Gov. Manotoc leads groundbreaking of pilot waste recycling facility in Ilocos Norte


Jan. 11, 2021 ...

Expanding sustainable and "green" projects in Ilocos Norte, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc and the Environment of Natural Resources Office (ENRO) of the Provincial Government led the groundbreaking of the pilot Cluster Plastic Recycling and Materials Recovery Facility (CPRMRF) at Barangay Imelda, Marcos, on January 8, 2021.

Also present in the event are Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos, Senior Board Member Medeldorf Gaoat, Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Region I Engineer Daryl Saguid, PENR Officer Victor Dabalos, second district local chief executives, and host municipal and barangay officials.

In January 2019, PGIN received a P25-Million grant from the DENR-EMB Region I for the construction of a CPRMRF in Ilocos Norte, and an additional P5 Million to augment the procurement of recycling machines.

The facility was conceptualized primarily for waste diversion since most barangay MRFs are only utilized as storage for collected mixed wastes, according to Mrs. Estrella Sacro, head of ENRO.

For the successful operation of the waste recycling facility, Governor Manotoc underscored the importance of strict implementation of segregation at source.

"One key here is the segregation at source. Without it, our facility such as this will not be very useful. I urge all of our mayors to strictly implement the segregation at the source so this facility can be used appropriately, and we can maximize the investment in this facility.

"Thank you to everyone who made this possible and we look forward to minimizing our waste, to upcycling and to recycling our plastic in one place here in District II," he continued.

The facility is expected to be completed by March 2021, which will soon serve the City of Batac and towns of Badoc, Banna, Currimao, Dingras, Marcos, Nueva Era, Paoay, Pinili, San Nicolas, and Solsona. Further, PGIN is preparing for the implementation of an employment program to enhance or provide livelihood opportunities for some constituents in the said component local government units.