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Sen. Villar joins the capacity enhancement training on the operations of composting facilities

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
September 08, 2016

To ensure the successful implementation and maintenance of the Composting Facilities for Biodegradable Wastes (CFBW), Senator Cynthia A. Villar joins the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) on the two-day training for the capacity enhancement on the operations of composting facilities on September 5-6, 2016 at the BSWM Convention Hall. She delivered a Keynote Message during the opening program of the Training and led the awarding of certificates for CFBW beneficiaries to 12 provinces in Region II (Cagayan Valley) with the Operations Undersecretary Ariel T. Cayanan of the Department of Agriculture.

The second day was the hands-on training which was held in Brgy. Pamplona Dos, Las Piñas attended by some 94 representatives from 46 Local Government Units (LGUs) that are composed of City Agriculturists, Municipal Agricultural Officers and representatives nationwide.

Senator Villar who is now the Chairperson of the Senate Committees on Environment & Natural Resources, and Social Justice, Welfare & Rural Development, encouraged the participants to continue on supporting the projects of the National Organic Agriculture Program (NOAP) including those that will alleviate the problems of industrial wastes and community garbage disposal through appropriate methods of sorting, collecting and composting.

"I totally support this activity because it is a very effective waste management practice. This strengthens the institutional capacities of LGUs in terms of sorting, collecting and composting their community wastes. Talagang napapakinabangan ito at tone-toneladang biodegradable wastes ang nagagawa nating organic fertilizer," Villar underscored.

According to Food and Agriculture Organization, composting can potentially divert up to 150 kg of food waste per household per year from local collection authorities.

The Focal person of OAP-PAEF, Mr. Bertolio P. Arellano also discussed the special provisions stated on memorandum of agreement wherein the BSWM, DA-RFO and LGU shall closely coordinate to ensure the successful implementation and establishment of the CFBW. The beneficiaries should also attain sustainability and ensure worth of government’s investment.

The NOAP allocated funds for the establishment of small-scale vermicomposting facilities (SSCF) and CFBW for this year. Both projects are implemented by the BSWM Organic Agriculture Program (OAP).

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