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DA-BSWM distributes rotary composters through Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) Foundation in Baseco

By Amelia M. Fermia - Project Assistant III
October 19, 2016

To alleviate the hardships endured by the impoverished residents of Brgy. 649, Baseco, Manila, the Bureau of Soils and Water Managament (BSWM) in coordination with Sen. Cynthia A. Villar, Managing Director of Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) Foundation, awarded a rotary composter to Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), Executive Director Ramil Tan on October 12, 2016.

The production of organic fertilizers and composts has been vigorously pursued by the BSWM considering that large amount of biodegradable wastes are also coming from markets and residences.

The implementation of this program does not only improve the production of organic fertilizers, it also helps in lessening the problems of industrial waste and community garbage disposal through appropriate methods of sorting, collecting and composting at the Baseco compound.

Sen. Villar through Villar SIPAG Foundation also coordinated with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) for the distribution of fishing nets, boats and other utensils to Baseco residents who rely on fishing for their living. Ceremonial stocking of fingerlings (tilapia) for fish cages was held as well as the awarding of aquasilviculture project to boost government efforts to improve the living conditions of fishermen as well as protect and preserve the environment.

On the other hand, the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Kabalikat, Maynilad and Brgy. 649 officials signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) in the said event for the establishment of 500 comfort rooms for use of Baseco residents.

According to Sen. Villar, the government agencies together with the Brgy. officials of Baseco need to work hand in hand in looking for creative methods to make sure that the environmental resources are protected and to preserve the environment, which is deteriorating at a shockingly fast pace.

"We will always find ways to make the lives of our fellow Filipinos better. I will always support any and all undertakings that will uplift the living conditions of our countrymen who find it difficult to make ends meet," Villar underscored.

The residents of Barangay 649 in Baseco and Sen. Villar along with the government agencies present during the event participated in the regular coastal clean-up drive and mangrove planting to strengthen the area's resistance against flooding and storm surges and to rid the area of garbage, which clog waterways in the community.

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