San Fernando City mayor brags waste mgmt. program
Mayor Edwin Santiago of San Fernando City, Pampanga showcased his city’s waste management program before officials of Bandung, Indonesia.
According to the City Information Office, the Indonesian visitors, led by Mayor Oded Mohamad Danial, were welcomed on Wednesday, Sept. 5, by Santiago, City Environment and Natural Resources Officer Regina Rodriguez, and Mother Earth Foundation chair Sonia Mendoza.
“Back then, we saw garbage as one of our biggest problems so we took the challenge of adopting green practices which eventually resulted into a city that is now dubbed as one of the Best Zero Waste Models in the Asia Pacific region,” Santiago said at a short reception program for the Indonesian officials.
In sharing the city’s compliance with the country’s Ecological Solid Waste Management Act, Santiago revealed that the secret to a sustainable and ecologically-balanced city is the cooperation of everyone, including households, schools and establishments.
The information office said Danial and his companions expressed their admiration to San Fernando City’s best practices as they saw also for themselves a materials recovery facility and the actual garbage collection from households in Pilar Village, the city’s model subdivision.
Danial described the city’s waste management program as “extraordinary and ideals-based,” the city information said.
The Indonesian officials’ visit, which will also take them to Quezon City, is part of the Mother Earth Foundation’s Zero Waste Cities Network program that aims to connect citizens from different countries for collaboration on waste reduction.(END)
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