The regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in the National Capital Region (DENR NCR) on February 3, 2023, inked a memorandum of agreement with officials of 17 barangays, 2 local government unit offices, and the Northern Police District (NPD) for the distribution of trash bins in support of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program.
DENR National Capital Region Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan led the signing of the MOA at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC) in Quezon City. “We initially distributed 20 of 100 sets of trash bins to avoid a big crowd during the MOA signing, in keeping with existing public health protocols,” Caancan said. Each set comprises four (4) units of color-coded trash bins, green for biodegradable materials, black for non-biodegradable, red for recyclables, and yellow for hazardous waste.
Director Caancan expressed her gratitude for the “perfect” attendance of officials of recipient barangays despite their hectic schedules. She likewise attributed the success of last year’s implementation of the Manila Bay rehabilitation to the strong partnership with the local government units and the barangays. “We are just the enabler, providing support, but the greater effort is with the LGUs and barangays, especially in mobilizing the people. Your leadership is very critical at the grassroots level,” she said.
Caancan reported that the regional office distributed 20 paddle boats and 40 rickshaw trikes last year to barangays in support of their solid waste management programs. The paddle boats, she said, were intended to collect solid waste from the waterways near or within the jurisdiction of recipient barangays while the rickshaw trikes will be used to collect segregated waste from households that could not be reached by garbage trucks due to narrow alleys.
She also said that floating trash nets were installed by the regional office in 12 waterways in the cities of Marikina, Malabon, Caloocan, Valenzuela, San Juan, and the municipality of Pateros. Further, a 320-meter trash net/trap was mounted along the coast of Tanza Marine Tree Park (TMTP) in Navotas City while another 990-meter trash net was installed at the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) to prevent pollution and human encroachment of protected areas.
The regional official urged the recipient barangays to closely coordinate with any of the four (4) Metropolitan Environmental Offices for technical assistance in their environmental protection and solid waste management programs.
The recipients of trash bins include Brgy. 177, Caloocan; Tonsuya, Malabon; Tanza Uno, Navotas; Arkong Bato, Valenzuela; San Nicolas and Sumilang, Pasig; Libis and San Bartolome, Quezon City; Brgy. 402, Manila; Pasadeña, San Juan; Tejeros, Makati; Brgy. 143, Pasay; Poblacion, Pateros; Talon Uno, Las Piñas; Sucat, Muntinlupa; Marcelo Green, Parañaque; and Western Bicutan, Taguig.
Aside from these barangays, the national government agency PNP-Northern Police District (NPD) received three (3) sets of trash bins while the City Environmental Management Office-Marikina (CEMO-Marikina) and Makati-Department of Environmental Services (Makati-DES) both received a set of trash bins.