‘Bantay Basura’ ups compliance to waste segregation

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Dec. 12 (PIA) -- Significant improvement in the compliance to waste segregation at source or in the household and establishments is noted in this town with the implementation of the “Bantay Basura” program.

 

In the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting held recently, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office head Arthur Pedro reported the significant increase of compliance on waste segregation at source from 40 percent in 2013 to 90 percent this year. For the months of October and November alone, compliance to segregation at source reached a high of 99 percent. He attributed this positive development to the town’s “Bantay Basura” program.

Most of the residents are now observing the proper time of waste disposal in barangays, Pedro said. Garbage disposal at source are only brought out within designated time.

Around 183 Bantay Basura personnel have been deputized to monitor compliance to solid waste segregation. They ensure that the bringing out of garbage during prescribed schedule of collection is being followed and proper segregation at sourced are being followed.

Citation tickets with corresponding fines based on Municipal Ordinance No. 53-98 or the Comprehensive Solid Waste Management Ordinance are issued to violators.

The daily average collection of garbage is about 30-35 tons per day, according to Pedro. This is apart from the daily collection of vegetable wastes at the La Trinidad Vegetable Trading Post generating an average of five trucks everyday with an average weight of four tons per truck or about 20 tons per day. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)

 

Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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