Barangay Solid Waste Management in the Philippines

Tyler Farrow is currently doing a 6-month SCI internship in San Fernando, Philippines. His work will focus on waste management.

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Since the words were famously spoken by Eldridge Cleaver in 1968, the phrase “You’re either part of the solution, or part of the problem” has gone on to be repeated countless times. But I’m afraid when it comes to my current role in barangay solid waste management in the Philippines, I am a part of both.

A barangay is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district, or ward. The City of San Fernando is made up of 59 barangays and according to the Republic Act No. 9003, each of them needs it’s own solid waste management plan. Working with the Environment and Natural Resources Office of San Fernando City, myself and fellow Sustainable Cities International intern Jonathan De Luca are helping to create those solid waste management plans.

During our training with SCI in Vancouver, Jonathan remarked that it would be interesting to live in one of the barangays that we assist with solid waste management. We are currently working with 5 of the barangays in San Fernando City and unlikely enough we do reside in one of them – Barangay I.

We have assisted the council of Barangay I in forming a solid waste management committee, drafting a solid waste management plan and passing an ordinance that mandates proper segregation, regular collection and a campaign to raise awareness among residents. The ordinance will come officially come into effect in the New Year.

Until then, I throw my garbage on the corner just like everyone else in the barangay. I don’t segregate my waste and I certainly don’t have a compost heap in my yard. I am undoubtedly a part of the problem. But I remain hopeful that before my time here is over, I will only be a part of the solution.

Current garbage disposal site in Barangay I

Current garbage disposal site in Barangay I

 

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5 Responses to Barangay Solid Waste Management in the Philippines

  1. Pingback: The Untold Story of a ‘City Within a Town’ « Of Life and The Living

  2. Jeni Buya says:

    Waste management here in baguio is becoming a problem. however, one of the barangay captains and also a board of director in our electric cooperative initiated a composting for waste management. Since, we are planning for a site tour, can you suggest as to where we could conduct this visit in relation to barangay solid waste management. thanks

  3. rkoberoi says:

    Managing waste is the responsibility of everyone as neither one person nor a group is responsible and also it cann’t be tackled by one. A million marine creatures die each year due to entanglement in garbage http://bit.ly/waste12 SO we need to work towards reducing the waste to become zero waste world. Can we build a #ZeroWaste world?

  4. sam says:

    @rkoberoi: we can have a zero waste world. i can show you the technology i developed if you want.

  5. Mar says:

    If you want to see an odorless dumpsite in the Philippines, go to Ligao Cityy in the Province
    of Albay. also you wont see flies in the site

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