P25.5M earmarked for plastic recycling

Gov. MMM signs MOA with DENR brass for the project

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources–Environmental Management Bureau Region I (DENR-EMB RI) has granted P25.5 million fund to the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) to finance the construction of a plastic recycling and resource recovery facility (PRRF) at Brgy. Imelda, Marcos town, this province.

Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc signed on Jan. 22 a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with DENR-EMB Regional Director Engr. Maria Dorica Naz-Hipe to officially turn over the cash check to PGIN.

Engr. Naz-Hipe lauded the initiative of the province, saying: “Sa buong Pilipinas, Ilocos Norte is one of the very few provinces na nakakuha ng ganitong kalaking halaga under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We congratulate you for having availed of this financial assistance and we do hope that it will be a successful project. Maging model project ito na pwedeng bisitahin din ng ibang local government units para ma-replicate sa ibang rehiyon,” she added.

Of the total amount, it was learned that P20 million is allocated primarily for the construction of the facility while the remaining P5.5 million will be used for the procurement of more equipment.

“We will also be supplementing the (cash assistance) with some of our own machines which we will purchase to complete the facility,” Governor Marcos Manotoc shared.

PGIN will procure a sewage vacuum truck, a shredding machine with conveyor, and a pulverizing machine with conveyor.

“I am sure this will be a long way in our push towards a greener and more responsible Ilocos Norte in terms of environment and we must continue to uphold our reputation as the Renewable Energy Capital not only in the Philippines but also in Southeast Asia,” he said.

Aside from the improvement of the health sector, Governor Manotoc also prioritized the protection of the environment and the sustainability of Ilocos Norte’s natural resources.

Last October, the Provincial Government launched its solid waste management campaign titled “Narimat Nga Aglawlaw” (Bright Environment) to instill responsible waste management awareness among the Ilocanos.—(Blessing Angel V. Agliam, PGIN-CMO)