TACLOBAN CITY – At least 13 composting facilities for biodegradable waste will benefit different towns in Eastern Visayas as part of the government’s National Organic Agriculture Program.
The Department of Agriculture (DA), through its Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM), has started the distribution of one composting package per recipient-town this week.
Each package consists of a rotary composter and a size reduction machine worth PHP950,000, said DA-BSWM area coordinator Armando Arcamo in a statement on Friday.
Listed beneficiaries this year are Abuyog, Albuera, Capoocan, Kanangan, Pastrana, and San Miguel, all in Leyte; Lavezares and Lapinig in Northern Samar; Jiabong and Paranas in Samar; Dolores in Eastern Samar; Maripipi in Biliran; and Hinundayan in Southern Leyte.
“This project aims to help local government units (LGUs) and the community to adopt and practice proper waste segregation and promote sustainable agriculture through the production of fertilizers using biodegradable market and farm wastes which would essentially help our farmers,” Arcamo said.
It also advocates the gradual adoption of organic agriculture nationwide and the use of organic fertilizers as one of the methods to minimize water pollution, restore soil fertility, and reduce the vulnerability of marginal farmers on the high cost of chemical fertilizers, he added.
Since the program implementation in 2015, about 30 composting facilities have already been distributed in the region.
“The distribution and awarding of the facilities for this year is ongoing with our team closely working with the concerned LGUs to ensure that the facility is established pursuant to implementing guidelines of the project,” Arcamo said.
As counterpart of the recipient-LGU, they must provide a place to house the facility and manpower necessary for its operation and management.
They are also required to submit a monthly accomplishment report on the progress of operation, production, and utilization data of the facility, for the inspection, monitoring, and evaluation of DA-BSWM on its status and sustainability. (PNA)