MAYORALTY candidate Mauricio G. Domogan vowed to make the garbage problem on top of his agenda once elected to the city’s chief executive post.

This is line with the hope of seeing this city regaining its crown as the Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City.

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“My first agenda if ever given the chance to go back to the mayor’s office is to address the garbage disposal problem,” Domogan said during the start of the local campaign this week.

“We were able to do it before, with the cooperation of everyone, there is no reason we can’t do it again,” he said.

Baguio was adjudged the Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City in the entire country in 1994, 1995, and 1996 elevating the city into the Hall of Fame.

The city received a trophy and P1,000,000 cash per reward. When the city received the Hall of Fame trophy it came along with a P2,000,000 cash award for a total of P5M cash awards from the clean and green program of the National Government.

Due to this award, the city won the Gawad Pamana ng Lahi or the Heritage Award, known as the Mother of All Awards for two (2) consecutive years (1995 and 1996).

The award is the highest and most prestigious award the National Government can give to the best performing local government unit in all programs.

The city received a trophy and P2,000,000 cash per award which was used by the city to purchase additional garbage trucks from Japan.

Domogan said once at the City Mayor’s Office he would immediately convene a technical committee composed of people from the city, the Environment Management Board (EMB), the Mines and Geo-Science Bureau (MGB), the National Solid Waste Commission, and the Philex Mines.

These would volunteer to help without any expense on the part of the city, to work on a full time daily basis to prepare and finish the engineering details and cost estimate. Construction of a temporary solid waste disposal facility near the site as a temporary solution while working on the permanent solution may be considered, he added.

While these are being undertaken, we will implement the Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) program as had been agreed upon during the conference attended by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, then Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Lito Atienza and Secretary Heherson Alvarez.

During that affair, it was announced that the city needs P21 million to put MRFs in all the barangays - P13 million will be from the City Government, P8 million from the National Government.

The President further ordered that barangays near Mansion House should locate their MRF site within the Mansion House compound, those near John Hay area should likewise locate their MRF site within the CJH area and lands within the authority of the DENR should be the MRF sites of other barangays.

Domogan added that composting in some barangays that have available lands must be undertaken at the same time let us strike an agreement with the people of Irisan for us to immediately construct an extension of the retaining wall so it can be used as our temporary depository area for our residual waste while our permanent site is being constructed. All of this must be done at the same time.

“With the right kind of leadership, teamwork, collaboration and cooperation from our constituents, I see no reason why our garbage problem can not be solved. One person cannot do it all. We need to work together to bring Baguio back to its prominence — to its rightful place, the Hall of Fame, as the Cleanest and Greenest Highly Urbanized City in the country” he said. (PR)