The Cebu Provincial Government turned over five materials recovery facility (MRF) multi-equipment system, a solid waste management plant that processes biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste, to the Municipality of Liloan on Friday, August 7.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia hoped the machines amounting to a total of over P30 million will be of great help in the Province’s solid waste management.
"Ug pinaagi niini, ako naglaom nga ang atong solid waste management will even be more efficiently addressed,” she said.
Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Liloan Roland Tabuñag said the MRF machines will be used to shred bottles and plastics waste. The shredded bottles and plastics will be mixed with sand to make foot paths and hollowblocks.
With the use of the said machines, Tabuñag stated the Local Government of Liloan can save in tipping fee worth P700 per ton for residual wastes dumped in a private sanitary landfill in Consolacion town.
He added that on average, the town dumps 20 tons of waste at the landfill everyday.
"This is one way makatabang sa atong recycling program, instead dad-on sa sanitary landfill ang mga plastic, ari na diri ug maka-reduce sa cost sa lungsod in paying the tipping fee sa atong residuals,” he said.
Together with Garcia during the turnover ceremony were 5th District Representative Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco and 5th District Provincial Board Member Red Duterte.
Apart from this, Liloan also received from the Capitol P12 million financial aid for a road concreting project in Barangay Yati and another P12 million for the rehabilitation of a provincial road in Barangay Cabadiangan.
The road expansion project in Barangay Lataban will soon start as well.
Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Cebu Chapter, expressed her gratitude to the governor.
"Pag-update nako sa mga projects kabahin sa Liloan, iyang (Garcia) giingon nako mao nga ‘pangitai pa kog mga dalan nga pwede sementuon sa Liloan kay ato gayud kana nga sementuon’ motabang ang provincial government dinhi sa Liloan,” Frasco said.
Moreover, the governor informed the Liloan town officials that the Capitol will allocate P2.5 million to each municipality and component city of the Province.
Meanwhile, Garcia, Mayor Frasco, and Cong. Frasco were emotional of the sudden death of Liloan Councilor Leo Pilapil at dawn on August 7, hours before the said event.
Cong. Frasco recalled his good memories with Pilapil.
"Sakit kaayo ang nahitabo karon kay sa akong pagtan-aw, nawad-an ang lungsod sa Liloan ug usa ka matinud-anon, kugihan ug maayo nga public servant,” Cong. Frasco said.
Garcia offered a moment of silence for Pilapil.
"I extend my sympathy to the family of Councilor Leo Pilapil. I know, sayod usab ako unsa gayud siya ka kugihan. Gani sa uban nga mga kalihokan, mag-advance ni siya ngadto sa mga isla alang kang Cong. Duke. Ingon niana na ka dedicated siya sa iyang trabaho. And I know that God in His infinite wisdom will surely reward him, when he will be in the loving presence of our Lord,” the governor said. (Mylen Manto)