Iloilo City hosts global environment facility project-A A +A
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
RECOGNIZING its trust on the local government, the World Bank (WB) has chosen Iloilo City to host a global environment facility (GEF) project.
The bank will provide more than P14 million worth of technical and financial assistance to the city through an Integrated Persistent Organic Pollutants (IPOPs) management project.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog was recently authorized by the City Council to sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon JP Paje for a three-year project that will also be implemented in four other Philippine cities.
The WB project was coursed through the National Solid Waste Management Council (NSWMC), spearheaded by the DENR.
It aims to reduce the releases of unintentional persistent organic pollutants in the air, specifically dioxins and furans through the burning of agricultural wastes and improper solid wastes disposal.
Engineer Raul Gallo, chief of office of personal services (OPS), said the WB assistance would require the drafting of a city IPOPs action plan to reduce and prevent burning at the backyards and dumpsite.
Gallo said the latest WB assisted IPOPs project is a separate one from the conversion and upgrading of the open dumpsite in Calajunan into a sanitary landfill, which was also assisted by WB.
On the other hand, the City Council will enact required ordinances and resolutions for the appropriation of its in-kind and cash counterparts as well as the grant proceeds from the GEF-WB IPOPs project.
The project will also cover capability building and public awareness programs by complementing the projects implemented at the Calajunan dumpsite.
Both the WB and DENR saw Iloilo City compliance to the provisions of Republic Act 9003, otherwise known as the Ecological and Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, by declaring a policy of the state to adopt a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program which shall ensure the protection of public health and the environment.
Gallo added that the sanitary landfill project is right on track and the City Government is awaiting the approval of the Development Bank of the Philippines Monetary Board for its application of a P297-million loan to finance its environment-friendly sanitary landfill and disposal facility.