SAMAL, Bataan – The municipal government of Samal is scheduled to build Bataan’s first eco-park, Mayor Generosa “Gene” Malibiran-Dela Fuente announced during a fun run last Saturday.
In an interview with the local press, Dela Fuente pointed out that the main purpose of the second “Takbo Samaleno”, a fun run for a cause particularly environmental and health awareness of her constituents, is for the initial fund of the said project.
Hundreds of participants from different sectors joined the activity such as the 3k, 5k, 10k and 12k run divisions. “This is our second year for Takbo Samaleno, and we will use the proceeds to fund our eco-park,” the lady mayor pointed out.
However, Mayor Dela Fuente did not reveal the full details of the park but said a team is working out for the said project. Last year on December 6, the first fun run was launched to promote education dubbed as “Takbo Samaleno para sa edukasyon ko.”
Meanwhile. Mayor dela Fuente assuaged the fear of her constituents on the alleged ill-effects of the proposed sanitary landfill being built in an agricultural area in this town. “Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 where our sanitary landfill project is anchored protects the environment and people,” the two termer lady mayor told newsmen.
“Pinag-aralan namin ito bago namin ginawa and as the mother of this town hindi ko ipapahamak ang mga kababayan ko,” Dela Fuente said. Under the scheme, dela Fuente said only residual waste will be hauled off to the dumpsite after proper segregation in every barangay.
Recyclables can be sold to junkshops while biodegradables can be turned into compost for use as fertilizers. She said that each of the 14 barangays will have a Material Recycling Facility or the MRF to sort out the recyclable, biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes.