THE City Government of San Fernando recognized some barangays for their best practices on Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) and efforts towards a sustainable and green city.
The recognitions were feted during the Search for Model Barangays on ESWM Awarding of Best Practices on July 16 at the Mini Convention Center, Heroes Hall.
The awarding was made possible through the initiatives of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) and in partnership with Mother Earth Foundation.
Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, Cenro Officer Regina Rodriguez, and City Local Government Operations officer Marites Quillope led the awarding ceremony.
During his speech, Santiago reiterated that the capital city is pushing for a zero-waste community, wherein environment preservation and protection is one of the local government’s priorities.
“Lahat naman ng bagay ay laging nag-uumpisa sa maliit. Gaya ng pagpreserba at pagpapanatili ng kalinisan sa lugar, nag-uumpisa ‘yan sa maliit o sa mababa, at dito pumapasok ang komunidad—ang barangay. Sa inyo magsisimula ang pagbabago at patuloy na pag-usbong ng kalinisan sa Syudad San Fernando,” he said.
The city mayor added that the local government has several programs in addressing environmental issues wherein public participation and support is needed to achieve a green, livable and sustainable San Fernando.
For this year’s search for Model Barangays on ESWM, Barangay San Isidro was hailed for having the Best Material Recovery Facility (MRF) for Cluster 1, while Barangay Sta. Teresita was cited for having the Best MRF-Cluster 2.
The Most Sustainable Solid Waste Management Program award was given to Barangay San Isidro and the Most Improved Barangay award went to Pandaras.
For the Best Barangay-Cluster 1, Quebiawan was hailed as Top 1, followed by Maimpis and San Isidro. For the Best Barangay Cluster 2, Alasas ranked first, followed by Sta. Teresita, and San Juan.
Special awards were also given to Cristina Villanueva, Barangay Sta. Teresita as the Best Secretary; Eduardo Pineda of Barangay San Isidro as the Best Kagawad; Barangay Lara as the Best Barangay Council; and, Brgy. Pandaras as the Best Barangay Solid Waste Management Committee.
Other winners in various categories were:
Highest Household Compliance Rate — Brgy. Lara
Best Garbage Collection System — Brgy. Quebiawan
Highest Waste Diversion Rate — Brgy. Calulut
Cleanest Barangay — Brgy. Sta. Teresita
Best ESWM Enforcement Program — Brgy. Telabastagan
Best Livelihood Program — Brgy. Dela Paz Sur
Best Institutionalized ESWM Program — Brgy. Juliana
Best Manila Bay Waterways Clean-up — Brgy. Juliana, Pandaras, San Isidro, Sta. Teresita
Best Barangay Chairman — Brgy. Captain Benito Ong (Juliana)
Special citations were also given to St. Jude Village San Agustin, Pilar Village, San Isidro Villa Lourdes, Alasas Coneland 2 as Model Homeowners Association.
Meanwhile, the winners for the Search for Cleanest and Greenest Village/Subdivision under the City Agriculture and Veterinary Office (CAVO) program were also awarded.
Rockville Heights Subdivision, Malpitic was hailed as 1st placer, followed by Richmond Subdivision, Magliman (2nd place) and Gloria II Subdivision, Sindalan (3rd place). (PR)