Agri dep’t donates P1-million composting machine to Baguio

Published November 6, 2018, 5:49 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Zaldy Comanda

BAGUIO CITY – The city has re­ceived another composting facility from the Bureau of Soils and Water Manage­ment of the Department of Agriculture.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan and Gen­eral Services Officer Eugene Buyucan accepted the facility composed of a rotary composter and a shredding ma­chine worth P1 million from BSWMN Soil and Water Coordinator for Cordil­lera Diosdado Jose.

Domogan said the facility will be placed at the Environmental Recycling System (ERS) station at Barangay Irisan along with the first unit earlier donated to the city.

The mayor also signed a memoran­dum of agreement with BSWM and the DA Regional Field Unit which stipulates that the city should record monthly accomplishment on the progress of operation, production and utilization of the facility.

“The facility is a big help to the city’s waste management program by supplementing the operation of the two ERS machines currently working at maximum capacity of 26 tons per day. The facility can process 500 kilograms of biodegradable wastes in one week.

Buyucan said the fertilizers pro­duced are distributed to requesting ba­rangays and used in the city’s parks.

To use the facility, LGU beneficia­ries must have enough raw materials for composting such as vegetable trim­mings, overly ripe fruits and other bio­degradable materials, readily available source of water and electricity, existing materials recovery facility and are will­ing to provide counterpart (labor, land and manpower) and are willing to be trained and sustain compost production and its utilization.