DENR-Bataan’s sustainable solid waste management program

The Coastal clean- up held ecently at the Wetland Park in Brgy. Tortugas, Balanga City was a big success according to PENRO Raul Mamac, saying that much have been done in their battle for the Manila Bay Coastal project in terms of Solid Waste Management.

PENRO Mamac added that, with DENR’s 10 major thrusts such as: Clean Air, Clean Water, Neo-Hazard and Ground Assessment, National Greening Project, Responsible Mining, Scaling-up of Coastal Marine Ecosystem, Improvement of Land Administration, and Management; Solid Waste Management with the Manila Bay Rehabilitation project is the most challenging because Bataan has the longest coastline averaging to 79kms, posing a gigantic and heavy responsibility in exerting efforts among all the concerned agencies.

PENRO Mamac also said that with all the efforts they’ve exerted in the different clean-up days, they’ve already collected around 100, 000 kilos of garbage from the coastal areas and river system, yet it seems its not that big development.

Mamac also informed the media people that aside from the coastal clean-up, they’ve already closed many open dumpsites in some municipalities of the province; they’ve also planted mangroves on 12 hectares plantation along the coastal areas of Brgy. Almacen to Orani town which serves as fish sanctuaries and protection of the residents during storm surge.

At present, PENRO Mamac said that since we’re the only province among the mandamus region declared by DENR Sec. Cimatu with a swimmable area in Agwawan, Mariveles with a water quality standard of 100mpn, 100 as the most probable number for every 100 millimeters of water, they are monitoring said place to maintain the title.

They are also doing some dredging in the area to remove some 540 cubic meter of silt to drain the water going to the Sisiman beach.
Mamac added that they are also installing 12 trash traps along major river tributaries to stop the flow of garbage directly to Manila Bay, said trash traps are placed in areas traversed by bodies of water and along boundaries of water to collect all the trash and monitor the amount of garbage collected and know their source.

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