Lingayen- - -The Capitol Solid Waste Management Office (CSWMO) recently received a Special Award from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Regional Office for the successful implementation of the Pangasinan Ecological Solid Waste Management Program.
A group of regional evaluators from the DENR came to the province last May and validated the performance of the recycling team as one of the contenders for the 2010 Search for Likas Yaman Awards for Environmental Excellence.
Said search aimed to recognize the individuals, local government units, academe, civic organizations, military and other institutions for their outstanding contribution to environmental development, conservation and protection.
Rowena dela Cruz, CSWMO Chief, said that aside from recycling project other undertakings that the team currently implement includes composting and bio-organic fertilizer production.
This, she said, will help minimize the bulk of garbage in the province and inculcate the value of recycling in the minds of the people.
Under the present administration, the CSWMO was expanded and improved to further cater and assist the LGUs in formulating policies on waste management.
“We intend to reduce the amount of wastes by at least 50 percent through recycling, composting and other waste prevention or reduction activities,” Dela Cruz said as she added that Gov. Espino wants the Capitol complex as the showroom of cleanliness and orderliness in the province. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)