MANILA — Alarmed by the chronic garbage problem in Metro Manila, the government on Monday said it will earmark P17 million for information drives and finding a better waste segregation scheme.

The money will be divided equally to the capital region’s 17 local government units, based on a recent meeting in Parañaque City by Environment Secretary Ramon Paje with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, among others.

Specifically, the fund assistance will be used to enhance waste segregation to minimize the volume of garbage collected and dumped in landfills.

This will be covered by a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the concerned LGU, and a non-government organization (NGO) handpicked by the LGU.

The NGO will be responsible in formulating an appropriate ecological solid waste management system for subdivisions or condominiums within the city or municipality.

“The LGU may also use part of the fund to access technical assistance from the NGO in conducting information and education campaign on solid waste management,” Paje said.

Metro Manila generates more than 8,700 tons of garbage a day, around 25 percent of the country’s total daily generation of 35,000 tons. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)