DENR National Capital Region through its West Field Office (WFO), provided a Waste Collection Trike to Barangay Kasilawan of Makati City to help them better manage and improve the collection of municipal wastes.

The trike was presented by Atty. Alvin Joseph G. Constantino—Licenses, Patents, and Deeds Division (LPDD) Chief and concurrent WFO Chief Environment Officer—to Kagawad Jermaine Alvarez of Barangay Kasilawan.

The regional office is providing selected barangays of Metro Manila with waste collection trikes to support the operation of their Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and strengthen their compliance with Republic Act No. 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000).

Section 32 of RA 9003 requires the establishment of an MRF in every barangay or cluster of barangays. MRF is a key component of both residential and commercial waste management programs as it helps to reduce the amount of waste brought to landfills through the recovery of recyclable materials from the waste produced by the barangay. MRFs receive, segregate and prepare the recovered materials that may then later be sold to end-buyers and provide extra income to the barangay. Some MRFs also receive and process biodegradable waste into compost material.

The reduction of wastes that end up in our rivers and esteros that flow into Manila Bay is one of the important components of the on-going Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.