Maco, Davao de Oro – In pursuit for zero-waste camp, the 1001 st Infantry (Pag-asa) Brigade officially launched its Solid Waste Management Program today, July 8, 2019.
This unit’s initiative is in compliance to the Republic Act 9003 or the Ecological Waste Management Act of 2000 which adopts a systematic, comprehensive and ecological solid waste management program that ensures the protection of public health and the environment and the proper segregation, collection, transport, storage, treatment and disposal of solid waste through the formulation and adoption of best environmental practices. Moreover, it illustrates the potentials and benefits of recycling not only in addressing waste management problems but also in alleviating poverty.
The launching highlights the proper segregation of unit’s waste, education and awareness on proper waste management, posting of information education materials around the camp’s strategic areas, reduction on the volume of residual outputs and institutionalizing the Material Recovery Facility (MRF).
“Solid waste has been a long time dilemma in our country, which we believe we must take necessary actions. Our advocacy is to institutionalize the Solid Waste Management Program in the brigade; this small step could somehow lessen our looming garbage problem. Maintaining a clean and green camp is a reflection of our soldier’s individual discipline and aspiration for genuine transformation”. BGEN GILBERT SARET AFP, 1001 st Brigade Commander said.
R.A. 9003 further reads; solid waste management as a discipline associated with the control of generation, storage, collection, transfer and transport, processing, and disposal of solid wastes. The manner by which these activities are conducted shall be in accordance with the best principles of public health, economics, engineering, conservation, aesthetics, other environmental considerations, and public attitudes.
The brigades’ program includes proper waste segregation by offices and household around the brigade and the Pera sa basura concept. Moreover, the unit had designated a focal person who will oversee and ensure that the program will be properly implemented and conduct necessary coordination with its LGU counterparts.
In a statement, BGEN GILBERT F SARET AFP, Commander, 1001 st Brigade said that “this program is now a challenge on how it will be sustained and institutionalized not only to the unit but also to each and every soldier in their respective home and families”.
Source: 1001st Infantry Brigade, 10th Infantry Division, Philippine Army