Paradise again: Ceciron Cawaling confirms Boracay met deadline for trash recovery facility cleanup

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Malay town Mayor Ceciron Cawaling on Monday said Boracay’s garbage problem is “totally contained” as they were able to meet the July 17 deadline to clean up their centralized material recovery facility (MRF).

The deadline was set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to finish the hauling of residual waste from the centralized MRD in this resort island.

Cawaling said the LGU was able to haul about 4,500 cubic meters of garbage from the centralized MRF in Manocmanoc village to the four-hectare sanitary landfill in Barangay Kabulihan in mainland Malay in less than a month.

The DENR ordered the LGU to haul the stockpile of garbage at the centralized MRF after complaints of foul odor from the facility was reported and for possible violation of the Republic Act No. 9003 or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000.

Cawaling said the recently hauled stockpile of garbage from the MRF was the accumulation from the past six months.

Prior to that, the LGU has also hauled the stockpile of garbage from 2014 to 2016 at 10,000 cubic meters, Cawaling stressed.

The mayor, meanwhile, attributed the success of the activity through the help of the hauler’s association of the town and other stakeholders here.

He said the association offered their services for free in order for the LGU to comply with the deadline set by DENR, adding that the LGU just paid for the gas of the trucks.

Meanwhile, Aklan Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Ivene Reyes said the current status of the MRF facility and Boracay’s garbage situation will be reported to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu.

Reyes said the DENR conducted regular inspection on the MRF in line with the environment secretary’s order.

He likewise lauded the LGU Malay for complying with the order.

However, Reyes challenged the LGU to continue organizing its solid waste management program.

Reyes said the DENR will help fast track the transfer of the additional four-hectare land area for the extension of the Malay sanitary landfill.

Cawaling said the additional area will be a big help on its solid waste management program.

Following the clearing of the MRF facility, Cawaling said part of the new site development plan for is to turn it into a “green village.”

The MRF will now include a “greener” and “more organized” handling of Boracay garbage.

Meanwhile, the mayor said the 10-year solid waste management plan of the LGU is underway.

He said the Asian Development Bank granted a PHP230 million for the solid waste management program of Malay.

“It will be released in 2018,” he said.

It will be used in hauling, for rehabilitation of facilities, and other programs meant to improve the solid waste management program of Malay, especially Boracay, the mayor added.(Karen V. Bermejo/PNA)