“… money, after all isn’t the solution to a problem, that though time is of the essence, wala iyon sa panahon, because you can always start now and the status doesn’t really matter, what matters most is your passion, as well as your dedication and commitment to serve the people… Mayor Ver Roque
SAMAL, Bataan – Mayor Gene dele Fuente of Samal, a 4th class municipality was flattered when Mayor Lilvir Roque of Limay, a first class municipality, with all his 12 barangay captains and kagawad visited Samal in their “Lakbay-aral sa kalinisan” to see the successful operation their Solid Waste Management.
Mayor dele Fuente, was happy that a small town like them will be the focus of attention of officials from a first class municipality.
Mayor Roque on the other hand, said that they were inspired by how the officials and people of Samal work together to successfully implement their Solid Waste Management program, of which other municipalities are having a hard time.
Mayor Ver added that they don’t feel “degraded” that they, from a first class town are learning from a 4th class municipality. He added that, their visit only proved that money, after all isn’t the solution to a problem, that though time is of the essence, “wala iyon sa panahon, because you can always start now” and the status doesn’t really matter, what matters most is your “passion,” as well as your dedication and commitment to serve the people
The visitors were treated to a presentation of how the Samal started their Solid Waste Management, demonstration of composting, the motivation for their people to join volunteerism on information dissemination, and the Sangguniang Bayan ordinances that intervene to put emphasis on responsible citizenry towards proper waste disposal.
To complete the Lakbay-Aral, the group proceeded to Brgy. Tabing Ilog, and was amazed to see that this barangay with only a meager budget of 200,000 a year was able to have an MRF and dump truck for the collection and composting of their bio-degrable waste
Brgy. Captain Glenn Velasco told his co-barangay captains and Kagawads from Limay that the implementation of the Solid Waste management is no joke, that it took them years to consistently teach and educate their kabarangays on proper waste disposal. That up to the present time, they’re still adding more features in their Kalinisan Code such as, no barangay permits for business establishments without 3 segregated garbage cans, tricycles must have garbage cans in their vehicle, that dogs should not litter around and many others, to enhance their solid waste management.