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MMTC receives recognition for Best Practices on Solid Waste Management

Submitted by: rgsphil
On: 11/08/2016

(By Sr. M. Guadalupe Bautista, RGS - Baguio City)

Mountain Maid Training Training Center was given recognition recently by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for its best practices on Solid Waste Management.

The DENR held it first summit on  Best Practices on Solid Waste Management in the Cordilleras last July 27 to 29, 2016  in Baguio City.

Representatives from Local Government Units,  Non Government  Organizations and  individuals   participated in the summit.  There were more than three  hundred (300) participants.  DENR  launched   its search for best practices two months ago. 

Among the NGOs  who were recognized in implementing Republic Act 2003,  the law passed in the year  2000  on Solid Waste Management  were Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary and Mountain Maid Training  Center.  Dr. Julie Cabato known for her advocacy  in  protecting the environment was also an awardee.

          Mr. Jessie Opilas, our “vermi man” and Sr. Guadalupe Bautista  represented  Mt. Maid Trainning Center in the summit.  

Included in the presentation of the power point   were the following points:

Ø  In 2008, the Irisan dumpsite reached it breaking point and collapsed causing the loss of lives  and properties  in Irisan.  This prompted us to  seriously manage our  “thrash”   and lessen the garbage collected by  the city  government. 

Ø  The  education and training of staff and student workers ;  the setting up of  Material Resources Facilities;  the sorting of recyclables and sold to junk shops;   the  introduction of  African Night Crawlers for vermi  composting  were concrete actions to live the Province ‘s vision of  “fullness of life where there is justice, peace and integrity of creation”.

Ø   Peelings of vegetables  and fruits  from the  canteen,  hostel  and con vent kitchens  plus the heaps of  ube  or purple yam discards amounted to  three (3) tons a week!   During peak seasons  of  the Flower Festival (February), Holy  Week (April) and Christmas the biodegradable waste reach five tons a week.  How to manage all this organic wastes?  The answer was feed the waste to “Eugene” the friendly worm and transform its waste into organic fertilizer.

Ø  Other steps taken  were the installations of  solar water heaters and   solar lights .  Savings on electric  bills is 30%.

Ø  The discipline of sorting thrash is on-going and never ending.

Ø  ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis encyclical on the environment  continues to challenge us to  protect  the environment and save  our  planet, the only home we have. 

July 31, 2016, 220th birthday of Rose Virginie Pelletier