Here are model barangays recently awarded for their effective ecological solid waste management system last Earth Day celebration at the SM Mall of Asia.
Brgy. Old Centro Proper, San Mateo, Isabela
Gregorio O. Diego, Jr.
Located at San Mateo, Isabela, this barangay stands out as one of the models for networking and mobilization of citizenry. Aside from the Barangay Solid Waste Management Committee, various organizations such as the Isabela Green Ladies Organization or IGLO, Homeowners Association per purok (6 puroks with 11 zones) Rural Improvement Club, Barangay Pastoral Council, Couples for Christ, Knights of Columbus, San Mateo West Central School and San Mateo Vocational & Industrial High School are active in the barangay.
When it was shortlisted in the previous Search in 2003, plenty of recognitions came their way, from newspapers, radio and TV. Thus, the barangay became a regular Lakbay Aral site for many local governments wanting to learn community-based Ecological Solid Waste Management.
One other feature that makes this barangay outstanding is the presence of a Special Waste Vault for the containment of hazardous waste such as florescent bulbs, spent batteries and other special waste. As a result, these waste are properly contained for treatment and pose no harm to farms, forests or rivers where they can cause contamination.
That’s Brgy. Old Centro Proper in San Mateo, Isabela, Group A Model Barangay on Eco-waste Management System 2008.
Brgy. San Marcos, San Mateo, Isabela
Napoleon M. Hernandez, Jr.
Barangay San Marcos is the youngest barangay in the Municipality of San Mateo, Isabela. It is an agricultural barangay and its chief agricultural products are rice, corn, sweet potato, sugar cane and vegetables.
At first glance, this barangay is a typical rural barangay and it is not easy to identify its outstanding qualities. However, when one learns about its â€œdirtyâ€ past, one is touched by the contrast of that past to its present state, and the journey that it took to emerge from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan, so to speak.
Brgy. San Marcos was formerly a dumping site of all kinds of garbage (including salvage victims). People were not concerned about cleanliness or the environment because they are just â€œvisitorsâ€ (fugitives from justice find the remote place a welcome haven). To quote from its entry documents: â€œBasurang panloob is harder to manage than basurang panlabas.
It was indeed an arduous undertaking, but it is also rewarding when you see the results of all the uphill struggles.â€ Today, the each household in the barangay has a compost pit. Each of the 7 puroks maintains a model composting area and an MRF. Residual wastes are temporarily stored in sacks in the MRFs.
A special waste vault for toxic and hazardous waste was also established. One remarkable achievement for the Barangay Council is that children and residents approach them candidly. Even with the strict enforcement of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Program, they are not afraid to air their concerns. The neighborhood has grown closer, being one (nagkakaisa) in the journey towards an ecologically managed place.
Brgy. Butubot Norte, Balaoan, La Union
Norberto L. Portacio
Located in the eastern portion of the Municipality of Balaoan, La Union, this barangayâ€™s source of income is farming and its main crops are palay, tobacco, peanut, corn and vegetables.
This barangay has seven puroks and each purok has its own Materials Recovery Facility or Dap-ayan Center. Each is unique and has its own charm. From its eco-gardens, paper mache jars, stuffed toys, vermi-composting, organic farming and mushroom culture, this barangay never fails to surprise the seasoned eco-tourist.
The main innovation of this barangay is composting. Compost is being used by farmers more than commercial fertilizers. Among its initiatives is the use of composting enhancers from urine, rice wash and fish amino acid or â€œpinaglinisan ng isdaâ€ and the carbon carbonated method of composting.
Congratulations to the men and women of Brgy. Butubot Norte, Balaoan, La Union!