KlimaTalks: Baliwag firmed up on two stroke engines, Formed Water Resiliency group and ok’d Solid Waste Mgt Plan

In a move that will greatly contribute to the Nation’s environment protection program, the Municipality of Baliwag is firming up its resolve to decommission two-stroke motorcycle engines, a heavy carbon-emitter. This move is in line with Baliwag’s commitment to reduce carbon footprint and improve air condition in the locality. 

Although, Baliwag has very few factories that will aggravate pollution, Baliwag has over 12k tricycles and about the same number or more single motorcycles. Estimated jeepney is pegged at 1500 and 10,000 private vehicles use our roads daily.

The local government is serious in mitigating effects of climate change by taking care of the environment. We need helping hands and sure support from the people to do this. The monthly clean up, legislations on plastic and segregation, greening and green procurement and water resiliency programs are just some of the measures initiated to do this,” Mayor Ferdie shared.

By decommissiong old engines that burn fuel thrice or more than the action of new generation engines. Walking alone is difficult much more bad fumes all over. This move will be beneficial to us especially to those who frequently walk the streets. Inhaling these fumes is just the worst experience.

Water Resiliency

Meanwhile, Mayor Ferdie signed Executive Order no. 22 s.2017 entitled Establishing a Techinical Working Group that will draft the Water Resiliency Program of Baliwag. The working group is expected to ensure that Baliwagenyos will be ensured of a safe, potable, clean and sustainable source of water given the effects of climate change. Discounting Angat Dam as the source and the drying of water underground, Baliwagenyos must take action and be ensured of a water source in the future.

Likewise, a technical working group was also established to draft guidelines for newly constructed septic tanks in the Municipality of Baliwag. Seepage can mix with our underground water and can cause sanitation problems. 

The Water District has the responsibility to lead us to a water resilient community.  We are empowering them to make sure future generations will have access to clean and safe water. 

On Solidwaste

The Plastic Reduction Ordinance is in the early stage of implementation. It was announced that plastic shall be banned last year but firms requested to delay. After a year, it is bouncing back to start implementation in July. Segregation will follow in August when the plastic ordinance will be well on its way to  adjustment.

Buko retailers and wholesalers were advised to bring their buko shells or husks at the Tiaong MrF where it will be grinded. 

While Hospital Wastes or those hazardous to human especially via direct contact transmission need to contract a private hauler specializing in hospital waste. With the rising incidence of HiV, contracting it with a needle prick can be dangerous to our solidwaste management. Hence, the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources recommended separate contracting of hospital wastes. 

What had been the tipping point of the sudden implementation were two factors: 1. Cost of hauling per ton is more expensive now 2. The unabated dumping of rubbish by the residents along riveriside and the irrigation canal. 

As Baliwag begins to implement the segregation and plastic ordinance, it is faced by indifference and ignorance of some Baliwagenyos who believe that  a man per se is an island. For now, good luck to the implementors, face them with will, consistencyand firmness, something they have never experienced in their life. 🌴 and 

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