The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday inaugurated its new solid waste management warehouse in Taguig City and distributed tools and equipment to nine barangays that are part of the Flood Management Project (MMFMP) Phase 1.
The Labasan Warehouse, located at the Labasan Pumping Station, will serve as a secured holding area and stockyard for solid waste management tools and equipment.
MMDA general manager Procopio Lipana said the new facility will help streamline the process of solid waste management collection. Joel E. Zurbano
“With the establishment of the Labasan Warehouse, these barangays are assured that the tools and equipment needed for solid waste management are well taken care of and maintained before distribution,” Lipana said during the inauguration.
The warehouse features office space, quarters, and storage room for the Mobile Materials Recovery Facility (MMRF) goods under the “Recyclables Mo, Palit Grocery Ko” project.
Meanwhile, the MMDA solid waste management tools were distributed to leaders of barangays 51, 52, 55, 56, 58, 60, 61, 137 in Tondo and Barangay 137 in Paco, both in Manila.
The tools include chariots to be used for waste collection in accessible streets and communities, collection bins, safety equipment, among others.
“The provision of these SWM tools and equipment can support the barangays in the implementation of programs and activities that prevent solid wastes from reaching the pumping stations and encourage the community to actively participate in all solid waste management activities,” said Lipana.
The MMFMP 1 targets reducing vulnerability to and strengthening resilience against floods. Its second component, of which the MMDA is part of, aims to minimize solid waste in waterways and improve the solid waste management system within the communities near the project drainage areas.
Component 2 also intends to introduce improved solid waste collection services, community mobilization and awareness, incentive-based improved waste collection with independently verified results, and neighborhood upgrading. Among the initiatives being undertaken by the MMDA.
Under this component are the MMRF, the Takakura Composting Method, and the Solid Waste Granulator and Brick Making Facility located at the Vitas Pumping Station in Tondo, Manila.
The project, in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and Highways, is under the financial support of the World Bank Group—International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.