Solid Waste Management (SWM)
in Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera progressed exceptionally
in SWM. With the enthusiastic and cooperative response of
the town's LGU officials, tourist industry operators, and
ordinary citizens, it achieved drastic waste reduction at
an average of 47.79% in the participating barangays and
90.18% in the participating resorts. SCOTIA's technical
assistance brought the LGU a long way in the milestones
it achieved for the town, foremost of which were a 10-year
ESWM Plan, a reactivated SWM Board, a substantial allocation
for its SWM budget, a rehabilitation plan for the municipal
disposal site, and ongoing planning for MRF (materials recovery
facility) operations in every barangay.
The LGU's Task Force KKK is at the forefront
of these activities. SCOTIA conducted capacity-building
training and study tours for its members as well as composting
demonstrations in the different barangays. SCOTIA's grant
for SWAPP (see Highlights)
provided advanced training in composting, expertise the
Task Force is now using as the project continues to flourish.
Many of the barangays in Puerto Galera
devised their individual SWM projects with SCOTIA's technical
assistance. In Barangay San Isidro, SCOTIA facilitated the
partnership between the association of resort owners SIBROA
and the barangay council to unify efforts in SWM which would
then benefit the community as a whole. As an initial collaboration,
its composting project will involve both resorts and households.
A parallel partnership is forthcoming
in Barangay Sabang with both the barangay council and the
resort group CCBOA recognizing the need for more long-term
strategies in SWM. CCBOA will apply for a SCOTIA grant to
establish an MRF project and to possibly expand Sabang's
composting site to adjacent Barangay Sinandigan.
Most of the tourist resorts in Puerto
Galera welcomed SCOTIA's CP workshops and adapted its recommendations.
Others are following suit, giving the town more reason to
celebrate its almost 100% improvement in waste reduction.