By Mhike R. Cigaral
HERMOSA, Bataan – Bataan Governor Abet Garcia and Hermosa Mayor Jopet Inton led the formal opening of the “Hermosa Sanitary Landfill Facility” – the province’s first sanitary landfill facility (SLF) under the PPP (public-private partnership) scheme, last Saturday, October 28, 2017.
“The Hermosa SLF is now operational,” Mayor Inton told 1Bataan.com as he, Governor Garcia and Atty. Coeli Fiel of ECONEST led the ribbon cutting ceremony.
Atty. Fiel led the short tour within the facility and was joined by other officials from the DENR, members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Hermosa, municipal officials and employees, school principals, local media, village chiefs and other business partners of Econest.
Mayor Inton added that only properly segregated wastes will be admitted for disposal. He also invites other Bataan LGUs to dump their solid wastes here citing much cheaper rates.
“Very timely ang opening nito because the economy here is on the rise,” Governor Garcia said.
The Hermosa SLF is being operated by ECONEST Waste Management Corporation with business address located at 168 National Road, Barangay Mambog of this municipality, in partnership with the Hermosa LGU.
As a measure of corporate social responsibility, Econest is committed to devote a certain percentage of their net profits from the SLF operations for the benefit and empowerment of Hermosa Ecoguardians to improve their lives through livelihood trainings, capacity building programs and micro loans for start-up capital for MSMEs.
Initially, P1 million was allotted to Ecoguardians Foundation.
The company will also give free organic fertilizers for small-scale farmers of the municipality.
The Ecoguardians, Hermosa’s very own multi-sector volunteer and community leaders will lead the campaign in all the barangays in ensuring compliance with proper municipal solid waste management in their own neighborhoods.
They are an accredited people’s organization composed of senior citizens, persons with different abilities, solo parents, out of school youths, barangay health workers and the beneficiaries of the 4Ps program of the national government.
The group is also tasked to conduct information dissemination and educational campaign among constituents and is duty-bound to report violators of the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2002 (R.A. 9003).
Mayor Jopet added that this project is the municipal government’s compliance with Republic Act 9003.
“We hope that this will be replicated in other provinces amd at the helm of this endeavor is the Municipality of Hermosa which we hope would become a model LGU for best practices in solid waste management the highlight of which is its sanitary landfill facility,” Atty Fiel said.
Part of the project here will be the Hermosa Ecopark. The sanitary landfill, Atty. Fiel said, can be a learning ground and destination for field trips in the near future.
The Econest also embarked on renewable energy sources like windmill for their water source that also serves as their monitoring well for any ground water contanination.
Solar panels will also be installed here to power their MRF machinery in the future.