist towns and cities lining the Manila-Ilocos Norte route.
Dubbed as “Traveler’s garbage bin: Basurahan sa lansangan gamitin mo,” the project is a waste management tool to maintain cleanliness on public roads and national highways.
According to Penro officer Juan P. delos Reyes, the project was borne out of the observation that commuters have not been observing proper waste disposal while on travel in Ilocos Norte.
“Karamihan sa mga travelers na pumapasyal dito sa atin (Ilocos Norte) ay hindi itinatapon sa tamang lalagyan ang kanilang mga basura, nakakadagdag tuloy sa basura sa ating probinsya at kapag hindi ito naaksyunan, dadami ito nang dadami (Travelers coming to Ilocos Norte do not know how to dispose their wastes properly, thus, it will contribute to the growing garbage volume in the province, hence we felt the need to manage it)” delos Reyes said.
The garbage bin is composed of three garbage drums made of tin metal placed in huts. It segregates biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and special wastes.
The garbage bins were installed in the towns of Bangui, Burgos, Pasuquin, Bacarra, and Laoag City in the first district and in the second district, in the towns of San Nicolas, Currimao, Badoc, and Batac City.
“We are hoping that this project will be sustained with the help of our LGUs, so that our effort will not be put to waste,” delos Reyes said.
Ilocos Norte was the first to launch the project as one of the Penro’s innovations to proper waste management system.
“Mas malinis na kapaligiran, mas magandang probinsya ng Ilocos Norte (The cleaner the environment, the better our province (Ilocos Norte) will be” he added. #